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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2002, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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does anyone miss the good old days?

there is something about the tour right now that is missing something for me, and i can't quite put my finger on what it is.

i think it is because for the first time in my life as a tennis fan, i am seeing the new generation of players coming through. i miss conchita being at the top and getting to the semis of tournaments week in week out, i miss the arantxa-steffi duels, i miss the seles of oz 96, i even miss the old warhorses like brenda schultz, sabine, dominique, barbara paulus, anke, jana and naoko sawamatsu.

i try and get excited about players like kim and daniela, but just can't currently find a new player who i can say "yeah, THATS who i'm gonna follow for the next 10 years" - know what i mean???

what did the older posters on the board do when they saw a shift in the game, and how did they find a new favourite?

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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2002, 04:37 PM
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Cool, I know exactly how you feel and my fave (Venus) is a top player! Circa '96 I was on top of the tennis world, in my humble opinion. I knew all the players. I followed EVERY tournament. I could keep track of head-to-head records without assistance. I got as excited about seeing Steffi and Mary as I did Inez Gorrochetegui and Nicole Provis. Then I just slowly started to lose interest in the daily grind of following tennis. I still attend the Us Open every year and enjoy it immensely but I'm not as passionate about following the sport as I used to. Example: I have no idea what Tulyaganova and Hantchova (sp?) look like! If this was '96-'97 (the last time I was really into, I think) I would know everything about Iroda and Daniela. Cool, I wonder if anyone else feels the same way.

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Well, I'm a newbie who's only recently gotten into the sport of women's tennis. So these are the good old days for me. I always wonder what like will be like once my faves' performance starts to decline, and also when it gets to the point where they are no longer 'competitive'. Honestly, I don't think I will have the patience to stick with the sport. Most likely I'll just find something else to be passionate about.

Thanks for providing a glimpse of what's to come.
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One difference is that in 1996 all the experienced players where around 25-26, and up and coming players where 16-17!
Now experienced are 21 and up and coming players are 16!!!
I mainly miss the contrasts of play! i.e. volleyer, defender!!!!!!
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I know *exactly* how you feel. I'm the same. I really miss Steffi Graf, and the old Steffi/ASV duels. (and the old Arantxa & Conchi)

You miss seeing the same old names in the draw...Brenda Shultz, Mary Jo, Huber, Van Roost etc. and although I like a lot of the new players coming through, its just not the same. I've been following Arantxa & Steffi since 89 and its been an amazing time - plenty of highs and lows: I just can't imagine following anyone else the same way, particularly Arantxa. Its strange.

*I feel like I'm getting old*! lol

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If you are a genuine fan of the sport you'll always follow it in some way.
My favourite era was the early '90s which were very exciting with some intense rivalries. You had Seles, Graf, Navratilova, Sabatini and Sanchez Vicario battling it out at the top. There were also the exciting prospects on the horizon such as Martinez, Pierce, Huber, Maggie Maleeva, Majoli and Frazier.
I still really love the sport but the likes of Dokic, Henin, Clijsters just don't seem to have that buzz about them for me. You'll always find someone to support though. I was a huge Navratilova fan. As Martina bowed out I was totally behind Seles and Sabatini. I've now still got Monica playing and Mirjana Lucic really had something in her early performances that I hope she can recapture.
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My 3 faves are Arantxa, Jennifer and Elena Dementieva

The oddest thing is that I have hardly seen any classic Arantxa/Jennifer matches. I'm 21 and when I was 14 I saw the Wimby 95 final and I got hooked on Arantxa. I never saw a tennis match after that until French 98 and then French 99. It was from 1999 that I got hooked on tennis!

Like I know nothing about Arantxa's magical year 1994!!! That year must have been the best for her!!! I would love to see some of her matches from that year!

Ditto Jennifer, heard about the US Open 91, but never seen the match! I only liked Capriati from 1999 when she reached US Open 4th round and I thought she seems quite fiesty (like Arantxa!)

Elena Dementieva is the only one of the current crop (maybe Henin too as she has the beautiful ability to do anything she wants with the ball) that I truly support. Her explosive game and power got me hooked, and I feel she is such an underachiever and that there is SO much talent in her!! I know she could be lethal!!

For me, these are the days that are that will be my 'good ol days' its just ironic that two of my faves are from a time that I don't even remember!!

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Nice post, Dee, and, yes, these will be YOUR "good 'ol days".
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Re: does anyone miss the good old days?

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what did the older posters on the board do when they saw a shift in the game, and how did they find a new favourite?
I'm a fan of veterans and champions who keep going which is why I like Monica, ASV, Conchita etc.

After they retire I'll probably go for Hingis because she's quickly heading that way - which is quite amusing really bearing in mind I couldn't stand her in 1997 !
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I miss those days a lot.

Give me Steffi and Anke winning tournies then I will be happy again (Babsi is on the same level now but if these 3 altogether were playing and winning then I would be in absolute heaven!)

I do miss the excitement, even though I first had the internet in 99 I miss the getting excited on knowing who would be playing who (I didn't have drawsheets at all then), waiting anxiously for any results that came either on teletext or the newspaper next day, or occasionally on the radio.

I really do think if Babsi retires my interest in tennis will go down a lot, I went through Steffi retiring in 99, Anke last year and it would just be another blow, but Babsi said last year that she can see herself playing 5 more years.

Give me 96 anyday.

Although 99 wasn't too bad.
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post #11 of 36 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2002, 07:45 PM
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Like Mirjana and Kart, I found other favorites, even those I had disliked in their prime(Evert, Navratilova, Graf, Seles) became more loved when I realized they wern't going to be with me on TV much longer. Hingis is becoming someone I can cheer for now.
Two years ago that wasn't possible for me.
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Nevermind the 90s I still miss the 80s.

The Evert/Navratilova rivalry. How Evert just couldn't win Wimbledon. She always came up against that wall. That wall was called Miss. Navratilova!. I do miss those Wimbledon finals, laterly the Wimbledon Semi Finals. Then along came a lanky girl with floppy hair and blew the tennis world apart. The emergance of Steffi Graf was somethig else. Once Steffi beat Chris Evert, she (Chris) never won a match against Steffi again. However Martina N withstood the new wonder girl, and gave her a good run for her money right up till the end.

I miss the Zina Garrison "wiggle"
I miss Pam Shriver's tantrums.
I miss Andrea Temesvari, just because...just because I do.
I miss Hana Mandlikova and her natural game.

I really miss the days when GB had a player in the Top 5. Jo Durie! Who could forget Virginia Wade? The trooper who just never gave up (especially at her beloved Wimbledon)

Good thread.
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I wasnt even alive when most of that happend!!!!!
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LOL@Jippo. That was a low blow!
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Like Mirjana and Kart, I found other favorites, even those I had disliked in their prime(Evert, Navratilova, Graf, Seles) became more loved when I realized they wern't going to be with me on TV much longer. Hingis is becoming someone I can cheer for now.
Two years ago that wasn't possible for me.
Mine sentiments exactly. I mean "my" sentiments exactly!

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