Whos having the most fun on the court and who would rather be doing something else?

ktncnttl

Rookie
Seems to me some pros truly love tennis and some are just in it for the money and they would rather be doing something else. I think guys like Safin and Ferrero are just in it for the money whereas AA and Nadal really like it out there. What do you think?
 

GotGame?

Rookie
Nadals top the vote on who still plays it like a *game* out there. Ferrero seems bored like out there without any excitement happening, and Safin wants to take a lead in a match and run with it, not really willing to dig deeper.
 

callitout

Professional
Federer, Blake, Agassi, Coria and Hewitt all seem to play with a passion for the game. Most tour vets dont look very excited just to be out there but younger guys usually do. Muray's not that good yet but he seems to love to be out there.
 

GotGame?

Rookie
callitout said:
Federer, Blake, Agassi, Coria and Hewitt all seem to play with a passion for the game. Most tour vets dont look very excited just to be out there but younger guys usually do. Muray's not that good yet but he seems to love to be out there.
Hewitt, Federer, and Coria seem like they are straight-up business.

Blake was a headcase, until as of recently.

Agassi still amazes me at how much fun he is still having on the court at 35.

I agree that the youngins compared to the vets, show more enjoyment but less maturity.
 

Matthew

Professional
I disagree that Ferrero is just in it for the money. He is not only a great champion but an awesome promoter of the game with his tennis facility. You could make an arguement that he only started the facility for the money, but I don't think that is the case. I think he has a love for the game.

There is no question that Agassi is playing for passion. No debate.
 

callitout

Professional
I cant really believe that Fed is out there to maximize profits. If that were the case why would he wait so long before hiring an agent. Of course, he's serious. All pros are. Thats part of being pro. I just listed guys I didnt feel were merely cashing the check but giving huge effort and seem to love tennis.
 

Nuke

Hall of Fame
On the women's side, I'd say that Kim Clijsters looks like she's really into it. Davenport always looks like wants to be somewhere else.
 

timmyboy

Professional
that's cuz davenport's family doesn't really like her playing tennis. hewitt seems into it. so does federer and nadal and roddick. besides, how can you play that good for just the money.
 

PM_

Professional
Interesting thread...the OP is a double-expletive anyways. B/c of the money, I don't think any of em would rather be anywhere else. Safin wants to win more than anyone else IMO and he just gets under himself all the time for being imperfect on the court. Maybe the same with Dav b/c those types of players are within themselves alot mentally and they can't seem find moments/plays to enjoy the game more.
But they showed a clip of Dav and Kim practising once during the USO and she was having a blast-they both were. It's the pressure that gets to them and then it's all business from there.
 

Matthew

Professional
Nuke said:
On the women's side, I'd say that Kim Clijsters looks like she's really into it. Davenport always looks like wants to be somewhere else.
If Davenport wanted to be somewhere else, she would be. She has made enough money from endorsements that she doesn't NEED to be playing. She is out there to win. To be more specific: to win another slam.
 

Fedubai

Semi-Pro
I think there is a little bit of a difference between working for money, as everyone does, and being sold out to the money. Obviously, money is important to them, but isn't it important to every one of us? The key is, how important is it. More important than than the game, in the case of players? More important than doing the right thing (see Enron)? Important enough for you to love it more than the game, in the case of the players? And on and on.

I think that guys like Federer love the game as much as anybody. It's popular to say "oh, they're just greedy athletes". The truth is everyone is greedy. It's the guys that don't let that greed overtake them, and their original purpose for playing the game, in the case of athletes, that you applaud. We pick on these guys a lot, and I do as well, but in reality, there are a lot of people that would utterly lose their minds at the thought, let alone the possession of, the riches that Federer, Agassi, Roddick, Hewitt, all get per year. That life, that adulation, that attention, that money. Reminds me of something...prosperity is more difficult to handle than adversity.

