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sammy01
Mar 1st, 2011, 12:09 AM
When thinking about how womens tennis can becme more popular, i thought how and why i fell in love with womens tennis. One thing that sticks in my mind that turned me from casual fan to crazy is the serena vs seles match from canada in 2001. It was 2 champions going toe to toe, there was respect but also fierce competitiveness and above all such intensity and great tennis.

I had never intended to watch the match i just stumbled upon it late at night as it was about to start live. I had watched a few other matches, hingis at AI that year i think (such a gorgeous tournament was the impression) as well as slam matches over the few years before 2001.

I was sold on womens tennis that night, i instantly became a seles fan and my respect for serena as a player was very high. I taped the highlights the next day and i wore that tape out.

When i think about womens tennis today, would i have fallen in love with the sport had i watched the Caro vs Vera final from doha? I think not. The atmosphere from (i think it was toronto that year) was just electric. Seles was loved and the crowd was just adding to what was an amazing match.

I think no matter how much womens tennis is promoted, or the sexiness of Sharapova or Caro ect, the bottom line is and will always be great champions playing great tennis against each other, making great rivalries.

Also i would be intrested if any of the new danish posters fell in love with tennis because of it being the wonderful sport it can be, or if they became fans because of Caro's rise to world number 1? Or similar with Sharapova, whether they became fans because of the name or her supposed hotness or actual matches she played?

I am sure similar threads have been made, but with the thread about improving the popularity of the game i wondered about some of the new posters and why they became fans?

zhengjieforever
Mar 1st, 2011, 12:16 AM
the first tennis tournament i watched was AO 2010. i didn't mean to watch it either, i just stumbled upon it after whimsically flipping to the tennis channel. the match that was on at the moment was azarenka vs williams. crazy match. i knew nothing about tennis and i was like how does the score work? etc etc. i got to see jie play against henin but the memory is very vague.. perhaps i wiped it from my memory after how bad she played :o anyway, that certainly didn't turn me on to tennis.

there really hasn't been one match that turned me onto tennis. i think i just gradually i realized that i really like little jie. if little jie were to retire i would probably stop watching tennis. the only matches i really watch/care for anyway are the ones that she's in ;)

Hardiansf
Mar 1st, 2011, 12:17 AM
Yeah... I agree with you.
To answer your questions: ...I forgot about this one... but I remember it was Wimbledon. And Navratilova was in it. Against Steffi or Conchita? I'm not sure

Shvedbarilescu
Mar 1st, 2011, 12:27 AM
For the women, Hana Mandlikova d Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in the semis and final of the US Open 1985.

For the men, Miloslav Mecir d Boris Becker in the semis of the US Open 1986. The Mecir match especially left a huge impression on me as to the kind of game I like and it has lasted until this day.

It was horrible seeing Llendl kick Miloslav's ass the next day too but I suppose it prepared me for getting used to seeing my faves lose, something I have done a lot of over the years.

Sp!ffy
Mar 1st, 2011, 12:28 AM
I dont remember what match it was but I'm pretty sure Serena Williams was in it.

Jane Lane
Mar 1st, 2011, 12:31 AM
06 Wimbledon Final. Hated the sport before that tournament actually. :lol:

pattyclijsters
Mar 1st, 2011, 12:43 AM
For me there were three matches that each raised my interest:

1. Steffi Graf vs. Martina Hingis FO 1999
2. Kim Clijsters vs. Jennifer Capriati YEC 2003
3. Kim Clijsters vs. Maria Sharapova Miami 2005

T_P
Mar 1st, 2011, 12:50 AM
Venus vs. Justine Wimbledon 2001. I completely fell in love with Justine.

KBlade
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:02 AM
The two tennis matches that really got me into Tennis were the Australian Open Final 2007, and the Venus vs Maria clash in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2007.

I'd been following Serena through the tournament, fortunately for me, I was spared the terrifying ordeal of watching the Peer match, as I was unable to get around to watching it that day. After that though, I followed Serena's match against Vaidisova, and finally her awesome display in the final.

Venus's fourth round clash against Maria also really made me become even more of a fan of the sport. The athleticism and determination she showed, and the fact that she was the under dog, seeded somewhere in the 20's just made me root for her even more.

croat123
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:05 AM
it was an ivanisevic vs. becker match, but i can't remember the year...early 90s at wimbledon...maybe the 1990 semis?

sammy01
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:14 AM
the first tennis tournament i watched was AO 2010. i didn't mean to watch it either, i just stumbled upon it after whimsically flipping to the tennis channel. the match that was on at the moment was azarenka vs williams. crazy match. i knew nothing about tennis and i was like how does the score work? etc etc. i got to see jie play against henin but the memory is very vague.. perhaps i wiped it from my memory after how bad she played :o anyway, that certainly didn't turn me on to tennis.

there really hasn't been one match that turned me onto tennis. i think i just gradually i realized that i really like little jie. if little jie were to retire i would probably stop watching tennis. the only matches i really watch/care for anyway are the ones that she's in ;)

now you are the kind of person i wanted to ask, what did you think of vika the 1st time you saw her? for me i would say she is hard to watch and i cant imagine many people becoming fans through watching one of her matches?

petkoan
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:20 AM
Hingis, in her last Australian Open title run in 1999. And some Sampras&Aggasi matches. I always rooted for Pete S. Not sure why

nicidle
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:20 AM
Graf vs Sanchez .. probably wimbledon 95/96.
back then finals were televised (over time, people only care about football and basketball now)

delicatecutter
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:28 AM
It's hard to say. I don't think one match made me a fan. Steffi Graf made me a fan. :worship: The first Major I got to see her win was the 1991 Wimbledon classic against Gabriela Sabatini. EPIC!

Bonfire
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:29 AM
Wimbledon 1993
Sampras vs ??? in an early round...not sure.
the year he ended up winning his first Wimbledon title.
HBO Coverage baby;)

sammy01
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:30 AM
intresting that a lot of you posters also fell for mens tennis, i wonder if it would be the same if i posted the same thread on MTF that you easily crossed over to the other side of the sport?

mauresmofan
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:00 AM
It's hard to say. I don't think one match made me a fan. Steffi Graf made me a fan. :worship: The first Major I got to see her win was the 1991 Wimbledon classic against Gabriela Sabatini. EPIC!

Same as you I used to watch Wimbledon as an event every summer but as matches go and sitting down to watch a final I remember that one even though I was only 11 at the time and I also remember rooting for Steffi cause my sister was rooting for Gabi and we'd had an arguement that day. Boy did I rub it in! I also remember the Sunday Times had an article about them in the run up to Wimbledon calling them the tigers of tennis.

