View Full Version : A Tribute to retired players here..... who do you miss, what do you remember.

Sep 14th, 2004, 10:03 PM
Jana Navotna, Arantxa, Nathalie Tuaziat, Gabriela, Anke, Amanda, the maleevas, Chris Evert, Monica, Steffi, Sabine, Domanique, Zina, Lori, Nathasa, Irina,
k Date, virginia wade, austin, martina hingis, etc. who do you miss?
what is your favorite memory of them, this is the tribute thread? remember them, honor them, love them:kiss:

jimbo mack
Sep 14th, 2004, 10:12 PM
novotna - her beautiful slice and volleying
gabriela- her gracefulness on court
anke- her unique grunting
steffi- EVERYTHING!!
dominique- her ability to fight to the end
natasha- her antics on court
irina- her steffi like style
kimiko- her flat groundstrokes and her lovely smile
hingis- her cockiness used to entertain me

Sep 14th, 2004, 10:15 PM
Kimiko Date-Great fighter and great person
Naoko Sawamatsu-Fun to watch and a great personality
Yayuk Basuki-Flashy, talented and a great personality. She was always fun to watch!!!

Sep 14th, 2004, 10:22 PM
I always enjoyed watching Irina Spirlea. A very talented player who never quite made the jump, but lovely shots.
Sabatini was just beautiful to watch when she was at her peak. And the excitement of her second serve was fun too!!
Steffi - I REALLY wish there had been many many more Graf/Seles GS finals. They were always so fabulous. Graf on top form was just dazzling.
Chrissie - a real lady, but such an amazing competitor. I remember being really upset when she quit.

Sep 14th, 2004, 10:26 PM
Julie Halard of course. :)

I miss her great smile, her wild but wonderful forehand, the huge highs and lows of her matches, the alternately glorious/awful tennis, her gorgeous accent, her goofy but somehow entirely cool walk...its never been the same without her! :sad:

Sep 14th, 2004, 10:33 PM
I Miss Martina Hingis :sad:

Sep 14th, 2004, 10:53 PM
They're a lot I miss:

Jeyaseelan, I loved her , view a few matches of her, she was so cute !
Kruger, beautiful player, agreeable to watch
Huber & Date
MJ Fernandez, so nice!
Mc Neil , I've only seen 3 games of her vs Conchita at Wimbly94 :sad: but I liked her a lot
Garrison, for never have seen her play!
Zvereva, for her exhuberance

Sep 14th, 2004, 11:03 PM
Anke Huber - i miss all the pain and fun and joy she gave to me

Sep 14th, 2004, 11:34 PM
Spirlea- the Venus shoulder bump thing @ the USO.... Oh yeh the match was great too!:)

Sep 14th, 2004, 11:57 PM
Iva :sad: but it was time to go :sad:

Sep 15th, 2004, 12:00 AM
I miss loads of players. Steffi for her grace and her forehand. She always looked so elegant when she played and was always gracious in victory and defeat.
Martina Hingis for her cockiness and perma-grin whether she was winning or losing, and her intelligence on court.
Jana for her gorgeous serve-volley game and the roller coaster rides that were her matches. I loved watching her play but could never relax until it was over.
Arantxa for her guts and fighting spirit.
Natasha, just for being Natasha.

Sep 15th, 2004, 01:10 AM
Irina Spirlea and Natasha Z for making things interesting. Glad people remember Spirlea. After they both left I kinda lost interest in tennis and now hopefully I'll find a new favorite. :)

Sep 15th, 2004, 01:44 AM
steffi- her forehand, grace and overall class :bowdown:
sidot- she had one of the most beautiful games ive ever seen :sad:

pat rafter- nicest bloke ever to play tennis :bowdown:
the woodies- i no ones still going, but its just not the same :sad:

Sep 15th, 2004, 01:55 AM
Anke Huber And Mirjana Lucic!!!

And Anna Kournikova!

Sep 15th, 2004, 03:06 AM
please come back anna! even if you lose, just play!
Anna Kournikova!

Sep 15th, 2004, 08:01 AM
Anke and Hingis :(

Sep 15th, 2004, 10:29 AM
Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere. Just the most exquisite groundstrokes.. Technically the best forehand and backhand in the game.

