Pros You've Met

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  1. nCode747

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    Title says it all, What are some professional players that you have met.
     
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  2. LiveForever

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    I went to the Audi dealership last month, so I guess I have met Murray.


    I am gonna go to the US open next year so I hope I meet or see Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic.
     
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  3. christos_liaskos

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    I've met McEnroe a couple of times and Cash. Former pros i know, but legends none the less
     
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  4. beckham

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    I shook Fabrice Santoro's hand at Wimbledon this year.
    Also saw Federer center court, along with Cilic, Querrey, Sharapova and Dulko. I also saw Gonzales, Djokovic, Tsonga, Azeranka, Murray, Fish, Vemic, Ivanovic, Melzer, along with numerous doubles players.
    I guess I have only met Santoro but I did talk to Gicquel at Wimbledon too.
     
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  5. JeMar

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    Most famous player I've ever met was Roddick. I've spoken to a lot of challenger and 50-100 caliber players, though.
     
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  6. grimmbomb21

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    Safin, Roddick, Courier. I got my picture with all three as well. Safin and Courier were great. Patient and really cool. Roddick seemed really annoyed that we made him stop. Not that I blame him. I could see it getting old really quick. So at least he stopped.

    I have been at NBA games where a player that kids are going nuts over will just say "I ain't signing sh!# right now." Not naming names.....Stephon Marbury.

    Tennis athletes are, by far, more down to earth people.
     
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  7. malakas

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    hahahaha I actually laughed out loud at this!:mrgreen:

    I've seen from very close Baghdatis and Bennetau but didn't get to talk to either.So dunno it that counts as meeting.
     
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  8. Andres

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    Nadal + pretty much all the argies, except Nalbandian.
     
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  9. OliverSimon

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    I talked to Gasquet, Petrova, Dulko and Bovina.
     
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  10. psb1nxt7

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    I ball boyed at the Cincinnati Masters... So couldn't say I met many players but have been in contact with them. But I have met Andy Roddick and Shahar Peer at my club
     
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  11. Tsonga#1fan

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    Rod Laver, Illie Nastase, Guillermo Vilas, James Blake

    I got their autographs, took pictures and had mine taken with them and chatted with them for at least a few minuites. James and Guillermo were both just as nice as can be. Nastase couldn't have cared less, he just showed up for the quick cash. In the case of Laver, I was 14 y/o so there was more drooling over him than chatting.
     
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    melanie oudin, jill claybas, mary joe fernandez, Gisela Dulko(pretty hot in person) at the fed cup 2009 surprise, az.

    Nadal & Federer in Korea exhibition match 2006.

    Jimmy Areas and mats wilander 2009.
     
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  13. Craig Carter

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    I met Vijay Amritraj at Stratton Mountain, VT at a tourney many years ago and he was one of the nicest guys that you would ever meet. That same night I bumped in to Flach & Seguso at a bar and they were hammered - they actually bought a round for my table. Had to play in the semi's the next day but that didn't stop them from having a few beverages.
     
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  14. Mdubb23

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    I've met many players ballboying. The most interesting :))) have been Roddick, Soderling, Gulbis, and Bogomolov.
     
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  15. 1st Seed

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    Good thread!
    When I was younger I ballboyed in Toronto,Andre decided to come to the ballperson's tent and wanted to join in on the baseball game we were having during our down time.I got to pitch while he pelted easy 100m balls to the 50 kids who would fight to be the one who catches it.

    Been on court with all the great legends,Mac,Lendl,Pistol,Andre,Graf,Monica,Becker,Edberg SABATINI (my God)those soaked shirts were very distracting.Had Chang tell me slow down cause I was making him look bad.15,000 people laughing at me.Nastase calling me the little motorcycle.Mac asking me where to serve.Good Times.
     
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  16. Casey10s

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    I worked security at a Virginia Slims Legend event a few years ago. Navratilova made a wise crack at me, I took Zina Garrison to the pro shop when she forgot her clothes, I escorted Virginia Wade through the club and talked to her as we went through the club, and commented about Tracy Austin's strokes and she turned around and show us her stroke motion. As for Evert, she had her entourage and you couldn't get to her unless you wanted to risk your life. As for the rest of the players, had contact with them but had no memorable moments.
     
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  17. himynameisNIKE

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    andrei pavel :D!!!

    i go to his academy
     
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  18. Kobble

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    I don't get the criteria, so I'll break it up.

    Signatures: Kuerten, Safin, Nadal, Ljubicic, and Baghdatis.

