Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The 100 Hottest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era






1. Patrick Rafter: Always the most likable and lickable player on the circuit, it only makes me want to be this Aussie's mate more that three of the five photos I've selected are from after he retired. Yep. He's got the Rob Lowe gene.




2. Marat Safin: The second I saw this 20-year-old Russian blast his way through the 2000 U.S. Open I was in love. That he turned out to be a head case only deepened my affection.




3. Tommy Haas: The sexy German helped inspire my blog -- as well as a numerous other thoughts.



4. Pat Cash: Not sure if it was the mullet or the thick hairy legs in the Daisy Dukes, but Cash was on the money throughout my childhood.




5. Bjorn Borg: The stubble fixation started here. Oh, and the legs.



6. Goran Ivanisevic: This Croatian mad man has sex deviant written all over him. 



7. Dmitry Tursunov: As I've said many times before, blonds are not my "type." But this Russian has to be everybody's type -- kind of the Johnny Davenport of men's tennis. 



8. Carlos Moya:: His bod and tattoo made the Spaniard look like the gay guy I always dreamed of meeting at the Roxy one Saturday night.  



9. Roscoe Tanner was so big and hot I'd have f**ked this Tennessee native even after he got a Toni Home Permanent. 



10. Nicholas Kiefer: Believe it or not, I barely even noticed this German  ... until he cut his hair.  



11. Robby Ginepri: Haas was playing Tommy Haas the night I got inspired to start my blog. Little did I know I would eventually find his hot ass in a sauna.




12. Feliciano Lopez hasn't had as big a career as some of his countrymen. But there's a reason why even Andy Murray's transgender mom can't stop drooling over this Spaniard.



13. John Newcombe: Tennis' greatest mustache was a gentleman and a champion.



14. Fernando Verdasco of Spain's big body caught the world's eye -- including Calvin Klein.



15. Peter Fleming: These pictures don't really do the 6-5 American doubles specialist justice. But believe me when I saw I had no choice but to follow him around the plaza at Roland Garros that time in '87. Those legs!!!!!




16. Butch Walts was a 6-4 Californian who reached a career-high ranking of 32 in 1979. But by the time my friend Greg and I ballboyed for him on the Phoenix TeamTennis squad in the summer of 1983, he was the No. 1 star of our endless fantasies.


17. Jam-Michael Gambill was a bit like the male equivalent of Anna Kournikova, only he actually won some tournaments. (His two-hands-on-both-sides style was as exciting to watch as his hot body.) These days, he's hanging out on Elton John's yacht with gay porn stars .. 



18. Tommy Robredo: It would be impossible for the impossibly beautiful Spaniard to take a bad photo. (A reader swears he's gay -- anyone know anything?)



19. Johan Kriek: Hard to say what got me hotter about this South African: The short shorts or the bangs!



20. Jimmy Arias' hairy legs pretty much turned me gay ...



21. Simone Bolelli has me wanting to return to Italy, ASAP!



22. Jo-Willie Tsonga's body is only topped by his smile, the best on the tour!



23. Boris Becker wasn't really all that attractive. But he was so BIG and STRONG -- at 17! -- that I couldn't help but swoon. (I hear he's fun in a broom closet, too.)



24. Richard Gasquet may or may not have been a coke whore. But it's the Frenchman's crack that I'm addicted to.




25. Thomas Enqvist wasn't Sweden's best player, but he was definitely best suited for a second act in gay porn.


26. Mark Philippoussis is kind of like Jeff Stryker to me now: Thought he was the hottest man in the world at the time, seems kinda cheesy now. (But yeah, I'd still go five sets with him.)


27. Janko Tipsarevic of Sebia is hiding this behind those glasses and tennis whites.



28. Andy Roddick: It's been a pleasure watching the generatoin's best American grow into manhood.



29. Novak Djokovic: The body and the incredible success definitely add to the Serbian's appeal. But it's his fun personality that makes the Woody head fall away fastest! 




30. Pete Sampras: I'm not a big fan of Pistol Pete, but he did have his moment ... like the moment these photos were taken.

