Does Anyone Not Have a Favorite?

willhunting

Banned
I thought it would be beneficial to move away from all the shade being thrown recently, so my question is this: Does anyone not identify with a particular fan-base, or in another sense, does anyone not have a favorite player?

I didn't know that it was a requirement to be a die hard Fed/Nadal/Nole fan and to be total d1cks to the guys in order to post on this forum...

Discuss.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
I prefer one player to others. All the off court and personality bs is just media and pr, how convenient that after one of the worst WTFs in history, the media are jumping on Fed/Stan argument. My favourite is good tennis.
 

oberyn

Professional
I have no strong rooting interest in any of the Big 3, and find their fanatics on this forum pretty much equally annoying, albeit for different reasons.

I want to see entertaining tennis, first and foremost.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
I have no favorite player. Generally, there is only one player I actively root against, and that is Sharapova. On the men's side, pretty much like them all and will root for the guy who comes to the net more often.
 

BeGreat

Rookie
I thought it would be beneficial to move away from all the shade being thrown recently, so my question is this: Does anyone not identify with a particular fan-base, or in another sense, does anyone not have a favorite player?

I didn't know that it was a requirement to be a die hard Fed/Nadal/Nole fan and to be total d1cks to the guys in order to post on this forum...

Discuss.
I don't have a favorite. I love Federer's style of play and get most excited about seeing him. But, I hate his over-refined image (wearing white, gold crested suits in wimbledon). I also hate his fan base, which for the most part, are a bunch of pimple-faced, underachieving sheep.

I love Nadal's persona on and off the court, and he hits shots that are as brutal as federer's are elegant. In all honesty, I'd rather be brutal than elegant.

I like Djokovic because I like his personality. I'm not too impressed by his shot-making, though. You know, coz i'm a world-class tennis player myself.

I like Murray the least because he's so negative, and i've never seen him hit a truly memorable, spectacular shot. However, i got to see another side during his exho yesterday. He came across humble and pleasant. He should be like that more.

People become die hard fans because they want to associate with greatness. They aren't going to achieve anything themselves, so, they think if they buy an RF cap or have "RF" in their username, that somehow means they're close to the player. It's quite pathetic.
 

BeGreat

Rookie
I have no favorite player. Generally, there is only one player I actively root against, and that is Sharapova. On the men's side, pretty much like them all and will root for the guy who comes to the net more often.
Wow. I actually actively root against Sharapova as well. It's her screaming. Her screaming makes me hate everything.
 

easywin

Rookie
Fans of nobody unite :)

I actually like to see myself as a fan of everybody instead even though it sounds quite "whorish"
 

pame

Hall of Fame
I don't have a favorite. I love Federer's style of play and get most excited about seeing him. But, I hate his over-refined image (wearing white, gold crested suits in wimbledon). I also hate his fan base, which for the most part, are a bunch of pimple-faced, underachieving sheep.

I love Nadal's persona on and off the court, and he hits shots that are as brutal as federer's are elegant. In all honesty, I'd rather be brutal than elegant.

I like Djokovic because I like his personality. I'm not too impressed by his shot-making, though. You know, coz i'm a world-class tennis player myself.

I like Murray the least because he's so negative, and i've never seen him hit a truly memorable, spectacular shot. However, i got to see another side during his exho yesterday. He came across humble and pleasant. He should be like that more.

People become die hard fans because they want to associate with greatness. They aren't going to achieve anything themselves, so, they think if they buy an RF cap or have "RF" in their username, that somehow means they're close to the player. It's quite pathetic.
This would have been a nice post - and then you had to go and spoil it with the last paragraph, a study in callow snootiness.

Yes people like me became a die-hard fan of Fed - problem is in 1998 when a friend of mine first told me to "keep an eye on this junior who was about to play finals at Wimbledon", you would be very hard pressed to make a case that we wanted to associate with "greatness", since the most we thought was that he would make some trouble in the top 10 in a few years.

The ensuing years of following Fed's progress (up to 2003) were more filled with exasperation than anything else, as we began to wonder if he'd ever fulfil the promise he seemed to have, and that his shots and style suggested.

Die-hard fans aren't going to achieve anything themselves -- not sure how you're going to know that. Is that the new failure standard - being a fan? BTW, since most of my colleagues here who follow Fed are either working or, like myself, retired executives, I think that glib and global assertion falls flat on its face.

In summary, at almost 66 years of age, I am unapologetic and proud to have been a die-hard fan of Roger Federer for the last 16 years.

Now if you'll excuse me, I must go out and buy my first "RF" cap. I knew I had been missing something.
 

HRB

Hall of Fame
I have players I always root for and admire to a degree (Murray, Masha, Kvitova, Petkovic, Gulbis, and many more) and players I respect the hell out of and always will (Rafa, Roger, Joker, Both Williams Sista's). No diehard stubborn loyalty.

The endless "my fave is better than your fave" is so tired and played out around these parts..it's juvenile!