L'Enfant Sauvage
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:09 AM
Serena def. Hantuchova @ Wimbledon with that injury was the first match I watched completely, and got me hooked. I was amazed, how could I not watch her win the tournament(Which I was sure she would do :sad:)? Maybe I would hav thought a little differently if I had known at the time what a choker Daniela was, but whatever.

volta
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:29 AM
not really a particular match made me love the sport. Tennis has been my fav sport ever since i can remember :lol: I've never cared for football like 90% of the Portuguese population, never really got it but for some reason a ball and a racket always made sense to me.
Some matches made me a fan of certain players though but that's a whole different topic

Payam
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:30 AM
I started watching Men's tennis way before women's. However, as for your question, I think I should say it was Williams sisters. I don't remember which year it was, but it was early 2000s and I kept hearing names in the GS finals playing against each other and I became very curious to see the games of these two prodigies who had become famous in a couple of years and their game made me interested more and more to watch women's tennis too.

delicatecutter
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:32 AM
Same as you I used to watch Wimbledon as an event every summer but as matches go and sitting down to watch a final I remember that one even though I was only 11 at the time and I also remember rooting for Steffi cause my sister was rooting for Gabi and we'd had an arguement that day. Boy did I rub it in! I also remember the Sunday Times had an article about them in the run up to Wimbledon calling them the tigers of tennis.

I had just turned 12 and my sister was a huge Sabatini fan and I was a huge Graf fan. :lol: It was a great showdown in our household. :lol:

atominside
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:37 AM
Sharapova/Petrova usopen 2005. Boy that was up and down. memories :drool:

go hingis
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:37 AM
2000 Aus Open Final, Davenport won but hearing about Martina Hingis and all her accomplishments at such a young age made me become a big fan of hers and women's tennis.

égalité
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:44 AM
Capriati/Williams at Wimbledon 2001. Amazing chokefest comeback by Capriati :worship:

brunof
Mar 1st, 2011, 03:30 AM
1998 Wimbledon Semifinal - Natasha Zvereva vs. Nathalie Tauziat

DS.Fan.
Mar 1st, 2011, 03:59 AM
the first time i wanted to watch tennis match is in Olympic cos our coutry's players Zhengjie&Yanzi would play doubles in the semifinal.but started to love tennis totally cos Dinara.I saw her first time on that doubles.she was so strong.the match against Li Na in Olympic is the real start made me crazy for tennis and Dinara.I feel after whole Olympic2008 I only rememeber these two matches and this girl.Lol.

danieln1
Mar 1st, 2011, 03:59 AM
Tennis started for me when I woke up at 11 am, turned the TV on and saw that crazy final set of the Roland Garros 99 final, where martina lost to graf... That match made me an instant Martina Hingis fan, too bad I didnt see her winning a major in her career...

After that I followed Guga winning those Roland Garros titles... Maybe that's the reason I really love the french open!

Annie.
Mar 1st, 2011, 04:11 AM
Pete Sampras' match where he threw up on the court and kept playing. It was the first tennis match I ever watched. Then I fell in love with Agassi. Then shortly after Hingis on the women's side and of course eventually the WS. When Serena beat Martina in '99 at the US open I became a hardcore Serena fan.

MattMontgomery
Mar 1st, 2011, 04:19 AM
Sharapova-Sugiyama Wimbledon 2004

fightserena!!!
Mar 1st, 2011, 06:16 AM
Well I was never a tennis fan per se but I never hated the sport either. I used to think Mark Phillipousis was a bit of alright to look at haha and I would catch a bit of the Australian Open each summer on tv. It was the 2003 Semi Final with Serena and Kim that got me in. I knew vaguely that Serena was number 1 and that she was going for her Serena Slam although I didn't quite understand the full significance of it. I tuned in just on the last game of the 1st set, saw a bit of the second set, switched over again, came back just for the end of the second set - was pretty impressed. Then Serena got hammered in the third set and I thought "oh, that's a shame...no point playing the next point really". To be honest, it wasn't one match that got me in to tennis, it was this one moment where Serena screams out "FIIIGHT SERENA!!!" and I was like "whoa...that's the most passion I've seen from anyone in anything ever". Then of course she stormed back as only she can. I now have on my desk at work "FIIIGHT SERENA!" and a pic of her above. It gets me through the day and it made me fall in love with the sport, and her, and now I play twice a week. That moment changed my life haha.

Optima
Mar 1st, 2011, 07:00 AM
Wimbledon 2004, Final.

Aryman3
Mar 1st, 2011, 07:10 AM
Fibak vs Tarocsy in 1974
yes, I'm so old

claypova
Mar 1st, 2011, 07:11 AM
Sharapova vs Rena 2005 AO :worship:

ArturoAce.
Mar 1st, 2011, 07:17 AM
Some Davenport match I don't even remember :scratch: maybe Wimbledon because it was on during my vacations.

Renalicious
Mar 1st, 2011, 07:18 AM
2003 AO Final - amazed at the story of two sisters making a GS final, and Serena winning four in a row.

Also 2006 AO - It was holiday time for me and I was extremely bored, Channel 7 played tennis virtually 24/7 and I watched it. Henin-Hardenne and Hantuchova (I actually cheered FOR Dani against Serena that year) were players that I rooted for and loved.

So Disrespectful
Mar 1st, 2011, 07:27 AM
I'm only 20, but:
I recall watching Goran Ivanisevic beat Pat Rafter in their marathon Wimbledon final, 2001.
I remember witnessing both of Capriati's Australian Open wins in 2001 and 2002 respectively.
Hantuchova vs Venus Williams AO 2002 was the match that made me a Hantuchova fan.

I know that I pestered my parents for my first tennis racquet at 8 years old, so I have a feeling there are earlier matches I have no recollection of.

Certinfy
Mar 1st, 2011, 07:28 AM
I always used to follow tennis as a kid but the match that got me really into it was Berdych vs Federer at the 2004 Olympics :lol:

Jeff
Mar 1st, 2011, 07:42 AM
I think for me it was Venus vs. Spirlea at the 1997 U.S. Open. The controversy and Venus' victory got my attention :)

zhengjieforever
Mar 1st, 2011, 07:58 AM
now you are the kind of person i wanted to ask, what did you think of vika the 1st time you saw her? for me i would say she is hard to watch and i cant imagine many people becoming fans through watching one of her matches?

oh well, first off, i didn't even realize that i was watching vika (or even serena?) till like many months later. i just remembered that there was a huge comeback in the match and that, thinking about it, it had to be that match lol.

anyway, well, i thought that was a huge meltdown :lol: as someone who was watching a tennis match for the first time, well, that was a weird match. i really didn't think much of her or serena though. honest. i was too busy trying to figure out the rules of tennis to be thinking things along the lines of, "this girl vika is really a headcase!" or "i love vika's game!" it was as exciting a match as can be for someone who had no idea what was going on :) i really was viewing the match holistically and not really thinking about the players playing.

unless the first match i ever watched were zheng vs williams wimby SF, i doubt any match would've just turned me on to tennis just like that instead of the gradual liking for it i developed. :p

Vartan
Mar 1st, 2011, 08:09 AM
'04 Roland Garros final.

