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Steffica Greles
Sep 15th, 2004, 11:32 AM
I was born in 1982, and my earliest tennis memory is of my mother asking my father "Did Martina win again?". He said "Yes, but it was close and she's getting on now". Then some time later, the same question. This time he replied "No, she lost," to which my mother said "Ah, she's had her day, then". I presume those years were 1987-88, and they were, of course, referring to Wimbledon.

So, when I saw Martina Navratilova on the TV for the first time in 1992, I naturally wanted her to win. She was the only player of whom I had any vague knowledge, playing an eager-looking youngster who was the talk of tennis: Seles Seles Seles. At just 10, I'd no idea she was my elder by only 8 years.

I watched the match on the evening highlights, and my over all impression, judging by the commentary and who received the most clapping (not knowing the rules or court dimensions), was that Seles was too good. Martina seemed dejected between points, pouting and cursing. I immediately took a disliking to Seles, because it didn't seem fair. I always supported the aging legend Davis against his usurper, Hendry, in snooker, so once again it was the elder player who won my allegiance. I recall a fan shouting "You're still the best, Martina", a reassurance obviously lightening the reality, as she left the grounds with her entourage.

In the other semi-final, my attention was instantly caught by a woman with long, black curly hair and latin Eldorado-type looks. She seemed familiar to the commentators, and I knew that to reach the semi-finals she must have been a decent player. Yet she was finding it hard going against a tall, severe-looking German woman. I have an indelible image of the latin beauty groaning as she lunged for a lob, only for her dominator to dismissively signal the ball boys for the next ball even before the shot had bounced long. It was a comfortable win for Graf over Sabatini. The following day in the Newsagents I saw a magazine with "Gabi" across its cover: "Is this her year?". I hadn't followed tennis for more than a day, but already I knew the magazine was old.

In the final, I wanted Graf to win because Seles had beaten my favourite. My dad told me that was unlikely because Graf had won Wimbledon several times before, but Seles was the best in the game and had beaten Graf. But I couldn't understand why. In the snippets of the final I saw, between the rain delays, Graf was clearly overwhelming Seles. My dad kept telling me Seles would come back, but it never happened and Graf was the champion. Seles wasn't as good as people believed and I didn't know what all the fuss had been about. In the interview she said "I didn't play my best, but also Steffi didn't allow me to play my best," which I thought was quite gracious.

The following spring she was stabbed, and Graf won Wimbledon over Novotna. I truly didn't realise what the game was missing. In 1994 I became a fan of Sanchez-Vicario, and I remember sitting watching the teletext scores when she defeated Graf in the '94 US Open final.

It wasn't until I read an article about Monica in 1995, shortly before her return, that I was enlightened. I had more knowledge of the other major tournaments by that time, so I understood just how prodigous Seles had been. I was sick of Graf winning slams, having regained her dominance over Sanchez-Vicario, and here was a woman who, at just 19, had already beaten Steffi in 3 slam finals. From then on I followed Seles avidly, buying videos of all her triumphs. Her style of play was electrifying, and I always hoped that she'd regain her dominance, until it became clear in the late 90s that it wasn't to be.

Those are my earliest memories. How about yours?

Sep 15th, 2004, 11:37 AM
Monica's sensual grunts :eek: ;)

Sep 15th, 2004, 11:39 AM
1986 - i was 8 years old

and it was the match as Steffi beat Navratilova for the first time
German Open final Berlin

Sep 15th, 2004, 11:45 AM
i am 15 so i am kinda new to tennis..the first time that i really actually watch tennis was when hingis getiing to AUS finals and venus winning the us and wimbledon..but i like lenaD since olympics 2000

Sep 15th, 2004, 11:48 AM
I started watching in 1996 for no real reason when i was 7. I didn't really know what was going on or what the scoring was or anything.

Sep 15th, 2004, 12:39 PM
Venus- serena at wimbledon 2000....was when i wtached a tennis match from start to end and understood the scoring... and thats when i became a tennis. Prior to that i would always have a look at henman when he was hyped up and then just be bored after a few minutes......

Jen- Venus match in 2001 at miami was when tennis became unmissable- the excitement and adrenalin that i got from that match made me bacame the obsessive that i am!

Sep 15th, 2004, 12:40 PM
The first match I ever saw was the McEnroe v. Borg Wimbledon final in 1981. I didn't know the rules of the game, and my dad was pretty annoyed that I kept asking questions like "Why do they call it 'Deuce'?" and "Why do they call it a break of serve?" while the points were being played :) A year later, I saw my first women's match between Navratilova and Evert in the Wimbledon final. This was when Evert looked absolutely smashing, and I was hooked. Though I was pretty young at the time, I still remember watching Andrea Jaeger and Chris Lewis being demolished in the 1983 finals. I've followed the sport regularly since around 1983 or so.

