The most beautiful tennis movement

JMR

Professional
#51
yes I can't believe she wasn't near the top of this list. Like Muhammad Ali. Always on her toes.
The thread is supposed to be about players whose movement is "beautiful" and "aesthetically pleasing." Granted, these are subjective terms, but it's clear that simply being a highly effective mover shouldn't be enough. Graf was nimble on her feet and extremely fast, no doubt. But her movement was not especially graceful, IMO. It was just athletic in a "typical for a high-level tennis player" sort of way.
 
#53
The fitness level in the game today is probably higher than ever, but apart from Federer, Gasquet and Hsieh Su-wei I can’t think of a player whose movement I find to be aesthetically pleasing(maybe Simon and Dimitrov to an extent).

Who are the most beautiful movers you have seen? Any active players you would include here?

My pics:

1) Mecir - elegant, balanced, smooth, comfortably covering the entire court with an easy gait.

2) Okker - natural, fluid, casual... poetry in motion.

3) Pioline - light, harmonious, effortless all-court perfection.

4) Federer – floating footwork, ballet like body motion, marvelous transition.

5) Rosewall – aka Fred Astaire in sneakers.

6) Goolagong – breezy, nonchalant , fairy like.

7) Edberg – always with a graceful posture; fabulous forward movement.

8) Hingis – lovely “hovering” around the baseline area, seamless transition to the net.

9) Borg – speedy glider.

10) Ashe - neat, sharp, beautifully understated.

Honorable mentions: Krishnan, Mandlikova, Sampras, Stich.
Glad you mentioned Mecir. He is one of the few retired players I really miss greatly. He was unlike anyone else at the time. He was nicknamed the 'Swede Killer', as Swedish players had a bad record against him (Sweden being one of the tennis superpowers in the late 1980's).
 
#54
Nalbandian 2011. How someone could move so well despite being chubby -> GMOAT
He was a wonderful mover actually, both in sense of effectiveness and aesthetics. Very underestimated in this department.

Here's a clip of him when he was lean and fitter. He is always balanced, his footwork is as good as anyone's, excellent sense of court, sublime anticipation, considerable speed. On a top of it all he looks good on the move, even with young Federer in the same video(who moves like a panther :love:).

 
#55
He was a wonderful mover actually, both in sense of effectiveness and aesthetics. Very underestimated in this department.

Here's a clip of him when he was lean and fitter. He is always balanced, his footwork is as good as anyone's, excellent sense of court, sublime anticipation, considerable speed. On a top of it all he looks good on the move, even with young Federer in the same video(who moves like a panther :love:).

Nalbandian was awesome.

He was the first before Djokovic to beat Federer in both HC slams in the same season.
 
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