Most likable player in the game?

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Aside from the mega-stars who have their fans and their haters, who is the most universally likable personality in the game today?
My vote would go to Ivo Karlovic. Just seems like one of the nicest guys on tour, never seen him lose his temper at anyone in all his years.
Monfils, Tsonga, Raonic, and Nishikori also come to mind as players who are just hard to hate.
 
Do people exist that don't love del Potro? As for other not losing their temper, Kohlschreiber, Ferrer, Schwartzman... Monfils could maybe be taken a bit clownish, but just gotta love him, he makes it so much more fun!

On the womens side, Caroline Garcia, Kuznetsova (funniest one on tour), Na Li, Clijsters
 

ibbi

Legend
The trouble with most of the traditionally loveable dudes (Karlovic, Monfils, and Tsonga certainly among them) is that they all tend to be losers. Guys who will never seriously threaten any of our faves. I would say the closest to transcending that (CLOSEST, I SAID) would be maybe Thiem or Schwartzman?
 
The trouble with most of the traditionally loveable dudes (Karlovic, Monfils, and Tsonga certainly among them) is that they all tend to be losers. Guys who will never seriously threaten any of our faves. I would say the closest to transcending that (CLOSEST, I SAID) would be maybe Thiem or Schwartzman?
Agree with that. As for Thiem, who seems to be one of the most loved among the players, wouldn't say he's a loser for not beating Nadal at Roland Garros... if not for him, he could have 4 titles there
 

skaj

Legend
Aside from the mega-stars who have their fans and their haters, who is the most universally likable personality in the game today?
My vote would go to Ivo Karlovic. Just seems like one of the nicest guys on tour, never seen him lose his temper at anyone in all his years.
Monfils, Tsonga, Raonic, and Nishikori also come to mind as players who are just hard to hate.
Didn't Karlovic say something regarding fan's mother after they made a benign humorous comment about his game?
 

BorgTheGOAT

Hall of Fame
Do people exist that don't love del Potro?
I think Murray, but then again who does like Murray?
As for other not losing their temper, Kohlschreiber, Ferrer, Schwartzman..
Kohlschreiber is absolutely not likeable and German fans strongly dislike him. I was in another German speaking tennis forum and he got all kind of hate for his stupid interviews and his animosity towards Tommy Haas.
 

BorgTheGOAT

Hall of Fame
Didn't Karlovic say something regarding fan's mother after they made a benign humorous comment about his game?
“Your mum likes it slow” after the fan said “you are barely moving anyways”. I do not find that unlikeable though. Stupid fan should shut up, it is always beyond me that some people think only because they are earning big money sport stars need to let themselves getting insulted etc.
 
From what I've heard in videos and press conferences, Thiem and Rublev for me (not really objective considering my username lol) seem like really humble, hardworking, nice and likeable guys, even though Andrey has maybe not the most fluent English, he seems to be working on it.
Monfils and Wawrinka are pretty fun and likeable too, I really liked some of their Instagram/streams during the lockdown.
I would also add Med who has an amazing personality and who is a joy to listen to, and maybe Shapovalov too, not the most entertaining when talking but kinda endearing, a bit like Rublev
 

skaj

Legend
“Your mum likes it slow” after the fan said “you are barely moving anyways”. I do not find that unlikeable though. Stupid fan should shut up, it is always beyond me that some people think only because they are earning big money sport stars need to let themselves getting insulted etc.
I think the fan's "insult" is much milder than Ivo's. And I don't think that someone who says "Your mum likes it slow" can be likable, much less the most likable(unless they are 13 and we can forgive them because they've just hit puberty).
 
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PETEhammer

Guest
This must be a sympathy vote because he's so vertically challenged, because apart from being a cute little fella, he doesn't seem very likeable.
He is. Watch his pressers and matches. Dude has a ton of heart.
 
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PETEhammer

Guest
I think it goes without saying that anyone so tiny who makes the top ten has a ton of heart.
He has some genuinely funny moments on the tour as well. There was a match with Anderson on clay, maybe at RG (not sure) where he was subtly hitting on the very attractive umpire and she was returning with thirsty looks throughout the match.
 

tonylg

Legend
He has some genuinely funny moments on the tour as well. There was a match with Anderson on clay, maybe at RG (not sure) where he was subtly hitting on the very attractive umpire and she was returning with thirsty looks throughout the match.
Well did he get her a drink?
 
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PETEhammer

Guest
Well did he get her a drink?
Haha no, the "relationship ended" before the end of the match because she ruled against him on a call he was sure was out


Relationship starts at around 4:30 (watch points before to get why he's complaining) and ends around 5:30-6 min
 
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