The WTA has a new feature on its website called “Something Completely Different,” which includes players’ answers to “random” press conference questions. The first in the series is: “Who is your favorite male tennis player?” Roger Federer is on the top of many a WTA player’s list – and no, Marion Bartoli isn’t even included!
I posted some of the Roger-centric responses, click here for more (Nadal and Murray are other faves):
Patty Schnyder: “Roger. He makes it look so easy. He comes up with it on the big points. He finds a way to beat almost everybody. He’s so impressive.”
Elena Dementieva: “Roger Federer. He’s the best ever. I like everything about him. The way he plays, the way he behaves on and off the court… he’s perfect. He’s the greatest player I have ever seen.”
Vera Zvonareva: “You can’t overlook Roger. He’s definitely one of my favorites. I also enjoy watching Davydenko play.”
Ana Ivanovic: “Roger Federer. I admire him very much, not only for his achievements, but for how he conducts himself on and off the court. I also like Nadal, and of course Novak because we have been friends for many years.”
Sabine Lisicki: “I’d go with Roger. I also like how Djokovic broke through two years ago, I enjoyed watching him. He changed the game, played differently… he is fun, too.”
Nadia Petrova: “Roger Federer. Every tennis player dreams to play like him. He’s such a great champion. And he also has the good looks!”
Since the WTA didn’t include Marion Bartoli, I will: “Roger Federer. He always says hi. He’s really friendly. I love him but I would get really nervous if I had to play with him.”
I’ll throw in Grand Dame Chris Evert while I’m at it: “Isn’t there something about Federer that pulls at your heartstrings? I cry every time he loses a match, and I don’t even know the guy. (Laughs) There’s something so endearing about him as a person.”
Oh, and speaking of Roger and the ladies, Jon Wertheim shared this story about Mirka the Boss in this week’s Mailbag (thanks Judy!): “Funny story: A few years ago, Roger Federer was asked to read the Top 10 list on Letterman’s show. Mirka took one look at the content, declared it too sarcastic and they walked out of the studio.”
The ladies may flock to Roger, but Mirka will always be No. 1!