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selesadmirer
Mar 18th, 2003, 11:13 PM
Well i have been a fan of Monica's for about 12-13 years....How about you?How long have you been a fan of your #1 favorite.

Leena
Mar 18th, 2003, 11:17 PM
August 2000

angele87
Mar 18th, 2003, 11:20 PM
About 2 years :)

oggie
Mar 18th, 2003, 11:37 PM
About 8 years of Monica. You are beating me selesadmirer.

selesadmirer
Mar 18th, 2003, 11:39 PM
About 8 years of Monica. You are beating me selesadmirer.
yeah im in the lead lol... :wavey:

anshu19
Mar 18th, 2003, 11:43 PM
You guys wont even believe...i never knew who monica was till the USOPEN95....i just happened to have watch tht match and i just became amazed by seles...ever since then i started to play tennis...and mind u...with both hands off both sides and have been a die hard fan of seles....and will remain all my life.....SELES ROCKS!!!

Magnetic Ruler
Mar 18th, 2003, 11:45 PM
Hingis fan, since about 1995

~SunFlower~
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:01 AM
Former fan of Jen Capriati from 1989 to late 1993. Lost love for her when she was in trouble outside of tennis eventually after she lost the first round of US Open 93. My favorite memory was when she beat Graf for Gold medal in 92.

Former fan of Anna Kournikova from late 1992 to Feb 2001. Lost love for her when immediately after she lost to Mauresmo in Paris Indoor 2001. No regrets for me turning my back on her. My favorite memory was she made in the final of Lipton 98 after beating 4 top 10 in a row.

Hard-core and devoted fan of Maria Sharapova from Sept 1999 to until she retires. Right after that, no doubt I will retire as a tennis fan and no longer be following WTA tennis. Maria will be my last favorite player.


:wavey:

auntie janie
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:27 AM
I became interested in Justine when I learned in the back pages of Tennis Week magazine in the spring of 1999 that this unknown Belgian girl had just won her very first WTA tournament. :)

I became an actual fan when she came to Philadelphia that fall and shocked everyone by beating the big star Kournikova right off the bat, and in straight sets! Who was this kid?? A few months later I finally got to see her play on tv, and I found myslef liking her game, her style, and her whole tightly-wound persona more and more. :hearts:

But it was only a year ago that I realized that Justine had sneaked past everyone and, unknown to me at the time, had quietly become my #1 favorite. I realized it (with a shock) when she was set to play my longtime beloved fave, Monica Seles, at Wimbledon last year, and I suddenly realized I wanted Justine to win! :eek:

But Monica, that sweetie :kiss:, will always be my favorite human being on the Tour. Justine, though, did take over last year as my favorite player of the game of tennis. :hearts:

DutchieGirl
Mar 19th, 2003, 01:24 AM
Patty since about 96 or 97... don't remember exactly!

Robbie.
Mar 19th, 2003, 01:45 AM
Amanda since 1996

WhatTheDeuce
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:11 AM
Seles fan 1997
Kournikova fan 1998
Dokic fan 1999

Havok
Mar 19th, 2003, 03:01 AM
Dokic fan since summer 2002. that's when i started getting into tennis and i knew she was gonna be my favorite without knowing any background

disposablehero
Mar 19th, 2003, 04:35 AM
Monica: 12 years, 10 months
Kim: 3 years, 6 months

Sonja
Mar 19th, 2003, 04:45 AM
Amélie - Australian Open 1999

Mattographer
Mar 19th, 2003, 05:10 AM
I've been fan of Rachel McQuillan since made semis of Dubai Duty Free's Women Open in 2001! And I've been fan of Jelena Dokic since upset Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, ranked 4, at the Hopman Cup in 1999!

Come-on-kim
Mar 19th, 2003, 05:13 AM
I began beeing interested in tennis during the QF of RG 2001 and I became a Kim fan during the final!

Philbo
Mar 19th, 2003, 05:22 AM
I first became a fan of Martina Navratilova around July 1987 - I accidentally turned the TV over to the womens final of Wimbledon that year and couldnt stop watching this great match where Martina was thumping Graf...

Just listening to the commentators had me in awe of Martina, being the 30something going for a record Wimbledon agaisnt the young challenger to the throne...

And as I learnt more and more, my appreciation for her just grew and grew and keeps growing to this day with each new feat she accomplishes!!!