Other memorable moments:
Chris Evert was my favourite for about a year or so, but I switched loyalties to Martina Navratilova because I felt really sorry for her that no one seemed to be rooting for her. My parents were more anti-Martina than pro-Chris, and based on the overwhelmingly pro-Chris crowds at most tournaments in those days, I was convinced that I was Martina's one and only fan :lol: And this was back when liking Martina was definitely not "cool". This continued until that memorable evening in 1986 when I switched loyalties again, this time for good. It was the second US Open semifinal match, and I had my first glimpse of "the future of tennis" -- Navratilova playing a skinny, fearless West German kid named Graf. I was mesmerised by Graf's footwork more than anything else (to this day, I can tell if a Graf match is being played simply by looking at the feet of the two players ;)), and I've been a fan ever since. But yes, no one else has ever come close to being the sort of favourites Graf and Navratilova have been over the years. (And I do feel very very old compared to all you kids in General Messages :kiss:

Sep 15th, 2004, 12:47 PM
All I knew about tennis before 94 was the Slams, some names and I watched eventually one match on French telly during Roland Garros. In 94, Mary Pierce went to the finals, so it was a big deal in France, we herad a lot of tennis during FO94 , so I was more attentive, and when i heard of Wimbledon in a slmall resume , I learnt that n░1 Graf had lost to McNeil, a wonderful black woman (I saw a few points) and was happy with that result.Then, Conchi won the tournament and made me a big fan of her even if I hadn't seen her play.
The 1st magazine of tennis I bought was in december 94 with Mary Pierce on the cover of French Tennis Magazine.I got an "abonnement" 2months later , and since then I love following the Tour and am still a fan of Conchi!

Sep 15th, 2004, 01:19 PM
I had never been interested in tennis until some day in the spring of 1989,in one of my mother's gossip magazine,I saw an article about Gabriela Sabatini,including some very beautiful photos of her in swim suit I might say ,I was :hearts: at this beautiful woman so I decided I'd follow tennis to catch her in action.The first tournament I really followed was RG 89.I remember watching the Conchita-Graf match without knowing anything about the rules.Of course I was disappointed my compatriot lost to Graf,so when Graf faced another compatriot on final,Arantxa S.Vicario,I wanted Arantxa to win her badly.I think all the country was cheering for Arantxa that day.
I didn't see Sabatini play until Wimbledon,some weeks later.When I saw her I was completely hooked and a new fan of lovely miss Sabatini.Sabatini lost early in that tournament and I stopped following it as I was merely interested in Gaby,and only Gaby.I wanted her to win every match and was sad and disappointed when someone "dared" to beat my darling Gaby lol.At the same time my sister started supporting Graf so you can imagine the atmosphere home when they faced.

In the end of 1989,while watching some indoor tournament on tv,I saw for the first time a very thin girl,grunting after every stroke,and playing with some power I had not seen in any other player.She was like a little hurricane.Because she was the youngest player and her game I found it so exciting I cheered for her everytime I saw her play since that day.Even when she faced Sabatini.Of course that girl was Monica Seles.

Steffica Greles
Sep 15th, 2004, 02:04 PM
Beautiful post, Veronika. I especially loved the way you described Seles. Sabatini was unforgettable. :)

Sep 15th, 2004, 02:09 PM
The 1997 Wimbledon Final.

I couldn't believe that anyone so young could win Wimbledon.

Stamp Paid
Sep 15th, 2004, 02:14 PM
Wimbledon 2002.

Steffica Greles
Sep 15th, 2004, 02:18 PM
I know, and Hingis was never quite the same player afterwards. She won the '97 U.S Open almost by default, but Wimbledon '97 was the last time she hit with quite the same aggression against stiff opposition.

People tend to assume that Hingis was overwhelmed by throngs of power-hitters, but that wasn't entirely the case. Hingis stopped taking the ball as early, leaning into her shots, from 1998 onwards; she tended to impart more topspin from deeper positions to keep her length and allow more time to retrieve. Little did she know she was compromising her strengths.

Watch any of her early videos and you'll see that. She responded in a self-destructive way to the deadly power of Davenport and the Williams sisters initially, followed by Capriati, Mauresmo, Pierce, sometimes Seles and eventually Hantuchova. But anyway, I digress.

Hingis, along with Seles, was easily the most phenomenal 16 year-old the world has ever seen.

