Most obnoxious pro player ever?

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  1. @wright

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    "You cannot be serious!" I'd have to say either John McEnroe or Jeff Tarango(his wife slapped the chair umpire). :shock:
     
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    Nastase?

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    Bill Tilden.
     
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    Connors and McEnroe by far.
     
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  6. Sean Dugan

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    The unholy trinity of bad behavior on the tennis court........Mac, Connors, and Nasty. Disruption was a part of their game plan. Agassi occasionally acts very badly, but not on a consistent basis. If I were a racquet, I'd pick Safin. On the other side of the behavior spectrum, Edberg comes to mind. As do Rafter, Guga and Sampras, and a host of others.
     
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  7. borisboris

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    David Wheaton--CONNERS = #1
     
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    I agree with Sean Dugan : Mac, Connors, and Nasty. Gilbert & Tarango mostly were good examples of trying to win ugly. Everyone gets on Roddick for his attitude and behavior but it does not really even compare to those 3 post champions. Tennis really needs some colorful characters again for recapturing public interest so its great that most of the TW posters are giving Arod soo much attention as it will help to draw even more interest :wink:
     
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  9. tennisplayer

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    Great topic, Alan... I've got to go with McEnroe, Connors, and Tarango. These three are in a class of their own.
     
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  10. Nosoupforyou

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    Agassi with acts very badly, i kinda doubt it, he is usually very gracious both in both victory and defeat, except maybe at the siebel :roll:
    Safin is actually a pretty cool guy i hear, i think he just gets mad at himself more than anything else, i'd say mcenroe was the worst, probably because of the stunt he pulled when Gilbert won the match and he got the ump to overrule it after ten minutes
     
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  11. Sean Dugan

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    I agree that Andre is nowhere near as bad as Mac, JC, or Nasty.......not even close. But I have seen him behave badly,,,,,,,,once at Siebel, then Sybase, yes. The 96 final against Sampras.......he was awful!. He got DQed from the same tournament a few years later, 99?. And in his second Wimbledon semi against Rafter, 2001?, he "threw" at a line judge he thought had hooked him. Turns out the guy made the right call, or certainly a call that was far too close to complain about. Everyone has their days. Ivo had his moments, too. And, in a battle of the Todds, I saw Woodbridge.....hardly a wild man.........screaming the f word in a match against Martin. For the most part, men's tennis is still a gentlemen's game. The WTA, the World Teenagegirl Association?, seems to suffer from more on-court antics, but some people find the histrionic cattiness entertaining. There's a soap opera aspect to it. :wink:
     
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    I'm going w. Mac and Connors w/ mac coming in comfortably in first place..nasty could be very Nasty and cruel, but he also could be hilarious and charming. Not that it made his behaviour right, but at least he had redeeming qualities. Mac's and Connors attempts at being funny or 'nice guys' were pretty lame IMO. Edo
     
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    Nasty

    Nobody came close to Nasty in his prime and his ability to throw off other players games.
     
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  14. spinbalz

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    Double team : Tiriac - Nastase from Romania in Davis cup, absolutly terrific when at home!
     
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  15. Mikael

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    What about Gimelstob...
     
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  16. Max G.

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    Pshaw, Gimelstob. The young generation just isn't as good at being nasty as the old-timers. Nobody knows how to throw a tantrum properly anymore...

    :p
     
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  17. my_forehand

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    Why Tarango if his WIFE smacked the ump.
     
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  18. auzzieizm

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    I watched a Team Tennis match last year of Jeff Tarango against John McEnroe. Jeff Tarango was acting like a spoiled, pissed off teenager. McEnroe beat him easily in that set. For Tarango to still be acting like that is ridiculous.
     
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    Tarango and McEnroe in Team tennis? Jeez, that's just a dog & pony show, isn't it? It's all just a put-on for the paying customers at this point in their careers, and the players give 'em what they want.
     
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  20. feetofclay

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    I personally don't think you could call Nastase obnoxious. He was certainly temperamental and disruptive, but the crowds at Wimbledon quite liked him. I remember him borrowing an umbrella from someone in the crowd, because they were having to play in the rain. He continued to play umbrella in one hand, racket in the other until play was called off. The truth is that he was gifted and talented but his temperament prevented him from reaching his full potential. Andy Roddick would have to get my vote.
     
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    How about Vilas?
     
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  22. auzzieizm

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    I agree. Tarango still acted like a jerk regardless.

    p.s. that must also be why Kournikova was still hitting double faults. ;)
     
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  23. GS

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    Hey, how about Vince Spadea? Ever since he achieved the record of 21 consecutive first-round ATP losses in history, he's been a real jerk, like yelling at ballboys and refusing to sign autographs after matches. At the US Open years ago, while trying to return a deep lob, he hit a linesman on his backswing, causing him to lose the point. He turned to the linesman and said, "Hey, next time, get out of my way!!"
    A classy guy....
     
