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bpovey
07-24-2006, 05:29 PM
Just read in THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER, July 31, 2006, (OK, not the most reliable source) that Venus Williams was spotted smoking with a group of friends. Can anyone else name any current or past players who smoked while on TOUR!!

Breaker
07-24-2006, 05:36 PM
I'm pretty sure Safin does, not sure about anyone else though..

Roforot
07-24-2006, 05:37 PM
Capriatti?

tennisprofl
07-24-2006, 05:43 PM
Capriatti?
yeah ive heard capriatti does...also ive heard she smokes something else :)

BaseLineBash
07-24-2006, 06:44 PM
Not to encourage smoking, but I'm sure some athletes social smoke(i.e. while out partying or out on the town) just as some of your non-smoking friends do when they are at a bar with a pint or shot in their hand.

rod99
07-24-2006, 06:48 PM
karsten braatsch used to smoke during changeovers during his matches. i've heard grosjean has been caught smoking before. i've seen thierry champion smoke several times (used to be a top 30 player in the early '90s, now is the coach of gael monfils.).

ShcMad
07-24-2006, 06:49 PM
I think I've seen a picture of Nalbandian doing hookah.

Bones08
07-24-2006, 06:57 PM
Mmmm, Venus does not smoke. National Enquirer lies like hell. Why Venus?? Mmmmm, no comment.

mctennis
07-24-2006, 07:01 PM
The one German Pro mens player ( I think he was ranked #314 or so) that whipped up on Venus and Serena when their father stated they could beat ANY pro mens player under the ranking of 300. He had played 18 holes of gold before playing them AND was smkoing cigarettes between games. That article was in TENNIS magazine (I believe) after it happened. That shut Ol' Pop Williams up after that.

The Grand Slam
07-24-2006, 07:01 PM
Bill Tilden smoked.

BaseLineBash
07-24-2006, 07:17 PM
Pancho Gonzalez smoked up to three packs a day.

RealityPolice
07-24-2006, 07:26 PM
Bill Tilden smoked.


Ouch!

tommytom11
07-24-2006, 07:27 PM
Anna K. i've seen many photos.

FEDEXP
07-24-2006, 07:50 PM
Why even bother to weigh in when the source is the National Enquirer?

Nadal-inator
07-24-2006, 07:51 PM
Venus Williams smoking? I think she's too busy to do that...Serena on the other hand...might...

RiosTheGenius
07-24-2006, 07:53 PM
yeah ive heard capriatti does...also ive heard she smokes something else :)
right on...

bcaz
07-24-2006, 10:16 PM
Cedric Pioline

Ano
07-24-2006, 11:21 PM
The one German Pro mens player ( I think he was ranked #314 or so) that whipped up on Venus and Serena when their father stated they could beat ANY pro mens player under the ranking of 300. He had played 18 holes of gold before playing them AND was smkoing cigarettes between games. That article was in TENNIS magazine (I believe) after it happened. That shut Ol' Pop Williams up after that.

The player you mention is Karsten Brach, he was ranked no. 206 when he accepted Serena and Venus challenge. Venus and Serena had said that they could beat any male pro outside the top 200.

That was happening in 1998 Australian Open. In the morning before the matches, Karsten played 18 holes of golf and then he smoked half a pack of cigarettes. After that he beat Serena 6-1, then he beat Venus
6-2.

He said he only served like he was ranked no. 600 in the world.

hummer23
07-24-2006, 11:26 PM
yeah, ive heard that safin smokes, it was written in a tennis magazine article a few yeras back, when he was on the cover. Other russian players commented on the fact that he does as he pleases, weather its partying, smoking, drinking . . . whatever he wants. its a shame, but its certainly not to blame for his prolonged slump.

Andy Hewitt
07-25-2006, 12:29 AM
I don't see why many wouldn't. How many of you actually need to catch your breathe while playing tennis? I can barely go 10 minutes of soccer without stopping to catch my breathe, and I can play tennis like all day if it's not hot.

