Okay I know we have had threads about 1979 and 1981, but has there been a fav years thread in BFTP?
There was one in GM and I almost replied to it when I realized most posters were born after many of my fave years.
Here are my fave years...
1976: Okay, okay...it's all about the Goolagong! But 1976 was a great year ('cept for that anemic US Open final). Goolagong and Evert were pretty much neck and neck up to that point. Evonne had taken the Slims final in LA and Chris had unexpectedly defeated Evonne at Wimbledon. Both finals were 3 set dramas and lovely affairs of contrast and femininity. Also Virginia Wade, Martina Navratilova and Sue Barker were always threats. Billie Jean King made a comeback towards the end of the year, leading the US Fed Cup team to a victory over the (pregnant) Goolagong lead Aussie squad.
One of the other reasons I loved this year was the abundance of tennis on TV. I think the regular Slims tour finals were on a network (CBS?) every other week. ABC ran a 4 woman Legg's Event with Evonne, Chris, Martina and Virginia early in the year. ABC Sports ran a match a week (mens/womens/doubles/mixed) from the taped Hilton Head exhibition event that they stretched over several months. During the summer we saw the All-Star match of World Team Tennis on the tube and even the Fed Cup final was on tv...and I lived in a little town in Northern California withoutcable. Tennis was on a boom and there was never a more attractive rivalry in the sport than Chrissie + Evonne. Sure Martina and Chris were more prolific, dramatic and compelling. Monica and Steffi more tragic. But Chrissie + Evonne...just pure magic.
Throw in the (nearly) equally fabulous rivalry of polar opposites of Bjorn Borg + Jimmy Connors and the year was about as exciting as it gets. Borg taking his first Wimbledon final from the lovable, crazed Nastase, came out of nowhere. Who knew it was the first of five straight. And how could the baseline loving methodical Swede win his first Wimbledon title on grass and turn around and lose his first US title on clay a few months later. Oh yeah, it was the lights/night match phobia thing he had. Plus Jimbo snarling on the other side of the court.
1978: Loved Martina finally realizing her talents and challenging Chris. Evonne coming back and almost knocking Martina out of Wimbledon, before exiting for nearly another year. Pam Shriver, the Legend of Lutherville, MD, one-upping her fierce rival Tracy Austin and making the finals of the US. Austin ever improving.
1982: Similar to 1978 in that Martina controlled the begining of the year and Chris the end. Martina had not ran away with the tour yet and her rivalry with Chris was still very dramatic and unpredictable. Hana came back at the US Open and made the final (only to lose like a dog to Chris). Austin was a shadow of herself but I always expected her to kick it up a notch that year. Jaeger began to act like a real contender knocking off Chris in the French semies.
1985: Hana takes the US over Chris and Martina in the finals. Both wonderful matches. 'Nough said.
1999: We all know why...Steffi, Steffi, Steffi (and a lil' pouting Hingis at the French).
2001: Jennifer's comeback came out of nowhere and when she continued to win it made me fall in love with tennis all over again. I could not get enough of it.
Also 1979 + 198 but we have discussed those great years already.