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  24. Fee

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    Connors, Nastase, and McEnroe for consistency, quantity, and quality. They were almost ALWAYS bad. Roddick's occasional outbursts have nothing on those three. Same for Hewitt, kitty cat by comparison.
     
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    From what I have learned as of late, I would go with Nastase and Hewitt. I have a burr in my side as far as Hewitt is concerned that I just can't shake off.
     
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  26. mattyc

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    Hewitt IMO.


    A little story for u all.


    when hewitt was 14 he got to the final of a fututres event. He was in locker room and they called his name to come out for the final. 10 mins later he still had not appeared. 15 mins later the referee went in to get him. He said to the young Hewitt

    " Hurry up or you will be disqualified"

    Hewitt replies: " Do you know who I am???

    Referee: Lleyton Hewitt?

    Hewitt: I am the future Wimbledon Champion, leave me alone I will come when I am ready to come!"





    Obnoxious? I think so
     
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  28. Magix

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    Aren't most teenagers obnoxious?

    And at least he backed up his claim about winning Wimbledon. :wink:
     
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  29. Cyclone

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    connors was honestly a complete travesty of a player. i have no doubt that he was an amazing player with a ton of fight in him, his propensity for showing zero class completely tarnishes (in my opinion) his reputation as one of the game's greats. gustavo kuerten and patrick rafter, on the other hand, were extremely talented in their own rights, but were on the whole respectable and gentlemanly players. connors should be ashamed of himself for being such a disgrace
     
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  30. TonLars

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    Oh get off Hewitt please. The guy is a very nice and classy guy. On the court he is simply very intense and does the "come on!". Theres nothing wrong with that. There are many more obnoxious players than him in their demonstrations of behavior.
     
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    Johnny Mac, or Hewitt?
    Hewitt can get into players' grills often, haha.
     
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  32. Leublu tennis

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    All I remember about Nastasy was that he could swear in 6 languages and we thought he was just amusing, not necessarily disruptive like McEnroe.
     
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  33. tintin

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    Connors
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  34. pound cat

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    Why is it that almost all the most obnoxious players mentioned are American?
     
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    Because they have more personality ?
     
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    • John McEnroe
      Illie Nastase
      Jimmy Connors
      Ivan Lendel
     
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  37. rafan

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    Well ok Mac - but hasn't he grown into a diplomatic pro establishment grandad - maybe I liked to old obnoxious one
     
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    Roger Federer

    I don't like Fed's attitude at all. Great player. Great guy. Most talent.

    But, seriously lacks charisma and somehow makes me not excited when he plays. He is just so robotic and plain and his celebrations and frustrations sometimes sound scripted and forced.

    Despite all of that he remains the greatest player of my era and is a gentleman of the game and has propelled the game into the future.
     
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    Can't believe you have forgotten Marcelo Rios.
     
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  40. Djokovicfan4life

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    I love Fed's attitude myself. That "not even trying vibe" just goes to show us how truly great a
    player he is.


    Just watch him blast Roddick's attempt at an overhead calmly down the line. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zKwqGYCNvY

    Even Roddick (who some people have mentioned in this thread) walks over and congratulates Fed on a ridiculous shot that no one else in the world is capable of.

    BTW, what is the commentator saying after the shot? Sounds like "inkly dinkly" to me. WTF. :lol:
     
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  41. cmo871

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    connors nadal sharapova
     
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    would have to be sharapova and serena for me....that screams really kill it for me....
     
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    Jeff Tarango - Remember this guy walking off the court in the 1995 Wimbledon? His wife slapped the line judge Bruno Rebeuh.

    Pete Sampras - The guy is a total ass on and off the court. On the court, the guy never gives his opponent or anyone any credit. He's obviously undergoing a mid-life crisis. It's tacky for him to come out and say that Federer's opponents are lot easier than the ones Sampras faced in the late 90's when he dominated. The guy needs to learn to laugh at himself a bit and get a little charisma (like John McEnroe who has clearly learned to laugh at his own strikingly short temper.)
     
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    Vailidisova, she's a b on wheels.
     
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  45. Tshooter

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    Easy one.

    Nastase
    Jmac
    Connors
     
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    Connors and McEnroe, though of course some others mentioned I agree with also, Ilie, in particular. Yet I don't think it's should be called "personality" what these players displayed and how they behaved. Just rude, insulting and gamesmanship, though admittedly, each of these players could have a charming witty side.
     
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    Jeff Tarango. He made Mac look like a saint.
     
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    Andy Roddick. The biggest jerk on tour. By far.
     
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  49. 35ft6

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    Wow, they're all lefties. I wouldn't mind seeing more obnoxious tennis players. Like not slamming rackets and swearing, but just more interesting characters.
     
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  50. Hot Sauce

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    How is that obnoxious?
     
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