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Indy Tennis
02-02-2006, 08:56 PM
My vote is for Cyril Suk. I met him at Delray Beach. This guy is pushing 40-years-old he had his son tagging along with him. He took a good five minutes to talk with me after a practice session.

I told him he had one of the classiest backhands I’d ever seen. He laughed and said a lot of guys have better. He told me about his racquet (Volkl C10) and gave me an impromptu lesson, showing me in slow motion his backhand swing and then letting me try to duplicate it.

Turns out he’s been on the tour for nearly 20 years!

After our talk he said, “Since you like my backhand so well I’ll give you some water.” He smiled and handed me an unopened bottled water, which was much needed.

Then the guy goes out and he and his partner are up to the doubles semis at Delray.

Super nice guy. I’m hoping he can stay on the tour past 40.

Go Cyril!

LN_Dad
02-02-2006, 09:00 PM
I vote for Stefan Edberg but he's no longer on the tour.

boxingguy
02-02-2006, 10:26 PM
Paul Goldstein was really nice when I chatted with him and took a picture with him at the Bronx Challenger a couple of years ago.

RiosTheGenius
02-02-2006, 10:31 PM
Michael Chang or Gustavo Kuerten

Lee
02-02-2006, 10:38 PM
Indy, nice anecdote you got there, keep them coming!

I did a little research on Suk. He played a few doubles with Bederych and I thought that was an interesting combination. 30 years of difference, it's like a dad playing with his son, no?

ximian
02-02-2006, 10:39 PM
My vote goes for Chang too. Such a classy guy.

Deuce
02-02-2006, 11:11 PM
Cyril is the brother of one-time top 5 WTA player Helena Sukova.

Their mother, Vera Sukova, reached #6 in the world in 1957.

Here are Helena, Cyril, and mom together...

http://www.sukova.org/Vera/pictures-sports/Vera+C+H2.jpg

Helena and Cyril a little later...

http://www.sukova.org/Helena/OnCourt%20Pictures/H+C2.jpg


Helena with a young Hingis...

http://www.sukova.org/Helena/OnCourt%20Pictures/H+Hing2.jpg

Brigitte_B
02-02-2006, 11:41 PM
I vote for Alex Corretja. This guy looks so classy and is so well-bread!!!
I admire his manners, his green eyes and his nobility. He's just irresistable!!!

Indy Tennis
02-03-2006, 03:53 AM
Cyril is the brother of one-time top 5 WTA player Helena Sukova.

Their mother, Vera Sukova, reached #6 in the world in 1957.

Here are Helena, Cyril, and mom together...

http://www.sukova.org/Vera/pictures-sports/Vera+C+H2.jpg

Helena and Cyril a little later...

http://www.sukova.org/Helena/OnCourt%20Pictures/H+C2.jpg


Helena with a young Hingis...

http://www.sukova.org/Helena/OnCourt%20Pictures/H+Hing2.jpg
Great stuff! Thanks for sharing.

I love the photo of young Helena and Cyril practicing as kids and then the next photo of them holding up the championship trophy.

Cyril's son was out there with a racquet hitting against a wall, so maybe yet another generation will play on the tour.

Indy Tennis
02-03-2006, 04:03 AM
I also got to see Tommy Haas interacting with some young fans trading lines back and forth with them from the movie “Napoleon Dynamite”.

Those kids left in awe of Haas.

If there’s one piece of advice I can give to my fellow Tennis Talkers it is to try to get to some of these pro tournaments during the time when matches aren’t going on and when the players are practicing.

It makes you appreciate just how much hard work a lot of these players put in when you see them out there, just like you and me, working on different parts of their games.

It also a great time to bring kids so they can see the work ethic behind the great shot. They’ll also have more of an opportunity to get to meet their favorite player under low-pressure situations. Most of these players don’t mind people watching them practice, in fact I think many of them enjoy getting to show off shots they probably wouldn’t or don’t have the opportunity to use in a match.

