Favourite tennis name.

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  1. montx

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    I understand there is a female player, I think Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi. I don't know why it is, but that name seems to have stuck in the back of my head. Is it coincidence that his her name? Or did she change her name to demonstrate her passion for tennis? Kindly comment if you know, thanks.
     
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    I always had a fancy for Schlomo Glickstein's name. One TV match, the commentator actually said something like "Let's see a slo-mo of Schlomo..." It cracked me up!

    - KK
     
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    Roger Federer...ererererer.
     
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    Christiano Carati

    Slobodan Zivojinovic

    Carling Basset

    Juan Carlos Ferrero
     
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    Fabrice Santoro, just say it with a high voice "Fabreeeeeeeeeece". haha
     
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    Olga Barabanschikova
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    I could be wrong, but I think she changed her name and now it is just Anna Smashnova. I dont know if you still fancy it, but I think it has changed.
     
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    "rod-dick"
     
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    Ok, ok, ok it's not a tennis name but my favorite sports name ever is the great Uzbekistani cyclist........

    Djamoldine Abdujaparov

    He won the green jersey in the Tour de France year after year...just go so used to the name now it's stuck in my head forever!

    Back to tennis.... for men I dig Sjeng Schalken's name... and on the women's side who can forget the tongue-twisting Lina Krasnoroutskaya. You couldn't spell that name with a box of alpha bits.
     
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    Younes El Aynaoui (aka Vowel Man)


    BTW, one thing during his match today, the commentators were talking about the fact that Federer has the same foot injury that kept Younes out for most of last year. They also said that Fed could have a very mild case, but it's something that can be serious in certain instances.
     
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  12. Misiti99

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    Younes El Aynoui
    yevgeny kafelnikov
    Rita ******
    Mario Ancic
    Arantxa sanchez vicario
    Gabriella sabatini
    Guga Kuerten
    monica seles
    ANDRE AGASSI
     
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    Dally Randriantefy
     
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    yup one of my favs too =P
     
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    current: Jose Acasuso
    blast from the past: Jaime Yzaga
     
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    All of you got some nice points to share...only I wanted to know if that is her real name or if it was changed to smashnova...
     
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    I'll second the name Slobodan Zivojinovic.

    How about Melien Tu? When she was in the juniors if I recall, one of her main rivals last name was simply "O"? O & Tu?
     
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  20. montx

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    I knew a guy once with the last name suberalien or something like that...people called him superalien.
     
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    This is weird name...."Potito" Starace
    You people know what that means in spanish? you got it!!!!!! ( baby's maximus gluteos )
    POTO= A S S
    POTITO=LITTLE A S S
    I hope this guy changes his name...or pick a nick name for himself.
    Excuse me...but, I don't how to explain this in a better way. :( :confused: :mrgreen:
     
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    A third for Slobodan, and eight-syllable name if I ever heard one!

    But don't forget:

    Peanut Louie!

    (Who played doubles with sister Marcie, thus rendering the comic doubles line Louie-Louie.)

    I also like:

    the Fed -- but only using Cliffy's pronunciation, "Rajah Federah"

    Jose Acasuso -- sounds like a hotheaded pronouncement of guilt or accusation

    Canas -- loud enough, sounds like a Spanish swear word

    Many French names are great fun to pronounce with a Pepe-Le-Pew-meets-Inspector-Clouseau-loaded-on-Bordeaux-style exaggeration:

    Sebastien Grosjean
    Paul-Henri Mathieu
    Gael Monfils
    and
    Julie Halard-Decujis (sp?)
     
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    Can't do much better than Louie/Louie!

    Man, what a list from you guys. This thread highlights the vast, international nature of our sport...and it brings out the Beavis (or at least the Larry/Curly/Moe) in all of us.
    Just as many cool names as soccer, I think.

    Well, here are some names that I always liked for various reasons.

    Ilie Nastase. Jakob Hlasek.

    A girl named Nino...Nino Louarsabishvili. L., Nino.
    I probably didn't even spell her last name correctly, but she used that cool red Volkl that Korda used back in the early/mid nineties, the TC-25, I think.

    Anyone remember Adriano Panatta, Antonio Zugarelli and Corrado Barrazzuti?

    Americans; Rosie Casals, Marita Redondo, Ben Testerman, Derrick Rostagno and Victor Amaya.
    South Americans; Nicolas Pereira, Cassio Motta, Carlos Kirmayr, Victor Pecci and Victor Chapacu.

    Occupying alliteration alley: Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg, Andre Agassi, Raul Ramirez, Cristiano Caratti.....etc. There coulda been a Chrissie Connors.
    Joshua Rafter -- kind of an Old Testament / U2 / loft architecture ring to it.

    Cool big-serving names, Chip Hooper (say it fast) and Eric Korita.

    Zenzo Shimizu, from the Tilden era. Shuzo Matsuoka.

    Fred Perry. Rene Lacoste.

    Alex Metreveli. Pavel Hutka, the Godfather of both handedness on both sides. Pavel Slozil. Balasz Taroczy. Heinz Gunthardt.

    Vitas' sister Ruta Gerulaitis.

    Baron Gottfried von Cramm.
    Brian Gottfried.

    Don Budge. Budge Patty. Bunny Austin, the first man to wear shorts at Wimbledon. I always liked Jacques Brugnon and Henri Cochet.

    Franz Beckenbauer....Pele. Guga.

    Recent US college players, John Paul Fruttero and Genius Chidzikwe (his father's name is Clever.) Seriously.

    Something you'd say if the guy who makes your clothes gave you some advice, "Roger Taylor", the British player from the seventies.

    Too bad Frew McMillan never played dubs w/ Lew Hoad.
    There's a band called Rod Laver.

