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@wright
02-23-2004, 12:32 PM
You must choose only one Yank.

@wright
02-23-2004, 12:33 PM
BTW, I set it up so you would be electricuted by your computer if you choose gimelstob or geoff grant. If you choose Todd Martin, a monkey will pop out of your monitor, slap you, and then laugh his ***** off at you.

borisboris
02-23-2004, 01:30 PM
Lendl - hell this 1st generation stuff is for the birds -Sampras-Agassi-Chang are all American born = sowhat! Greek-Armenian-& is Chang Chinese or Taiwanese? Lendl made 8 straight US OPEN finals = 8 --- that won't be matched for decades - unless they switch back to clay. McEnroe = close 2nd but had a PATHETIC 2nd career from 86-94.

Max G.
02-23-2004, 01:33 PM
--- that won't be matched for decades - unless they switch back to clay.

There's NO way in the modern game anyone is making eight straight finals on a claycourt. Best chance of anyone matching the record would be on grass - but still, it's just NOT going to happen.

borisboris
02-23-2004, 01:38 PM
Yeah I agree grass is the one surface yet the US OPEN played on grass too long ago for my recollection. :twisted:

Grimjack
02-23-2004, 05:19 PM
McEnroe.

Shaolin
02-23-2004, 05:58 PM
Pete Sampras & Hugo Armando, slight edge to Sampsmeister.

herebin
02-23-2004, 06:35 PM
I love sampras' tennis. his tennis is attractive

@wright
02-23-2004, 07:08 PM
I tried to put Johnny Mac, but they would only let me put a certain number of choices. I should have kicked out Gimelstob and included Johnny.

Nosoupforyou
02-23-2004, 08:39 PM
I tried to put Johnny Mac, but they would only let me put a certain number of choices. I should have kicked out Gimelstob and included Johnny.

Yah why is gimelstob even on there? isn't he ranked in the 100's?

MARK ANDERS
02-23-2004, 09:24 PM
Vince Van Patten!

Deuce
02-24-2004, 01:44 AM
Patty Fendick.

BreakPoint
02-24-2004, 01:49 AM
Hey, where's Jeff Tarango? :wink:

jmckinney
02-24-2004, 05:33 AM
My favorite American is johnny mac followed closely by agassi. Todd Martin gains more of my respect each time I see him play.

Camilio Pascual
02-24-2004, 06:18 AM
Chris Evert and Pancho Gonzalez

joe sch
02-24-2004, 07:48 AM
As some of the posters have indicated, others should really be included Mac, Connors, Ashe, Smith, Riggs, Tilden, Evert, BJK, Hart, ...

amarone
02-24-2004, 08:44 AM
Another vote for Johnny Mac here.

sseemiller
02-24-2004, 01:13 PM
Jim Courier, followed by Andy Roddick. As for the women, Monica Seles.

python
02-24-2004, 01:17 PM
Jay Berger. Mr. Topspin in your Face Anger. Had an abbreviated service motion due to injuries. Have 1 great year where he made the top 10. I believe Berger is now a USTA developmental coach of some type.

Honestly, I like guys from that era. Berger, Mayotte, Gilbert... the lost American generation.

Kirko
02-24-2004, 05:45 PM
Dinny Pails..

borisboris
02-26-2004, 06:02 AM
Python (lost generation) Shouldn't that generation be lost? Gilbert not only had the ugliest game he was a jerk on the court, Mayotte was known for one thing - Mayotte meltdown factor - regardless of his breaks of serve you could have easy money betting he'd blow it some how.

Jerry Seinfeld
02-26-2004, 06:29 AM
Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors.

Noticably missing are David Wheaton, Mal Washington and the Jensens!

Rabbit
02-26-2004, 07:21 AM
Pancho absolutely, what about Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, Harold Solomon, Eddie Dibbs, Brian Gottfried, and Vitas Gerulaitis?

Rabbit
02-26-2004, 07:22 AM
Martina Navratilova? Billie Jean King?

Rabbit
02-26-2004, 07:24 AM
Bill Tilden for anyone?

python
02-26-2004, 07:31 AM
Python (lost generation) Shouldn't that generation be lost? Gilbert not only had the ugliest game he was a jerk on the court, Mayotte was known for one thing - Mayotte meltdown factor - regardless of his breaks of serve you could have easy money betting he'd blow it some how.

Boris, I'll agree they weren't the most talented group of players. Mayotte was a true gentleman, though, regardless of his success on the court. I understand he's involved in the church as a minister of some type now.

I like Gilbert. Sure, he's a jerk at times, but so was Connors or McEnroe or even the sainted Pete Sampras. I always got a kick out of Gilbert beating someone he shouldn't... like Boris Becker. (No name playing intended, Boris.)

borisboris
02-26-2004, 08:01 AM
Yeah off the court these players are most likely saints. I don't imagine tennis players pumping roids and going to nightclubs looking to behead someone. Tarango is probably really down to earth a is Mayotte etc. But the game they played is what is being judged - Gilbert seems amusing off the court but on it it bordered grotesque - I'd watch 2-3 games then change the channel to an informercial. p.s. Becker rarely lost to Gilbert and when he did he just wanted to get off the court because he found Brads game beneath his. just kidding.

python
02-26-2004, 08:20 AM
Boris Becker has a 6-4 all-time edge over Brad Gilbert. Their first match was in 1987, well after Becker had become a star after winning his first two Wimbledons in 85 and 86.

