Most Beautiful Playing Styles

Who has/had the most beautiful style of play?

  • Rosewall

    Votes: 2 3.4%
  • Okker

    Votes: 2 3.4%
  • Goolagong

    Votes: 2 3.4%
  • Edberg

    Votes: 7 12.1%
  • Mecir

    Votes: 2 3.4%
  • Pioline

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Rios

    Votes: 3 5.2%
  • Hingis

    Votes: 2 3.4%
  • Federer

    Votes: 30 51.7%
  • Someone else

    Votes: 8 13.8%

  • Total voters
    58

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Most beautiful forehand = Nadal
Most beautiful backhand = Hingis
Most beautiful serve = Sampras
Most beautiful volley = Nadal
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
I thought the general consensus on here was this guy, and he didn’t even make the poll?
Looks like he's too beautiful for drug tests....
:unsure:
Numbers of drug tests* per player in 2018-2020

(Source: Tennis Anti-Doping Programme summary, available on ITF website)
* figures only include tests carried out on international level, players may also be tested domestically by national anti-doping authorities

75 Chung
68 Struff
64 Bautista Agut, Kukushkin
63 Nishikori, Thiem
62 Krajinovic
61 Nadal, Ramos-Vinolas
59 Lajovic
58 Carreno Busta, Querrey
57 Basilashvili, Djere, Djokovic, Rublev, J.Sousa
56 Coric, Federer, Khachanov, F.Lopez, Medvedev, Simon, Tsitsipas
55 Gasquet, Johnson, Wawrinka
54 Isner
53 Tiafoe
52 Dzumhur, Fucsovics, Herbert, L.Mayer
51 Gojowczyk, Verdasco
49 Cilic, De Minaur, Dimitrov, Mannarino, Monfils, Pella, Tsonga
48 Goffin, Schwartzman, Shapovalov, A.Zverev
47 Bedene, Pouille, Seppi
46 Anderson, Paire
45 Edmund, Fognini, Kohlschreiber
44 Haase
43 Copil, Milllman, M.Zverev
42 Berdych, Fritz, Jaziri, Sandgren
41 Chardy, Marterer, Munar
40 Istomin, Karlovic, J.Murray, Thompson

Some other notable players:
39 Kyrgios, Sock
35 A.Murray
34 Berrettini, Del Potro, Garin, Raonic
30 Auger-Aliassime
13 Sinner
6 Korda
5 Musetti
2 Alcaraz
 

Larry Duff

Hall of Fame
In absolute terms it has to be Goolagong: she was floating in the air. I never quite understood how she changes directions without actually looking like she is stopping. It was like watching a perpetuum mobile. Also, her shots looked absolutely effortless: like she was "putting" the ball in the air and not hitting it through it.
Yes i agree, Mandlikova had moments when she was a bit like this also but not close.
 

Olli Jokinen

Semi-Pro
How is this even a question? The pro's themselves (ATP and WTA) largely acknowledge that Fed has the most aesthetic game style ever!
(Amongst the NextGen, I'd give the self styled "Greek God" an honourable mention. Amongst the old timers, gotta include Guga.)
All of Guga's shots were rather ugly. Loved to see him play, though.
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
All of Guga's shots were rather ugly. Loved to see him play, though.
I can see how his strokes and movement could appear ungainly to some, but his clay court game style had exceptional aesthetic appeal. In an era where back court grinding with neverending moon ball rallies on the dirt was the norm, his attacking flair, firing for sharply angled winners and finishing points at net made for great entertainment at the otherwise annual RG borefest.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
No Henin in the poll?

For ATP I'd go with Federer (duh). Followed by Rios, Safin, Wawrinka, and Tsonga. Dimitrov, Nalbandian, Verdasco, and Shapovalov deserve a mention too.

EDIT: Can't forget the Fabster!
 
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skaj

Legend
No Henin in the poll?

For ATP I'd go with Federer (duh). Followed by Rios, Safin, Wawrinka, and Tsonga. Dimitrov, Nalbandian, Verdasco, and Shapovalov deserve a mention too.

EDIT: Can't forget the Fabster!
She deserves a mention, definitely.

Wawrinka, Verdasco? :unsure:
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Fed, Rios, Edberg, Guga stand out for me.

So many great style, especially 90s and early 2000s.

Verdasco, Shapo a few modern guys that stand out.
 
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