Sep 15th, 2004, 02:24 PM
The first time I got interested in tennis was when I was abut 14. We'd just gotten a second tv, and my brother and I could share it. We each have it in our rooms for a week. I happened to have the tv in the first week of the AO that year, and I heard one of the commentators say about a 14 year old girl who was already playing in the main draw at the AO. I thought "oh wow! She's actually younger than me and she's playing at the AO!" That was of course, Martina Hingis! Then I started to watch to see how she would do, and it got me interested. :D

Sep 15th, 2004, 03:34 PM
Dokic - Hingis 2000 Wimbledon truly caught my eye. I fell in love with the girl :)

Sep 15th, 2004, 03:38 PM
when i saw that rather handsome young man with long hair, an earring and weird fashion sense winning Wimbledon :lol:

Sep 15th, 2004, 03:40 PM
errrrrrrrrr.....Agassi that is, not Cash :scared:

Sep 15th, 2004, 03:43 PM
WHen i saw this girl Martina something hit a shot around the post in the semis of the US open against Venus

Sep 15th, 2004, 03:46 PM
I remember in 1989 Chris playing Zina Garrison in the US Open. This match was the QF but in the 4th rd she beat a very young Monica Seles. That's when I started really watching tennis. I was 12

Sep 15th, 2004, 03:59 PM
I'm a child of the tennis boom of the mid-70s, and am proud to say that the first tennis match I remember watching (11 years old) was when our whole family sat down in the livingroom to watch (and cheer and debate) over the Battle of the Sexes on TV, when Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs. Within a few days after the match, my dad took me to get my first tennis racquet, a Head Aluminum Pro that had a blue plastic throat, and my parents scheduled my first tennis lesson at the local indoor club, which was then called Vantage Point, but has changed hands and names several times since then. I remember that lesson, and the pro, who was a blonde-haired local guy who had won our local city tournament back in the 70s, and then had severe back problems and nearly died during surgery back in the 80s. I never forgot him, though, and he made the return to tennis in the mid-90s (after not having played for over 10 years)- his hair was thinning and light brown, and when I told him who I was, and that I took my very first tennis lesson from him- he had absolutely no recollection of ever having met me. He still is a terrific tennis player with the classic game, and it was one of my greatest achievements to actually have taken a set off of him in doubles in the last 5 years, albiet somewhat hollow with the knowledge that given the same equipment and conditions back in the 70s when he was in his prime, I wouldn't have touched him.:lol: I've since met Billie Jean King several times, and have nothing but fond memories of that night in September 1973 when I saw my first tennis match.

Sep 15th, 2004, 04:01 PM
In 1997 I was flipping through the tv channels and started watching a match between Monica Seles and Mary Pierce, at the French Open. That was it for me, I started following Monica's results and tennis is general after that day.
Needless to say, it changed my life for a more postive direction. I love to play tennis, and health willing - It is something that I will enjoy for the rest of my life. Thanks to Monica :wavey:

Sep 15th, 2004, 04:23 PM
Watching Monica Seles and Martina Hingis play in the semifinals at Roland Garros in 1998. Yeah guess I haven't been a huge fan of tennis for too long.....but I was living in Escondido, CA at the time and my roommate had the match on. He advised me who Hingis was and the fact that she was so young and the #1 player in the world.
After that....I was pretty much hooked!

Helen Lawson
Sep 15th, 2004, 04:37 PM
I was in Hollywood, still using the name Edythe Marrenner, and auditioning for the Scarlett O'Hara role in Gone with the Wind (which I didn't get :fiery: ). David Selznick brought me to his club and some folks were playing tennis. David told me it was a good sport to take up to meet the "elite" in Hollywood, and being the ambitious starlet dreaming of superstardom, I ventured onto some courts, and I got a glimpse of Jess Barker playing tennis with some slut. What a hunk! Jess was all man. So, basically, I stole Jess from the slut and we got married and gave up tennis because there was only one decent club to belong to to play tennis and I wasn't going to let him near that slut again. So, being unable to play at the club, we got into watching tennis on TV and at tournaments.

Sep 15th, 2004, 04:42 PM
I started in 1998 when Venus made it to the US Open final against Hingis. I always thought that tennis was boring and would flip the channel. But then, i saw this black girl with beads on her head and she caught my attention. Ever since then I started to do research on Venus and tennis.

