Re: My first, and final, Lindsay experience....
I have many memories of Lindsay in tennis (I'm trying not to sound as though she's dead or anything).
I first saw her play live the first time I went to Wimbledon...I won tickets in the ballot the day I turned 21 - so it made for the best birthday present! I watched Lindsay play doubles on court 6 (it was meant to be court 13 that day but a men's match was going on forever. Me and my friend queued for ages to try and get a seat only to find that it had moved to court 6!). We moved on to the correct court and I got a good view of the match - pretty close to the players.
I started snapping away with my camera but I think my lens was in the direction of Lindsay a bit too much and she gave me a few looks. She was pretty mad at herself during that doubles match so I'm guessing my snapping was annoying her...so eventually I stopped! I was sitting on the opposite side that the players were coming off so did a runner to try and get her Autograph, but to no avail.
Two years later (and perhaps my best memory that is Lindsay playing live-related), lindsayno1 and I camped out at Wimbledon. We turned up the day before the quarter finals, not knowing if Lindsay would be in the QF's because she was facing Kim that day in R16 - we knew Lindsay always made hard work of Kim so we could have made the journey for no reason.
We sat in the car park with many other fellow campers, watching the Lindsay/Kim match on my little portable TV; you couldn't see the ball [the screen is THAT small] so you had to guess which way the ball was going by the direction the players were running. It was fun being the only people that had a visual reference for the match...but we were going through various emotions in the process...joy, excitement, frustration, nervousness - it was a great match, but Lindsay triumphed! What this meant though was that we were able to get the choice of which court to go on...which ever one Lindsay was on.
The next day, we were sure to see Lindsay on the big stage. We missed her training session as lindsayno1 asked [lovely] Adam if she had trained and where....then the lady who was with him commented on our awesome Lindsay T-shirts - lol! (I might be getting days mixed up - I think this was another day that year...prior, but never mind - we spoke to ADAM!!!)
So, Lindsay played and beat Kuzzie...but during the match, me and Lindsayno1 were cheering for Lindsay and waving the flag - Lindsay kept looking over at us (was obviously us because we were the only ones in that direction to be cheering for Lindsay)...this gave lindsayno1 a bit of a complex. LOL.
My earliest favourite moment: watching Lindsay win the Gold medal in Atlanta - I'd watched her on TV during 2 Wimbledon's prior, and this win was almost like her proving to the world that she means business!
My favourite Grand Slam moment: Watching Lindsay beat the Queen of Grass on grass at Wimbledon in the final - can not replicate that moment. That year, Lindsay beat the defending champ (Jana N) in the QF (I think) and squished Alex Stevenson as if a little ant, followed by that mighty victory in the final!
Favourite Lindsay vs Martina match: This would be a tricky one, but during 98/99/00 I loved to watch these two clash! It was almost every week they would meet in the final of whatever even they were in. I think the USO 98 was a nice one, and I think there was a Lindsay win at IW in about 2000 that was pretty spectacular!
Favourite Lindsay vs Venus: Without doubt, the one in the final of Linz 2000 or it could have been Filderstad 2001 come to think of it; where Lindsay ended Venus' 30-match winning streak! Three sets of pure classic tennis!
Favourite Match-Point down match: Lindsay vs Mary Pierce USO QF 1999. I think Lindsay saved like 5 MP's or something. I remember my stomach being so churned up for that match...it's the most to-and-fro match that I've seen Lindsay in, with a high standard of tennis through out.
Favourite double bagel: Sharapova. Enough said.
Favourite Match on Clay: Lindsay vs Kim FO 2005 (I think) R16 - Lindsay miraculously got through that one!
Funny Lindsay Moment: Lindsay in a mixed doubles match at Wimbledon. She starts walking towards her chair and puts on her jacket. Sorting out her things when she realised that the umpire didn't call "play suspended" it seems she either miss heard or over heard somewhere else - but it was a pretty funny moment.
Angry Lindsay Moment: The one that always spring to mind is the good old let cord incident in the Wimbledon Doubles final '99. Lindsay was adamant that the let cord censor wasn't working, so began hitting it to "prove" to the umpire that it wasn't. The umpire got a let cord judge out pretty quickly - don't want to be messing with the Wimbledon Champion you know!!!
Lindsay's coach moment: Rob van't Hoff walking out on Lindsay's match against Amilie AO semis 1999 - he was so disgusted with her play that he didn't want to watch it anymore. Good ol' Rob - back in the day!
FAvourite match that Lindsay didn't win: Wimbledon Final 2005 - she just put the words of Rudyard Kiplings "IF" into practice; "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same...". That day, though Lindsay didn't win a nearly match, she still acted like a champion should. It was due to her reactions towards Venus, that I wasn't so down about the match. One thing I've always said about Lindsay, "Gracious in defeat, humble in victory".
Well, that's it - I can't think of any more categories. Hope they might have sparked off a few memories or ideas for yourselves to write.
Last edited by RayRob; Dec 18th, 2006 at 10:57 PM.