What is the deal with changing the name ?

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  1. severus

    severus Rookie

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    Some examples "Richard" Berankis, "Alex" Dolgopolov, "Pete" Sampras.
    Why are they doing this ? Are they ashamed of their names or something ? I just can't understand logic with this name changes:???:
     
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  2. THESEXPISTOL

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    Marketing 101:
    If you want to be popular get a name that people can remember easily.
     
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  3. Underhand

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    "Ralph" Nadal is fine, I like it.
     
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  4. Kunohara

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    Delpo

    10chars
     
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  6. Andres

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    It's called NICKNAMES, severgus

    Edit: ^^ Win.
     
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  7. THESEXPISTOL

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    Ralph is absurd... Isn't Rafa better?
    Sound like you are trying to be cool, kinda like when people say natty gut.
     
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  8. Dino Lagaffe

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    When I first saw Rafael Nadal being called "Ralph" on these boards, I thought why not keep the insanity going and cover the rest of the top ten:

    2 Federer, Roger ---> Rolph
    3 Djokovic, Novak ---> Norbert
    4 Soderling, Robin ---> Robinho
    5 Murray, Andy ---> Anton
    6 Berdych, Tomas ---> Toto
    7 Ferrer, David ---> Davva
    8 Roddick, Andy ---> Andreas
    9 Verdasco, Fernando ---> Ferdinand
    10 Youzhny, Mikhail ---> Mickey Blue Eyes

    So go ahead, you may use the new names free of charge.
    :wink:
     
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  9. THESEXPISTOL

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    I always had aphex as a quality poster but Ralph nickname is a monstrosity. I will start using your nicknames if the Ralphinsanity goes on.
     
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  10. Andres

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    Toto Berdych. I like it ;)

    Toto Muster? Not so much.
     
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  11. The-Champ

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    who was that poster who put the word "mug" in the name of all the players he hated?

    Andy Mugray
    Rafa Mugdal
    Roger Federmug
    Novak Mugkovic
    Mugbin Sodermug
    Fernando Mugdasco
    Tomas Berdmug
     
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    Ralph

    Rodge

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  13. jerriy

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    In those particular case it's a matter of Anglicizing a non-English origin name. But even disregarding that, name shortening is common, especially in America.

    The Limeys on the other hand seem to be less prone to do so (Britain is a class society so indulging in this kinda thing is perhaps considered "beneath one's class"

    But the Britis are following the Yanks more and more. That Anthony guy is one example of that


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  14. sureshs

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    Roger should shorten his name to Raj
     
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  15. Dino Lagaffe

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    Raj is good, and Raj-Raj even betterer for Federer, IMHO. I'm still going with Rolph, though.
     
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    How about Feddy or Freddy for Federer?

    Or Rodge.
     
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    A better one would be Humbael Mugal.
     
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  18. The-Champ

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    Freddyrer


    ..........
     
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  19. IvanAndreevich

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    Alex is a very common shortening of the name. It's definitely not a change of name.
     
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    R-Nads will do
     
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    Is severus your real name?

    If not, are you ashamed of your real name or something?
     
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    LOL , hahha , these are not nearly as bad when I thought putting a mug in a players name would sound , Mugdal & Federmug was instant classic in my book .... good one.
     
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    Raj Guru Fed-Shwami would be better :twisted:
     
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    Rodge Failderer 0 0 0

    vs.

    Ralph $$ SLAM 6 6 6
     
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    Richard Gasquet >> Richie Gasket
     
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  26. severus

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    Yeap it is my name is Severus Sagna.
     
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  27. only4theweak187

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    Ask why almost every indian/middle eastern person in the us does this as well..
     
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  28. migi

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    Have you ever heard of Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite?
    And could you say that name correctly? :)
     
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  29. severus

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    This is a different case, kaka is much easier to pronounce than Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite . There isn't much difficult to say Petros than "Pete".
     
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    Give it up, severgus.
     
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    Maybe because it's easier to pronounce? I know it's easier to say Fran or Frannie Schiavone instead of Francesca. Is "Rafael" the Spanish pronunciation of Ralph?
     
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  32. migi

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    And is easier to pronounce Alex than Olexandr, especially for english commentators.
     
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  33. The-Champ

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    schiavone is Francine from now on..
     
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