Gilbert actually led Becker 4-1 until sometime in 1989. Becker won the rest of their matches. Certainly, a 6-4 record is a winning one, but there's no question the more experienced Gilbert had something on Becker.

Morpheus
02-27-2004, 03:59 PM
You have to qualify what you mean by "favorite." I take it to mean not "the best" but who "I like." I have to say Borg since he was in his prime when I was coming up. I even used a Donnay and had a red/white pinstripe warm-up, just like BB.

BTW, he's also the "best."

baseliner
03-01-2004, 08:24 AM
Favorite all time? Stan Smith. His run at the top was short, but his off court legacy outshines his achievements on court. A gentleman in a gentlemen's game.

@wright
03-01-2004, 08:55 AM
Morpheus, I meant it as who do you like best.

SuperDuy
11-18-2009, 01:35 PM
How come roddick isnt an options? He is the best american man now, and has a chance to win a slam in 2010

pmata814
11-18-2009, 01:47 PM
I can't beleive you left off JMac having so many others that you can boot off. :evil:

Chadwixx
11-18-2009, 01:48 PM
Courier off that list

joeri888
11-18-2009, 01:49 PM
Andy Roddick.

Mustard
11-18-2009, 02:00 PM
Of the ones listed, Tracy Austin. I loved her determination on the court, and it was nice to see Chris Evert haunted by a dark version of herself :twisted:

boredone3456
11-18-2009, 02:41 PM
Based on this poll Agassi, but 2 others who are just as much if not slightly more so would be Davenport and Evert...neither of whom is on the poll. I would also like to ask why is Tracy Austin the only included female?

Ledigs
11-18-2009, 04:26 PM
Connors and Agassi

Outbeyond
11-18-2009, 04:55 PM
What's going on with this poll? Where's McEnroe?? Jeez, that's no Yank poll, unless I've got this whole thing wrong...

tacou
11-18-2009, 04:59 PM
andy .

Serendipitous
11-18-2009, 05:00 PM
andy .

Murray? :)

LiveForever
11-18-2009, 05:38 PM
Sampras. His tennis game was an absolute pleasure to watch.

Gugafan
11-18-2009, 05:41 PM
The polls missing some big names....Roddick, Williams, Mac, Connors etc

CHOcobo
11-18-2009, 05:48 PM
Chang is an american player?

Rhino
11-18-2009, 05:51 PM
why no Vince Spadea?

jazzyfunkybluesy
11-18-2009, 05:54 PM
Sampras by god.

JeMar
11-18-2009, 05:57 PM
It used to be Sampras, but Agassi's book made me switch over.

Toxicmilk
11-18-2009, 06:15 PM
Chang is an american player?

Yes. The man barely speaks any Chinese anyways.

35ft6
11-18-2009, 07:09 PM
Johnny Mac overall.

Gamewise, probably Sampras although I didn't love watching him

Personality wise, Agassi.

kishnabe
11-18-2009, 07:12 PM
where's Don Budge,actually John Mcenroe is my favourite american tennis player and also Roscoe Tanner.

jrepac
11-18-2009, 07:22 PM
connors, mac, evert...

gross omissions

halalula1234
11-18-2009, 08:26 PM
Serena Williams

jamesblakefan#1
11-18-2009, 08:27 PM
This thread is over 5 years old...ya know?

Leelord337
11-18-2009, 08:29 PM
Pete Sampras & Hugo Armando, slight edge to Sampsmeister.

hugo armando was fun to watch, he pretty much survives on the challenger circuit right? i remember some crazy forehand angles he used to hit.

Ripster
11-18-2009, 08:32 PM
Agassi then Donald Young.

vive le beau jeu !
11-18-2009, 11:45 PM
grant and gimelstob in the poll, while some big names are missing ?! :rolleyes:

kOaMaster
11-19-2009, 12:25 AM
Lendl made 8 straight US OPEN finals = 8 --- that won't be matched for decades - unless they switch back to clay.

we'll see...

whats about refreshing all the old threads...and @wright is obviously not on the board anymore, explains the sig ;)

TheNatural
11-19-2009, 11:06 AM
Sampras by a mile.

And also Lendl and Todd Martin.

Juges8932
11-19-2009, 11:55 AM
Andre Agassi.

klementine79
11-19-2009, 12:18 PM
As a fellow greek-american who grew up in D.C.--- my vote goes to Chang.

JK-Sampras.

borg number one
11-19-2009, 02:20 PM
My favorite American Player was Chris Evert. I pulled for her in every match I watched her play in. She and Billie Jean King were perhaps the 2 best American players among the ladies.

As far as the best American players on the men's side, I'd go with Sampras, followed closely by McEnroe, Connors, and then perhaps Pancho Gonzales.

GustafsonFanatic
11-19-2009, 02:43 PM
McEnroe and Courier.

Cesc Fabregas
11-19-2009, 02:45 PM
My favourite American tennis player is the GOAT Pete Sampras.

CCNM
11-19-2009, 03:30 PM
Hard to choose for the guys-Sampras, Chang, & Courier were fun to watch. I liked Jenny Capriatti

pound cat
11-19-2009, 04:51 PM
Bill Tilden..,,,,,

Serendipitous
11-19-2009, 05:11 PM
Rafael Nadal

imjimmy
11-19-2009, 05:18 PM
Pistol Pete forever!!

Virginia
11-19-2009, 11:45 PM
I tried to put Johnny Mac, but they would only let me put a certain number of choices. I should have kicked out Gimelstob and included Johnny.
Yes.

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Emelia21
11-20-2009, 04:17 PM
Courier gets my vote