Sep 15th, 2004, 10:37 AM
Hingis, Seles and some others

even Graf ;)

I would have enjoyed seeing her as# kicked :devil: ;)

Sep 15th, 2004, 11:19 AM
Arantxa for her great tennis and wonderful smile :D

Sep 15th, 2004, 11:21 AM
Hingis, Seles and some others

even Graf ;)

I would have enjoyed seeing her as# kicked :devil: ;)

Martina Navratilova : Greatest Ever
Chris Evert : 2nd Greatest Ever
Monica Seles : 3rd Greatest Ever because of the stabbing


Sep 15th, 2004, 01:15 PM
Arantxa :sad: for her fighting spirit

Sep 15th, 2004, 01:36 PM
Gabriela Sabatini-her class was unique in the game + she seemed like the most gracious and nice player of her time

Anke Huber-Such a nice game to watch,specially that "strange" forehand grip of her.Her grunts were classic.And I'll always remember her for her outbursts on court:Anke screaming on court in german when she got frustrated.That was fun!

Natasha Zvereva-Loved her wicked,unpredictable game.The pair with Gigi Fernandez was really fun to watch.You could sense they really enjoyed tennis together.

Iva Majoli-Loved her powerful strokes.I was specially cheering for her in her early beginnings as Monica was out of the game,and Iva had some of Seles fighting spirit in her.

Natalia Medvedeva-Not a very well-known player,but she was a joy to watch when she was on.I remember that tourney she won beating Arantxa & Conchita back to back.She played like angels.She was Andrey's sister,who I also supported.

Naoko Sawamatsu-She made tennis look so easy + she was such a nice girl.

Kimiko Date-Although I liked Naoko better,I also enjoyed Kimiko's original game.She made some unbelieable shots and was one of the best fighters I've seen on Tour.

Sonya Jeyaseelan-such an amusing personality,a cute smile and a very nice game to watch.She retired way too early :sad:

Zina Garrison-very fun to watch also.Her game was solid,she was a very good attackant.I used to love her little dance when she was waiting to return.It cracked me up.

Lori McNeil-I saw few matches of her,but she was very entertaining to watch.

Ines Gorrochategui-I used to hope she would be Gaby II,but she never flourished.She was some elegant player as well.I don't even remember when she retired,she simply disappeared.

Barbara Paulus-She was very nice to watch.I remeber I liked her but not Wiesner and I wanted her badly to be the number 1 of Austria.

Mirjana Lucic- :sad: Such a big talent,she vanished too soon.She would have done great things in tennis.Loved her power tennis.

Sep 15th, 2004, 02:31 PM
Anke Huber - i miss all the pain and fun and joy she gave to me yeah she gave me alot of pain - every time she beat Amanda! :p ;)

Sep 15th, 2004, 03:03 PM
jana novotna :worship: her serve&volley game, even though it was so painful to be her fan sometimes :p
dominique monami :( her determination and her wins over Hingis and Venus in 1998 :worship:
julie halard-decugis :rocker: her awkward forhand, her attitude
irina spirlea :devil: her slice, her dropshots :) so talented but..
natasha zvereva :dance: her antics
manuela maleeva-fragniere :hearts:
nathalie tauziat :devil: her serve&volley game
barbara paulus :)

Steffica Greles
Sep 15th, 2004, 03:10 PM
In my lifetime as a tennis fan:

Monica Seles (may as well put her on the list)
Steffi Graf
Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario
Martina Hingis
Jana Novotna
Gabriela Sabatini
Natasha Zvereva
Kimiko Date
Anke Huber
Martina Navratilova
Judith Weisner
Sabine Appelmans

Steffica Greles
Sep 15th, 2004, 03:11 PM
Oh, Amanda coetzer too!

Sep 15th, 2004, 03:38 PM
Natasha Z. for the fun I had to follow her game with her big fans on the net.

"What you remember?" The first time I saw her live, I was in chock and can't tell what so happen... ;) and the 3 days we spend on courts in A'dam Holland after that!!

I also miss Anna K and the time in her chat rooms. where has these ppl gone... :sad:

Sep 15th, 2004, 04:03 PM
I won't ever forget A'dam Fed Cup, where also Tina played, click http://www.geocities.com/colosseum/base/1121/fedcup99/fedcup99.html to read my report! ;)

Sep 15th, 2004, 04:10 PM
yeah sadly iva majoli, barbara schett and amanda coetzer have all been edded on this list and sandrine and navratilova well i dont know

Sep 16th, 2004, 02:24 PM
Jana Novotna - Her game was great, but I could never relax during her matches
Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere - I LOVED her backhand.
Nathalie Tauziat - Very nice serve and provocating relaxed during matches, great scream
Anne-gaelle Sidot - She could have been so much better!!!
some more....