Sep 15th, 2004, 06:03 PM
The first match I ever saw was Monica Seles vs Gabriela Sabatini in the final of VS Championships '90. I was 7 at that time, and I hadn't known anything about tennis, though I heard about Monica a lot, since she was one of the biggest stars in Yugoslavia. We were at my uncle's house, he was a big tennis fan, so he explained me the basic rules before the match started and told me a lot about Monica and her game. The minute the match started I was completely fascinated and couldn't keep my eyes off the screen. It was such a long and dramatic match, and every time Gaby was in charge I cried... :o I wanted Monica to win so badly and when it finally happened I jumped up and down all over the place. After that I tried to watch every match I could, and for a long time I really believed Monica was unbeatable, that is, until the Wimbledon final '92. Again I was at my uncle's house, and I was getting ready to celebrate again, but instead I was crushed to see Steffi outplaying Monica so much. I still remember that match really well, the way Monica shook her head all the time and didn't grunt at all. I kept asking: "Why isn't she grunting? What's wrong?" I seriously hated Steffi for a while after that match. :lol:

Sep 15th, 2004, 06:11 PM
I was 12 and while channel surfing, I came across this match where Graf was playing a young girl with a ponytail, who seemed to be in my age-group. I couldn't take my eyes off her, she was so cute. I knew of Graf as this player who won every single tournament and never lost. So, I started rooting for this girl immediately. She displayed a wisdom beyond her years and though she lost easily, she had won me over. Afterwards, I followed her results and watched her lose to Graf again at the US Open that year. But, I knew she was closing in and sure enough, Martina Hingis won 3 Slams the next year.

While following tennis, after Martina Hingis lost in the US Open semis to Graf, I decided to follow the final to see if Steffi could be given a challenge. She played a superb match to win and I thought to myself, "too good". However, I read Monica's autobiography in 1997 and then saw her play against Mary Pierce at the US Open later that year. Her double-fisted drives inches inside the line, had my mouth hanging open. I was an instant fan. The intensity and grunting would often leave me exhilirated at the end of a rally.

Sep 15th, 2004, 06:11 PM
Boris Becker versus Stefan Edberg in the Wimbledon final, 1988 or 89?; I've loved Edberg since then. I couldn't remember which year it was cause I always thought Becker had won their first match at Wimby, but now that I check the h2h Edberg did, so I'm not even sure which year it was but I believe it was 88. I also saw Edberg win because I was screaming and crying for him. I really loved him. I also liked his shirts (which I noticed Graf wore too) and I remember his gf Annette or something with Ann.

I didn't watch my first full women's match till Davenport beat Serena in 2000 at the USO. I had watched a little of the USO the previous year but I wasn't as interested until Serena was trying to repeat.

Sep 15th, 2004, 06:17 PM
i grew up watching wimbledon every year it first really grabbed me when i saw jennifer playing in 2001 :D

Sep 15th, 2004, 06:24 PM
1994 US Open final, Arantxa def. Steffi

my first tennis match and I was so excited :bounce: :sad:

Ladies' tennis = that's something I need and love :D :hearts: :woohoo: :bigclap:

Sep 15th, 2004, 06:26 PM
well, i remember watching agassi and sampras play in some tourney when i was in the 2nd or 3rd grade. i thought andre was really hot so i wanted him to win. only i thought agassi was sampras and vice versa. so at the end of the match, when they sad game set match agassi, i was really upset until i saw him lift the trophy. then i was ike oops. :p

Sep 15th, 2004, 06:27 PM
I had watched tennis before but I didn't care much, the first time I liked to watch was when I was on a mall, it was so boring I didn't know what to do.. they were showing a tennis match so I decided that would be the least boring thing, and I liked it actually.

It was Sjeng Schalken vs Fernando Gonzalez on RG some years ago, quarter finals.

But I've got a tennis addict only since RG this year...

Sep 15th, 2004, 06:50 PM
I remember I think It was 95 an 96and ASV got to wimbledon final both years Losing to Steffi each time , I remember really liking ASV and wanting her to win

Pamela Shriver
Sep 15th, 2004, 06:55 PM
Don't hold back people, enlighten us on the wonderous moment when y'all laid eyes on my beautious form...

Sep 15th, 2004, 07:22 PM
It was the time of the hero´c semi-final between Kim and Justine at Roland Garros. Before I had heard of Martina Hingis, the Sisters, Lindsay Davenport, but that was it. But seeing my compratiots fighting out the battle of their life, that was the moment tennis hit me. And since ever I'm a true tennis- and Kimfan and I can answer most of your questions about the other top thirty players. It was also then I started playing myself and now I'm pregnant I really really miiss it, but not for long anymore...

Sep 15th, 2004, 07:28 PM
The first time I really sit down and watch tennis is when the media was introducing venus & serena to the tennis world and they are changing the look of tennis and the game of tennis and thats when they were 14&15 and I'm hook every since.................they amaze me they certainly change the game of tennis and the look and that is one I'm proud of them to hook me on to tennis, because before tennis was boring for me to watch!!! Thanks V&S

Sep 15th, 2004, 07:37 PM
Don't worry,you're merely a baby compared to me. I must be nuts to still go crazy over a gal like Jennifer Capriati :drool: . How immature of me! On the other hand,what do I care? You must be a little nuts to get through life in the insane world we live in.....