    Photos: Safin

    Talked to for more than 30 seconds: Todd Martin, Jose Higueras (when he coached Tursunov). Capriati's father.

    Been close to many people in a leisurely setting. Some are Brad Gilbert, Matheiu Montcourt, Gael Monfils, Spadea, Malisse, Mischa Zverev's father, Gambill's father, and I'm sure many more I can't recall.

    I wouldn't claim to know any of these people.
     
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  19. Kobble

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    Sounds great.
     
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  20. Radical10is

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    Personally I have met Sampras at charity event, Agassi at book signing, Wilander and Mcenroe (met both and talked to both at Wilander's charity event which i helped work), and also met Will Ferrell there. Great guy, not much of a tennis player.
     
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  21. JongJong

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    I have a hat with Roddicks, Djokcovics, Federers, and Nadals signiture that I got at the Kids Day US Open. Is that good or impressive or valauble?? Becuase I think that the hat is just lying under my bed somewhere.
     
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  22. skyzoo

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    I've awkwardly asked venus williams on live tv for an autograph and have awkwardly been turned down by venus williams on live tv. Hence why autographs mean nothing to me anymore.
     
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  23. Migelowsky

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    Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Venus, Serena, Ana Kournikova, Conchita Martinez, Steffi Graf, Gaby Sabatini, all of them at San Diego, I think since last year the tournament is not longer hier. Ah, and I attended a clinic with Raúl Ramirez, a mexican player from the 70's that his highest ranking was 4th.
    This is me , I think is the year 2000 there in San Diego

    [​IMG]
     
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  24. Blake0

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    John Newcombe...this march at newks..i got lucky :), he happened to be there.
     
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  25. Kobble

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    Yeah, I feel the same way about my Babe Ruth bat and the Ted Williams ball. Maybe I can buy a tee and make some use of them. In reality, there was a supposed authentic Mickey Mantle ball I was supposed to get in a will. Apparently, the husband of the woman never turned in the will, and kept the ball, along with all her other valuables. Considering the source of the ball, it was probably fake.
     
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  26. TheTruth

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    Was walking past Safin as he walked by, called his name and he stopped, turned, and winked at me.

    Held a conversation with Jankovic. She was very nice and personable.

    Waved at Davydenko as he was going to the players lounge. Thought he didn't wave back and was going to get mad, but my entourage pointed at him to let me see. He actually stopped on the landing, smiled, and waved back.

    Got close to Serena as she was signing autographs, but the crowd was too intense and she looked pretty scared, so we backed off.

    Tried to get an autograph for my son from Sania Mirza, but she and her doubles partner were walking too fast and didn't appear to be in the mood for signing. My son just wanted a pro's autograph. Any pro, he didn't even know Mirza.

    Not exactly players, but they're pretty close (in proximity) to players. Umpires.

    Jerry Armstrong-was very nice and friendly.

    Carlos Bernardes-He was very talkative and friendly. He actually stopped and held a conversation.
     
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  27. TheTruth

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    Turned down? Did she say no, shake her head, or ignore you?
     
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  28. kOaMaster

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    federer a couple of times in basel, when he was still watching the football matches in "normal" stands without too much attention (around 2001-2003).
    once at the facilities where federer used to train when he was in switzerland, he was two fields next to me with chuidinelli. I guess we didn't really concentrate, rather watched him play ;)

    and well, at the swiss indoors it happens to meet some of the players just "somewhere" around, maybe even on the toilet :D but you can't call this meet...
     
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  29. I met and SPOKE (Yes of course i am proud) Federer and his Swedish coach Peter Lundgren in Stockholm Open in 1999 where Fed qualified, he was really nice and down to earth, very mature despite only being 18 (i was 19 atthe time) and a really funny guy.

    Ive met Wilander Edberg Laver Rosewall Panatta Borg Nastase Santana Stan Smith and Robin Soderling (i played with Soderling for 20 minutes when he was 14 and i was 18 in Bastad in 1998 (he was a little spoiled brat at the time)
     
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  30. Ash_Smith

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    Lets see...Rafa, Federer, Murray, Roddick, Sharapova, Venus and Serena, Grosjean, Rusedski (got a racquet from him) + many, many more. Being a coach helps you get into a lot of places to meet players! :)
     
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  31. 007

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    I met Federer in Toronto in 2001. Have also met Rusedski, Bjorkman, Wayne Ferreira there over the years. Also stepped on Mary Pierce's foot in the VIP tent in Toronto.
     
