Which tennis player would support your A-Leagues club?

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As the Australian summer of tennis kicks into full gear (with just a hint of controversy), there’s only one question on A-Leagues fans’ minds: which one of these international tennis superstars would back my team?

With seemingly no tennis journalists brave enough to ask these big questions, The Football Sack has come up with a solution.

This article will uncover which well-known tennis player best suits your A-Leagues club.

Whether it be a similar career trajectory, a specific moment in the club’s/player’s history, or just synergetic vibes, all potential criteria have been considered.

Ash Barty hasn’t been included. I don’t think that would be fair (a Queenslander who supports a Melbourne-based AFL team in yellow and black? It doesn’t translate very well to A-Leagues terms…)

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Adelaide United: Rafael Nadal

The Reds are the obvious choice for the Spanish superstar, and who better to kick off the list than Nadal. With a men’s team filled with Spaniards sporting the country’s colours, Adelaide would have to be Rafa’s choice.

What’s more, Adelaide’s most famous rivalry is their ‘Original Rivalry’ with Melbourne Victory – that’s right a classic rivalry forged in the mid-2000s which has set a precedent for the rest of the competition; I think Nadal knows a thing or two about that (see Wimbledon 2006-2008).

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Brisbane Roar: Sam Stosur

The former US Open champion is a true Queenslander, so it’s hard to see her backing anyone else. Stosur embodies the beachy, tropical lifestyle which Queensland is all about.

Sam’s greatest success also came in the early 2010s, and she’s struggled to reach those heights again. That’s a story the trailblazing Brisbane ALW team and the Postecoglou-led ALM team know all too well.

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Canberra United: Nick Kyrgios

Another home-town hero, Kyrgios and Canberra United are leading the way in sport for the nation’s capital. Both have exhibited flashes of brilliance over the years and are notorious entertainers. Nearly everyone wants both Canberra and Kyrgios to be firing on all cylinders, because when they are, it’s a sight to behold.

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Central Coast Mariners: Alexander Zverev

This is definitely a vibes choice. The German’s wavey blonde hair would fit right in on the Central Coast, plus he’s tall enough to resemble a palm tree. Both Zverev and the Mariners know a thing or two about the importance of brothers and both have ended up as runners-up a few more times than they would like.

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Macarthur FC: Victoria Azarenka

Both Macarthur and Azarenka have attracted plenty of attention for the distinct sounds heard when viewing their sporting contests, which makes the Bulls an ideal choice for the two-time Australian Open champion. More importantly, both have shown that they are gritty competitors who are never easy to beat and will happily grind down their opponents to secure victory.

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Melbourne City: Ernests Gulbis

The least well-known tennis player on this list, there is one clear similarity between Gulbis and City: wealth. Gulbis is the son of an investment businessperson and an actor, plus he’s named after Ernest Hemingway (fancy, I know). Still, Gulbis has a couple of major sporting achievements to his name including beating Roger Federer and a career-high rank of 10, offering some comparison to City’s success.

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Melbourne Victory: Roger Federer

Both are powerhouses of their sport and (arguably) the greatest amongst their peers, Victory is our choice for who would garner the Swiss maestro’s support. Federer would surely see the similarities to his own career path, particularly when considering Victory’s men’s team: up until a few years ago there was little doubt as to who was the greatest.

However, a dismal few years and a relentless foe have ultimately rendered each clinging onto what once was, now hoping for a miracle to reinvigorate a desperate situation (although Victory have Popovic which helps).

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Newcastle Jets: Simona Halep

The Romanian superstar has a career of overcoming the odds. Despite being outsized and outmuscled, she has continued to find a way to succeed. Although it’s been a few years since either Jets team were competing for silverware, it’s safe to say Newcastle have a habit of over-performing whilst receiving plenty of neutral support along the way through their likeable underdog character. Simona would have to go with the Jets.

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Perth Glory: Serena Williams

Ok, I’m a little less sure about this choice, but no doubt Serena has a positive association with Perth following her time at the Hopman Cup. In recent years, Serena’s story has been one of just falling short in her pursuit to return to the very top of the game due to constant disruptions, a tale of near misses known well by both Perth Glory sides.

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Sydney FC: Novak Djokovic

Sydney have been an unstoppable juggernaut over the last few years, but nobody has been more dominant than Djokovic. Both Sydney and Novak exist to win. They may not play the most attractive, aesthetically pleasing styles, but boy is it effective – so much so that they’ve seemingly usurped their rivals to the pinnacle of their respective competitions.

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Wellington Phoenix: Coco Gauff

Aged only 17, the American starlet certainly characterises the youthfulness of Wellington in the ALM and ALW this season. Although inexperienced, there is plenty of promise on show. Plus, a young stylish person like Gauff would probably pick Wellington based on their club crest alone.

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Western Sydney Wanderers: Stefanos Tsitsipas

A Western Sydney team characterised by its passionate and loyal fanbase would surely draw Tsitispas to the red and black. Sure, it’s controversial not to align him with a Melbourne-based team, but for a player who surrounds himself with high-intensity family members, Stefanos knows a thing or two about passion and loyalty.

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Western United: Daniil Medvedev

Medvedev is a relatively fresh face at the very top of the game who has built his success around a solid defence. John Aloisi’s Western United are a team all about being tough to break down which has brought them plenty of early-season success. No doubt Medvedev would appreciate Western’s ability to outlast opponents on a regular basis, making them an ideal choice for the Russian.

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