Which pro players have you met and what was your impression of them?

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Back in 1999 I was at a player event. I ran into Malisse, Escude, & Nalbandian. Nalbandian was snotty, must've thought he would do great things in the game. Malisse and Escude were friendly.

I also met Hingis, Kyrios, and Ryan Harrison. They were all friendly and approachable. Kyrios was very friendly.
That's cool. I miss Escude...used to love watching him play. Had a big game despite being the skinniest person to walk the earth :D
 

Mark-Touch

Hall of Fame
Novak, Tipsarevic, a few times. Great fun guys.
Berdych a few times. Cool but less engaging than the other two
Played with Izak Van Der Mewre, awesome guy, super down to earth and patient.
played with Kvitova, Safarova - super fun and silly
Hit with Zivojinovic and Monika Seles in the 80s. Slobodan was relaxed and felt like he did not care about practice. He had a 2l Coke bottle with him.
monika was like programmed...
Thanks!
I'm very curious to know how long you hit with these players and what was it like?
Could you keep up with them, were they bossing you around the court or vice versa?
 

Mark-Touch

Hall of Fame
"Which pro players have you met and what was your impression of them?"

Depends what you mean by "met"?
Seen in the flesh a few feet away, or talked with them?
 

Sudacafan

G.O.A.T.
Doesn’t sound like him. I’d be interested in the context.

Most people who dislike Hewitt have never had any personal interaction with him, and judge him from his on-court antics.
Right, and that's enough.
I also know a club member who is a mean @$$hole on court and competition, but very gentle and friendly outside of it; I don't buy it.
 

dr325i

Legend
Thanks!
I'm very curious to know how long you hit with these players and what was it like?
Could you keep up with them, were they bossing you around the court or vice versa?
I’ve hit with Izak multiple times for about 60-70 minutes each. He and I also played doubles at Corporate challenge for out company. He played at 30% probably and the depth, action and consistency of his shots would make me take 2 days off after hitting with him. It is also mentally tolling to try to keep up with him and not “embarrass “ myself. And I consider myself to be in a really great shape for my age (48). He can serve 135mph within a 2x2ft box and out of 50 serves, I would “return” 3. During our set plays, he would not serve over 100-110. His second serves kicks were absolute killers. Jump up 8-10ft and have so much action that many times trying to block them would result in the ball bouncing off totally uncontrollably.

hitting with Safarova was a total blast. Indoor, she was fun and always in a great mood. I hit with her 2-3 times. Again, when she got serious, adios. No way I can do anything.
I hit also with Hradecka once and she was “serious” but all into me so I could keep up.
hit once with Kvitova and again, hitting into me 3-4 shots then good bye...
 
Novak, Tipsarevic, a few times. Great fun guys.
Berdych a few times. Cool but less engaging than the other two
Played with Izak Van Der Mewre, awesome guy, super down to earth and patient.
played with Kvitova, Safarova - super fun and silly
Hit with Zivojinovic and Monika Seles in the 80s. Slobodan was relaxed and felt like he did not care about practice. He had a 2l Coke bottle with him.
monika was like programmed...
did you get a chance to face zivojinovic’s serve? He’s one of my favorite players.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
It is also mentally tolling to try to keep up with him and not “embarrass “ myself.
Totally know the feeling. When I hit with Seles the first time, initially I found myself counting my net misses vs. hers. In the first 50 min, she had 2, and i stopped counting mine at 10. But, aside from that, I felt like I was doing ok at accommodating what she asked - “hit flat, and don’t move me too much side to side,” (she was nursing an injury). Then, just when I was thinking, “Hey, I’m actually doing ok here,” she (finally) asks to stop for water. Good thing, I was dying of thirst and feeling very low sugar. Then when we sat, to both my excitement and absolute horror she says, “This is really great, do you think we can go an extra 1/2 hour?” How could I have said no? By the time we were done, I was literally seeing stars. Took me a number of days to recover.