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  32. Hankenstein

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    Stefan Edberg, Magnus Gustafsson, Michael Russel, Magnus Larsson and countless lower ranked players on future events and practice courts.

    The biggest pro i "hang out" with was Andrew Ilie down in Melbourne 2002. I even practiced a session with him. He was such a friendly guy. So down to earth. It was too bad he ended his career so early :(
     
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  33. TheTruth

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    Too funny...
     
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    Venus Williams
     
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    At the bausch and lomb tournament at Amelia Island before they moved it to ponte vedra.
     
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  36. SlAyR

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    i managed to meet Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina at this year's Rogers Cup, and managed to take a picture with them :), but I also met Patty Schneider, Jelena Jankovic, Daniela Hantuchova, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki...lol...all on the same day at the Rogers Cup...it was a great day to say the least :)
     
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  37. SVP

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    encounter with Martina

    In 2003, my wife, 3 yr. old daughter, and I were coincidentally at the Long Beach, CA Marriott Hotel when we all walked by Martina Navratilova in the valet parking area. She was there for the Home Depot tournament in Carson, California. She had her little white dog with her. Martina was very solicitous towards my daughter. She barely acknowledged me and my wife, which was okay with me. I can still remember how "cut" her arms and legs were.
     
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  38. Alejandro D

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    When I was a ballboy, a very long time ago, I met Vilas, Clerc, McEnroe and Lendl.
     
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  39. Oldracquet27

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    Well, met personally not, but i have a picture with Ivan Lubijic., patty Schnyder and Shahar Peer. By the way, Ivan and Patty very nice people. Shahar not so much, after we asked for the picture i regreted asking her because of her attitude even though she agreed to give us the pic. I have seen almost all the big pros very very close when they come to South Fla. to the Sony Ericson.
     
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  40. Oldracquet27

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    Your signature line? Not so nice of you if you are making fun of somebody. If it is the case that person might be not a native English speaker maybe which is not a sin.
     
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  41. JeMar

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    Delete post.
     
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  42. JeMar

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    I'm pretty sure George Walker Bush is a native English speaker.

    More gems.

    Also, many lulz.
     
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  43. Topaz

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    Though you certainly couldn't tell at times!!!
     
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    I've had my picture taken with Juan Martin del Potro (at Legg Mason) and Amelie Mauresmo (at Sony Ericcson)...didn't really talk much other than me saying 'good luck'.
     
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  45. flyinghippos101

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    I met azarenka and sharapova.

    It was awesome.
     
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    Mary Pierce, Jelena Jankovic, Daniela Hantuchova, Vera Zvonareva, Anna Kournikova, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Marat Safin David Nalbandian, Greg Rusedski, Thomas Enqvist, Byron Black, Jonas Bjorkman and when I was at the davis cup I opened up a practice court for jurgen melzer :p for some reason he could not get the door open to one of the outside courts at wimbledon and I kindly unlatched the hook for him :p Also met Jo Wilfried Tsonga at the Rome Masters to :p
     
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    I said whats up this year to Taylor Dent as he was sitting in front of me in the stands :)

    and i dared my friend who's a solid 4.5 to ask Ernests Gulbis (who was doing sprints right behind a court we were hitting on) to hit. he told us he would hit with us tomorrow after his doubles match. he was a really cool guy.

    also i saw Sam Querrey and said "whats up Q-ball" and he said hey! i asked how he got that nickname and he said Rajeev ram gave it to him

    and My girlfriend at the time was w/me when i met Vince Spadea, he winked at her, (Friggin player)
     
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  48. SVP

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    explanation

    Oh man, I was wondering whether I would ever have to explain my signature. I guess I have to do it now.

    My signature consists of actual quotes from President George W. Bush, a native English speaker who was accepted to Yale University and Harvard Business School. Sorry you didn't get the joke, son.

    As a son of immigrants to America, I would never say that being a non-native English speaker was a sin, son.
     
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    Took photo with Anabel Garrigues

    Spoke for around 15 minutes to Carl Maes

    Was coached by Andy Murray's junior coach for about 6 months

    Took close up photo and had a brief chat with 2009 mixed doubles champ Carly Gullickson

    Started chatting to Baghdatis' mom on the train after he beat Gulbis at Wimbledon 2 03 3 years back.
     
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  50. Kobble

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    Did he practice with Gulbis? That is one of those, do you do it and look like a joke, or do it anyway for the memory. It would make me nervous, but I would likely do it.
     
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