Wimbledon final 1975 (blush): Arthur Ashe vs Jimmy Connors.

Ashe,the cool guy with the dynamite serve and volley game. A real gentleman. Always closes his eyes when he sits down at the change of ends.

Connors,a brash streetfighter with a mediocre serve but the best returner I've ever seen (and that includes Agassi). He always has his eyes wide open. They spit fire in fact. He's cocky. Seems to play in a mindset that is a combination of arrogance and constant anger. He goes into a sort of trance everytime he gets a breakpoint. Celebrates an actual break of serve almost like a soccer player who's scored the winning goal in the World Cup.

Everyone seems to support Ashe. Everyone but me,that is. Connors is my guy. He has the raw power of a Mike Tyson,but he doesn't lay down when he gets hit himself. On the contrary,it only seems to make him stronger and even more determined. Nevertheless,Ashe wins the match,but it doesn't matter. I've just discovered my first hero in tennis :worship:

From then on I watch tennis every time it comes up on the telly. I notice that girls also play this game....Well,I better find myself someone I can support among those ladies. Makes it more fun! Enter the one and only Chris Evert (sigh) :smooch:


I do feel very very old compared to all you kids in General Messages :kiss:

Sep 15th, 2004, 07:41 PM
when I was 4, I always loved playing tennis, me and my brother always played, it just was in our family and my mom use to babysit katerina maleeva and her sisters when she was like in her teenage years jaja, and than when we moved to USA, I lived some in Sarasota and Miami and everyone played tennis there. Me being half bulgarian, half greek and having like 1/8 black. playing tennis always gave me a chance to do something and meet people. jaja esp since when i lived in the usa and first moved there i didnt know the language or anything or anyone, jeje so u can say thanx to my tennis i survived.
So anyway(I talk to much of topic) I have always liked and played tennis though i started watching it in 1989, and started playing it in 86 or 87

Sep 15th, 2004, 07:53 PM
when i saw that rather handsome young man with long hair, an earring and weird fashion sense winning Wimbledon :lol:Hingis?

Sep 15th, 2004, 07:54 PM
At the risk of dating myself, it was 1973 in Houston Texas at the Astrodome when Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs!

Sep 15th, 2004, 08:44 PM
Don't hold back people, enlighten us on the wonderous moment when y'all laid eyes on my beautious form...
Well, if we modify the thread topic to read "Recall the first time a giraffe with a shovel forehand and duck-like walk between tennis points caught your attention", then I'd have to say the 1978 U.S. Open Final. I remember seeing highlights of the semi-final win over Martina, however, Martina was still a drab, mousy, somewhat overweight blah version of what she became in the 80s, so I don't remember much about the actual first sighting, but I do remember the contemptuous, almost ruthless look on Chris Evert's face after the first ball was struck in your final with her, and I also remember noticing that your cheeks were really rosey red all throughout the match- I thought you were going to faint!:lol:

Sep 15th, 2004, 10:48 PM
i first took notice of tennis in 1996 or 95... when arantxa gave 'god' a kiss.
i became a sanchez-vicario fav and when i played mini tennis with my brother i used to pretend i was her :rolleyes: lol.

then in 1998 i saw her play again... (i only got to see wimbledon in my youngster days) but in 98 the bbc showed the french open, or it was the first time i came across it on tv anyway, and i saw the final against monica and arantxa. obviously knowing who arantxa was i wanted her to win. but once i saw, or heard more like, monica i imediately became her fan. and was quite angry she lost. arantxa though, was still my favourite player, and so i wasnt that angry :p the next time i saw tennis was the match french open 99... and from this match i was hooked on tennis. even though i didnt like martina or steffi, i was captuvated by the drama of it all.

the next time i recall watching tennis was the chase championships 2000, we just got cable, and i watched most of the tournament on eurosport. this was the year i started to like anna, as i was able to watch more tournaments with the cable that year i got to see her play moscow, san deigo etc, and i just fell in love with her :p

i remember sending in an email to eurosport cheering for an anna/monica final to the championships, and them reading it out :p this was the tournament monica became my number one fave, wanting her badly to win that final... but for martina to steal it from her (7-6 4-2 up :mad: :p ) so, i became monicas #1 fan, and hingis' #1 hater. and thats that really. i joined the sanex wta message boards in 2000 too near the usopen 00, as thats when i first got the net. and the net really did help my need for tennis info.

gah... oh the days.

Sep 15th, 2004, 11:27 PM
I first knew about tennis in the fall of 1978 when I started the 6th grade. We had a teacher that was rather eccentric and talked about freakin tennis constantly. That was the first time I had heard the names Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, but at that time, I could care less.