By the way, for any random male advanced recreational player who has said (or thought) they could tool a top (or former top) women’s player...you are almost certainly wrong. Seles hit every ball within 2 ft of the baseline. I was on my heels the entire time, took more balls on the rise or short hop than I’ve ever had to by a long shot. At any given time, she could have hit the kill shot in the rally...she just rarely chose to do that.

It was a very cool, yet humbling experience.
 

Lendl

Semi-Pro
I used to go to the Cincinnati masters each year and stay at the player hotel which had an Applebee’s in front of it. Mingled and met a variety of players.

Some interesting experiences ...

The tournament used to provide players with small suv size Mercedes Benz cars. Guga totally blew through a stop sign in parking lot and almost hit us. Luckily we were paying attention and he smiled and waived he was sorry:)

Going to our room we walked to elevators and Fed was standing on one side so we hit elevator button on other side of hall. His didn’t work and kept pressing the button. Our door opened and I was watching him be frustrated so I held door open and he came and went up in ours. He was nice, no real talking just messing with him about the elevator.

The year Carlos Moya won my wife and I had a room next to him and his wife/girlfriend. We continually ran into him coming and going and in the elevator. He was always beyond nice asking us how we were enjoying the tournament, etc. Just a very genuinely nice guy. We always left around the quarters as all matches move to stadium and it isn’t as enjoyable. Got home and watched rest and was very happy he won it.

We spent a couple evenings at hotel bar and one shocking thing to me was the amount of players that smoked. Many crazy players with their drinking and smoking (Safin and his Russian mob, Lapenti especially) but one player was the healthiest little nerd. Arnauld Clement sat there with many players just drinking ice water. He looked like he was 10 years old sitting at the bar but really stood out because he WASN’T crazy:)

We always saw Greg Rusedski in the parking lot by himself with a scowl. I don’t think he had any friends.
 

dr325i

Legend
Totally know the feeling. When I hit with Seles the first time, initially I found myself counting my net misses vs. hers. In the first 50 min, she had 2, and i stopped counting mine at 10. But, aside from that, I felt like I was doing ok at accommodating what she asked - “hit flat, and don’t move me too much side to side,” (she was nursing an injury). Then, just when I was thinking, “Hey, I’m actually doing ok here,” she (finally) asks to stop for water. Good thing, I was dying of thirst and feeling very low sugar. Then when we sat, to both my excitement and absolute horror she says, “This is really great, do you think we can go an extra 1/2 hour?” How could I have said no? By the time we were done, I was literally seeing stars. Took me a number of days to recover.

By the way, for any random male advanced recreational player who has said (or thought) they could tool a top (or former top) women’s player...you are almost certainly wrong. Seles hit every ball within 2 ft of the baseline. I was on my heels the entire time, took more balls on the rise or short hop than I’ve ever had to by a long shot. At any given time, she could have hit the kill shot in the rally...she just rarely chose to do that.

It was a very cool, yet humbling experience.
I hear ya. Very eye opening how tolling it is to hit 60 minutes with a total of 2 minutes of break...
And that mental exhaustion catches up as soon as you stop.
It a pro/former pro plays her/his 70%, no recreational player has a chance to win a point. Possibly the pros UE only.
 

NicoMK

Professional
We spent a couple evenings at hotel bar and one shocking thing to me was the amount of players that smoked. Many crazy players with their drinking and smoking (Safin and his Russian mob, Lapenti especially) but one player was the healthiest little nerd. Arnauld Clement sat there with many players just drinking ice water. He looked like he was 10 years old sitting at the bar but really stood out because he WASN’T crazy:)
So who did you see smoking? The only two that I saw smoking at the party that I mentioned a few posts above were Benneteau and Arazi. Haven't seen many players smoking... yet.

I'm not surprised by Arnaud Clément. My brother lives in the same city as Arnaud and he tells me that he often sees him cycling.
 
