Jimmy Wang (above) – All right, so my man has a funny name, but that is not why I am rooting for him. Young Jimmy’s real name is Wang Yeu-tzoo and how much cooler could a name get? He is straight out of Taiwan, stands 5’10” and is hailed as the “Next Great Hope for Asia”. His signature style is rocking an all-white hat backwards, which clearly means the man has swag. Plus, if his tennis playing is anything like that of his stellar countrymen of the ping pong world, how could you not root for him?
Dudi Sela – First of all, Sela’s nickname is the “Hebrew Hammer,” which is sure to strike fear into his opponent’s hearts. Sela hails from Israel and is the son of a bus driver and a nurse. How a tennis star came out of that combo, I do not know, but Sela can play, having beaten Andy Roddick (no. 7 in the world at the time) in 2010 in straight sets. He is only 5’9” and weighs 144 lbs. but this little guy could certainly make a splash in this year’s tournament.
Dick Norman – I like Norman for several reasons. He is the oldest in the field at age 41, and stands at a towering 6’8”. The big man out of Germany will be hard to miss at this year’s tournament as he tries to take the “young whippersnappers” to school. So come on, tennis fans, let’s show the big fella some love.
Treat Conrad Huey – So, I kind of cheated, as Huey will not be playing in singles competition in this year’s tournament, but simply due to the fact that he has the coolest name in the field I had to show him some love. From the Philippines, it would be a “treat” if Huey made some noise in the doubles field. Ok, bad pun …
Flavio Cipolla – If you couldn’t tell, Flavio is from Italy and has had moderate success on the tennis circuit so far in his career. He played somewhat well against Nadal in the third round of the U.S. Open in 2008 and should be able to parlay some of that success this year. Viva Italia.
Inigo Cervantes – “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die”. Wrong Inigo? Cervantes is from Spain and this is his first Wimbledon, plus, he rocks the Anthony Davis unibrow. Sign me up!
David Nalbandian – Nalbandian reigns in Argentina and has recently gained fame for his famous boot of a line judge in a recent tournament. He is no McEnroe, but hey, the guy wants to win! As long as he doesn’t "treat" (Conrad Huey) (OK, another bad pun) the line judge like a soccer ball, he has some high aspirations!
Potito Starace – Another great name, Starace is from Italy and, unbeknownst to many, is the Pete Rose of the tennis world. In 2007, he was fined and given a suspension for betting on professional-tennis matches. His career record is 149-170, which is not that stellar, but hey, he might be able to make some money if he bets against himself, right?