crazy croats

clayman2000

Hall of Fame
isnt it wierd that all the top croat players....lubicic,ancic,karlovic and ivanisavic have -ic at the end of the name...and that they r all over 6'5 with huger serves
 

Andres

G.O.A.T.
No, it's not weird.
The IC is not a weird thing along croatian TENNIS PLAYERS, but a huge percentage of croatian last names ending with "ić"

Ivan and Goran were 6'4'', not 6'5'' :D
And it's true, top croatian players have huge serves, but that's what took them to the top, their fantastic serving delivery.

Ivan has also a fantastic backhand. Mario, great volleys. Karlovic has the immense immense serve.

Tuksar, on the other hand, doesn't have a mind-blowing serve, so he has to crawl up his own way, like the rest of us mortals who doesn't possess a lightning fast service game.
 

yvp

Rookie
if im correct sasa tuskar is a midget compared to these giants,so its OK for him not to have a killer serve...
 

ShimSham

New User
yvp said:
if im correct sasa tuskar is a midget compared to these giants,so its OK for him not to have a killer serve...

Yep, Sasa Tuksar is 5'11'' (180 cm). Not quite a midget, but he ain't a giant either.
 

erdega79

New User
Most of the surnames/last names in ex yugoslavia apart from macedonia and most of slovenia end with "IC" , pronounced "ITCH". It's a diminutive of a name and it's fairly recognizable. My last name is Erdeg and it has some hungarian and slovakian origings. But I also think that many people are getting creative with their names in order to differentiate themselves.

With that said I think in general ex yugoslavian countries have disproportinate number of tall people . Where I live the norm is around 185cm or 6"1' with many people over 2m or 7" . They just play basketball and not tennis

With that said, croatia used to produce good basketball players but it seems like most of tall guys choose sports other than basket these days
 

predrag

Professional
erdega79 said:
Most of the surnames/last names in ex yugoslavia apart from macedonia and most of slovenia end with "IC" , pronounced "ITCH". It's a diminutive of a name and it's fairly recognizable. My last name is Erdeg and it has some hungarian and slovakian origings. But I also think that many people are getting creative with their names in order to differentiate themselves.

With that said I think in general ex yugoslavian countries have disproportinate number of tall people . Where I live the norm is around 185cm or 6"1' with many people over 2m or 7" . They just play basketball and not tennis

With that said, croatia used to produce good basketball players but it seems like most of tall guys choose sports other than basket these days
Not people from Macedonia, Kosovo and region of Sumadija.
Turkish influence, you know :)

My mother comes from Sumadija, that's the reason why I am only 5' 9" :(


Regards, Predrag
 

Andres

G.O.A.T.
According to Guinnes World Records, a tribe in Africa has the tallest people of all countries.
The tallest major tribe in the world is the Tutsi (also known as the Watussi) tribe of Rwanda and Burundi, Central Africa, whose young adult males average 1.83 m (6 ft). The Tutsi are found mainly in Rwanda and Burundi.

6 feet in average doesn't sound like too much, but it's an AVERAGE! I'm sure Croatia doesn't average 6'4'' :D
 
Andres Guazzelli said:
According to Guinnes World Records, a tribe in Africa has the tallest people of all countries.
The tallest major tribe in the world is the Tutsi (also known as the Watussi) tribe of Rwanda and Burundi, Central Africa, whose young adult males average 1.83 m (6 ft). The Tutsi are found mainly in Rwanda and Burundi.
Dedans Penthouseovic replies: please check out the 2nd paragraph in the following url:
http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/316/7149/1929/b

Did ya read that Andres? [size=+1]1.84 [/size]

Top that! Argenteeny-weenie!!! j.k. LOL!!!

Seriously, though there are "tribes" (e.g. Masai in Tanzania & Kenya) that are taller, the Dutch constitute the tallest in term of "country" and since "Croatia" was bandied about, I assumed it to mean "which country?" had the tallest. Must be 'windmill power' that's responsible.
 

Andres

G.O.A.T.
Dedans Penthouse said:
Dedans Penthouseovic replies: please check out the 2nd paragraph in the following url:
http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/316/7149/1929/b

Did ya read that Andres? [size=+1]1.84 [/size]

Top that! Argenteeny-weenie!!! j.k. LOL!!!

Seriously, though there are "tribes" (e.g. Masai in Tanzania & Kenya) that are taller, the Dutch constitute the tallest in term of "country" and since "Croatia" was bandied about, I assumed it to mean "which country?" had the tallest. Must be 'windmill power' that's responsible.
To top that? I'm 1.92 m. I already top that :mrgreen:
 

Andres

G.O.A.T.
Lleyton Hewitt said:
its just like most of russians sharapova hantuchova dementieva petrova....all end in va
Hantuchova is slovakian, not russian ;)
And they end in "VA" because they add an 'a' to their father's last name: Yuri Sharapov/Sharapova, Safin/Safina, Petrov, etc ;)
 
Andres Guazzelli said:
Hantuchova is slovakian, not russian ;)
And they end in "VA" because they add an 'a' to their father's last name: Yuri Sharapov/Sharapova, Safin/Safina, Petrov, etc ;)
what about myskina?

and is it true hingis used to be hingisova?
 

Andres

G.O.A.T.
sandiegotennisboy said:
what about myskina?

and is it true hingis used to be hingisova?
Not sure about Anastasia, but if the logic is correct, his father must have been Myskin.
And I heard in several places Hingis as 'Hingisova'. She's slovakian, after all :D
 

Mr.Federer

Hall of Fame
Ivanišević said:
yeah, many coatian names ends with IC(ć), mine also:)
and, btw, đoković is not croat!

dokovic as in djokovic? Yeah, I know, but he's from the former yugoslavia land...and they're all tall.
 
Mr.Federer said:
dokovic as in djokovic? Yeah, I know, but he's from the former yugoslavia land...and they're all tall.
well, maybe because his mother from croatia.:)
people from Serbia and montenegro are not very tall people.
 

Watcher

Semi-Pro
I'll tell you something, Croatia is in for some good times in the years to come. Ljubicic won't hang on to his top five status for much longer after this year is over, but he'll still be good. Mario Ancic is only going to get better. Together, they're a formidable team for Davis Cup. And with Marin Cilic on the rise, they still have a future.
 
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