Indy Tennis
02-03-2006, 04:52 AM
Forgot to mention Suk has made over 3 mil almost exclusively in doubles.

pound cat
02-03-2006, 05:27 AM
To further confirm how nice Alex Corretja is, go to his official site. He just LOVES his beautiful wife...they've been together since they were 15. And he writes about his friend Albert Costa.

ATP has pulled the English site. Here it is in Spanish...with pics

http://www.alexcorretja.com/personal/family/marta_spanish.asp

bc-05
02-03-2006, 05:46 AM
woodbridge was very nice too.. i remembered when they had this competition of who can raise $400 for a foundation they can have a chance to hit with the pros and some celebrities at the celebrity tennis challenge.. we managed to win the comp.. but only 1 ppl can get in.. so i let my sister play.. and she played 1 double with woodbridge while on the other side it was wayne and rachel sporn (a woman basketball player).. woodbridge was very nice (we could hear wat theyre saying coz each of them had a microphone thing).. he gave my sister a kiss and yeh.. it was a funny match

vllockhart
02-03-2006, 06:39 AM
James Blake and Kim Clijsters.

ruechutar
02-04-2006, 01:44 AM
Kim Clijsters is the nicest person on tour.

Bunny
02-04-2006, 06:11 AM
I really like Kim Clijsters too, she seems very kind! I saw an interview with James Blake, he seems very kind (and intelligent!) too.

TokyopunK
02-04-2006, 06:12 AM
He better be very intelligent after going to Harvard.

Bunny
02-04-2006, 06:13 AM
He better be very intelligent after going to Harvard.
Exactly, I heard he went there. :D

ScottinTX
02-04-2006, 11:04 AM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Lleyton Hewitt yet. A gentleman off and on the court.

Andres
02-04-2006, 11:23 AM
Mariano Zabaleta ;)

MARK ANDERS
02-04-2006, 11:26 AM
From 1st hand experience talking with and observing MANY pros over 10 years:

Enqvist (probably the nicest)
Mirnyi
Haas
Clement
Santoro
Grosjean
Bjorkman
Rafter

Not as nice as everyone thinks:

Kuertan
Edberg
Nenman

MARK ANDERS
02-04-2006, 11:27 AM
I meant Henman (the Ostrich)

supersmash
02-04-2006, 02:44 PM
Max Mirnyi. I remember him singing Richard Gasquet happy birthday even though he lost.

pound cat
02-04-2006, 02:52 PM
Safin may abuse his rackets, but he is always respectful to his opponent .

boughtmypoints
02-04-2006, 03:43 PM
My vote is for Cyril Suk.

Nice to see Cyril get some recognition.

The photo of Cyril and Helena holding the Wimby mixed doubles trophy aloft could have been the year that he gave me (a total stranger) and my then 6 year old daughter a pass into the player's box for Centre Court. When I thanked him years later, he remarked how it had been a lucky tournament for him.

Cyril is truly a legend. I think his son is Cyril IV.

slice bh compliment
02-04-2006, 03:44 PM
From 1st hand experience talking with and observing MANY pros over 10 years:

Enqvist (probably the nicest)
Mirnyi
Haas
Clement
Santoro
Grosjean
Bjorkman
Rafter

Not as nice as everyone thinks:

Kuertan
Edberg
Nenman

Haas on Santa's 'NICE' list? I like him for his BH, bit something tells me Red Ayme would read this and LHAO.

Kuerten? Gustavo Kuerten? Big lanky Brazilian guy, funny hair, big smile? Not on the top part of the nice list?
We've seen some post-op surliness here and there. But really? I've met him more than once and I think the world of him.
The only person I have seen him (and his press secretary) not absolutely downright cool with is Dave 'the KOZ' Kozlowski. Merely civil.

What about Federer?
On Open Access with uhm, Murphy Jensen, RF said that a saying he tries to live by is:
"It is nice to be important. But it is really important to be nice."

Nice.

Later,
Slice.

Fee
02-04-2006, 03:58 PM
Haas is um... well... look, I like him and I am personally quite fond of him, and he is usually very decent with me when I see him, but I know that there are plenty of unpleasant fan encounters with him floating around out there and I've seen him be a bit 'aloof' to say the least, with fans and such. I'd put him on the 'average' list.

devila
02-04-2006, 04:28 PM
Haas says the truth to reporters, and they can't take it.