    Beautifully named francophones; Francoise Durr, Ronald Agenor, Tarik Benhabiles, Thierry Champion, Thierry Tulasne, Henri Leconte, Yannick Noah, Guy Forget, who never really got his due for that Billy Crystal vehicle, Forget Paris.

    I'll end my list with a quote from Jon Wertheim, "...the all-profanity doubles team of Cyril Suk and Martin Damm."
     
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    Ville Liukko

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    cool names:

    jcf

    R.NADAL

    Gilles Muller
     
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    I also like Potito Starace.

    Starace is just a very nice word with a very topical last 3 letters, and Potito sounds like an Irish man saying potato:)
     
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    I thought Smashnova-Pistolesi was pretty damned cool too.
     
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    Alex Lopez Moron

    I just like seeing his name on the scoreboard A. Moron
     
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    Actually I mis-translated Potito Starace's name on purpose. I told my sister his name was Potato Starch. :D

    My favorite tennis names are Olivier Rochus and Takao Suzuki.
     
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  30. splink779

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    Smashnova is very cool. I feel like it should be shouted in a thick russian accent after she wins points. It would also be an intimidating name if she wasn't 5'2"
     
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    Rafael N. (reminds me of my teenage mutant ninja turtle days)

    N. Kiefer (pretty cool)

    Haas

    Mr. Federer (great last name, just sounds way cool)
     
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    McNamara/McNamee...

    You know there had to be a few Aussie songs written about them...
     
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    (These are just current players)
    I dunno if they're my favorite names but i think these are funky ones:
    Tamarine Tanasugarn
    Karolina Sprem----"remember the wimby "sprem" count"
    Flavia Pennetta-----why would anyone name a daughter "Flavia". It just sounds bad.
    Na Li----for the shortest, hehe
    Vera Douchevina---at least we know she's clean

    (Guys)
    Wawrinka, Stanislas----oooh k
    Lee, Hyung-Taik ----- sounds like a karate chop would follow, heee-ya!
    Saulnier, Cyril
    Tipsarevic, Janko
    Srichaphan, Paradorn
    Stepanek, Radek---hehe just fun to say
     
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  34. Noelle

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    I also like saying Dinara Safina.
     
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    This one is the best by far: Ramon-Ramirez Hidalgo. I saw him play Henman at Wimby last yr.
     
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    Indeed A Collection Of Comments Above My Head!!! But Yes Indeed Sometimes, There Are Just Cool Names With Personality Across The Board.
     
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    I've always like Henry LeConte. I can just picture Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther describing the thief.."Awn RAY Lay Conte"

    Also like the short names: Hu Na and Na Li. If they played doubles together, they could put both of the 1st and last names on the scoreboard, in the singles name slot, and it would still be shorter than most of the Russian and European last names.
     
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    Goran Ivanisevic!
    Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
    Sebastien Grosjean.
     
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    Potito Starace..... (in chilean lingo Potito means "little a ss".)
     
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    If you have ever heard Wayne Bryan introduce someone on court then pretty much EVERY name sounds cool.
     
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    Matan S h i trit from Israel (no spaces). Look it up on the ATP if you don't believe me!
     
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    HAHAHAHHAHHA o man.... sucks for Mr. Moron...



    [Men]
    I like the name Mark Phillipousis... sounds like he gets a lot of poussies


    [Women]
    Anna Kournikova. How could this name not yet be mentioned?!?!?! I also like Brooke Burke, O man... that's a bootylicious name right there.
     
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    Paradorn Srichaphan
     
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    First name that came to mind was Anna Smashnova. How can you beat that for a tennis player?
     
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    Paradorn Srichipan... sounds so cool!
     
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    Bohdan Ulirach! (OOOH-lee-rock)
     
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    In chilean language, according to RiosTheGenius. You are from Chile too? I've never heard of "poto = ass" before. Not in Spain.

    In Spain, "potito" means nothing like that. A "potito" in Spain's Spanish is a baby's food pot (from "pote", pot).

    .............

    And, my favourite tennis names:

    Andre Agassi

    Juan Carlos Ferrero (perfect metre in Spanish speech)

    Igor Andreev, Nikolai Davydenko.. Russian names sound good.

    Venus Williams ("Venus" is a great name, "Serena" is ok too)

    Bjorn Borg, sounds like "tennis" to me.

    Rafael Nadal, the short form: "Rafa" Nadal, sounds very well in Spanish
     
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  49. d70

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    Sa cha phannnnnnnnnnnnnn

    Srichaphan
     
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    Cool names

    Sure, his full name is Alexander, or Aleksandr....but i'd like to nominate
    Sasha Bogomolov.

    Leander Paes. Cool, whether you pronounce it like in Spanish (Pa-Ezs) or in Vegas-speak (pays).

    Claudio Panatta.
    Ilie Nastase and his nephew Minhea Nastase.
    Joao Cunha-Silva.
    Jaime Oncins.
    Guga Kuerten!

    Svedish division:
    Mikael Pernfors.
    Jonas B. Svensson.
    Stefan and Hans Simonsson.
    Joakim Nystrom. Anders Jarryd.
    And of course, Bjorn Rune Borg.

    Dubs division:
    Trevor Kronemann. I don't know if I spelled that right, but it's a cool name. Almost as cool as Shelby Cannon (who just happened to have a good serve).
    Rob Seguso.

    Israeli division:
    Famous Amos Mansdorf. Raviv Weidenfeld. Shlomo Glickstein.

    Simon Youl. Mark Kratzmann. Chuck McKinley. Arthur Ashe.
    Ashley Cooper.

    Ladies and gentlemen, [drumroll] the all-time coolest name in tennis:
    Vic Seixas.
     
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