Marat Safinator
07-25-2006, 02:42 AM
safin doesnt smoke, thats a joke. moving on to serious stuff: nadal smokes.

tennisnj
07-25-2006, 02:57 AM
I was the the US Open qualifying about 6 or 7 years ago & Braasch was practicing on one of the courts on the grounds, so I went over to him after he was finished & asked for his autograph. He was more than happy to autograph a drawsheet for me & take a few pictures. I was able during conversation with him to spy into his right shorts pocket & notice a pack of Marlboro Reds (I wanted to ascertain if the 'rumors' of him smoking during & after matches was true), from which he took one out & lit right there @ the end of our conversation!

zampano
07-25-2006, 04:06 AM
safin doesnt smoke, thats a joke. moving on to serious stuff: nadal smokes.

you are a joke

Duzza
07-25-2006, 04:09 AM
Haha If i ever made a tennis movie it would involve the Scud smashing down a serve followed by rock music with the ballboy holding his ciggy.

pound cat
07-25-2006, 04:16 AM
Cedric Pioline smoked throughout his career, Escude, Safin....if you ever get ESPN International feed they sometimes show nervous European coaches smoking .....

tennisprofl
07-25-2006, 05:10 AM
safin doesnt smoke, thats a joke. moving on to serious stuff: nadal smokes.
yeah right

Mr.Federer
07-25-2006, 05:28 AM
Daniela Hantuchova occasionally...

swedechris
07-25-2006, 05:33 AM
nadal, federer,blake,nalbandian etc .. they all smoke... the ball !
:)

The Grand Slam
07-25-2006, 05:34 AM
Daniela Hantuchova occasionally...

Daniela Hantuchova is just a problem child.

Why doesn't she just go eat a McDonald's cheeseburger? >;/

slider1979
07-25-2006, 05:47 AM
i don't think any of the players mentioned do smoke like on heavy rate basis...otherwise, u won't see them as fit as they look. But a couple of cigs every now and then is no problem for any athlete!!

slider1979
07-25-2006, 05:48 AM
i even heard on some news that zeineldin zidan was caught up smoking once

stormholloway
07-25-2006, 06:28 AM
Gustavo Kuerten was once caught smoking crack with Jana Novotna.

killer
07-25-2006, 06:48 AM
I've heard that Yannick Noah smoked a pack a day...and was still one of the most gifted athletes on the tour in the 80s!

The ball was in
07-25-2006, 06:51 AM
Karsten Braasch used to smoke...and probably still does!!

zhan
07-25-2006, 07:27 AM
occasionally even athletes need to find ways to relieve stress ...
marijuana, tobacco, and other unthinkables are very good ways to relieve stress......
and if incorporated with alcohol the effect becomes amplified
=)

Mr.Federer
07-25-2006, 07:27 AM
i even heard on some news that Zinedine Zidane was caught up smoking once


Was caught smoking a cigarette? Oohh he's so bad:rolleyes: ...nothing shocking for any european to smoke.

edit: it's zinedine zidane...I'm gonna fix it for you.

MonkeyPox
07-25-2006, 09:16 AM
Navaratilova wrote in her book that she smoked just a few cigs a month all through the 80's, which I was shocked even at that small amount given that she was such a health nut.

I'm sure Santoro must smoke, given how his teeth look. Then probably most of the French players do.

Especially these days with all the research completely in, I find it very amazing that anyone anywhere would smoke, but they do, so there you go.

Marat Safinator
07-25-2006, 11:31 AM
you are a joke

your a clown.

slice bh compliment
07-25-2006, 11:34 AM
Dre smoked as a teen. Just trying to be a rebel.
I don't think he inhaled.;)

Marat Safinator
07-25-2006, 01:55 PM
who is dre?

Breaker
07-25-2006, 02:02 PM
who is dre?

Dr. DRE AA aka AnDRE Agassi.

SydneyJim
07-25-2006, 07:39 PM
I'm pretty sure Safin does, not sure about anyone else though..

ahaha he does a lil more than that =)

Tennis_Nickmo
07-26-2006, 02:27 AM
I know Tim Henman was known to have a cigarette whilst at friends parties, etc, but never seriously. I also don't think he does anymore.

Jassy_B
07-26-2006, 10:19 AM
the doubles player wit the big eyes and he is also short made wimby finals think his name is santoro he gets baked all the time

slice bh compliment
07-26-2006, 01:32 PM
I've heard that Yannick Noah smoked a pack a day...and was still one of the most gifted athletes on the tour in the 80s!

I didn't think the green buds came in packs.

But seriously, believe me, he smoked, but NOT a pack of cigs per day.

Dan007
07-26-2006, 01:36 PM
I'm just guessing, but I think Nalbandian smokes. He coughs a lot and has yellow teeth.

Piccolo
07-27-2006, 12:08 PM
I'm pretty sure Hingis smokes. I was watching an interview with her, and her teeth were yellowed on the sides and whitened in the front. Much like actors and actresses that smoke, so that they can still have pearly whites on screen.