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Unlike many posters here, I can actually take it- so fire away. I've got quite a streak of my own, mind you!
No, your comment just brought back memories of my friend from school who used to call Stefan Edberg "Sweet Buns", much to her mother's consternation. Needless to say, my undisguised amusement over all this made her mother think of me as a bad influence on her own "sweet one". BTW HanaFanGA, this is the same friend who's adopted your "Slavic Princess" moniker.

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"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)
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No, your comment just brought back memories of my friend from school who used to call Stefan Edberg "Sweet Buns", much to her mother's consternation. Needless to say, my undisguised amusement over all this made her mother think of me as a bad influence on her own "sweet one". BTW HanaFanGA, this is the same friend who's adopted your "Slavic Princess" moniker.
Samn, as far as I can tell you're about as mild mannered as they come. I can't imagine that you're a bad influence on anyone. But if you had anything to do with "Sweet Buns" I can't blame you!!!

Hmmmm I just thought of something. Sweet Buns and the Slavic Princess would've made one heck of a doubles team!
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Samn, as far as I can tell you're about as mild mannered as they come. I can't imagine that you're a bad influence on anyone. But if you had anything to do with "Sweet Buns" I can't blame you!!!

Hmmmm I just thought of something. Sweet Buns and the Slavic Princess would've made one heck of a doubles team!
God, I had nothing to do with "Sweet Buns", I swear. I just always encouraged my friend to speak her mind, and I never concealed my amusement when she ruffled a few feathers by doing so. Her mom blamed me partly because she thought I was making my friend spend too much time watching tennis. And the fact that I was an Edberg fan might have factored in somewhere as well, I think. I just have to tell my friend that you think I'm mild-mannered. She'll be in splits.

Yes, poor ol' Sweet Buns (I wonder if the Hall of Fame will give them a special exhibit) and the Slavic Princess would have made one of the most artistic doubles teams ever.

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"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)
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God, I had nothing to do with "Sweet Buns", I swear. I just always encouraged my friend to speak her mind, and I never concealed my amusement when she ruffled a few feathers by doing so. Her mom blamed me partly because she thought I was making my friend spend too much time watching tennis. And the fact that I was an Edberg fan might have factored in somewhere as well, I think. I just have to tell my friend that you think I'm mild-mannered. She'll be in splits.

Yes, poor ol' Sweet Buns (I wonder if the Hall of Fame will give them a special exhibit) and the Slavic Princess would have made one of the most artistic doubles teams ever.

I think she should have shown her mother Edburg's "Sweet Buns" and the mother would have been watching tennis too So you're not mild mannered, eh? A little mischief never hurts!
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I can't say that I saw her in her prime, however, I do have a couple matches on video, and she does leap on her overheads. I think that particular photo you have is from the 1970 Wimbledon Final versus Billie Jean King. On one point during the 1973 USO semi versus Evert (who gave her tons of lobs) she actually leaps twice to reach two separate backhand overheads in the same point if you can believe it. She was a great athlete- the best in the women's field during her playing days.

That photo of Margaret looks like it is "indoors" alfa, and definitely not 1970. Margaret didn't start winning the Tinling big collars until 1973. She was definitely a Fred Perry skirts and tops girl before that. I think the photo is from some US city during the 1973 Virginia Slims season.
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That photo of Margaret looks like it is "indoors" alfa, and definitely not 1970. Margaret didn't start winning the Tinling big collars until 1973. She was definitely a Fred Perry skirts and tops girl before that. I think the photo is from some US city during the 1973 Virginia Slims season.
You're right- very observant of you Tilden. During the 73 USO semi against Evert, both Jack Kramer and Julie Heldman commented on the big collars, and Julie noted that Margaret actually had a hand in creating that look with Tinling. It's a funny piece, actually, because Jack then mentions that it seems like the collar "would be cumbersome"!

Any news or headlines recently from Margaret Court down under, Tilden?

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