What is a "stylish" player?

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  1. f98-jah

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    Amazing, there are four pages and Edbergs name is just mentioned in 4 or 5 messages. If you talk about style Edberg is the the one to talk about. His movement and shots are in a class of their own.
    Every other player could be judge by how close they come to Edberg when it comes to style.
    Players today that come pretty close are:Henman Llodra.
    In the past: Korda, Leconte.
     
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  2. Stuck

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    To me stylish players are those like Sampras & Federer. They make the game look easy and they have a certain carisma about them that most top 10 players don't. They are and were true artists of the game.
     
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  3. iksmols

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    I strongly agree.
     
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  4. Phillip=Tennis guy

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    Federer..................
     
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  5. slice bh compliment

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    Am I the only one who would like to put Yannick Noah on this list?!?!
    Michael Stich on a good day (when he beat Pete in Frankfurt or Boris at Wimbledon) is at the top of my list.
    Nasty. Fibak, Panatta, Krish, and I felt Patrick Cash had a stylish attacking game. Mecir is cool by me too.

    Stefan Edberg.
    John McEnroe.
    Martina Navratilova kicked ass, and did it with style.

    Maria Bueno and Evonne Goolagong yes. BJK as well.
    I always liked Yayuk Basuki. Saw her live at the Open and in Oakland once. Sweet attacking game, anyone remember her?

    Guga Kuerten to some extent. Rios for sure. Petr Korda on a really, really good day was up there with Hicham Arazi or Henri Leconte.

    I liked Derrick Rostagno and Guy Forget. Same with Jose Luis Clerc.
    Today, I like this Federer guy. I think he may top this list one day.

    Style points also awarded to Moya, Ferrero, Blake, Pete, Andrei Pavel, Alberto Costa, Kafelnikov, Safin, Paes, Paradorn.
     
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  6. chiru

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    sampras, federer, edberg, johnny mac (on his volleys, although his serve was a bit hideous), guga, rios, agassi, blake (not as much as these other guys, but his strokes are pretty smooth, although he puts a lot more effort into his forehand than these guys), laver, emerson, borg, goran (his serve was smoooooooooth) and finally the smoothest player on either tour who used the least exertion ever: Maria Sharapova.
     
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  7. slice bh compliment

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    I did not really think of Goran....but yeah. The serve, even the groundstrokes were smooth and very clean. There were times at net that he looked like fish in a tree...then again, he could lok awfully comfortable with a drop volley here and there.

    My vote: Stylish. Ivanisevic is on the list.
     
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  8. jaggy

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    I think Murray has amazing movement, glides around the court. Is that stylish? All down to your definition, his strokes arent stylish so I suppose movement, strokes, even the way you look. Evert was stylish I thought, meaning her persona.
     
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  9. !Tym

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    For me, Forget's serve was the most stylish ever and the Bruguera forehand the most stylish forehand ever...the ONLY western forehand besides' Moya's that I find visually appealing, but Bruguera's forehand more ideosyncratic and unique. Bruguera's box beam take back was also the most stylish for me of the two-handers since otherwise they all look pretty generic too me with the straight take back.

    I like ideosyncratic strokes in general, just not FUGLY strokes like the Braasch serve.

    Guga, I can see why people would call his strokes stylish, but to me they always just looked kind of gangly and awkward looking but that's just me, kind of like watching a double jointed tennis player or something, there was just too much of a feeling of sharp, angular bones sticking out everywhere, actually kind of like imaginging the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz playing tennis for some reason, like there was no weight in the bones and he was going to be carried away by the wind, no feeling of a backbone. Ah, but like I said, was just me. Everyone else thought his strokes were very aesthetic...I actually thought Muster's muscular yet functional looking strokes were nice to look at actually to go to another extreme.

    Arazi's my favorite looking one-hander, then Korda, then Pioline.

    Forget had the most elegant looking and way of moving at the net for me. Just everything about his game was timeless classic, almost you got the feeling that it was a holdout from the Fred Perry generation or something come alive again. Really made tennis look and feel like a "gentleman's sport."
     
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  10. Ano

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    I do. She is the best ever female player from Indonesia. At one point in her career, she was ranked no. 19 in WTA.
     
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  11. flymeng

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    Hyung-Taik Lee is extremely stylish. Just kidding.

    I like Pioline, Stich, Federer, Malisse and Rios.
    Sabatini is the only woman that gets my vote. I can still remember USO final in 90. She moved like a ballet dancer.
     
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  12. soundofatrain

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    marcelo rios
     
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  13. slice bh compliment

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    She was awesome. What a stylist. And an imposing player, even at 5 foot nothing.

    Basuki's the best ever female player from Indonesia........this begs the question: who is the best ever male player from Indonesia?

    Maybe Peter Handoyo, who played no. 1 at Tennessee about eight years ago? There's got to be a Dutch-Indonesian guy or an old schooler who played Slams. That part of the world is booming economically in many ways....any good new players on the rise?
     
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  14. rommil

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    Roddick....oh wait you said stylish. Sorry thought you meant styleless.
     
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  15. Ano

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    I don't think I can answer that question :confused: , because not even one male player from Indonesia have ever been in the top 200.

    Many had great potential to reach top 100, like Daniel Herijanto, Benny Widjaja or Suwandi, but they couldn't reach the top 100 because lack of funds to compete overseas.

    Perhaps Alex Tandayu could help me to answer your question..
     
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  16. Ano

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    I strongly agree with you.

    Ramesh Krishnan gave John McEnroe a hard time in 1981 US Open Quarter final. Krishnan lost in four sets, but the match was close. Eventhough he looked like an overweight teenager, he could match McEnroe from the baseline.

    He hit many forehand winners that looked so effortless in that match..
     
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  17. swedechris

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    gianlucca pozzi , italy was as smooth as they come..
    manuel orantes , spain in the 70s was one slick dude.

    and above all .. the guys .. arthur ashe, stan smith , john newcombe..
    rememebr my mom was suddenly interested in tennsi when those guys were playing .. hehehe..

    nowadays i would pick fed for sure.. and also felicano lopez.
     
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  18. urban

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    I also think of the silky style of the Krishnans or the Amritajs, of Evonne's walkabouts and Bueno's stylish game, of Arazi and Mecir. Another one with a smooth, a bit idiosyncratic style was Gene Mayer, who played all the shots, except serve, with both hands.
     
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