Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by angel777, Jul 20, 2008.
Im just curious whether pros or top players do smoke?
^^^i saw ernests gulbis' coach smoking on the grounds of the mens claycourt champs here in houston.
Karsten Braasch smoked....
The Williams Sisters!
Sorry I know it's old. Was there a pic of Safin smoking?
Grossjean smokes (or at least used to)
If you go to a futures event many of the players smoke...some cant wait to light up after matches :shock:
But you can't beat Nastase actually smoking on the court between sets. It doesn't get any better than that
hah, i thought there was a new sport called 'pro smoking'. that would be kinda dumb.......and cool.
David Ferrer is the only pro that I know of that smokes. Marat has the occasional cigarette when he's drinking (if he can find a bar that still allows that), but I would not call him a 'smoker'.
But isn't Ferrer one of the fittest guys on tour? Just imagine if he didn't smoke, he'd be an absolute beast! :shock:
I dont think many of the ATPers smoke these days....many of them dont even have a beer unless they dont have a match the next day. Was different back in the day when you used to see pros load up w. bacon and eggs and hashbrowns for breakfast, regularly smoke cigs and other stuff, and more :0 also play matches hungover
Once saw yannick Noah walk on practice court smoking, flicked the butt through the fence and proceeded to run two practice partners into the ground
These days, the tour is much more about fitness than athletic ability, and i really dont think many of them can afford to smoke much or even drink much..if you lose even a bit of your fitness, you are pretty much hosed out there these days
What rubbish.Youve picked two of the most fittest guys non tour and said they smoke.No way.
That would be great fun to watch. It would be interesting to see what it would take to win the championship, and whether the champion would survive to try and defend his/her title.
there's this guy who comes out to the courts at san jac (outside courts), melvin, he's around 70 years old and is about 6-5 black guy and plays w/an oversized wilson triad. he smokes on the court all the time, really hard to play w/the smoke.
bill tilden smoked alot or are you talking about the pros right now
safin defenitly has the occasional ciggarete so its not complete rubbish. never heard of ferrer smoking and im a little skeptical about that as he is a monster. grosjean i think is in the same boat as safin as he will have the occasional ciggarete but none of them really smoke on a constant basis.
I've seen Grosjean smoking in a bar in Paris once, don't know if it was a one off or not obviously. Kaarsten (or was it Karsten I never know where the two "a"s come here) Brasch used to smoke on changeovers as did Ilie Nastase. Kaarsten was in fact the impetus for a ban in the recent (i.e last 10yrs I think) past. Noah definitely used to smoke, as did Henri Lecomte (still does, cigars though now I think).
I have heard rumours of Safin but never seen it.
i would never think a pro would smoke
Agreed. For me it was more suprising that a smoker would have the fitness levels to become a pro rather than vice versa if you know what I mean. I guess it takes all sorts.
For retired pros apparently it's not all that uncommon or so rumour would have it. Again mostly cigars
Pancho Gonzalez smoked.
Have seen Roddick smoke quite a few 1st serves. Some 2nd ones too. Ivanovic, Sharapova, and Kournikova are all smokin' hot. Just saw Gisela Dulko at the BOW Classic at Stanford -- she was smokin' hot as well.
well... i think breathing in bad air such as air from mexico city, beijing, los angeles on a constant basis also drop lung capacity...
so if you have a couple cigarettes when you go out or something i doubt it'll seriously affect you...
*disclaimer* - i smoked for ~1 year (~1 pack/week) and in the beginning it didnt really affect me that much but later on... i felt that my lungs werent functioning as effectively as before... then i stopped... now after a real full month of not smoking i feel great... recovering quite well
Challengers ... lots of chain-smoking pros -- I know they are not in the top 100 -- more like 100-200.
the tennis pro at strawberry tennis center here in pasadena texas (trained by jack kramer's coach) is a chain smoker
I remember about 10 or so years ago going to the US Open Qualifiers & having my picture taken w/Braasch, & afterwards he shook my hand & after he did so, he took out his pack of Marlboro Reds & lit one up.
Yes way. I said Safin had the occasional cigarette. As for Ferrer, he's been caught more than once by tennis fans at tournaments, which is different than Safin being seen at a bar. It's been discussed frequently at mens tennis forums dot com and I don't remember ever seeing his die hard fans dispute it.
But you don't have to believe it if you don't want to.
Kaarsten doesn't smoke anymore, he quit last year. He said it was too hard to keep up as a coach and he had to stop.
I was thinking the same thing (and wondering how America could possible compete against Asian an European countries )
well i can see why they smoke...
tennis is a gruesome sport mentally and physically and to win important matches it takes a lot out of the player's mental edge... and smoking kind of relaxes the player...
I met a couple of fellows who were corporate charter jet pilots at the bar during the late summer of 2002. They were in town overnight on a lay over. One of them was British or Aussie (forget which) and the other was American. These guys seemed very nice and also seemed very credible. They even gave me their business cards for the charter service.
We got to chatting and somehow it came up that I played tennis. They said they had recently flown a guy from Cincinnati(?) to LA who was apparently a well know tennis player. A guy named Pete something. I asked Sampras? They said yes, that was it (obviously not tennis fans.) They went on to say that he seemed like a nice enough guy, he was listening to loud rock music (Nirvana?) and was chain smoking cigarettes all during the flight which they found somewhat surprising given he was a pro athlete. I doubt if Pete smokes much, probably has the occasional cig. But, evidently, the reigning GOAT did smoke sometimes.
Some of you may know that the original women's pro tour was primarily sponsored by a cigarette company.
Being a pilot, I highly doubt this is the case. As you probably know, it's illegal to smoke on commercial aircraft...but it's also illegal to smoke on any other aircraft in the US. So...what I mean to say is that either this isn't a true story, they didn't fly Pete, or they just let him smoke (and let the smoke leech into the upholstery of of the aircraft--other charter customers wouldn't be to fond of this).
Fee has yet to lie or mislead....geesh. If she says it's true--I believe it.
I have a friend that was a former pro around the end of Connor's era that coaches/teaches and is a chain smoker. As well, former top 20 in the world.
ncode, I'm not sure what sort of aircraft you fly (maybe Cessnas or Pipers or maybe you put wings on your tricycle but I would imagine the customer is king in the world of high priced charter jet aircraft. A rock star who is shelling out huge money for a charter jet flight can't smoke on a charter jet? I beg to differ. A cursory internet search yielded charter jet services that allow cigarette smoking in flight.
I have a great bullsheet detector (it goes off an awful lot on this board by the way ) and it wasn't going off at all while I was talking to these guys. They had absolutely no reason to lie to me and they couldn't even remember Pete'slast name without prompting. One of the guys gave me his business card. He was a charter jet pilot. These fellows fly Lear jets and Gulfstreams not ultra-lites.
Believe what you will. I certainly found them entirely credible.
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