M.J. Fernandez: Super cool. Super sweet. No slam... why?

BTURNER

Legend
I never recall MJF smiling when playing - she never seemed to be enjoying being on the court. Her lack of emotions - maybe she was concentrating like early Evert - was a turnoff. Also, the grips she used seem to limit her game on both sides. A flat hitter - yes - but there was a lack of versatility and lack of a big shot. Hitting so flat limits how hard you can hit the ball and results in a game style that is more defensive than offensive. Flat hitting also results in a lower percentage game. MJF did not have a big serve either. To reach several slam finals you have to be a really good player and she was but did she really have a championship game? No.
I just never got the feeling that Fernandez ever felt a desperate 'I HAVE to win this point, this game, this match' intensity that baseliners a la Evert, Austin, Sanchez, Seles etc never really escaped from. They had to win every single possible point through tenacity and focus. To play that style, you have to be so driven, so emotionally invested in just not losing todays match that the kinds of shortcomings you mention here are not permitted to penetrate. There is a total belief that a loss today, will lead to tomorrows, and the next days losses. Its a zealot's protection of an athlete's fragile ego, that Fernandez did not possess.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
My wife and I have had the opportunity to chat with her a few times at some junior tournaments over the past few years and she is a very nice lady. Also I would not describe her as frail or weak. She has that look of being a former world class athlete. I think a lot of us guys would want to be as strong as she is.

I also did not walk away thinking she was fragile in her thinking or lacks determination. I think she was the typical tennis parent with all the determination etc. one wants to have their kid be successful in their pursuits.
 

Musterrific

Professional
For a player who was slight you'd think she'd be light on her feet, but I don't recall her movement being particularly great. Also, she didn't have a big shot to put elite players in uncomfortable positions consistently.
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
For a player who was slight you'd think she'd be light on her feet, but I don't recall her movement being particularly great. Also, she didn't have a big shot to put elite players in uncomfortable positions consistently.
Good observation; MJF seemed to be heavy-footed and could be beaten by simply having her reaction to shots tripped up by her own lack of great movement and speed.
 

thrust

Hall of Fame
she faced some pretty good opponents like graf, seles and Sabatini. she was good but not as good as them.

she would have needed some luck to win a slam (or a terrible era like now:)).
She was not physically strong enough to win slams against Graf or Seles. She was a very smart player with an outstanding game, but did not have the physical ability to do better.
 

boredone3456

G.O.A.T.
She was not physically strong enough to win slams against Graf or Seles. She was a very smart player with an outstanding game, but did not have the physical ability to do better.
She was also insanely mentally inconsistent on top of this
 

Olli Jokinen

Semi-Pro
My wife and I have had the opportunity to chat with her a few times at some junior tournaments over the past few years and she is a very nice lady. Also I would not describe her as frail or weak. She has that look of being a former world class athlete. I think a lot of us guys would want to be as strong as she is.

I also did not walk away thinking she was fragile in her thinking or lacks determination. I think she was the typical tennis parent with all the determination etc. one wants to have their kid be successful in their pursuits.
Of course she was strong. You don't get to a FO final if you're frail. She was a top athlete among other top athletes, and some of them were just a tad better than her. She's still a better tennis player than 99.99999 % of all people who ever lived.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
Of course she was strong. You don't get to a FO final if you're frail. She was a top athlete among other top athletes, and some of them were just a tad better than her. She's still a better tennis player than 99.99999 % of all people who ever lived.
Strange you replied to me as I agree with you. You should respond to the other folks in this thread that don't.....
 

PDJ

G.O.A.T.

I'd forgotten how good her hands at net were. Plus great down the line on both wings.
But that cap! Yikes!
 

R. Schweikart

Professional
For a player who was slight you'd think she'd be light on her feet, but I don't recall her movement being particularly great. Also, she didn't have a big shot to put elite players in uncomfortable positions consistently.
MJF had a great forehand, even Queen Steffi herself acknowledged this.
 

R. Schweikart

Professional
I never recall MJF smiling when playing - she never seemed to be enjoying being on the court. ...
I have watched this strange behavior quite often in football matches as well.
The players never seem to smile, obviously not enjoying being on the field.
 
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