In a study out of Australia, sporting fans down under tabbed tennis star Roger Federer as their favorite athlete, trumping Aussie cricket and swimming icons. It was the third straight year Federer sat atop the survey done by the Gemba Group.
Federer was joined in the Top 10 by No. 4 Rafael Nadal, Sam Stosur, who was the highest female to rank at No. 5, and No. 7 Kim Clijsters.
Their rankings by “Asset Power Score”:
1 Roger Federer – TENNIS 4,074
2 Glenn McGrath – CRICKET 3,605
3 Adam Gilchrist – CRICKET 3,545
4 Rafael Nadal – TENNIS 3,304
5 Sam Stosur – TENNIS 3,033
6 Libby Trickett – SWIMMING 2,989
7 Kim Clijsters – TENNIS 2,893
8 Leisel Jones – SWIMMING 2,878
9 Casey Stoner – MOTORSPORT 2,868
10 Grant Hackett – SWIMMING 2,864
Swimming great Ian Thorpe was No. 13 and Cricketer Ricky Ponting No. 14. Bernard Tomic was 44th.
According to the survey, the traits Australians liked about Federer were “Competitive spirit, Dedicated, Fair, Inspiring, Good Role Model”. Nadal also had similar positives, but he was also listed as “cool”.
Running in reverse, Serena Williams placed No. 5 of the “Most Disliked” list. Australian fans labeled her as “Selfish, Whinger”.
The study was conducted in April, results released in June.
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