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Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
I saw Rafaello at a grocery store in Los Angeles not that long ago. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a ****** and bother him and ask him for photos or anything. He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?” I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but he kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the doors with like fifteen Milky Ways in his hands without paying.

The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like “Sir, you need to pay for those first.” At first he kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter.

When she took one of the bars and started scanning it multiple times, he stopped her and told her to scan them each individually “to prevent any electrical infetterence,” and then turned around and winked at me. I don’t even think that’s a word. After she scanned each bar and put them in a bag and started to say the price, he kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.
 

toby55555

Hall of Fame
Ilie Nastase, amusing if a touch arrogant. Hit with Silvija Talaja a few times as she prepared for Wimbledon, very normal and down to earth but then most people will never have heard of her.
 

kevaninho

Hall of Fame
Met Andy Murray in 2015 during the French Open. He was having breakfast with Kim, and we went over for a chat.
With us being fellow Scots, he was really friendly, and chatted away, asking us a bunch of questions, although Kim looked like she wanted us to go away LOL

Got some pictures, and wished him luck for his next match ( against Kyrgios im sure ).

Good, friendly guy.
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
My brother claimed to be better than Hewitt when he was 14.

Needless to say my impression is that he's a tad arrogant
 
I saw Rafaello at a grocery store in Los Angeles not that long ago. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a ****** and bother him and ask him for photos or anything. He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?” I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but he kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the doors with like fifteen Milky Ways in his hands without paying.

The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like “Sir, you need to pay for those first.” At first he kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter.

When she took one of the bars and started scanning it multiple times, he stopped her and told her to scan them each individually “to prevent any electrical infetterence,” and then turned around and winked at me. I don’t even think that’s a word. After she scanned each bar and put them in a bag and started to say the price, he kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.
The are better versions of this for tennis context
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
I used to go to the Cincinnati masters each year and stay at the player hotel which had an Applebee’s in front of it. Mingled and met a variety of players.

Some interesting experiences ...

The tournament used to provide players with small suv size Mercedes Benz cars. Guga totally blew through a stop sign in parking lot and almost hit us. Luckily we were paying attention and he smiled and waived he was sorry:)

Going to our room we walked to elevators and Fed was standing on one side so we hit elevator button on other side of hall. His didn’t work and kept pressing the button. Our door opened and I was watching him be frustrated so I held door open and he came and went up in ours. He was nice, no real talking just messing with him about the elevator.

The year Carlos Moya won my wife and I had a room next to him and his wife/girlfriend. We continually ran into him coming and going and in the elevator. He was always beyond nice asking us how we were enjoying the tournament, etc. Just a very genuinely nice guy. We always left around the quarters as all matches move to stadium and it isn’t as enjoyable. Got home and watched rest and was very happy he won it.

We spent a couple evenings at hotel bar and one shocking thing to me was the amount of players that smoked. Many crazy players with their drinking and smoking (Safin and his Russian mob, Lapenti especially) but one player was the healthiest little nerd. Arnauld Clement sat there with many players just drinking ice water. He looked like he was 10 years old sitting at the bar but really stood out because he WASN’T crazy:)

We always saw Greg Rusedski in the parking lot by himself with a scowl. I don’t think he had any friends.
Cool story, thanks. I always liked Moya, always seemed like a nice guy.
 
I used to go to the Cincinnati masters each year and stay at the player hotel which had an Applebee’s in front of it. Mingled and met a variety of players.

Some interesting experiences ...

The tournament used to provide players with small suv size Mercedes Benz cars. Guga totally blew through a stop sign in parking lot and almost hit us. Luckily we were paying attention and he smiled and waived he was sorry:)

Going to our room we walked to elevators and Fed was standing on one side so we hit elevator button on other side of hall. His didn’t work and kept pressing the button. Our door opened and I was watching him be frustrated so I held door open and he came and went up in ours. He was nice, no real talking just messing with him about the elevator.