Kooyong
Mar 1st, 2011, 08:12 AM
Interesting question!

I'm not too sure except i recall watching Wimbledon in the early 1980s and the Davis Cup ties between the Aussies and the Sweds.

Mackep83
Mar 1st, 2011, 08:14 AM
a match between me and my brother in the early 90's

violent forehand
Mar 1st, 2011, 08:27 AM
i was cracy about mens tennis.just from 2004 ,some chinese women come into the competition, i became a fan of them and start to follow the women's match

nevetssllim
Mar 1st, 2011, 08:31 AM
I'd just finished my GCSEs in 2007 so I had pretty much nothing to do for the rest of the summer and I ended up becoming gripped by Wimbledon that year, and that pretty much made me a fan of the sport.

PLP
Mar 1st, 2011, 08:35 AM
Graf vs Evert, AO final 1988.
:worship:
The second set was electric.
The beginning of Steffi's slam and Chris's last slam final.

Joelina
Mar 1st, 2011, 08:45 AM
Hantuchova - Hingis IW 2002

Rafito.
Mar 1st, 2011, 08:56 AM
I never become a tennis fan from a match, I remember the day before the Australian Open 2006 it was all over the news how it starts tomorrow etc. and just decided to watch and then fell in love with Sharapova and then yeah started from there.

¤CharlDa¤
Mar 1st, 2011, 09:21 AM
I remember going to the Quebec City Bell Challenge in 1996. I then saw Callens (loved her!) and Raymond and Jolene Watanabe having a good tournament. I clearly remember her, so random. When my dad saw I was staying there, totally focused, for hours at like 8-9 years old, he knew I loved it. I started playing tennis the next spring.

Then, I have memories of watching Venus in 97 Us Open. And of the RG 98 final with Monica and Arantxa (wanted Monica to win!).

Then I attended the Quebec City tournament again in 98, saw Van Roost lose to Rubin and Chi (and her blonde air on an Asian, you dont forget that!) beating Testud. I was hooked.

Next year I was watching all the tournaments, and ballboying in Quebec City. Never stopped since.

Wow, that actually made me nostalgic lol

empressionist
Mar 1st, 2011, 09:31 AM
Seles vs Graf 1992 Roland Garros final. Monica winning 10-8 in the third, Epic!

cosmooo
Mar 1st, 2011, 10:26 AM
Kournikova - Halard Decugis 1999 Maimi, R32 6-4 7-6

John.
Mar 1st, 2011, 10:30 AM
Not really one match - I remember watching Wimbledon with my Mum from a very young age, but the the first match that sticks in my head is Graf V ASV 1989 French Open final. I think I was 12 and I remember being really shocked at a red tennis court, having only ever seen Wimbledon until that point.

Mr.Sharapova
Mar 1st, 2011, 10:33 AM
Sharapova vs Serena Wimbledon 2004 final :angel:. After that I became a fan of Maria and a fan of Tennis :)

Dann
Mar 1st, 2011, 10:34 AM
Pironkova def Venus 2-6 6-0 9-7 first round Australian Open 2006 <3

Haimar
Mar 1st, 2011, 10:39 AM
2001 Roland Garros Final: Clijsters vs. Capriati

Linguae^
Mar 1st, 2011, 11:31 AM
Actually, the first match I remember watching,from even beginning to the end, was the third round of FO 2005, between Ana and Amelie. :) :)
After that, I remember Wimbledon 2005 women's singles final. :)
But,I've started being a true tennis fan when I was having my winter holidays back in January 2007, and it was really boring to me to be on the mountain with my family, so I was staying at the apartment all the time watching AO 2007, whilst they were going for a walk. I was 13 back then. :D

Soliloque
Mar 1st, 2011, 11:35 AM
2001 Roland Garros Final: Clijsters vs. Capriati

Same here.

Svetlana)))
Mar 1st, 2011, 11:53 AM
2002 French Final

Reptilia
Mar 1st, 2011, 11:53 AM
Wasn't a specific match, but I remember first watching when Anna Kournikova played Auckland in 2002. I then went on to watch all the A0 that year too. Started following the other majors in 2004.

TheHangover
Mar 1st, 2011, 11:56 AM
Patty Schnyder

Shinjiro
Mar 1st, 2011, 12:05 PM
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SVK
Mar 1st, 2011, 12:08 PM
Slovakia - Spain fed cup matches in 2002, especially Husarova - Sanchez Vicario:hearts:

Stamp Paid
Mar 1st, 2011, 12:09 PM
2002 Wimbledon R1 - S Williams def. Dominikovic :D

Ashi
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:18 PM
ptfjDZ2JBVg

USO 2000 Marat vs Pete.

Slutiana
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:35 PM
Great thread, even if it does come from a Madusah fan. :bigclap:

When thinking about how womens tennis can becme more popular, i thought how and why i fell in love with womens tennis. One thing that sticks in my mind that turned me from casual fan to crazy is the serena vs seles match from canada in 2001. It was 2 champions going toe to toe, there was respect but also fierce competitiveness and above all such intensity and great tennis.

I had never intended to watch the match i just stumbled upon it late at night as it was about to start live. I had watched a few other matches, hingis at AI that year i think (such a gorgeous tournament was the impression) as well as slam matches over the few years before 2001.

I was sold on womens tennis that night, i instantly became a seles fan and my respect for serena as a player was very high. I taped the highlights the next day and i wore that tape out.

When i think about womens tennis today, would i have fallen in love with the sport had i watched the Caro vs Vera final from doha? I think not. The atmosphere from (i think it was toronto that year) was just electric. Seles was loved and the crowd was just adding to what was an amazing match.

I think no matter how much womens tennis is promoted, or the sexiness of Sharapova or Caro ect, the bottom line is and will always be great champions playing great tennis against each other, making great rivalries.

Also i would be intrested if any of the new danish posters fell in love with tennis because of it being the wonderful sport it can be, or if they became fans because of Caro's rise to world number 1? Or similar with Sharapova, whether they became fans because of the name or her supposed hotness or actual matches she played?

I am sure similar threads have been made, but with the thread about improving the popularity of the game i wondered about some of the new posters and why they became fans?
I pretty much agree with this 100%.

My Mum got me hooked on playing tennis when I was only around 5, and though I watched a few matches here and there, the match that made me a tennis fan was the 2000 US semis between Venus and Martina. Just breathtaking tennis, drama and rivalry. I don't see how any non-fan could've watched that match and not been swayed. Then a few days later it I saw another classic match - this time Marat's demolition of Pete Sampras in the men's final. And that was that.

But yeah, I agree with all of this. People always talk about the glamour and that they're "stars", but though the stars may bring some publicity, at the end of the day it's the tennis (and the personalities also) that will really bring in hardcore fans. And even Anna, Maria and Ana, with their good looks and marketablility, also have a load of outstanding and redeemimg characteristics in their games.

babsi
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:41 PM
It wasn't really a match so much but it was Wimbledon 1991 when I started to become a big fan of tennis and despite limited resources I really tried to follow it.