See the rest HERE.

37 comments:

Adam said...

If this doesn't win you a Pulitzer, I don't know what will.

LHH said...

Wow, this is so awesome, Kenneth, and really hot! You picked so many of the players I've noticed while watching a random tennis match...and of course, hit all of the real highlights.

Anonymous said...

Mate, yes I'm an Aussie and yes I suffer a little from bias but shit - 26 - I mean really, how can you put the stunning hunk of man, Mark Philippoussis at 26. I loved him when he was young, I loved him as he got older and it is simply beyond me that your number 1 and your number 26 are not in the reverse positions. Pat Rafter was okay but number 1? I don't get it. Would you like some photos of Mark?

Nirgal said...

I'm just gonna say Marat Safin was how I first discovered I'm gay.

(I would have placed Wawrinka and Dimitrov WAY higher, still...)

ant said...

Great post!

BosGuy said...

Love this mega post.

Shawn Cullen said...

Kenneth, usually, your whole fascination with tennis leaves me cold. I'm like "Whatever" and I skip to your next post. You do tend to make up for this with your superb "Morning Wood" posts.

But, lordy, when you post all these gorgeous tennis players together like this! Suddenly, out of nowhere, I've begun to be interested in tennis...

Anonymous said...

75 men and you left Agassi off the list? What's up with that?

Anonymous said...

Where is Stefan Edberg! Should be in top 10.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely! And McEnroe!

Anonymous said...

I've been following pro tennis since the mid 1970's. In my mind I've rationalized that to mean I'm an expert.

And I have only one thing to say about this list: You and I have waaaaayyyy different taste in men. Way different. As different as different can be.

Novak #29? Please. And just so you know, Bjorn was, is and always will be #1.

OK that was more than one thing, but you deserved it because I'm the expert and everyone knows because I've told them all that Bjorn is #1.

Anonymous said...

(1) Marco Chiudinelli is possibly the most attractive man I have ever seen in person (drooled watching him from the front row in a first round loss in the US Open a couple years back).

(2) Funny thing you mentioned Robredo's sexuality - after he won a match at the Open one year, my much younger, attractive self saw him on the grounds and said, "Bien hecho!" He responded with "Gracias" and winked at me! At the time, I insisted to my friend (who also saw the wink) that it was flirtatious, but he dismissed it as just plain friendliness. I was never sure, but that wink sure felt sexual at the time.

Jay said...

i think I just blew a load in my shorts! wow! what a great piece....love the Sampras shots, brings back many memories...

martini421 said...

I've been following tennis since the 70s and this list is good. It has most of my favorites although not in the order I would place them! For the record my current all around fav is David Ferrer; for sheer good looks: Marco Chiudinelli, Simone Bolelli, Tommy Robredo and Eduardo Schwank. For hotness definately Nicholas Kiefer. My all time fav is Alex Corretja and from past eras: Victor Pecci, Alberto Berasetegui, Guillermo Perez-Roldan, Mariano Zabaleta and Nicolas Lapentti. I'm sure there's more so let the discussion continue!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing these great photos! Since you only have 97 men listed, I would like to submit one for consideration to help complete the list:

Malivai Washington was quite the looker in the 90s and was named one of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People in 1994:

http://archive.people.com/people/archive/jpgs/19940509/19940509-750-133.jpg

Donny said...

This is your list and it's pretty damn good. There are a couple of omissions and issues with the rankings but nice job! Eduardo Schwank deserves a spot.

e jerry said...

Boris Becker's ass made it very nice to be home alone on Saturday mornings during the Slams...

Moose said...

My bad for not seeing this earlier, but how on earth did you miss Oliver Marach?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43555660@N00/4670589186/

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe you left out that sequoia of a man, John Isner!

Anonymous said...

1) None other than Billie Jean King herself told me that Tommy Robredo is gay. No bull.

2) How could you omit Thomas Muster and his jockstrapped ass from your list?

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lswx464sIT1qh8fw9o1_400.jpg

3) Love your list, though in my book, Alex Corretja is way higher (and Berdych, Dent and Raonic are nowhere to be found)

Alan S. said...