The year Carlos Moya won my wife and I had a room next to him and his wife/girlfriend. We continually ran into him coming and going and in the elevator. He was always beyond nice asking us how we were enjoying the tournament, etc. Just a very genuinely nice guy. We always left around the quarters as all matches move to stadium and it isn’t as enjoyable. Got home and watched rest and was very happy he won it.

We spent a couple evenings at hotel bar and one shocking thing to me was the amount of players that smoked. Many crazy players with their drinking and smoking (Safin and his Russian mob, Lapenti especially) but one player was the healthiest little nerd. Arnauld Clement sat there with many players just drinking ice water. He looked like he was 10 years old sitting at the bar but really stood out because he WASN’T crazy:)

We always saw Greg Rusedski in the parking lot by himself with a scowl. I don’t think he had any friends.
I thought Lendl would have had more encounters with fellow pros
 

Fridge

Semi-Pro
Saw Fed signing autographs after his match once. Looked like he would prefer to be anywhere else. Novak otoh was all smiles and pictures. Really shows the difference between the two personality wise
 

Tshooter

Legend
Saw Fed signing autographs after his match once. Looked like he would prefer to be anywhere else. Novak otoh was all smiles and pictures. Really shows the difference between the two personality wise
Of the Big 3 Novak is the one who seems to genuinely like crowd interaction. The other two are fine. Nadal goes above and beyond with the fans and Roger takes the "fan interaction" responsibility seriously but they don't seem to be totally into it like Novak.
 
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Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
I've been fortunate enough to meet most current players through my work at some tournaments.

Roger Federer is as kind and sweet as he appears to be. Always says hello, very friendly.
Milos Raonic was quiet but nice. He donated his shoes to be won by one lucky volunteer which was very generous of him.
Nick Kyrgios is an interesting one. He's incredibly loud, definitely has ADHD. However, he's very involved in working with the underprivileged, he was the first person to volunteer to take photos with some people with disabilities.
Jan Lennard Struff also was very kind and helped out some people with disabilities.
Andy Murray was quite friendly and he had to withdraw from the tournament and was really apologetic about it.
Benoit Paire is an absolute hothead. Kept my distance from him.
Stefanos Tsitsipas was rather quiet, his father is not nice at all and definitely appears to be a controlling figure in his life.
Diego Schwartzman was nice. A lot shorter in person, ATP definitely has the incorrect height listed for him.
John Millman and Alex De Minaur are very humble and down to earth.

Ash Barty is an absolute sweetheart. She's always up for a chat, doesn't have a big team surrounding her, has a joke and a laugh with whoever.
Petra Kvitova is very kind as well, not overly serious, friendly and nice.
Sloane Stephens was not great. Might have just caught her on a bad day but she was very rude and a bit of a diva.
Angelique Kerber was also not the best but she had just lost her 1R match so i'll give her that.
Naomi Osaka was always surrounded by her team so was hard to gauge her.
Victoria Azarenka was very sweet
Sam Stosur is also incredibly nice, had a great chat with her. The Aussies usually tend to be down to earth.
Maria Sharapova, there's a reason she's called the ice queen. That's cause she is, she's cold, distant and knows how to command a room. It was blatantly obvious nobody on tour likes her. I will admit that this is a trait for many of the Russian female players. They're all very cold and serious. Not necessarily rude but just intense. This goes for Kasatkina and Samsonova.
Svetlana Kuznetsova
was really friendly though, quite enjoyed talking with her.
One of my favourites was actually Alison Riske. I'll admit I wasn't initially a fan as she ended my home girl Barty's run at Wimbledon last year but Riske was so sweet. We had a few lovely conversations and she was incredibly down to earth.
 
I've been fortunate enough to meet most current players through my work at some tournaments.