People moan about not watching a live stream of an early round of a small tournament just make me laugh. I had to make do with hoping that the newspaper the next day would have the result. For example for the final of a tournament in California if it was on Sunday night my time, I wouldn't get the result until Tuesday morning. There did used to be a weekly highlights programme and for the life of me I can't remember the name of it and it was 95% ATP and 5% WTA.

sammy01
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:46 PM
Great thread, even if it does come from a Madusah fan. :bigclap:


I pretty much agree with this 100%.

My Mum got me hooked on playing tennis when I was only around 5, and though I watched a few matches here and there, the match that made me a tennis fan was the 2000 US semis between Venus and Martina. Just breathtaking tennis, drama and rivalry. I don't see how any non-fan could've watched that match and not been swayed. Then a few days later it I saw another classic match - this time Marat's demolition of Pete Sampras in the men's final. And that was that.

But yeah, I agree with all of this. People always talk about the glamour and that they're "stars", but though the stars may bring some publicity, at the end of the day it's the tennis (and the personalities also) that will really bring in hardcore fans. And even Anna, Maria and Ana, with their good looks and marketablility, also have a load of outstanding and redeemimg characteristics in their games.

we usually agree on a lot of things, you just have terrible taste in tennis players :tape:

kim is love and GOAT she is LOAT :hearts:

sammy01
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:49 PM
It wasn't really a match so much but it was Wimbledon 1991 when I started to become a big fan of tennis and despite limited resources I really tried to follow it.

People moan about not watching a live stream of an early round of a small tournament just make me laugh. I had to make do with hoping that the newspaper the next day would have the result. For example for the final of a tournament in California if it was on Sunday night my time, I wouldn't get the result until Tuesday morning. There did used to be a weekly highlights programme and for the life of me I can't remember the name of it and it was 95% ATP and 5% WTA.

so true, i remember the days of checking teletext for the results when i first got into tennis big time. no OOP, no draw, you just got a set of results each day.

John.
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:49 PM
People moan about not watching a live stream of an early round of a small tournament just make me laugh. I had to make do with hoping that the newspaper the next day would have the result. For example for the final of a tournament in California if it was on Sunday night my time, I wouldn't get the result until Tuesday morning. There did used to be a weekly highlights programme and for the life of me I can't remember the name of it and it was 95% ATP and 5% WTA.

:worship: So true.

I remember that show too, but I can't think of the name either

John.
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:51 PM
so true, i remember the days of checking teletext for the results when i first got into tennis big time. no OOP, no draw, you just got a set of results each day.

:lol: The good old days

sammy01
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:52 PM
ptfjDZ2JBVg

USO 2000 Marat vs Pete.

it is a shame safin was so up and down and had so many injuries. he really was the whole package for the ATP. amazing tennis when he wanted, complete sex idol, huge personality :drool:

sammy01
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:55 PM
:lol: The good old days

i used to annoy people by having to check teletext all the time, and get annoyed at my friends who didn't have a t.v that had teletext :lol:

John.
Mar 1st, 2011, 01:59 PM
i used to annoy people by having to check teletext all the time, and get annoyed at my friends who didn't have a t.v that had teletext :lol:

Yip - That was me too. I used to drive everyone mad :rolls:

It was even worse before I got a teletext TV - I used to make my friend who had one scribble the results down for me and bring them into school in the morning :o :tape:

heart
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:01 PM
have been following tennis for a few months in 2005 but wasnt really into it as i am right now. turning point was the match between amelie & ana ivanovic in doha. amelie got me hooked from then on :hearts:

Matej
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:03 PM
Miloslav Mecir vs. Stefan Edberg, Davis Cup, quarterfinal, 1988. In the end, Edberg won 4-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 9-7 -- and it was the deciding match, Czechoslowakia (now non-existent) lost 2:3 to Sweden. :-(

Ashi
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:06 PM
it is a shame safin was so up and down and had so many injuries. he really was the whole package for the ATP. amazing tennis when he wanted, complete sex idol, huge personality :drool:
Yes. Absolutely.:devil::worship::o:sad:

I mostly followed the ATP in 2000. Then in 2001, the IW tournament was telecast in India, on our main sports channel on cable ( its not the case anymore:sad:).

Kim clijsters run through the IW draw till the final.

Kim vs Capriati french open final 2001.:hearts::hearts:

Henin vs Capriati Wimbledon semi 2001.:hearts:

These matches sealed my love for women's tennis.

As for my current fav Safina:help::tape:

Safina vs Sharapova french 06 4th round.;)

sammy01
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:07 PM
Yip - That was me too. I used to drive everyone mad :rolls:

did you used to spend every spre minute as a child hitting balls against the wall outside? i think i drove everyone insane with it to :lol:

John.
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:12 PM
did you used to spend every spre minute as a child hitting balls against the wall outside? i think i drove everyone insane with it to :lol:

Yes - I was completely obssessed, and was the only one of my friends who was :lol: Wimbledon time was great, as everyone was tennis mad for 2 weeks - I was in my element

sammy01
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:12 PM
Yes. Absolutely.:devil::worship::o:sad:

I mostly followed the ATP in 2000. Then in 2001, the IW tournament was telecast in India, on our main sports channel on cable ( its not the case anymore:sad:).

Kim clijsters run through the IW draw till the final.

Kim vs Capriati french open final 2001.:hearts::hearts:

Henin vs Capriati Wimbledon semi 2001.:hearts:

These matches sealed my love for women's tennis.

As for my current fav Safina:help::tape:

Safina vs Sharapova french 06 4th round.;)

i'd still rather watch safin than 90% of the players now :hearts:

what this thread is proving is a lot of us became fans by watching tennis from a slam, as it is the most easy to watch and is hyped. it is usually a match between 2 great players deep in the slam. thats why i hate it when kvitova and pironkova make slam semis. who watching them casually like we did back in the day, is ever going to become a fan of womens tennis wtching pironkova in a slam semi.

slam semis and finals should showcase the best in womens tennis. we need it back to that way again.

tonybotz
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:19 PM
Martina Navratilova v. Conchita Martinez, Wimbledon final 1994. I remember wanting martina to win so badly. i thought Conchita should have "given" her the match - i was 13 and very naive.

then when seles returned i thought it was the second coming. loved the mystery and intensity of Monica

Jorn
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:26 PM
On TV it was a Anna Kournikova/Man vs Steffi/Man Mixed exho match.

Live I was at Fed Cup in Holland in 1999 and watched Tina Pisnik vs Miriam Oremans match :)

Stonerpova
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:35 PM
The first two matches I watched were the 04 and 05 women's Wimbledon finals, but I think the match that turned me into a fan was Sharapova's win over Ivanovic in the 08 Aussie Open final. I was amazed by a) how beautiful they both were, and b) Sharapova's intensity and desire. Loved both ever since.

