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Prioir to 1990 28 22.58%
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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 2004, 04:26 AM Thread Starter
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When did you start following the WTA tour?

I first got into the tour in the '90 Wimbly after watching Jennifer Capriati sent Navratilova packing at the age of 14 and made a GS semifinal for the first time.

I have the impression that most of the board members recently started following the tour cuz I hardly hear names that were active in the early or even late 90s.
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I watched once in a while to check out Sabatini in the early 1990's; but
it was the 1994-1996 period where it really got to me. I did remember
Jenn's tabloid era and Monica's tragedy. This was huge news- on
the cover of PEOPLE magazine, Time etc... Also recall seeing
Sabatini on the TONIGHT SHOW w/ Johnny Carson. And off course
who could forget the annual "Why don't the FRENCH love Mary
Pierce?" articles in the newsapapers practically every RG in the
mid 1990's!

I loved seeing the likes of Guga, Rios and Kimiko Date. They
really were the ones to get me into tennis because they were
different from everyone else. I loved their flashier, non-American/Euro centric persona, really stood out like exotic birds among a crowd of
white pigeons.

From there I got into Natasha and tried to catch up on her past matches
from the earlier years. Nat got me into the whole Jana/ASV/Hingis/LD
doubles rivalries, then I started to enjoy their singles games too. I was
never really into Steffi, ASV or Monica. They were like the brick wall
of establishment to me back then.

In the latter part of the 1990's I really enjoyed watching Anke
Huber, Van Roost etc... again because that rock solid brick wall
of top 5 established stars were driving me up the wall. This time
Hingis took over. Loved cheering for Lindsay back then and seeing
her climb up to number 1 was a real joy and exciting time. She
was such the under-dog back then you just couldn't resist wanting
her to make it higher and higher. Oh..I really disliked Tauziat!!!
Man, she messed up my fantasy final of WIMBLEDON 98
of Jana -vs- Natasha!

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In actuality, it was the 1996 Australian Open. But, you could say I followed it from infancy. My dad would be watching and I would always root for who I called the "Ahh-Uhh" lady. (Monica Seles)
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Originally Posted by gogomaggie
I first got into the tour in the '90 Wimbly after watching Jennifer Capriati sent Navratilova packing at the age of 14 and made a GS semifinal for the first time.

I have the impression that most of the board members recently started following the tour cuz I hardly hear names that were active in the early or even late 90s.

Navratilova actually won Wimbledon in 1990....
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When Ivanesvic surprised everyone to capture the Wimbledon title as a wildcard by beating Pat Rafter, and I was so sad that Martina H was sent package by ViVi in the first round. Since then, I started to follow every matches of Martina and get more and more addicted to tennis until now.

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Started really following pro tennis when I moved here in March 2002!!!!!!!!!
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I've always followed it a bit but around 1999 I started to really follow it.

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Quote:
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Navratilova actually won Wimbledon in 1990....
Then it should be 1991.
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OMG - scary and incredible to see that 70% of respondants started following tennis after Seles was stabbed and Navratilova had retired and a full 80% after Evert's departure in 89. Makes me feel very old

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I followed it a bit from 88 but not week in week out, then it was Wimbledon 94 when I saw Conchi winning the final, just had to know how she was doing and since then followed it week in week out!

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