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Tennis Fun

There have been some funny nicknames given to pro tennis players over the years. Many come from long-time tennis journalist Bud Collins. See if you can match the the nicknames below with the real name of the tennis professional.

Scroll down for the answers, but no cheating.

  1. Punisher

  2. Boom Boom

  3. Brash Basher from Belleville

  4. Ice Maiden

  5. Mosquito

  6. Fraulein Forehand

  7. Swiss Miss

  8. Spice Girls

  9. Pim Pim

  10. Guga

  11. Brat

  12. Nasty

  13. Scud

  14. Muscles

  15. Pistol Pete

  16. Barcelona Bumblebee

  17. Siberian Siren

  18. Duchess

  19. Rabbit

  20. Woodies

Warning! Answers to the Quiz start here…

  1. Andre Agassi (Punisher) - named for using the strategy of wearing down his opponents and making them scramble on every point.

  2. Boris Becker (Boom Boom) – known for his big game and “booming” serve.

  3. Jimmy Connors (Brash Basher from Belleville) – named after the St. Louis (Illinois) suburb where he grew up.

  4. Chris Evert (Ice Maiden) – for her calm and expression-less dominance on the court.

  5. Juan Carlos Ferrero (Mosquito) – known for his quickness and speed around the court.

  6. Steffi Graf (Fraulein Forehand) – a versatile player on all surfaces and best known for her powerful forehand drive.

  7. Martina Hingis (Swiss Miss) – born in Slovakia but raised in Switzerland.

  8. Martina Hingis/Anna Kournikova (Spice Girls) – this popular partnership twice won the Grand Slam doubles titles in Australia.

  9. Joachim Johansson (Pim Pim) – nicknamed after a popular Swedish candy.

  10. Gustavo Kuerten (Guga) – common abbreviation of the name "Gustavo" and affectionate nickname for this popular player.

  11. John McEnroe (Brat) – known for his on-court outbursts, including the now famous “you cannot be serious”.

  12. Ilie Nastase (Nasty) – known for his use of less-than-respectful tactics to influence a tennis match to go his way.

  13. Mark Philippoussis (Scud) – known for having one of the fastest serves in pro tennis (like a scud missile).

  14. Ken Rosewall (Muscles) – a slightly built man with a soft serve.

  15. Pete Sampras (Pistol Pete) – possesses one of the most accurate and powerful serves of all time.

  16. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (Barcelona Bumblebee) – known for being a very feisty competitor to the end with great foot speed around the court.

  17. Maria Sharapova (Siberian Siren) – born in Siberia and known for her on-court squealing and screaming when attacking the ball.

  18. Betty Stove (Duchess) – born in the Netherlands (of Dutch origin).

  19. Wendy Turnbull (Rabbit) – primarily a doubles player known for her quickness and foot speed around the court.

  20. Todd Woodbridge/Mark Woodforde (Woodies) – this Australian partnership won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles.

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