For what it's worth,
here is a list of my favorite players,
past and present
(listed in alphabetical order)
During the very few times
that I was fortunate enough to see her play
(only once live; TV seemed to ignore her),
and just seemed to have fun,
even when she was mad at herself for a bad play
(unlike the boorish antics of McEnroe and Connors,
and not as geeky as the Jensen brothers,
whose act has gotten old).
He combined grace, style, and ability,
making him a marvel to watch.
I especially liked his rarely displayed sense of humor:
When asked why he couldn't win Wimbledon, he said,
"I'm allergic to grass"
on the same day that he was playing golf!
The "Animal" -- as he was referred to -- was just that:
A ferocious opponent
who sometimes lets his over-abundant energy
get the better of him and his game.
He could easily have been Number One in the World (again!),
if he had just controlled his passion.
Unfortunately, he dropped-out of pro-tennis,
with nary a word to the press or his fans.
I don't like grunters, whiners,
boring acers or one-shot volleyers,
or those who put religion above all else,
but don't have the guts to blame it for their losses.
In case you haven't noticed,
I haven't chosen any of the current crop of players.
As you may have guessed from the above,
I simply haven't found either a male or female player
who meet with my standards of verve, tenaciousness, and showmanship.
That's all there is to it!
(having said that, I am leaning toward Marat Safin -- U.S. Open 2000 champion --
but he is a little undisciplined at this early stage in career.
I'll wait and see what the future holds for him!)