Roger Federer is as kind and sweet as he appears to be. Always says hello, very friendly.
Milos Raonic was quiet but nice. He donated his shoes to be won by one lucky volunteer which was very generous of him.
Nick Kyrgios is an interesting one. He's incredibly loud, definitely has ADHD. However, he's very involved in working with the underprivileged, he was the first person to volunteer to take photos with some people with disabilities.
Jan Lennard Struff also was very kind and helped out some people with disabilities.
Andy Murray was quite friendly and he had to withdraw from the tournament and was really apologetic about it.
Benoit Paire is an absolute hothead. Kept my distance from him.
Stefanos Tsitsipas was rather quiet, his father is not nice at all and definitely appears to be a controlling figure in his life.
Diego Schwartzman was nice. A lot shorter in person, ATP definitely has the incorrect height listed for him.
John Millman and Alex De Minaur are very humble and down to earth.

Ash Barty is an absolute sweetheart. She's always up for a chat, doesn't have a big team surrounding her, has a joke and a laugh with whoever.
Petra Kvitova is very kind as well, not overly serious, friendly and nice.
Sloane Stephens was not great. Might have just caught her on a bad day but she was very rude and a bit of a diva.
Angelique Kerber was also not the best but she had just lost her 1R match so i'll give her that.
Naomi Osaka was always surrounded by her team so was hard to gauge her.
Victoria Azarenka was very sweet
Sam Stosur is also incredibly nice, had a great chat with her. The Aussies usually tend to be down to earth.
Maria Sharapova, there's a reason she's called the ice queen. That's cause she is, she's cold, distant and knows how to command a room. It was blatantly obvious nobody on tour likes her. I will admit that this is a trait for many of the Russian female players. They're all very cold and serious. Not necessarily rude but just intense. This goes for Kasatkina and Samsonova.
Svetlana Kuznetsova
was really friendly though, quite enjoyed talking with her.
One of my favourites was actually Alison Riske. I'll admit I wasn't initially a fan as she ended my home girl Barty's run at Wimbledon last year but Riske was so sweet. We had a few lovely conversations and she was incredibly down to earth.
Thanks for this! Great stuff
Interesting about Benoit, he's meant to be lovely off the court
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Saw Fed signing autographs after his match once. Looked like he would prefer to be anywhere else. Novak otoh was all smiles and pictures. Really shows the difference between the two personality wise
Your sample size is absolutely breathtaking!

In contrast, I’ve seen Fed, Rafa and Djokovic sign autographs more than 100 times each, easily, and have watched them practice even more times than that. I’ve never seen any of them be anything less than pleasant, though Nadal is more shy and anxious to get away from crowds. Fed is more protected now once he leaves court. I’ve also spoken to them all at IW over a period of 15 years. The longest convo was about 5 mins with Djoker and Marko while they were playing soccer at IW.

So my sample size is more reliable than a one-time “interaction.” And I’m not so partisan that I can’t say the two funniest are by far Novak and Andy. Novak is great with the fans, especially kids. He will pose for 15 minutes, while Fed and Rafa are hustled off more quickly. But they pose as well and are perfectly nice.

The first time I saw Fed at IW was in 2001 and he, Mirka and some other guy were just sitting cross legged on the lawn eating what looked to be olives out of a can.
 

Fridge

Semi-Pro
Your sample size is absolutely breathtaking!

In contrast, I’ve seen Fed, Rafa and Djokovic sign autographs more than 100 times each, easily, and have watched them practice even more times than that. I’ve never seen any of them be anything less than pleasant, though Nadal is more shy and anxious to get away from crowds. Fed is more protected now once he leaves court. I’ve also spoken to them all at IW over a period of 15 years. The longest convo was about 5 mins with Djoker and Marko while they were playing soccer at IW.

So my sample size is more reliable than a one-time “interaction.” And I’m not so partisan that I can’t say the two funniest are by far Novak and Andy. Novak is great with the fans, especially kids. He will pose for 15 minutes, while Fed and Rafa are hustled off more quickly. But they pose as well and are perfectly nice.

