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
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
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!