My favorites have FLAWS (like me), and that is what attracts me to them...Whether it is Masha's stubborn refusal to develop a "B-Game" for when she is off (or her love of the DF), Andy's looks of agony...even in victory, and Petra being the best player in the world set 1 followed by garbage set 2, (only to win in 3)...I love their fight. You'll never see me starting a "fan boy" thread about any of them trying to one up another player????

Look..if you don't thing Roger, Rafa, Joker, Serena are among the best of all time then you're simply...well..SIMPLE!
 

booson

Professional
Like them all, specially those with a strategic approach to their game. I don't like dopers, though. They affect pretty much everything negatively except entertainment.
 

Bryan Swartz

Hall of Fame
Of the Big 3 I like Djokovic a little less than Federer/Nadal. I root for Nishikori for years now but that mostly because I like the underdog. I like great tennis more than I like a particular player. I also like Simon, mostly because he's very intelligent(Murray a bit for the same reasons) and because of the avalanche of 'pusher' allegations against said players.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
I'm a big Fedal fan, but I don't really identify with either fanbase, for one reason or another. Fed fans accuse me of being a Nadal fan in disguise, while word is that I am objective far too regularly to be a Nadal fan.

That said, I do enjoy making fun of the different fanbases, because that's always fun.

On a side note, I also really like watching Nishikori, Tsonga, and Wawrinka.
 

Phalagoo

Rookie
You unaffiliated people must be the rational side of the forum that we rarely see. You sound like nice people, for sure.
 

RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
Federer is my main favourite, then comes Djokovic who has developed so much as a professional and last but not least Verdasco.

So from active player, I have three players I wish the best for and gladly follow.

I think its impossible to not have a favourite. Will always be someone you like more than the others.
 

Praetorian

Professional
players come and go. Tennis as a sport is much bigger than any of these guys, so my affiliation is for great tennis, over irrational fandom. Not to say I don't have a preference who wins a match, but its far different from having a "favorite". ie. the same two players could play 10x a year, say Fed vs. Nadal, and whom I prefer to win the match, relies on so many factors, none of which is blind allegiance.
 

Firstservingman

Talk Tennis Guru
I thought it would be beneficial to move away from all the shade being thrown recently, so my question is this: Does anyone not identify with a particular fan-base, or in another sense, does anyone not have a favorite player?

I didn't know that it was a requirement to be a die hard Fed/Nadal/Nole fan and to be total d1cks to the guys in order to post on this forum...

Discuss.
So good folks like you and Nathaniel_Near get banned, but certain others (you all know who you are) are allowed to stay? Sickening. :neutral:

I think I will be taking a vacation from this forum for a few weeks, I am kind of getting tired of some of the recent threads.
I will see all of you again for the AO.

For every decent poster and ex-poster on here (you all know who you are too), stay safe and have a great Christmas/holiday period!

Allez!
 
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John6239

Guest
Without any favorites one is very strange. Hitting a round ball over a net with a big round stick gets boring to watch if one doesn't have a vested interest in the outcome (being happy his favorite player wins).
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
... la suisse ?
hey ! we, indecent posters, also have the right to enjoy our holidays ! ;)
No need to be defensive, VLBJ; you're one of the best posters here.

Well at least you're one of my favourites anyway. My other favourite anti-Rafa poster was monfed but he got banned...dark times...
 

DM07

Rookie
I have some players I like to watch more than others and generally root for - Federer, Wawrinka, Dimitrov, Nishikori, del Potro - but I'm not tribal about it. I like all the top guys. It's sport - no point getting wound up about it.
 

BeGreat

Rookie
This would have been a nice post - and then you had to go and spoil it with the last paragraph, a study in callow snootiness.

Yes people like me became a die-hard fan of Fed - problem is in 1998 when a friend of mine first told me to "keep an eye on this junior who was about to play finals at Wimbledon", you would be very hard pressed to make a case that we wanted to associate with "greatness", since the most we thought was that he would make some trouble in the top 10 in a few years.

The ensuing years of following Fed's progress (up to 2003) were more filled with exasperation than anything else, as we began to wonder if he'd ever fulfil the promise he seemed to have, and that his shots and style suggested.

Die-hard fans aren't going to achieve anything themselves -- not sure how you're going to know that. Is that the new failure standard - being a fan? BTW, since most of my colleagues here who follow Fed are either working or, like myself, retired executives, I think that glib and global assertion falls flat on its face.

In summary, at almost 66 years of age, I am unapologetic and proud to have been a die-hard fan of Roger Federer for the last 16 years.

Now if you'll excuse me, I must go out and buy my first "RF" cap. I knew I had been missing something.
You don't have anything to apologize for; becoming a die-hard fan is pathetic, not unethical. But do remember, that by 'die-hard', I mean a fan who meets the description as posted by OP.

The last part of my post is true, regardless of how it makes you feel. Buying an RF cap, dressing like him, buying his racket, describing him with corny hyperbole, is sycophantic.

Federer-or whoever--doesn't know you exist. He never will. He doesn't care about you. I guess I don't understand people who go out and buy player-branded merchandise given these truths.

I admire people who are world class experts in their fields, including sports. How could you not? But I don't try to be like them or try desperately to associate with them through clothing.
 
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