Than in 1981, I just happened to turn on the tv, and there was Martina Navratilova playing Tracy Austin for the U.S. Open final. I had not known what Martina looked like and so I began watching it cause I was frankly curious.

Needless to say, I was hooked after that match (I rooted for Tracy) and never looked back. I think what really hooked me though was watching Martina cry when the crowd just went beserk for her in the trophy presentation.

I never rooted against her again after that moment.

Sep 15th, 2004, 11:30 PM
ummm, 2002 indian wells i saw tim henman on tv, and then later i saw daniela hantuchova so i started lovin it i guess..........i really dont know

Sep 15th, 2004, 11:39 PM
think it was either US Open 96 or 95 finals. Steffi Graf was playing Monica Seles, and I was just amazed at how good Steffi was, and have been a fan of her and tennis ever since!

Sep 15th, 2004, 11:53 PM
Watching Lori McNeil beat Steffi Graf in the 1st round at Wimby in 1994. The only tennis I'd seen prior to that was at Wimbledon, and very little at that (I was 9 years old then) but I did know that Steffi was thought almost unbeatable and was I rooting for Lori. I really got into that match and have never looked back! hehe :p

My 2nd memory is watching Monica play that comeback exhibition against Martina. I was so excited by her style of play and of course, the grunting, and I've loved her ever since! :hearts:

Sep 16th, 2004, 02:55 AM
1997 - Venus Williams vs. Irina Spirlea SF at the US Open. Great match!

Sep 16th, 2004, 05:41 AM
1989 Wimbledon or was it 1988 i can't remember.. it was the year where Becker beat Edberg and Graf beat Navratilova

Sep 16th, 2004, 06:39 AM
Martina Hingis. I believe it was 1997 Chase Championshipe against Steffie. This young girl was putting up an unbelievable fight against a great champ. I remember she fell, picked herself up and continued fighting for the match. I then started watching tennis. I thought this young girl is going to be a real champ one day. I loved her style, there will never be another one like her.

Sep 16th, 2004, 08:47 PM
Another born in 82. Martina was the very first player I was ever aware of. I remember (have no idea what year) my mum talking about her winning a match at Wimbledon. My mum also used to tell me about Virginia Wade's win in 77 and Ann Jones in 69, so I felt like I was there anyway ;)
I first saw/heard of Arantxa when she won the French in 89. Steffi and Arantxa were my favourites. But I always preferred Arantxa. Here was this fiesty teenager bouncing around the court, chasing everything down so much there could have been steam coming from her feet, followed by a dramatic slide on the clay, a VAMOS and a pump of the fist and onto the next long rally. Throw in the odd cheeky grin and line call query, a dropshot on match point. Arantxa matches were always entertaining.

Steffi and Arantxa matches were always so enjoyable, partly because they were such complete opposites in every way.
I watched the latest scores for the 94 USO final on teletext. I found myself overwhelmingly wanting Arantxa to win. It was now Arantxa or nothing.
The Wimbledon 95 final was a wonderful match. I'm still sad Arantxa lost, but if she had to lose to anyone I'd chose Steffi playing that well. For me personally those two weeks had been incredibly difficult, my nan was dying and things were difficult to cope with. The tennis had been the best release and distraction. Seeing Arantxa clown and laugh her way through the final, and still joke after she lost seemed to show to me that having a positive attitude would always help. She made me smile.
Thanks Arantxa :)

Sep 16th, 2004, 10:34 PM
i was born in 1988. The first time i watched tennis was 1999 wimbledon final lindsay.v.graf :) I didnt really get the scoring then :p

Sep 17th, 2004, 12:15 AM
The first Grand Slam SF of Sabatini at the age of 15.
It was Roland Garros 85 and she lost with Evert -the champion of that year-.

Hant Hant
Sep 17th, 2004, 04:05 AM
The first time i had ever watched tennis was July 2000 in the Sampras-Rafter final in which Pete won his 13th grand slam. That was the first match i had ever seen and it was magic. that's how i got hooked on tennis. PETE IS SOOOOOO COOL!!!!!!!!!

RatedR Superstar
Sep 17th, 2004, 04:28 AM
It was two years ago, I couldnt remember what grand slam event it was, but I was checking it out just to see Anna Kornikouva, just to know whats all the buzz surrounding her, but I saw Daniela Hantuchova instead then I was like blown away with her beauty :eek: :hearts: :eek: and I was like "the hell with Anna K., Hantuchova is the bomb!!!!" then I started watching tennis, only if Daniela is playing though. :)

Sep 17th, 2004, 06:58 AM
my brother loves steffi graff for god knows how long. and i was forced to see a match of hers in wimbledon. didn't like tennis though until i saw yevgeny kafelnikov vs. andre agssi in the finals of AO in 2000, i think. i love yevgeny then tennis, then russia!

