30 Days of Tennis Challenge – Day 1: Favorite men’s player
July 27, 2011 7 Comments
Let’s start from the start. You totally didn’t guess that, eh?
No tough call here at all. In a modern world where the two super-potencies (now three) call the plays like the Cold War (and it’s a cold world in ATP these days), I have a manly sweet spot for Andrew Stephen.
His closest opponent on this race was beaten by a good margin – I’m sorry Soderling, you will always be my #2.
Now, why Roddick? Good question, eh? Always is. I don’t find him hot, so this hypothesis is automatically ruled out. I didn’t follow him back in the glory days of 2002-04 – when I started dedicating my time to tennis, he was already a mid-top-10 character.
But he still had the big serve. And the personality. Enough.
Andy is all but robotic, differently from some of today’s big stars. He screams at umpires, throws his racquet, have his tantrums in the old fashioned way. And still, he has enough conscience to recognize his opponent was better than him in his losses.
And even though he has slightly declined in the past year and a half, maddening and saddening me a little more, I refuse to give up. Even though the backhand is now mostly a lousy slice, and the volleys are far from being super effective, I will hang on there. Until the end.
Call him underachiever. Call him a serve-only player. Call him overrated. But better don’t do that in front of me 😉
Keep rocking, An-DAY!
Also on this list:
2- Robin Söderling
3- Tommy Haas
4- David Nalbandian
5- Julien Benneteau