smartest pro on tour?

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  1. andyroddick's mojo

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    who's the smartest or most intelligent person on the tour?
     
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  2. RiosTheGenius

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    do you mean on court??, in general??
    it's hard to tell as I have not seen any of them handling non-tennis situations...
    as for on the court... there's many guys using their head out there, but the ones I find to be the smartest and the ones who make the most clever adjustments to win matches:

    1 David Nalbandian
    2 Tommy Robredo
    3 Nicolas Massu
    4 Lleyton Hewitt
    5 Arnaud Clement
    6 Guillermo Canas

    in the women side no one really thinks out there aside Martina Hingis and the Belgians
     
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  3. superman1

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    And Roger Federer is conspicuously missing from your list...you know, the guy that wins everything.

    I think he meant smartest off the court, and how would anyone have any idea of that? Blake went to Harvard for 2 years, does that make him the smartest? Maybe not.
     
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    No, you have to realize a lot of pro athletes that are THAT good, become more priviledged when attending prestigious schools like Harvard, even though they would never make it in on academics alone.
     
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  5. Return_Ace

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    i think one commentator said that arnaud clement was the only one in the top 50/100 to have a degree.... he's got one in maths (i think)
     
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  6. alienhamster

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    What is your deal with Blake, dude? It's almost like you have a personal mission to bring him down on these boards here. (I think you're doing it for the attention, and so far it's workng . . . .)

    In interviews Blake seems to speak well and offers a intellectual engagement with tennis and non-tennis issues. Whether or not it's a result of "fine schooling" doesn't matter. The guy's smart, and he actually reads smart stuff (so I hear) and thinks well.

    Nalbandian and Santoro seem exceptionally smart to me. Escude (back in the day) did as well. Roddick is pretty damn smart OFF the court.

    And while I used to be a naysayer about Fed's intelligence, I'm starting to believe more and more that he is a pretty sharp guy.
     
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  7. Ztalin

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    alien, I like Blake, but the guy's argument is legit. How do we know if Blake could get into Harvard on academic achievement alone? I'm not saying that he couldn't, but there is definitely favouring if you're famous (like Jonathan Taylor Thomas; he went to Harvard, and was definitely a shoe-in at admissions).

    What was Blake's degree in anyway?

    edit: I originally thought that he got a master's degree in his two years, but it turns out that he went there for undergrad, and merely didn't finish. My bad.
     
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  8. chess9

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    On court intelligence has a hands down winner:
    (The envelope please. Thank you!)
    FABRICE SANTORO wins!

    If Fabrice had Federer's serve and forehand, well....

    Who cares about real world intelligence? :)

    Anyway, I'm no fan of psychometrics and doubt it's a science. Probably worse than phrenology....

    -Robert
     
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    Andre Agassi

    Radek Stepanek ( he knows how to attract women unless you are good looking..:rolleyes: )
     
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    Arnaud Clement must be the most educated.In his bio it says that he got serious about tennis after passing the bac (French high school diploma) in 1995 with a B.S. diploma in mathematics.
    I think that this is an indication that he must be very smart.Training while studying..Hell,I can't do even half of it..:(
     
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  11. Alejandro D

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    Nalbandian, Federer, Santoro. Coria is (was?) quite smart too.
     
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  12. HyperHorse

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    im not sure if this is true, but i heard Mats Wilander studied physics @ university....
     
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  13. 35ft6

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    Based on their play...

    - Nalbandian
    - Ljubicic
    - Santoro
    - Federer
    - McEnroe

    Based on interview...

    - Safin
    - Roddick
    - Santoro
    - Federer
    - Tursunov
     
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  14. rafael nadal
     
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  15. simi

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    Todd Martin is pretty intellegent.
     
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  16. RiosTheGenius

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    wait wait wait wait...... Roddick can be funny... but he doesn't sound like a very intellectual character to me. I 'm not sure if there's too much to talk about with him. ... at least that's what I get from him.
     
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    Wouldn't that be Blake purely because of the univ. he attended?
     
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  18. TENNIS_IS_FUN

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    I remember reading a Safin interview, and he said that you can base what type of person someone is from the way they play tennis and how they act on the court...i completely agree.....

    Conclusion: Santaro = Pansy
     
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  19. 35ft6

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    He's one of the wittiest interview subjects in tennis, up there with Hingis and Safin. I'm talking about tennis wit, I'm not saying any of these people are Oscar Wilde. I remember some site or magazine had a collection of the best interview responses of the year. I think 25% of them were from Roddick.
     
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  20. Ivanišević

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    definitly Mario Ancic.. he studies law, 3rd year..
     
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  21. Feña14

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    Tim Henman seems pretty clever and knows alot about the world.

    His parents are pretty rich so he may of been to a private school but i'm not sure.

    He does come across like an intelligent lad on TV.
     
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