Just a very simple thread, since everything else is so off the rails today. Who is your favorite player? If you'd like, say why. And please, keep the hate to a minimum.
He's 23 with 6 grandslams.
He's the best clay courter of all time.
Simultaneous holder of Olympic singles gold medal and Grand Slams on clay, grass and hardcourt which has never been done before.
36 singles career titles.
Former and future world number 1.
I was unaware that Sampras still had a ranking. GameSampras will be pleased.
Sampras is an exception, because he holds the most (meaningful) Grand Slam titles in history. Even though he does have a current ATP ranking, he is loved and remembered by many and therefore rightfully belongs on the poll. Research your facts before dropping names like that.
and yet the the title of the thread is "who is your favorite player" if you didnt realize women dont play on the atp tour.
The "agassi fan" poster was complaining about the poll. He wasn't complaining about the thread title. Why don't you pay attention to the discussion instead of throwing insults and posting childish pictures.
you were complaining about the poll title. the atp has nothing to do with rankings, this is a thread only pertaining to men, hence why the poll is called atp, and not wta.
i almost pissed myself when i read this.
Amazing how a fight breaks out in every thread ever! Geez guys, give it a rest...:roll:
That is simply your (poor) interpretation that is the problem here. "ATP player" means a player ranked on the ATP. Agassi is not, sorry to break the news to you.
That includes you shouldretire. I've already seen a few of your posts, I'll just say tone the hate down a bit, a little advice, take it or leave it. We don't need another firestarter around here, no matter who you cheer for.
an atp player also has to be a man. the point of this thread is who is your favorite male player.
idk why you feel obligated to act so childish:?
My favorite player is James Blake. I have been a fan of his ever since his run at the 2005 US Open, when he beat Nadal and had one of the greatest matches I've ever seen, versus Andre Agassi. I've followed him ever since then. I was drawn in not only by his dynamic style of tennis, but by the story of his comeback from the hardships he faced in 2004.
I admire Blake not only as a player, but for the off the court contributions he makes as well, to charity, and the professional way he carries himself in interviews and on court as well.
I am a James Blake fan, and will continue to be one even after his playing days are over. He is truly an inspiration and his success in life is something for anyone to aspire to.
That's what I meant by putting ATP, instead of male, I was trying to be too PC maybe. It's all semantics, crazy to get upset about it.
So to the original question again, I didn't put Agassi b/c the guys I named seem to have the most fans on TT, so I just wanted a view of how many people's favorite is someone outside of these guys.
Now, continue discussion.
You are the only one to bring up the gender issue in this thread. Why are you doing that? Nobody is talking aBOUT women pros here, except you.
And I notice from your signature that you are 6.0 rated:roll::lol:, so quite surprising you know so little about ATP rankings considering you claim to have one.
My favorite player is Zach Leslie. I have been a fan of his ever since his run at the 2007 Kalamazoo, when he beat Mauricio Villa and had some of the greatest matches I've ever seen, versus others. I've followed him ever since then. I was drawn in not only by his dynamic style of tennis, but by the story of his comeback from the hardships he faced in 2006.
I admire Leslie not only as a player, but for the off the court contributions he makes as well, to charity, and the professional way he carries himself in interviews and on court as well.
I am a Zach Leslie fan, and will continue to be one even after his playing days are over. He is truly an inspiration and his success in life is something for anyone to aspire to.
I see you can't show genuine emotion on these boards anymore...:roll:
No you can, but much of your emotion is obvious from your handle and avatar. Blake is a controversial figure, and I left that out for respect to you and your thread. THere is no reason to go all COnquistador about it all of a sudden.
seems the Op just proved you wrong. and US open 05 was amazing for how well the usa did. there was ginepri who beat coria in 5 sets but lost to andre in 5. what a year.
Blake is a controversial figure? How so? I'm pretty sure I've heard this before tho...
I don't know what your problem is Shouldretire, but you're full of attitude and full of angst. If you're a teen, I don't think anyone here would be surprised.
If you're not, well, I guess there isn't much left for anyone to say on how you choose to conduct yourself.
Regardless, sorry OP for all the derailment in your thread.
Wait a second, I just realized, did he really compare me to CONQUISTADOR????? The guy who makes a new thread every time Federer wins a match? Waxed poetically daily a/b Federer during the FO and Wimbledon? Compare me to that guy b/c I tell why Blake is my favorite in a thread titled-oh wait, "Who is your favorite player". Shouldretire, why? I show genuine emotion as to why I like Blake, and you call me out? OK then, I'm calling you out, since you only seem here to attack and try to start fights, who is your favorite and why? Let me mock your explanation and see how much you like it. Ridiculous.
Take it as a compliment, he writes nice essays, and yours about Blake just happened to remind me of those. I did not "call you out" in any way. I see you have no comment about Blake's blatant cheating in Las Vegas.
At the 2007 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas, as the defending champion, he was involved with a deep controversy. It was one of the several tournaments experimenting with the new round robin format, and Blake had lost his first match to Evgeny Korolev. Korolev lost his other match to Juan Martín del Potro. In order for Blake to advance to the quarters, he had to defeat Del Potro in straight sets while losing five games or less. This would result in a three-way tie, with Blake losing the fewest games. With Blake leading 6–1 3–1, Del Potro retired. This eliminated Del Potro from the three-way tie as he failed to complete one of his matches. Korolev then moved on to the next round, breaking the tie because he had defeated Blake in their match.
That caused a big uproar among fans, James Blake, and commentators, as they felt James Blake deserved to advance. After a press conference of many hours, the ATP, led by Etienne de Villiers, decided that, since Blake would have met the guidelines the way the match was going, and since neither player knew the consequences of retiring (Del Potro said he would have finished the match had he known), Blake would have advanced anyway. They overruled the tournament guidelines, giving Blake a place in the quarterfinals.
The following morning, De Villiers reversed his reversal deeming that it was unfair to Korolev as you shouldn't change the rules in mid-tournament, regardless of what happened. As a result, Korolev re-advanced to the quarterfinals, sending Blake to Indian Wells without a 3rd consecutive title defense. Shortly after this incident, the ATP decided to cancel the round robin format, reverting any tournaments planning a round robin draw to the standard single-elimination draw.