Sep 17th, 2004, 02:31 PM
I think I might have caught glimpses of the 92 Wim final, but I def remember watchin the 93 Wim final Graf-Novotna. In fact it was the 2nd week of that Wim that I started to watch. I, like many young people here thought that Wim was the only tennis tournament played in the world because unless you had sky tv it was the only one on terrestrial television.
I was in awe of Graf then,and I was obsessed with her until she retired. I remember watchin the US open in 94, when mum and dad finally got sky tv, and I sat on the sofa and just cried so hard when she got beaten by sanchez. I cried when she lost in wim 1st rd 94. But she gave me so many good memories! :)
I started to play tennis after wim 93. I copied steffi's serve motion,her slice backhand and flat forehand,and even the way she stood when receiving the ball,and the movement before she hit her return,her inside out forehand,and I remember when I started to play junior tournaments(by this stage I started to use a double fisted backhand!),my mum used to watch and at the end she would say,"u know you wipe your finger down the side of your neck like steffi does",and i was like :) I have my own game now serve,forehand,backhand :)
God I miss her :)

Sep 17th, 2004, 02:35 PM
Wimbledon final 2000 when I was flicking through the tv channels and this gorgeous woman graced my tv screen (no it wasn't Lindsay, or Sue Barker for that matter :lol: ). Next I saw her leaping around the court in victory and she was so charismatic and funny in her on-court interview afterwards that I just felt completely in love with Venus Williams first and gradually,the sport itself.

Sep 17th, 2004, 02:45 PM
when my boyfriend told me about tennis
my boyfriend is azza :kiss:

Sep 17th, 2004, 02:55 PM
I probably watched before this but didnt know or remember anything, but the first time i watched a match was when Agassi beat Sampras in the final of the Australian Open 1995, and Sampras was crying on the change of ends, but i didnt know why. I thought he was crying because he was losing, but then my dad told me that his coach had died and that was why he was sad.

Sep 17th, 2004, 03:47 PM
I probably watched before this but didnt know or remember anything, but the first time i watched a match was when Agassi beat Sampras in the final of the Australian Open 1995, and Sampras was crying on the change of ends, but i didnt know why. I thought he was crying because he was losing, but then my dad told me that his coach had died and that was why he was sad.
That wasn't in the Agassi 1995 AO final, it was in the Semi-Final against Courier, which turned out to be a long and drawn-out 5 setter, and yes, Pete did break down a couple of times during that match, and it was heartbreaking. He had just found out that his coach Tim Gullikson had terminal brain cancer. Tim had a series of weird accidents in the months before (fell into a table at the Stockholm, Sweden tourney a few months earlier), and no one knew what was wrong with him, and then he was hospitalized during the AO while Sampras was playing, and just before that Courier semi, Pete found out the diagnosis. You'll also hear sweet Pete clearly saying "that's for you Timmy", and "I wish you were here Timmy" after he defeated Agassi that same year at the U.S. Open, when Gullikson was bed-ridden from the chemotherapy somewhere in Chicago. Thanks for remembering that great moment- Pete Sampras is indeed a great champion and from what I can tell, a fine human being.

Sep 17th, 2004, 03:55 PM
That wasn't in the Agassi 1995 AO final, it was in the Semi-Final against Courier, which turned out to be a long and drawn-out 5 setter, and yes, Pete did break down a couple of times during that match, and it was heartbreaking. He had just found out that his coach Tim Gullikson had terminal brain cancer. Tim had a series of weird accidents in the months before (fell into a table at the Stockholm, Sweden tourney a few months earlier), and no one knew what was wrong with him, and then he was hospitalized during the AO while Sampras was playing, and just before that Courier semi, Pete found out the diagnosis. You'll also hear sweet Pete clearly saying "that's for you Timmy", and "I wish you were here Timmy" after he defeated Agassi that same year at the U.S. Open, when Gullikson was bed-ridden from the chemotherapy somewhere in Chicago. Thanks for remembering that great moment- Pete Sampras is indeed a great champion and from what I can tell, a fine human being.

I see I didnt remember that too well :o
Anyway it was actually when I started liking Pete because he showed his sensitive side there and I felt sorry for him about his coach. I didnt know then that he had a reputation for being stoic and unemotional, but I followed the rest of his career thinking about that time he cried unashamedly on the centre court in front of millions of people :)

Sep 17th, 2004, 04:00 PM
I see I didnt remember that too well :o
Anyway it was actually when I started liking Pete because he showed his sensitive side there and I felt sorry for him about his coach. I didnt know then that he had a reputation for being stoic and unemotional, but I followed the rest of his career thinking about that time he cried unashamedly on the centre court in front of millions of people :)
The other priceless moment is when he won Wimbledon for the last time (against Rafter). I could take it all the way up until he made his way all the way up into the cheap seats (if there is such a thing at Wimbledon) where his parents were sitting (they never came to his matches), and finally found his mother's arms- :tears: :crying2:

Now why did you have to go and get me all vaklempt this morning?!?