WozLolz
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:52 PM
I think the Monica/J-Cap fight at the 1991 US Open sparked my interest at first.:hearts: Then the Monica/Martina semi at Wimbledon the following year got me passionate about tennis. Monica.:worship:

I went through a long period of nonchalant fan-dom, until Caroline (yes, Caroline:hearts::hearts::hearts:) made her run at the US Open in 2009. :inlove:

BepaMaria
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:56 PM
The 2004 Wimbledon final, where Sharapova beat Serena Wiliams 6-1,6-4. That was the first time I saw Sharapova playing and I got a real shock at how pretty, hot and sexy she was. The way she trashed Serena on the court with her amazing game awed me as well and from then on I fell in love with her and started watching tennis.

Root
Mar 1st, 2011, 02:57 PM
The final of the 2008 Qatar Ladies Open.

pov
Mar 1st, 2011, 03:43 PM
I'm assuming you mean WTA fan as I was already an ATP fan so . . .dunno. Some match was on somewhere and I watched it and I thought it was okay. Plus I like lithe, athletic women so . . ;)

Bobisa
Mar 1st, 2011, 03:48 PM
Jankovic-Cibulkova 2007 (Fed Cup, Serbia-Slovakia) :)

qc_aneres
Mar 1st, 2011, 04:46 PM
2003 AO final WS :)

Vikapower
Mar 1st, 2011, 04:47 PM
First Raf Nadal vs. ?? Roland Garros 2004 then I became a real tennis fan with Maria Sharapova vs. Serena Williams Wimbledon 2004 and with Lindsey Davenport.

Chakvenus
Mar 1st, 2011, 04:52 PM
For me it was Venus-Serena Wimbledon final 2003. I remember watching that match with my parents. It was such a great fight from Venus, even though she was injured, and it was from that point on that she became my favorite tennis player ever.

TheHangover
Mar 1st, 2011, 05:12 PM
Patty Schnyder

i mean patty schnyder vs maria sharapova 2005 rome semi final
but also rafa-roger 2005 rome final

Inger67
Mar 1st, 2011, 05:31 PM
Venus Williams vs. Karolina Sprem Wimbledon 2004 2nd Round

tea
Mar 1st, 2011, 05:54 PM
No particular match but I guess that partly Kim and mostly Federer made me a fan of this sport once and for all.

New_balls_please
Mar 1st, 2011, 05:59 PM
Wimbledon 1998
R4. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario bt Dominique van Roost 3/6 3/6 6/2

jiri-nedved
Mar 1st, 2011, 06:46 PM
I always used to watch it occasionaly. But the match what made me a big tennis fan was the Wimbledon 2008 final between Federer and Nadal. I watch mens tennis whenever I can because of that match. But as for womens tennis I only really watch the Czech players and sometimes I may watch other players when a grand slam is on.

fantic
Mar 1st, 2011, 06:58 PM
When thinking about how womens tennis can becme more popular, i thought how and why i fell in love with womens tennis. One thing that sticks in my mind that turned me from casual fan to crazy is the serena vs seles match from canada in 2001. It was 2 champions going toe to toe, there was respect but also fierce competitiveness and above all such intensity and great tennis.

I had never intended to watch the match i just stumbled upon it late at night as it was about to start live. I had watched a few other matches, hingis at AI that year i think (such a gorgeous tournament was the impression) as well as slam matches over the few years before 2001.

I was sold on womens tennis that night, i instantly became a seles fan and my respect for serena as a player was very high. I taped the highlights the next day and i wore that tape out.

When i think about womens tennis today, would i have fallen in love with the sport had i watched the Caro vs Vera final from doha? I think not. The atmosphere from (i think it was toronto that year) was just electric. Seles was loved and the crowd was just adding to what was an amazing match.

I think no matter how much womens tennis is promoted, or the sexiness of Sharapova or Caro ect, the bottom line is and will always be great champions playing great tennis against each other, making great rivalries.

Also i would be intrested if any of the new danish posters fell in love with tennis because of it being the wonderful sport it can be, or if they became fans because of Caro's rise to world number 1? Or similar with Sharapova, whether they became fans because of the name or her supposed hotness or actual matches she played?

I am sure similar threads have been made, but with the thread about improving the popularity of the game i wondered about some of the new posters and why they became fans?

managed to bash Caro('s play) again :yeah:

Anyway the first match I actually saw at the court was USC vs UA (Arizona) WNCAA match in 2004, quite accidentally. That led me to be a WNCAA fan.
I did see Hingis win her first AO live from Germany (TV, late at night) though. (Was it 1997?) Before that was a fan of Lendl, Seles, Agassi (just a casual fan then)

Memento83
Mar 1st, 2011, 07:05 PM
Seles v Lucic at Wimbledon 99. I remember thinking that Lucic was going to play as good as that in every match she played at the time :help:

sammy01
Mar 1st, 2011, 07:41 PM
managed to bash Caro('s play) again :yeah:

well i just thought about what made me a tennis fan and the match that sucked me in, and then thought about the doha final and just felt it would have never had the same effect on me.

some of that is down to caro and vera, and as corswandt put it their matches that look like practice drills. also the tournament in canada had history, it was monica's 1st tournament she played after the stabbing (1995) and she won it 4 times in a row. it was the kind of atmosphere the likes of doha cant match.

pedropt
Mar 1st, 2011, 08:06 PM
2001 French Open Final: Jennifer Capriati vs Kim Clijsters :hearts:

new-york
Mar 1st, 2011, 08:37 PM
i was loving the sport but not really following.

watched the 2003 Wimbledon final, rooted for Venus pretty hard, knew she going to lose considering her state en the previous slam finals they had played.

followed Venus and the tour closely since then.

:inlove:

KoOlMaNsEaN
Mar 1st, 2011, 09:35 PM
there wasnt one match that made me a tennis fan. the first match i've ver watched was the 1999 wimbledon final between Davenport-Graf. From then on I started to watch tennis more and more starting with the Canadian Open then the US Open that year.


I see a trend that everyone started liking tennis by watching a Wimbledon match...

Mark_LLMGP
Mar 1st, 2011, 10:08 PM
Roland Garros 1996: Graf def Arantxa 6/3 6/7 10/8
(Gala León 4R as a qualifier)

JamieOwen3
Mar 1st, 2011, 10:19 PM
my dad watched tennis when i was a little one 3-4 years old and seles was on i don't quite remember which match but i think it was at the french in 92 (possitive it wasn't the final vs steffi) i got used to being a seles fan like my dad and as i got older in 1997 wasonly 9 years old but i saw Martina Hingis play at wimbledon and that's the day i truly started to LOVE tennis.