So I think that Federer, Santoro, Agassi, Roddick, Hewitt, and a lot of the players really enjoy being out there. Federer has said before that there is no question he would play if that kind of money wasn't there. I'll try to find it. Believe it if you wish...

www.tennis-x.com/fun/federerfile.php


No cash in tennis, no worries:
"The money for me is just a bonus you know because I love the game so much. It was always a dream for me to be a tennis pro and I always thought this money thing was like a bonus because when I came on the Tour and I lost first round and I got a couple of thousand dollars - that was for me just huge. I was not used to it. Now, sometimes when I see my bank account - my parents show me the latest and I am really surprised - you know, how much money I have already made. Of course I would play the game, it is not a question for me."
 

Deuce

Banned
Before his hip injury, Kuerten had a very genuine love affair with the game - more than any other player in recent memory.

Since the injury, however, this passion has been lost.
 

arosen

Hall of Fame
Agassi has so much cash by now, he doesn't need to be on court at all. However, he pointed out multiple times that he loves the game and the kind of support he enjoys from the public. People go nuts when he plays, so understandably he is enjoying it. It feels good to be loved.
Serena strikes me as someone who has been simply going through the motions.
 

Dilettante

Hall of Fame
Agassi could make the same or more money that he makes in tennis just with advertising or doing another stuff.

Obviously the guy LOVES playing tennis, he really enjoys being out there, in the competition.
 

bcaz

Professional
Younes the Vowel Man seems to love the game when he's out there, and Nalbandian and Kiefer don't seem to be enjoying it at all.
 
Deuce said:
Before his hip injury, Kuerten had a very genuine love affair with the game - more than any other player in recent memory....
Nothing against the stoic guys, but...AMEN...absolutely. It is rare to see such love pour out during competition at the top levels. I can only think of Noah and maybe Becker...and to some degree Blake and Agassi a couple of weeks ago.
 

TENNIS2

Rookie
As in many other careers, many people started out with an aspiration (ex: "I want to be the most caring doctor", "I want to be a lawyer who fights for the underpriviledged"), however as one gets more into the business aspect of it, reality settles in. It is certainly fortunate for a few who enjoy what they are doing and at the same time making a living of it.
 

35ft6

Legend
Baghdatis almost seems Guga-like in his childlike love for the game. At least the one match I saw him play.

Federer seems to love it out there. Agassi seems to love it when he's winning, and I'm not saying that that makes him exceptional (everybody has more fun winning but...), but he seems really freakin' grouchy when things aren't going his way.

Gonzalez seems pretty joyful too most of the time. I think he really enjoys seeing how hard he can hit.

It seems like most of the talented shotmakers enjoy being out there, like their games are a cooler toy than the guys who have a more workmanlike game. Grosjean, Paradorn, Federer, Gonzalez, and Nadal usually look like they're having fun out there.

Roddick really seems to enjoy being the center of attention, too, going out there and having people marvel at his serving power.

I think Hewitt hates to lose more than he loves tennis.
 

croatian sensation

Professional
I think that Ginepri is having fun...still, I don't think that they could be in just for the money. To earn a lot of money you have to be good and it takes a lot of sacrifice to become good. Don't think that jou can do it just for the money, you have to love the game. I mean, you could earn money in other ways, or steal it :) kidding... I believe we can't judge that just by looking if they look miserable during the match. To me most of the players look miserable while playing.
 

tennissavy

Hall of Fame
Lisa Raymond is collecting a check and she needs to just, "check out".
Sharapova cares about winning, no matter what.
Myskina wants to be out there playing well.
Clement doesn't really care anymore.
Taylor Dent is not into it.
Serena cares about winning but her overconfidence has changed to a lack of confidence. She has not been driven to get on track.
Venus cares about winning, no matter what.
Hewitt wants to win.
Clijsters wants to play well and win.
Karlovic couldn't care less.
Hingis wants to be on the court all the time.
Nadal eats, dreams, breathes tennis.
Mardy Fish doesn't seem to mind losing.
Safin sometimes does not want to play, clearly.
 
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Free_Martha

Guest
Interesting to watch both Blake and Clijsters rediscover their joy for tennis after their year long convalescence. Sometimes you have to take what you love away to gain some appreciation for it.
 
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