What lures you into liking a pro?

One has favourite tennis pros and pros that they do not like. What makes you like/root for specific ones? How do you become a fan? For me, I don't like when the player is too robotic. When Svetlana Kuznetsova won the French Open last year, she had no reaction, she even looked somewhat mad. I'm not looking the player to be dramatic and fall on the ground in shock, but what lures me in is when the player has character, and the desire to win, because when the player acts robotic, their actions dont express how much they want it. Players like Querrey, Roddick, Cilic, and more are people who I would want to root for. What about you?
 
I like a player who has style and displays understanding and appreciation for all aspects of tennis through his game. It also draws me in when a player plays and I can immediately see what their perception of tennis is. In other words,a unique and personal approach/way of playing the game. I don't know if this is very understandable.. its sort of hard to articulate.. it sounds vague but sometimes you just sense it almost
 
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It comes down to:

-Gamestyle
-Movement on court (quick, fluid, jerky, etc)
-Attitude/demeanor
-Likeability
 

Vyse

Semi-Pro
My favs are Nadal, Roddick, and Monfils. I also like Isner, Querrey, and Murray. They've gotta have a cetain look about them. Being American and not wearing adidas helps but I still like Murray despite his switch to adidas. Player must have strokes and a style that draws me in and that are exciting to watch. A player I hate watching is Del Potro. Robotic, boring, and uninspired. I don't care if he hits hard.
 

halalula1234

Professional
i dont like maria sharapova, ana ivanovic, victoria azarenka , all those who over uses the first pump and the word come on when they dont really have a special game or anything. i find my self liking players like federer, venus,serena,monica seles, zheng jie and santoro.

They have a unique style of play and a unique personality/looks. Federer is really good and is very complete he makes impossible shots look easy

the williams are great fighters although venus not so much recently she seems a little boring now, serena uses comeon and fist pumps but doesnt over uses it and actually has the game and the wins to back it up.

zheng and monica takes the ball so early, monica is fierce! and 2hands both sides are a unique thing to watch + shes super nice. zheng is like what they call her "back board" shes like the female michael chang.

santoro is just enjoyable to watch, the magician.

although i like henin's game and her playing style i find it hard to like her as a person, compared to kim.
 
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Baazigar

Guest
for men:

1. one handed backhand
2. classy demeanor, humility (does not include federer)
3. smooth stroking--ahem. (so, this excludes roddick)
4. serve and volley helps

for the ladies:

1. a nice ass
2. nice boobs
3. nice legs
4. nice face
5. not henin, serena, venus, or dinara safina.
6. not henin
7. not henin
 

omniexist

Semi-Pro
I like a player who has style and displays understanding and appreciation for all aspects of tennis through his game. It also draws me in when a player plays and I can immediately see what their perception of tennis is. In other words,a unique and personal approach/way of playing the game. I don't know if this is very understandable.. its sort of hard to articulate.. it sounds vague but sometimes you just sense it almost
leme guess u like Fed ;)
 

DaMiBru

New User
What lures me into like a certain car? What lures me into liking a certain person?

A set of subjective characteristics which in a benign unison draw attention to my psyche creating an undeniable interest in it/him/her, tipping the balance in its/his/her favor!
 

Ledigs

Hall of Fame
Two things:

I read an interesting bio on Nadal in the New York Times.

I saw him live at the USOpen and was so fully entertained and just tickled by his awkward personality.

I also like a winner.

It's a bummer right now to finally be a big fan of his and have him so down.
 

skip1969

Legend
since i started playing, i have always gravitated towards players with strokes and a style of play which i hoped to emulate. beautiful forehands or backhands attracted me. even though i've got a two-hander, some of my favorite players had/have one-handers. doesn't matter.

thoughtful players, players who use their heads, variety of shots, opportunistic net play. since i'm lefty, i kinda have a thing for lefties, though they're rare.

i know i am in the minority, but i've rarely cared about off-court personality . . . whether a player is funny or give good pressers, or gives to charity or helps little old ladies across the street. these people are complete strangers. they aren't a part of my life. i'm not choosing lifelong friends. i just want to see you hit a ball and win matches.
 
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shazbot

Semi-Pro
Anyone who plays with a one handed backhand, I am a fan of.

Because as we all know, hitting a down the line one handed backhand winner, is probably the greatest feeling in all of tennis. Watching the pros do it on TV is awesome, when they really rip them.

It's a shame people who play a two handed backhand can never feel that. :)
 

Kobble

Hall of Fame
It is too had to tell. With the men it is game and personality.

My favorites to root for where:
Agassi
Safin
Kuerten
Ivanisevic
Nadal
Hewitt

All of them brought something unusual to the game.
 
Am I the only one that appreciated Almagro? I think he has a sweet 1HBH that can hit winners anywhere on the court.

He also was smiling and looked liked he was having fun. I definately respect him and his game more.
 

moshi2

Rookie
I watched tennis occasionally when I was little kid - Graf, Seles, Chang, Sampras, Agassi, etc --> and I didn't really have anybody to root for. Then I stopped watching/following tennis for the longest time.

Then, out of nowhere, I found myself watching 2007 RG final on tv between Federer vs Nadal. I had no idea who they were at all. Federer lost (of course) to Nadal, but the way he played made me fell in love with tennis all over again. He made it looked so darn easy and yet still looked so elegant. That was it. Since then, I pretty much follow tennis again and I've been a Federer fan ever since. I deeply regret that I never seen him in all his glory (2003-2006), but better be late than never.

I hated Nadal at first because of his butt-picking habit, sleveless shirt (armpit hair is so gross) and just the way he plays. Since he starts wearing normal t-shirt, I've been less hostile towards him now :D
 
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Serendipitous

Guest
I watched tennis occasionally when I was little kid - Graf, Seles, Chang, Sampras, Agassi, etc --> and I didn't really have anybody to root for. Then I stopped watching/following tennis for the longest time.

Then, out of nowhere, I found myself watching 2007 RG final on tv between Federer vs Nadal. I had no idea who they were at all. Federer lost (of course) to Nadal, but the way he played made me fell in love with tennis all over again. He made it looked so darn easy and yet still looked so elegant. That was it. Since then, I pretty much follow tennis again and I've been a Federer fan ever since. I deeply regret that I never seen him in all his glory (2003-2006), but better be late than never.

I hated Nadal at first because of his butt-picking habit, sleveless shirt (armpit hair is so gross) and just the way he plays. Since he starts wearing normal t-shirt, I've been less hostile towards him now :D
Welcome to the forums. :)
 

okdude1992

Hall of Fame
heart/fighting spirit
mobility/ quickness
all court game
personality

i like most of the top players to varying degrees of course:
djokovic nadal roddick murray delpotro federer

mainly want to see good tennis. For this reason i never used to like federer, cuz watching his matches was like a foregone conclusion. But in retrospect can't fault a guy for winning. used to dislike djokovic and delpo for the injury timeouts, but they seemed to have stopped that nonsense. still don't like guys taking alot of time between points like nadal or the previous two.

I also like watching good old ball bashers and of course shotmakers (unless its mindless like gulbis) :
gonzalez gasquet haas tsonga blake tipsarevic baghdatis

I even like grinders/ counter punchers depending on my mood:
murray hewitt monfils simon robredo monaco

dislike guys with only a serve and nothing else:
karlovic isner ect

guess thats about it :)
 
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