Mary Cherry.
Mar 1st, 2011, 10:21 PM
Venus vs. Justine Wimbledon 2001. I completely fell in love with Justine.

This. Except I think I just felt really sorry for Justine at the time because she was half the height of Venus and I thought she'd get absolutely destroyed.

J4m3ka
Mar 1st, 2011, 10:28 PM
Followed Men's tennis to begin with, then the Queen herself enthralled me into the WTA. 1999, USO, 17 year old hair braided Serena Williams dispatching of Monica Seles was the birth of women's tennis to me :worship:

After you have followed those times you really do get sad when you see occurrences like the last few slams :(

Ciarán
Mar 2nd, 2011, 02:17 AM
Wimbledon 2004. I remember the hype around this 'young hot blonde Russian', I tuned in and Maria stole and still has my heart to this day! Of course I was aware of the sport and the Williams sisters before that though. Also, a close friend of mine is a huge tennis fan and he introduced me to a lot of players and such :)

Billabong
Mar 2nd, 2011, 02:43 AM
I started to notice tennis in 2000, I recall a bit the 2000 Australian Open final, the 2000 French Open final, the 2000 Montreal final and the 2000 US Open (semis and finals, which were great matches)! Then in 2001 I remember watching AO and FO finals, that's when I started really liking Hingis and Clijsters:) I then watched the 2001 US Open in its entirety, and became a real fan since then:D I also registered in WTAWorld in the fall of 2001:p

jbeacinu
Mar 2nd, 2011, 02:33 PM
Serena Williams vs Justine Henin..FO 2003 ( The hand incident)..I was working out in Mexico and this was on. I wanted Serena to win, but Henin won in 3..ever since I wanted to see Henin lose. Now that she has retired, I have closure for her. But I'm still am hardcore fan of tennis

QuietPlease
Mar 2nd, 2011, 03:57 PM
Also i would be intrested if any of the new danish posters fell in love with tennis because of it being the wonderful sport it can be, or if they became fans because of Caro's rise to world number 1?


Nah, I fell in love with the game many years ago, but of course, after following Tine Scheuer-Larsen, Michael Tauson, Frederik Fetterlein and Kenneth Carlsen back then, it is nice to actually have a top player from Denmark now!

The first tennis match I remember was a 1983 Wimbledon QF between Kevin Curren and Tim Mayotte (had to look the year up - I was actually just 8½ years old at the time). I also remember the rivalry between John Mac & Lendl, later I was defintely on Edberg's side against Becker. Edberg is probably my all time favorite player!

I do remember some of the Evert/Navratilova rivalry, but Graf & Sabatini really increased my interest in womens tennis. I didn't like Seles coming along beating all my faves, but was obviously gutted when she was attacked, and I rooted for her during her comeback.

You could say the Williams sisters and Hingis renewed my interest, and now obviously Caroline has done the same.

hurricanejeanne
Mar 2nd, 2011, 04:08 PM
2003 US Open Clijsters def. Davenport made me a tennis fan and a Davenport fan, but Henin-Hardenne def. Capriati cemented my fanship of the sport for life.

Libertango
Mar 2nd, 2011, 04:12 PM
Rubin-Novotna 1995 RG. Chanda came back from 0-5 0-40 in the final set, and it was such a great performance that the BBC showed on highlights on the Saturday. I was just hooked. And then later that year there was the amazing W final with Steffi and Arantxa and then Seles came back and she totally fascinated me. So 1995 (when I was 6) was the year for me. I remember those days so clearly lol.

matty
Mar 2nd, 2011, 05:41 PM
Can't remember which match exactly, but as a child, watching the winner of a Slam lift their trophy over their head...posing for the flashing cameras, the roar of adoring fans. That great NBC sports music playing in the background--I won't say who was playing back then--I'm a bit older than many of you!

here's a disco version--not as good as original, but same tune:

NBC Sports Wimbledon Theme 2001
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKFBoy3e5rY&feature=related

scandic78
Mar 2nd, 2011, 05:44 PM
It might seem like an odd choice but it was because I was there in the stands and it was the first match I'd seen in person:

Wimbledon '92 QF: Martina Navratilova d. Katerina Maleeva 6-3 7-6

Was actually a really entertaining match as the supposed head strong Martina was about to bottle it and I always remembered her from being near invincible from my times watching her on the tv.

Oermi
Mar 2nd, 2011, 05:47 PM
Mary Pierce vs. Patty Schnyder round of 16, Roland Garros 2005 :)

Betten
Mar 2nd, 2011, 06:18 PM
Serena Williams vs Justine Henin..FO 2003 ( The hand incident)..I was working out in Mexico and this was on. I wanted Serena to win, but Henin won in 3..ever since I wanted to see Henin lose. Now that she has retired, I have closure for her. But I'm still am hardcore fan of tennis

Yes, for me this too was the match that really got me hooked. I was watching this on tv, and you had this big, intimidating, athletic black woman on one side, and this waif-like, petite blonde woman on the other side. They couldn't have been more different, and I just loved how they went at it. All the drama and the press it got afterwards (first all-Belgian final, Justine's personal story, Serena's 'all my life I had to fight' speech, etc.) were really engrossing.

Juanes
Mar 2nd, 2011, 06:31 PM
Mary Pierce - Sanchez Vicario

Australian Open 1995 :)

n1_and_uh_noone
Mar 2nd, 2011, 06:37 PM
2003 US Open Clijsters def. Davenport made me a tennis fan and a Davenport fan, but Henin-Hardenne def. Capriati cemented my fanship of the sport for life.

I remember that match being a total stinker from Davenport. I am amazed that actually made you a fan of hers :lol:

Betten
Mar 2nd, 2011, 06:45 PM
I remember that match being a total stinker from Davenport. I am amazed that actually made you a fan of hers :lol:

Pretty much what I was thinking :lol:

SoClose
Mar 2nd, 2011, 06:49 PM
2002Serena vs Capriati FO SF
2003Venus vs Clijsters Wimbledon SF
2004Serena vs Mauresmo Wimbledon SF
2004Sharapova vs Davenport Wimbledon SF

coool
Mar 2nd, 2011, 06:55 PM
1999 Wimbledon Final
Stefi Graff- Davenport
i remember i heard the commentator saying it was probably the last match of Graff and that was what grabbed my attention.

AcesHigh
Mar 2nd, 2011, 07:14 PM
Sampras in the 90s actually as a kid and then Hingis and the WS. The success of Venus and Serena really got me into it. By 2003, I was already a big fan of Venus, Davenport and then Kim after watching her play in 2003.

darrinbaker00
Mar 2nd, 2011, 07:17 PM
Nineteen Eighty. Bjorn Borg. John McEnroe. The Battle of 18-16. I went out and bought a racquet the very next day. :yeah:

Ksenia_PervakFAN
Mar 2nd, 2011, 07:40 PM
Serena vs Masha Wimbly 2005 ;)

olivero
Mar 2nd, 2011, 07:53 PM
FO 2001 final

cellophane
Mar 7th, 2011, 03:53 PM
1997 FO final - Iva def. Martina :hearts:... really after that French Open I started following the sport...

Shadowcat
Mar 20th, 2011, 03:00 PM
I'm ashamed that I can't remember this one well. But I remember it was in 2009. I was flicking the channel and stumbled on the match. I think Caro or Vika was in the match. I'm totally mesmerized with wta tennis by how great the players were. I guess it's fate. Totally had no idea how the ranking, points, score and everything else were done. Soon after that, I did my research on tennis and here I am now. :)

mickymouse
Mar 20th, 2011, 03:17 PM
John McEnroe. Can't remember what match exactly. But I guess it was his personality that attracted me to tennis.

A-Bond
Mar 20th, 2011, 03:18 PM
I would really like to know the average age of the posters. As for me, it was Zurich Open 1R which was broadcasted by a Swiss Channel while I was waiting for Ice Hockey. Ivanovic played against Golovin and I thought well 2 cuties let's watch some Tennis before Ice Hockey and I immediately fell in love with both. I watched the first set and then did something else and I forgot that I wanted to watch Ice Hockey. Then it came into my mind and I was like "nooo I missed Ice-Hockey!". When I switched off the TV Golovin and Ivanovic were still playing and I was like WTH, I watched the end of the match and Ice Hockey afterwards. The next day I was switching through the channels and then I saw that Swiss TV was again broadcasting Zurich Open. And it was Ivanovic's second match. So I started to follow her and the following week I spotted Hantuchova and that was the beginning. Roland Garros was the first GS I really watched actively.

Tripp
Mar 20th, 2011, 03:22 PM
Gabriela Sabatini, of course :)

Ferg
Mar 20th, 2011, 03:23 PM
Always had a bit of an interest but it was Bartoli-Henin that made me start following it.

Lacrish
Mar 20th, 2011, 07:17 PM
2003 RG QF Coria vs. Agassi
found tennis fascinating from then on

Gawain
Mar 20th, 2011, 07:27 PM
Without a doubt, Clijsters vs Capriati FO final 2001.

In the nineties I used to play tennis myself but I didn't really had a fav.

Princess Fiona
Mar 20th, 2011, 07:48 PM
It was one of the matches in 1991 for sure (although I remember a vague interest in Wimbledon in the eighties): the whole rise of JenCap "she's so young" and her defeat of Navratilova at Wimbledon that year (JC's a couple of years older than me, and has brown hair like me, and is born under Aries like me, so that made her my first tennis fave I guess ;) ) and then there was the epic Seles vs. Capriati match at US Open '91 (ohh, and the Connors vs. Krickstein match of that year in that tournament is one that springs to mind too!).

The match that gave me my favourite player for many years was Huber vs. Navratilova in Filderstadt 1991. I became a real Anke fan after that match and Filderstadt became a favourite tournament of mine (I liked the green carpet surface and the Porsche prize at the end of the tournament!). Oh, memories... ;)

QueenBee
Mar 20th, 2011, 07:55 PM
Wimbledon'94 1rd - McNeil d. Graf

disco_rage
Mar 20th, 2011, 08:24 PM
Capriati d. Graf @ 1992 Olympics

kitb
Mar 20th, 2011, 08:36 PM
The Kim Clijsters ― Jennifer Capriati final at the 2001 French Open was the match that made me discover tennis, and fall in love with it. I was a 13-year-old boy who had literally never watched a match before nor played tennis when I saw that match on TV.
Needless to mention Kim would go on to become my fav player ever...

!VamosRafa!
Mar 20th, 2011, 08:40 PM
ATP: Djokovic-Federer Montreal final 2007
WTA:Sharapova-Schnyder San Diego final 2007

I was 11 back then and I didn't like tennis at all.

keithb1961
Mar 21st, 2011, 04:47 AM
Billie Jean King versus Bobby Riggs....

Empressive
Mar 21st, 2011, 04:50 AM
I had gotten Top Spin 2 as a gift one year, and kind of got into it, but the first match I remember watching was the French Open semifinal between Jankovic and Ivanovic. And after that, I became a huge fan.

Jakeev
Mar 21st, 2011, 04:54 AM
1981 U.S. Open final when Tracy Austin beat Martina Navratilova in the final. I rooted for Tracy but would become a life-long Martina fan.

DaMamaJama87
Mar 21st, 2011, 05:14 AM
Australian Open 2003 - Serena Williams d. Kim Clijsters 4-6 6-3 7-5

After watching Kim's class and Serena's drive, I was hooked on these two women!

moby
Mar 21st, 2011, 05:24 AM
Australian Open 2003 - Serena Williams d. Kim Clijsters 4-6 6-3 7-5

After watching Kim's class and Serena's drive, I was hooked on these two women!That's so wrong. :unsure:

DaMamaJama87
Mar 21st, 2011, 05:26 AM
That's so wrong. :unsure:

It's wrong to be a fan of Kim and Serena now? :lol:

moby
Mar 21st, 2011, 05:28 AM
It's wrong to be a fan of Kim and Serena now? :lol:I'm just teasing. Aren't you a girl?

BartoLiNa
Mar 21st, 2011, 09:41 AM
Wimbledon 2005 QF, Venus Williams def Mary Pierce 6-0, 7-6. The tiebreak was one of the most exciting things I had seen in sport and I loved the fighting spirit they both showed, especially Venus.

Her next two matches made me love her even more.

Andy.
Mar 21st, 2011, 10:03 AM
Mary Pierce v Anke Huber AO 1997 match. I instantly fell in love with Mary because of her look, divaish/princess attitude on court and her power game.

The 2nd Law
Mar 21st, 2011, 11:46 AM
I remember the only time I ever liked tennis was when the AO was on, and I'd only watch Federer, Hewitt or Safin. Once the tournament finished my interest in tennis went too.
Then in '07 I saw Serena - Masha, and vowed that next year I'd follow the whole tourney, men and women. So I did, and I fell in love with Ana, Maria and Novak. Hooked ever since.

The Dawntreader
Mar 21st, 2011, 12:35 PM
I had watched snippets of tennis when i was like 8 or 9, but i guess the Wimbledon final of 2000 was the turning point. It made me into a total fan-boy, of both tennis and my favourite player.

Tennis had an aura back then. Something i struggle to find now.

Shinjiro
Mar 21st, 2011, 01:47 PM
I remember the only time I ever liked tennis was when the AO was on, and I'd only watch Federer, Hewitt or Safin.
Not a bad time at all. :bounce:

GrafMariaPetraK
Mar 21st, 2011, 01:51 PM
Steffi Graf

Aravanecaravan
Mar 21st, 2011, 01:51 PM
Borg-McEnroe 1980 Wimbledon F.