The first time I saw Fed at IW was in 2001 and he, Mirka and some other guy were just sitting cross legged on the lawn eating what looked to be olives out of a can.
Oh Im sorry. I didn't know that eating olives out of a can is a data point and represent good fan interaction.

Quality over quantity.
 

Federer and Del Potro

Talk Tennis Guru
I saw Bernard Tomic at a grocery store in Miami yesterday. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a jerk and bother him and ask him for photos or anything.
He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?”
I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but he kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the doors with like fifteen Milky Ways in his hands without paying.
The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like “Sir, you need to pay for those first.” At first he kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter.
When she took one of the bars and started scanning it multiple times, he stopped her and told her to scan them each individually “to prevent any electrical infetterence,” and then turned around and winked at me. I don’t even think that’s a word. After she scanned each bar and put them in a bag and started to say the price, he kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.
 

TheAssassin

Legend
I saw Rafaello at a grocery store in Los Angeles not that long ago. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a ****** and bother him and ask him for photos or anything. He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?” I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but he kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the doors with like fifteen Milky Ways in his hands without paying.

The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like “Sir, you need to pay for those first.” At first he kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter.

When she took one of the bars and started scanning it multiple times, he stopped her and told her to scan them each individually “to prevent any electrical infetterence,” and then turned around and winked at me. I don’t even think that’s a word. After she scanned each bar and put them in a bag and started to say the price, he kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.
I saw Bernard Tomic at a grocery store in Miami yesterday. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a jerk and bother him and ask him for photos or anything.
He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?”
I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but he kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the doors with like fifteen Milky Ways in his hands without paying.
The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like “Sir, you need to pay for those first.” At first he kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter.
When she took one of the bars and started scanning it multiple times, he stopped her and told her to scan them each individually “to prevent any electrical infetterence,” and then turned around and winked at me. I don’t even think that’s a word. After she scanned each bar and put them in a bag and started to say the price, he kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.
I saw Federer a grocery store in Los Angeles a few years ago. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn't want to be a ****** and bother him and ask him for photos or anything. He said, "Oh, like you're doing now?" I was taken aback, and all I could say was "Huh?" but he kept cutting me off and going "huh? huh? huh?" and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the doors with like fifteen Lindt boxes in his hands without paying. The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like "Sir, you need to pay for those first." At first he kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter.



When she took one of the boxes and started scanning it multiple times, he stopped her and told her to scan them each individually "to prevent any electrical infetterence," and then turned around and winked at me. I don't even think that's a word. After she scanned each box and put them in several bags and started to say the price, he kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.
I saw Marin Cilic at a grocery store in Medjugorje yesterday. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a ****** and bother him and ask him for photos or anything.

He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?” I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but he kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the doors with like fifteen Milky Ways in his hands without paying.

The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like “Sir, you need to pay for those first.” At first he kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter.

When she took one of the bars and started scanning it multiple times, he stopped her and told her to scan them each individually “to prevent any electrical infetterence,” and then turned around and winked at me. I don’t even think that’s a word. After she scanned each bar and put them in a bag and started to say the price, he kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.
I gotta go grocery shopping more often.

Maybe I will run into Ruud yawning loudly somewhere in Oslo.
 

Federer and Del Potro

Talk Tennis Guru
I gotta go grocery shopping more often.
I saw Roger Federer at a grocery store in Flushing Meadows before the US Open this fall. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a jerk and bother him and ask him for photos or anything. He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?” I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but he kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the doors with like fifteen break points in his hands without paying.

The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like “Sir, you need to break serve for those first.” At first he kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter.

When she took one of the break points and started scanning it multiple times, he stopped her and told her to scan them each individually “to prevent any electrical infetterence,” and then turned around and winked at me. I don’t even think that’s a word. After she scanned each break point and put them in Mirka's bag and started to say the price, he kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.
 

Federer and Del Potro

Talk Tennis Guru
I saw Rafaello at a grocery store in Los Angeles not that long ago. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a ****** and bother him and ask him for photos or anything. He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?” I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but he kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the doors with like fifteen Milky Ways in his hands without paying.

