Tough call, but being American I could not help but pull for Connors with his fiery and competitive spirit. He never gave up and had more heart than many of today's pros. So while I can't say he is my favorite player, I can say I'd prefer to watch him play in his prime over anyone else.
Even though he didnt win as much as the others on the list. I believe both he and safin are the most charismatic. Till this day, Safin fans hope he'll make another push and win. Goran winning wimby, priceless.
Agassi for his achievements on and off. He's highs and lows make him more appreciable than most on the list.
Andre Agassi. I could never not cheer for him, he's got a ton of heart and his re-dedication to the game in the late 90's was remarkable. The work that he has done in the community in Las Vegas, building a brand new school and implementing programs and lessons that will stay with his students forever is something unheard of these days.
It was hard to decide btw Agassi and Fed, but I chose Ag b/c I felt like using the term "all-time" couldn't be ascribed to a current player. Ag has had so much time to prove that he is gracious on and off the court, and his 90's comeback was sick, plus he did it all without some of the traditional weapons, he changed the game for a long time with his baseline game and I remember when no one hit with a semi-western grip forehand - until Ag that is. That said, I think Fed will eventually take over the top spot. I also was surprise that Djokovic isn't on the list, I think over the next few years he'll be tops on a lot of lists.. As for Sampras - on the court amazing, off the court - kind of whiney, not my favorite.
My favorite player wasn't listed, the Mayor of Bucharest, the inventor of the Bucharest Backfire, the Clown Prince Of Tennis, the Dark Lord of Lobs, the Master of Mischief, the Bucharest Buffoon, The Nasty One, Jimmy Connors step-brother and Pancho Gonzalez's tennis son the one, the only: