15 tennis nicknames that you need to know about

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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga hits a return against Australia's Alexei Popyrin during their men's singles match on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 2020. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP) / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP via Getty Images)

Several tennis stars have been given great nicknames due to certain mannerisms or performances

Tennis has seen several stars over the years and handing them nicknames isn’t something new.

Fans and commentators often hand out nicknames to top stars in every sport, and it isn’t always flattering.

Sachin Tendulkar is called the ‘Master Blaster’ in cricket, and you don’t need an explanation for why that was given.

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Swiss maestro Roger Federer had a surgery in the past after tearing his meniscus in the left knee (Getty Images)

Franz Beckenbauer, the German football legend, is known as ‘Kaiser’ for his leadership skills on and off the pitch.

Tennis also has some unique and great nicknames, and here are 15 that you should know about.

1) Fed-ex – Roger Federer

The Swiss star is one of the greatest to have played the game, and his ability to cover a lot of ground probably got him this nickname.

Roger Federer has other nicknames such as King Roger and The Swiss Maestro, but Fed-ex is possibly the best one.

2) Djoker – Novak Djokovic

Another star who has a couple of nicknames, Novak Djokovic is known as the Djoker for his antics and comedic skills on and off the court.

The Serbian also is known as Nola, but his impressions of Rafael Nadal certainly give him the Djoker tag.

3) The King of Clay – Rafael Nadal

Speaking of Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard has several nicknames in tennis such as Rafa but The King of Clay is the most appropriate one.

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Rafael Nadal during the 2020 Mexico Open (Getty Images)

Nadal is unbeatable on that surface and has backed up his name by winning several French Open titles.

4) A-Rod – Andy Roddick

The American had a fast service and was short-tempered on the courts too. Roddick most probably got his nickname from his fast serves but was also known as Rocket Man.

5) Ice man – Bjorn Borg

Swedish star Bjorn Borg is regarded as one of the greats of the game and his mentality on the court led to his ‘ice man’ nickname.

He also kept his cool on the courts, even when things didn’t seem right and somehow came out on top more often than not.

6) The Las Vegas Kid – Andre Agassi

Before the likes of Federer and Nadal had their rivalry, it was Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.

Agassi was called The Las Vegas Kid because he was born there but also had another cooler nickname, The Punisher.

7) Mosquito – Juan Carlos Ferrero

Mosquito as a nickname might not have been the first choice for Juan Carlos Ferrero.

However, the Spaniard was known for his speed and slight build on the tennis court, and well, had to stick with that name for the entirety of his carer.

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France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga hits a return against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin during their men’s singles match on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 2020. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP) / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP via Getty Images)

8) Muhammed Ali – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was a fighter on the tennis court but his nickname wasn’t just because of his style of play.

The Frenchman had an uncanny resemblance to legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, and the name stuck.

9) Muzza – Andy Murray

Andy Murray might have had his injury problems during his tennis career, but still got a weird nickname of Muzza.

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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 24: Tennis players Andre Agassi (L) and Pete Sampras attend Nike’s “NYC Street Tennis” Event on August 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

10) Pistol Pete – Pete Sampras

Another legend in the game, American Pete Sampras had some great battles and was given the nickname of Pistol Pete.

That was thanks to his incredible and quick serves, while he also was great with his forehand and backhand too.

11) ReRe – Serena Williams

Possibly the greatest female tennis player of all-time Serena Williams has several nicknames with ReRe being the most popular one.

The American is also known as Meka, Momma Smash and The King of WTA.

12) Stanimal – Stanislas Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka already has the nickname of Stan the Man but his other nickname is ‘Stanimal’ for his ability to run around on the court and pick up big wins too.

13) Swiss Miss – Martina Hingis

The Swiss star made her name by winning several titles and got her nickname after turning pro at the age of just 14.

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SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 30: WTA Legend Ambassador Martina Hingis poses for a photo as she visit the Splendid China Miniature Theme Park on Day Four of the 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals on October 30, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Martina Hingis was a prodigious talent and won several Grand Slams too.

14) Wild Thing – Nick Kyrgios

Australian Nick Kyrgios is a little unhinged when it comes to the tennis court, and his nickname seems to be apt for him.

Kyrgios is a bit of a loose cannon and has had a go at several players and umpires during his career. He could have been called the Tasmanian Devil but wasn’t born in that region.

15) The Siren – Maria Sharapova

While most would know her as Masha, she was also known as The Siren. That name probably came because of her looks but Sharapova was a beast on the tennis courts too and won several titles.

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Written by Saiyed Adeem Karim

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