When you first announced your intention, I thought it would be a challenge to come up with 100 names, but it looks like you managed with ease.

Seeing Rafter at No. 1 feels good because he tops my all-time list as well.

Of course there are guys that you'll think of later that you'd wished you thought to include, but the last is very solid as is.

One guy I'd have thought you'd find hot is Kornikova's cousin Evgeny Korolev. He hasn't made as much of a splash in the sport as I was thinking he might, but he's very easy on the eyes.

http://cowbell.typepad.com/forty_deuce/2010/03/we-really-werent-stalking-you-evgeny-promise.html

I've always though Todd Woodbridge is one of the cutest guys ever too and unless I missed it, he's not up to muster with you.

In the coming days I'm sure I'll think of more.

Thanks for the compilation though Kenneth. It's good fun to see your ranking.

Matthew said...

Out fuckin' standing! I always had dreams about Roscoe Tanners thighs and now you introduce me to that shot of Robby Ginepri. Hey man, you made my Monday. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Def agree Stefan should be higher up on the list. But glad to see Gambil up there. Years ago he stayed at the same hotel as I did with my Mom and sister for US Open and I saw him every day...plus I stalked him on the outer courts. SWOON. That's when I knew I was a MO!

Ram Sweeney said...

Another two votes for the Russians - Marat Safin and Evgeny Korolev. One has that smouldering dark look that says he's dangerously close to being totally nuts; the other is sportsplayer-turns-fashion-model hot, which is probably why he also reminds me of Freddie Ljungberg.

Stefan Edberg's ass keeps him high on my list too.

Hard to go past Verdasco as well.

Anonymous said...

So happy that DelPo and Fed finally made the cut! So what was the story with Muster and the jockstrap?

Anonymous said...

Where is Andy Murray

Jamey Bartram said...

Stefan Edberg had the best legs in tennis.

Anonymous said...

I'd move up Carlos Moya and Robby Ginepri, but I appreciate the list nonetheless.

Anonymous said...

Watch this video, then explain to me why Fabio Fognini isn't in your list:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcYIYYNcEXY

Kenneth M. Walsh said...

@Anonymous: Fabio IS on my list!

Anonymous said...

Surprised not to see MARIO ANCIC featuring here. He was drop dead gorgeous.

Kenneth M. Walsh said...

@Anonymous: Mario Ancic is No. 41!

CanisTrigger Publishing said...

Ernests Gulbis is missing from that list. He's drop dead gorgeous!

RICK said...

Roscoe Tanner was a j/o fantasy for me. Also Jim Courier (about whom many gay rumors swirled). Sampras? Gross. Edberg's legs....OH YEAH. Not bad looking either but a little too vanilla to be HOT. Rafter without facial hair is definitely #1. Roddick so wholesomely handsome with great bod. Leyton? You know he's getting cock on the side. He may be married and all but he's gotta be a switch hitter. And what about Arnaud Clement, again, without facial hair.

bb22d62a-15b3-11e3-8821-000f20980440 said...

Kenneth, you forgot the 90s! Yeah, finally someone mentioned Courier. He should be top 10, he was a rock-hard machine back in the day (not gay though, but Robredo definitely is)! Also, you forgot David Wheaton, Guy Forget, and Andrea Gaudenzi! Isner looks a bit like Gyllenhaal, but he has zero personality. Plus at 6'10, that's just too much man.

But I also agree about Murray being absent. Aside from Gasquet and Nadal, no other current player had plumper, rounder 'donk than Andy Murray. None of them are Becker's jockstrapped ass, but still...

Anonymous said...

A lot of these guys really aren't anything special. You also missed the hottest one of them all.

Plus, if you want to talk Haas, who definitely is beautiful, you need to see the photos of him when he was like 17 or so. His face and eyes were just perfect. Later he puffed up a bit and got acne.

Anonymous said...

Rafa Nadal's ass should be in the top ten. I'm a buttman, and I love players who have juicy plump butts! But Sampras is a joke.

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