Talk amongst yourselves!:lol:

Sep 17th, 2004, 06:34 PM
1971 -- U.S. Open at Forest Hills -- I read this news story about a 16-year-old kid named Chris Evert from Florida, saving all these match points to win an early-round match. I didn't know what a match point was at the time, but I fell in love with the name and the photo of that 16-year-old. When Evert lost in the semifinals to Billi Jean King, I immediately put King on my bad list! Today, I quite admire the old lady! As for Evert, I've been a lifelong fan and consider her the greatest champion to ever play the game (in terms of consistency). By the way, it was around 1972 before I ever saw a professional tennis match, and it was men's tennis (the old WCT tournaments) on TV. The Open was televised on CBS and at that point in my rural south Georgia home, we could only get CBS at nighttime!

Sep 17th, 2004, 07:53 PM
I dont remember!!!

Sep 17th, 2004, 07:55 PM
I dont remember!!!
Me neither!!! It just kinda happened over time, i 'm sure it was at wimbledon though

Sep 18th, 2004, 12:29 AM
I played a bit when I was a kid, but back then I had little interest in watching tennis. I certainly knew who McEnroe, Connors, Ashe, Borg, Evert and Navratilova were, however.

The first time I remember actively watching a match was when Navratilova won her final (9th) Wimbledon title in 1990. Although I didn't know much about the sport, it was clear that it was very impressive for her to win the tournament yet again! Too bad I became a fan of hers watching her win her LAST grand slam.

A year or two later I turned on the TV and saw Seles and Graf --- it was probably Wimbledon again, but I am not positive. I don't even remember the surface. But I do remember Seles' grunting, and being fixated by the intensity and accuracy of her game.

Then I remember Agassi winning Wimbledon in 1992, and playing against Sampras in the 1995 season.

My interest in tennis was somewhat passive in those years, but in 1999 my interest picked up as Agassi made his amazing comeback. That's when I started watching regularly, and really got hooked. A year or two later I began playing much more myself, and now it is a regular activity. :)

Sep 18th, 2004, 03:13 AM
I first Watched Tennis in 1991 the SEles/Jenny Semifinal great match..Ive been a fan of Jenny's ever since & I loved to watch Steffi play her forehand was amazing she was so graceful & lighting quick & her serve was great too!:) Go Jenny & Steffi!

Sep 18th, 2004, 03:52 AM
a long, long time ago
watching Borg McEnroe matches
and having to watch Navratilova vs Evert in nearly every Wimbledon final and seeing Evert lose all the time :fiery: :o

When i was 13, in 1984, saw a clip of Gabriela Sabatini, they did a profile of her, a new tennis star and they showed her with a football, doing tricks and :hearts:
me was hooked ;)

King Aaron
Sep 18th, 2004, 03:35 PM
It was I think in 1999, I read about Hingis' breakdown in the final and didn't really take notice. Then about a few weeks later came the huge upset by Jelena. I got interested and started following Jelena and tennis then. It was only in year 2000 I got to watch my first tennis match on the telly. Then, I tried to catch some tennis anytime there were on the telly, it was usually the 4 Grand Slams. Now I hardly watch anymore though.

Sep 19th, 2004, 03:25 AM
Hingis Vs Capriati Ausopen 2002, What A Math

Sep 19th, 2004, 06:15 AM
Roland Garros 2002.

Now you know why I love the Williams Sisters so much! :p

Sep 19th, 2004, 12:11 PM
US Open Final 2001. I didn't understand any of the rules, but it was still cool, and Venus and Serena were :drool: But it was Wimbledon 2002 that really got me. I've loved it ever since.

Sep 19th, 2004, 12:38 PM
I first got into tennis while watching Serena┤s road to glory during the ┤99 u.s.open....birth of a legend!! I watched the ┤99 RG final too, but it was the ┤99 Open who got me hooked.

Sep 19th, 2004, 01:49 PM
I was 10 in 2000.

Anyways, I used to go to my Grandmother's over summer holidays and I used to be horrifically bored!! So, one time I saw that Venus was play the only player I knew, Martina Hingis. Venus won and she was really happy!! So, then I naturally became a Venus fan at Wimbledon 2000.

The next day, Venus was to play Serena. I remember, I waited the whole day to watch them play because I was new to tennis and wasn't expecting to watch 2 men's matches before that!