AnomyBC
Mar 21st, 2011, 02:01 PM
Not sure what match it was, but I'm pretty sure it involved Kournikova :drool::inlove:

Wimbledon9
Mar 21st, 2011, 02:26 PM
The Wimbledon final between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in 1978. To this day I ask myself how I could miss the first five years of Martina from 1973 on.

sammy01
Mar 21st, 2011, 02:29 PM
what we can gather from this thread is the slams do draw in the casual viewers and make us into fans. so having pironkova and kvitova as slam semi finalists, or vera getting hammered in slam finals is not good for the sport. no matter how much the die hard fans claim the increased 'depth' is a good thing.

BartoLiNa
Mar 21st, 2011, 04:25 PM
what we can gather from this thread is the slams do draw in the casual viewers and make us into fans. so having pironkova and kvitova as slam semi finalists, or vera getting hammered in slam finals is not good for the sport. no matter how much the die hard fans claim the increased 'depth' is a good thing.

That's true but the year before that we had the Serena-Elena Semi which was full of excitement.

I miss Dementieva :sad:

gmak
Mar 21st, 2011, 04:30 PM
1988 Olympic final Graf vs Sabatini :o :lol: yeah i'm that old :p
needless to say it was Gaby that got me to tennis :hearts: and then Jana Novotna and Z-woman Natasha ;)

1989 RG final Edberg vs Chang :sad: i was rooting for Stefan and i was soo gutted he lost
Edberg and then Pete Sampras were my top faves in the 90s ;)

Olórin
Mar 21st, 2011, 04:32 PM
Serena vs. Venus Wimbledon Semi-final 2000. The Williams sisters were new names then and there was a lot of buzz and excitement about them while Wimbledon was on.

wally1
Mar 21st, 2011, 07:16 PM
Borg-McEnroe 1980 Wimbledon F.Same here. I was 9 years old at the time but I remember it vividly. In those days Wimbledon, plus Easbourne final and Queens was absolutely the only tennis you could see live on tv in the UK.

Balltossovic
Mar 21st, 2011, 08:39 PM
First full match I watched, was Kim V Mary, USO final. The match that made me fall in love with tennis? Amelie V Justine, Wimbledon final 2006. Fell in love with both ladies and the game!

AnomyBC
Mar 21st, 2011, 10:47 PM
what we can gather from this thread is the slams do draw in the casual viewers and make us into fans. so having pironkova and kvitova as slam semi finalists, or vera getting hammered in slam finals is not good for the sport. no matter how much the die hard fans claim the increased 'depth' is a good thing.

Well I think having a variety of players in GS Semifinals is probably a good thing, because each player probably attracts a different group of people. For instance, Pironkova probably attracted a ton of new Bulgarians to the sport.

SwingVolley93
Mar 21st, 2011, 10:59 PM
My first match that I ever watched was a Vaidasova match and i was so amazed at how cleanly she hit the ball. But the match that made me fall in love with tennis was Serena vs Maria in the Aus final 2007.:drool:

sammy01
Mar 21st, 2011, 11:48 PM
Well I think having a variety of players in GS Semifinals is probably a good thing, because each player probably attracts a different group of people. For instance, Pironkova probably attracted a ton of new Bulgarians to the sport.

i would love to agree with you, but they have all propbably given up and fallen by the wayside by now. who can blame them i mean it cant be fun seeing players beat pironkova left and right :tape:

goldenlox
Mar 21st, 2011, 11:56 PM
I agree with this comment. Wozniacki probably brought in 1000's of new fans, if Li could have won the AO, she might have brought in millions of new fans.

Originally Posted by AnomyBC http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images/buttons/red/viewpost.gif (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?p=19304775#post19304775)
Well I think having a variety of players in GS Semifinals is probably a good thing, because each player probably attracts a different group of people. For instance, Pironkova probably attracted a ton of new Bulgarians to the sport.

vixter
Mar 22nd, 2011, 12:18 AM
Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf is not a match.

UnforcedError
Mar 22nd, 2011, 01:20 AM
Wimbledon final 1992 Graf vs.Seles.
Not so much the match in itself as I was only 10 years of age but rather the strange atmosphere, the white, yellow and very green colors. The noise the players made and the sound of the racquet hitting the ball and bouncing of the court. I was beginning to understand a little bit of english and I was confused about "love" having anything to do with the score... also why the umpire kept asking for "juice".
I'm an avid sportsfan and get satisfaction from a wide array of different sports, but I have been watching alot more tennis since Wozniacki entered top 50. As it is the case with any sport, the more you know about the game and the different players the more interesting it gets.
While the OP might be right that wozniacki has brought along alot of danish newbie tennisfans. The inherent critique of their motives and knowledge is ridiculous. The OP would love to reveal that all the new danish people on this board are only driven by nationalistic interests without any true love of the game. I find the manipulative way in which this thread seeks to "capture" these unworthy tennisfans below any reasonable standard of moral and dignity. The OP can offcourse deny that this is the true motive behind this thread but to test the hypothesis one only has to read the OP's previous submissions to strengthen the evidence.

Valanga
Mar 22nd, 2011, 01:24 AM
The most memorable match in recent years - Venus def. Davenport in 05 Wimbledon Final

DemWilliamsGulls
Mar 22nd, 2011, 01:26 AM
When I first saw Venus make it to the semi's at Wimbledon and lose to Steffi. I wish Steffi had continued so Venus could own her the next few years, but she flew the coup right before the Williams Sisters reign. lol ;) I became even more of a fan when Serena beat Hingis at the US Open and when Venus came back the next year and beat Davenport at Wimbledon. They had this cocky, nonchallant, "i dont give a damn who's acroos the net" confidence about them back whent hey were younger lol..man that made me glued to them. It was pure heaven 2000-2002 when they hit their stride. I will admit, I did enjoy other players (Capriati, Hingis, The Belgiums, Seles, Pierce and a handful of Russians) that would chase after them to make tennis interesting. But I could relate to the Williams Sisters story and where they come from, how they looked, how they constantly had to prove themselves, they were talented, amazingly athletic, and they did it with style and fashion! I literally watched them change the game of tennis before my eyes. THATS WHY I LOVE VENUS AND SERENA SO MUCH and thats why I'm a fan. These are the two BADDEST "SISTAS" in the history of this sport.

DownInAHole
Mar 22nd, 2011, 01:27 AM
I'm not sure if this was the match that made me fall in love with tennis but the match that got me interested was the 1997 du Maurier Open (Rogers Cup). It was Monica Seles and Anke Huber. I was flipping through the channels and Huber caught my eye. Yes, I am shallow. That was the first tennis match that I was interested enough in to watch (almost) the whole thing. Too bad Anke lost.:sad:

SymphonyX
Mar 22nd, 2011, 03:25 AM
Maria Sharapova - Lindsay Davenport 2004 Wimbledon semifinals.
And a reminiscent match the following year, Venus Williams - Lindsay Davenport - 2005 Wimbledon finals.