The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like “Sir, you need to pay for those first.” At first he kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter.

When she took one of the bars and started scanning it multiple times, he stopped her and told her to scan them each individually “to prevent any electrical infetterence,” and then turned around and winked at me. I don’t even think that’s a word. After she scanned each bar and put them in a bag and started to say the price, he kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.
Lmao I didn't even see this before putting Bernie there. Excellent meme.

As for my real answer: I've been to real matches but haven't met anyone directly.
 

dr325i

Legend
Also, on my return flight from Dubai to Prague I ended up split up from my family and sat next to Iveta Benesova. I bugged her for like 30 minutes about tennis and she was super nice about it...
 

tsurismo5

Rookie
Met the following on a sweltering and humid summer’s day in Cincinnati:

Djokovic - great guy, took selfies with every single person lined up against his practice court fence. Signed basically everyone’s stuff too. Seemed engaging and really nice.

Murray - didn’t really say anything, just signed a few balls and slowly sauntered away.

Zverev - pretty arrogant even though he was only 17 (had just practiced with Federer).

Federer - waved to the fans only, didn’t sign anything or approach anyone.

Raonic - quiet, focused.

Fognini - seemed like he was complaining about something in Italian despite winning the match. Still signed balls.

Wozniacki - seemed like a nice person.

Serena - didn’t acknowledge a single fan.

Bruno soares - pissed that I didn’t know who he was despite asking for an autograph.

Monfils - didn’t take match warmup seriously at all. Hit a few hard first serves down the T. Kept headphones on a lot of the time. Played soccer with the tennis balls on the court for a decent amount of time. Pretty sure he was singing to himself. Tournament official notified him that he needed to be ready for the TV match against Fed, yet didn’t seem to care or pay attention to the guy. Arrived to the court late. Still took it to three tough sets.
 
Had several tennis lessons from Michael Russell and Jack Brasington. Extremely nice guys. When you play a set with them you realize that they are playing an entirely different sport.

Also hit with McEnroe, Roddick, Courier, and James Blake in the Champions Tour. Couldn't return McEnroe's wide, can-opener serve even though I stood way in the doubles alley. Roddick's serve was a bomb, no surprise. They never missed, even though McEnroe looked like he just woke up with bed hair. I realized hitting a tennis ball to them is like walking. All were nice in Q&A session, especially Blake. Roddick came off as cocky and sarcastic.

Did Wilander on Wheels clinic. Wilander talked afterwards and shared some stories. Again, like the others, he never missed a ball. Our head pro said Wilander could still beat division I college players.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
I saw Roger Federer at a grocery store in Flushing Meadows before the US Open this fall. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a jerk and bother him and ask him for photos or anything. He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?” I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but he kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the doors with like fifteen break points in his hands without paying.

The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like “Sir, you need to break serve for those first.” At first he kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter.

When she took one of the break points and started scanning it multiple times, he stopped her and told her to scan them each individually “to prevent any electrical infetterence,” and then turned around and winked at me. I don’t even think that’s a word. After she scanned each break point and put them in Mirka's bag and started to say the price, he kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.
That recurring dream again? :)
 

beltsman

Legend
Not many, but:
-Two years ago, Zverev after a win. Very friendly, in amongst fans, very chill.
- Giorgi with her dad. Actually pretty nice, stopped and took a ton of photos, I think it was after a match. More relaxed than I would have thought among a crowd of gross clingers.
- Taylor Fritz: cool dude, spent time with fans, signed autographs, had some good laughs
- Opelka: more aloof, not a bad guy, but not as personable as Fritz. Also spent time with fans but not same extreme friendliness
- Federer: came out from practice to sign a bunch of autographs when he didn't have to

Not a straight fan interaction per se, but I saw Kyrgios play doubles (courtside) at USO and the tool cursed out the fans (can't type his words here).
 
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