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Favorite Year(s)

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.

Other faves:
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.

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1980 was fun, especially Wimbledon and the US Open-Hana Mandlikova's coming out event. There was a perfect mix of styles and personalities.


Just for you Mark. An EBay pic of the Gong winning the big W in 1980.

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My favourite years were '91 and '92...for Gaby, of course. But also, because, even if in hindsight there wasn't much parity then (Seles winning almost everything she entered), at the time it seemed that there were a lot of great players that could win the Slams...not only Seles and Graf, but Gaby seemed to be on the verge of becoming number 1, and Capriati and Mary Joe Fernandez looked to be coming to a breakthrough...

Recently, I enjoyed a lot '98 and '99 will all the 'change of guard' talk, and the battles between Graf-Seles-Novotna-S.Vicario against Hingis-Williams-Davenport.
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it's year wich had the most frustrating matches but it's still 92

I can't think of a better year.

96 was great tenniswise but all these tomorrow she cries again made me not so happy

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
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To the river so deep
We all end in the ocean
We all start in the streams
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1990, because Monica put her stamp on the game, Gaby got her Slam, and I was watching quite a bit of tennis that year.

You have to answer for Santino, Carlo.
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favourite year

my fav has to be 1988 - until then, i'd been firmly in the evert camp, but grateful that steffi was challenging martina regularly. when steffi beat chris in oz final, i was so excited - i knew she was a genuine champion then, with slam final wins over both martina and chris. the rest of the year was like a dream for me, a fan, so it must have been incredible for steffi...the whitewash french final, which had commentators and pundits gasping with incredulity, the astonishing tennis steffi showed in coming back from 0-2 in the second set of the wimbledon final....her cool in overcoming gaby at the us open, when the pressure was so great, i felt physically sick!! then the icing on the cake...the olympics! i remember waking at very strange hours to watch steffi win, the nerves over the larissa savchenko match (v. talented player!), the destruction of garrison - a wobbly player for steffi - and then victory over gaby again, her biggest threat that year, was supreme. i get a warm happy feeling just thinking of it - thanks steffi!!!!
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1994 - I must have watched hundreds of hours of tennis in what was the best year of Arantxa's career - 2 Grand Slams (8 titles in all, plus 11 doubles!), 3 wins over Steffi, a 77-9 win/loss record (32-2 on clay) and a Fed Cup to boot!

It doesnt get much better than that

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Hey Rollo! Thanks for the pic of the Evonne postcard! I actually have the exact same one. i believe I got it in the fall of 1980 after writing to Evonne (where I got the address is beyond me). The postcard was sent out by one of Evonne's sponsors at the time. I believe it was Playtex, cause i think she was promoting their new sportsbra.

I better go dig it up, so I can make sure I am not making this all up!
Haha!
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10 mins later...

Okay I dug up my Evonne postcard from my 1979-1981 memento scarpbook deLuxe. It was sent from IMG in Cleveland, Ohio on Oct 24, 1980 and say's...Compliments of Formfit Rogers on behalf of Evonne Goolagong and the Racquet Bra! I swear Evonne was way before her time promoting a sports bra in 1980.

The strange thing is the postcard is addressed to my mother. Hmm. Was she writing Evonne in 1980 at age 37? or did I write Evonne twice and use my mothers name the second time to get two coveted autographs...it's a mystery. I do remember that I framed the postcard and had it on the nightstand by my bed for about a year!

BTW...other contents of my 1979-1981 scrapbook:
Tons of (post Charlies Angels) Farrah Fawcett photographs. Many of them from the Star and National Enquirer and Faberge shampoo ads.

Countless Marilyn Monroe pics that I ripped out of library books (I was a 12 year old thief !).

All of Evonne's clippings from her Wimbledon 1980 win.

Many pics of Tracy Austin...including her ad campaign with Avon in 1980.

Autographed pics of Loni Anderson...who I nicknamed Loonie Bird Anderson (omighad!)

Pics of Regina Marsikova (!), Peanut Louie (!!), Sue Barker, Bettina Bunge, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova...and countless pics/polaroids of my childhood dog, Taffy (who I called TaffyJoe after watching the Waltons one night!).
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I got such a kick out of your posts Mark. This part
is classic-you smart and sly one!
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The strange thing is the postcard is addressed to my mother. Hmm. Was she writing Evonne in 1980 at age 37? or did I write Evonne twice and use my mothers name the second time to get two coveted autographs...it's a mystery. I do remember that I framed the postcard and had it on the nightstand by my bed for about a year!
And you admit to a Farah and Loni crush! (I went for Jane Seymour myself) All that hair.

And you watched the Waltons too?
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Back to favorite years-I'd say anytime the #1 ranking is up for graps or all 4 slams are split among different winners its a vintage year. By that measure 1998 and 1999 was a mini golden age. Hingis-Davenport, Willie sisters in the hunt, Jana-and Sanchez-Vicario. What a wonderful brew.
The 99 French final is a drama-fest of the first class!

1990 was great too. Monica shocking Graf at the French to end Steffi's boring (to me) domination. Martina getting her final Wimbledon after all the drama of Garrison's two wins over Seles and Graf. Then the US Open
with Sabatini's breakthrough and Steffi shoving her father away at the end. Toss in the 5 set WTA final and it was a perfect end to a perfect year
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I only saw like 5 matches in 90 then we got cable and I could watch a lot of steffi from that moment on lol (that was not such a good thing in another departement but that's a different story.)

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To the river so deep
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my favourite years:

1982-2987 Navratilova's Wimbledon wins; i savoured everyone of them especially 1985 where came form behind to beat chrissie

1979 - tracy austin's breakthrough year

1984-1985 - the height of the chrissie/martina rivalry

1988 - steffi's golden slam year

1994 - martina hingis debuts while arantxa wins the french and us opens

1997 - martina's (almost) grand slam
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If I could take the first 6 months of 1990 (with a little bit of July thrown in) and the last 6 months of 1991, it would have been one great year for me. During both periods, Martina was playing consistent tennis and was winning titles. Nothing could come close to watching her win that 9th Wimbledon, except this year's Australian Open mixed title which felt like her greatest win ever. Wimbledon 1990 was really special as was that incredible run to the U.S. Open final in 1991 which she lost to Monica. She also reached the season-ending ch'ship final that year. And ended the season with her 157th title.
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1999
- Jelena's first full year as a pro and she came on tour with a BANG winning hopman cup (with wins over Testude, ASV and Asa) following it up with a 3rd rd at Aus. Open. Mediocre results followed from then until Wimbeldon where she shocked the world as a qualifier crushing the then world #1 Hingis 6-2 6-0 . My fave match ever and fave tournament, as she really broke through by showing the win over Hingis was no fluke by crushing Pierce in the 4th rd. The rest of Jelena's year wasnt too good, but it was a good taste of the future!
- Ofcourse the Steffi d. Hingis match at Roland Garros! Good quality, but the drama of it cant be beaten. Steffi showed us why she's such a great champion with an unbelievable grand slam record. But, poor Martina

Good luck to the Aussie and Balkan girls!
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