James Blake's nice, but he can be too satsfied with his tennis game. He also can't accept that there were greater players than Federer.

ssuHeartsRivald
02-04-2006, 11:50 PM
who will beat FEDERER? The best, the nicest, the coolest, the..est..est..est
His smile looks like a baby....

pound cat
02-05-2006, 03:33 AM
Likely sommeone who doesn't like smiliing babies.

ThunderServe
02-05-2006, 09:08 AM
Paradorn Shrichapan gets my vote, after one of his davis cup matches i asked for his autograph and actually stayed there talkin to me for a few mins.

Infinite42
02-05-2006, 11:47 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Lleyton Hewitt yet. A gentleman off and on the court.

Is this a joke? Look at the similarities, mate.

Anyway, I would include Pablo Arraya. I remember watching the most entertaining match (with better than average tennis being played) on USA a few years ago between him and Andre Agassi. Though recounting the particulars would seem a bit useless without actually watching the match, the fans were in love with Arraya after it was over.

dennis10is
02-06-2006, 09:58 AM
Don't leave out Kiefer.

He gives money back to the game in the forms of his fines. He does this in his own subtle way so as to not attract attention. While other pros make a big to do with their charities, Kiefer does it without anyone realizing that he's doing it.

slice bh compliment
02-06-2006, 10:02 AM
^
Ah yes, jolly ol' Saint Nick!

stalliondan
02-06-2006, 10:04 AM
nicest hair -- dre early 90's
nicest backhand -- safin
nicest forehand -- fedex
nicest bum -- kournikova
nicest person got to be P Rafter

Infinite42
02-06-2006, 10:30 AM
nicest backhand -- safin


I must go with Sjeng Schalken on this one. His backhand may have been the purest stroke I've ever seen.

RadekStepanekTheKing
02-11-2006, 02:53 PM
nicest?? Andre Agassi, Cyril Suk, Jiri Novak and Radek Stepanek(the king:mrgreen: )

Shabazza
02-11-2006, 03:20 PM
Likely sommeone who doesn't like smiliing babies.
people who don't like smiling babies, scare me!!! :shock:
nothing's cuter...I've just seen my little nice 3 weeks old awwwwwwwwwwww :D
sorry what was the thread topic again??

ah ok, Edberg, Guga, Chang Federer from the famous

OkStateFan
02-11-2006, 03:50 PM
Don't leave out Kiefer.

He gives money back to the game in the forms of his fines. He does this in his own subtle way so as to not attract attention. While other pros make a big to do with their charities, Kiefer does it without anyone realizing that he's doing it.
lol that was hilarious

West Coast Ace
02-11-2006, 07:49 PM
Paradorn Shrichapan gets my vote, after one of his davis cup matches i asked for his autograph and actually stayed there talkin to me for a few mins.I went through this thread surprised Paradorn wasn't mentioned until the 3rd page. I'll 2nd that.

No way on Haas. The fans that had positive experiences with him were very fortunate. Maybe in the last year or two he's mellowed a little - but in the years before his injuries and parents' accident he was pretty rude to all those around him on a consistent basis.

swisstruffles
02-12-2006, 01:21 AM
fabrice santoro. met him in sydney this yr and he signed every autograph. even when he was leaving the practice court, and ppl (like me!) came up to him, he still signed them...compared with gasquet, who was practically running away from us!
clijsters and henin hardenne are definite nice girls.
also maybe gimbelstob? i think he was getting sick of practising and I saw him having a hit with some young fans on the court. i bet they were just flattered.

Deuce
02-12-2006, 01:37 AM
fabrice santoro. met him in sydney this yr and he signed every autograph. even when he was leaving the practice court, and ppl (like me!) came up to him, he still signed them...compared with gasquet, who was practically running away from us!
clijsters and henin hardenne are definite nice girls.
also maybe gimbelstob? i think he was getting sick of practising and I saw him having a hit with some young fans on the court. i bet they were just flattered.

Did Santoro sign his name with both hands on the pen?