Mattographer
Mar 19th, 2003, 05:27 AM
I first became a fan of Martina Navratilova around July 1987 - I accidentally turned the TV over to the womens final of Wimbledon that year and couldnt stop watching this great match where Martina was thumping Graf...

Just listening to the commentators had me in awe of Martina, being the 30something going for a record Wimbledon agaisnt the young challenger to the throne...

And as I learnt more and more, my appreciation for her just grew and grew and keeps growing to this day with each new feat she accomplishes!!!
You been fan of hers for almost 16 years! :eek: You're true fan! ;)

ns_Henin
Mar 19th, 2003, 05:34 AM
Justine Henin fans since February 2002 (when she reached Antwerp final), i think it's about 1 years :)
Good Luck Justine in 2003 :kiss:

irma
Mar 19th, 2003, 05:37 AM
I became a kim supporter when she made a dropshot against tauziat in filderstadt 2000 but I didn't realise how much I liked her when there was some thread here a few weeks before french 2001 that pissed me off and that was unique since normally only steffi bashing pissed me off and I thought it was impossible that anybody else could get me mad without any relation to steffi;)

so since that moment I support her. oh yeah I somewhat got nervous during the french open final 2001 too something I never would have imagined that would have been possible either after 13 august 99 :eek:

I rather call myself supporter as fan though since it doesn't affect my life anymore like steffi did from 90-99. I am not depressed when she loses or spend all my money on magazines and so on;)
this is more healthy for sure :angel:

I am a steffi fan since the first week of french 1990 at the first 6 months I somewhat still had a live of my own :p
then we got cable with steffi almost every week and I was lost :angel:
oh well it could have been alcohol or drugs too at least this helped me in two schoolsubjects in the end (german and even english) ;)

Jordan.
Mar 19th, 2003, 05:38 AM
Vera Zvonareva when she took a set off Serena at Roland Garros. :)

Glenn
Mar 19th, 2003, 05:47 AM
Justine: 4th round of Roland Garros 2001
Kim: Final of Roland Garros 2001
Clarisa: Amelia Island 2002

TS
Mar 19th, 2003, 05:53 AM
Iva - 1993. Sometime before the French Open that year I had read an article on her and was intrigued by this 15 year old. Really started following her with interest after she beat Tauziat 61 62 at the Italian Open that year. But it was after she pushed Steffi in RG 93 (round 4) that I was hooked.

Eleni - Olympics 2000. Was proud to see a Greek tennis player at the Games and since then I've been an avid fan :) but it's more for her game and personality than her country of origin.

SM
Mar 19th, 2003, 10:01 AM
Monica - i was influenced as alot of friends/family used to watch her in early 90's so i sawsome matches. But i never became a die-hard fan till i heard she spanked Hingis at French 98....i had been watching tennis casually until then, but i stayed up for that final and it had me absolutely engrossed!! my heart was pumping intensely throughout and i was so sad at the end....until then id never felt much emotion from sports, in fact even tho i played alot of them i didnt like them much.

Jelena - saw her when she was about 13 years old absolutely destroying much older oponents on tv, on grass ofcourse ;). I taped her semis and final of some grass event and watched those tapes ALOT and fell in love for her. She showed so much talent and i knew she would be top ten within a few years cos she didnt have the power to outhit those girls really (physical limitation) and it came down to a pure display of talent a bit like Hingis. I didnt have the net back then so i used to get news from tennis aus. magazine and my interest in her increased greatly when i heard she made the french open juniors final. When hopman cup arrived and i saw her on tv again for the first time in ages my interest sky-rocketted :)

TatiAnnahřlic
Mar 19th, 2003, 10:04 AM
Anna K fan since october 1999! :)

Jakeev
Mar 19th, 2003, 10:23 AM
I became an instant fan of Lindsay Davenport when I watched her win her Olympic Gold Medal in 1996.

matthias
Mar 19th, 2003, 10:56 AM
i was Anke fan from 1991 - 2001
and now i´m Bianka, since january 2001

Hendouble
Mar 19th, 2003, 11:07 AM
Since early July 2001, when he ensured that Sampras went home with a bag of sweaty towels instead of the Wimbledon trophy for the first time in five years.

graf630
Mar 19th, 2003, 11:14 AM
I followed my favorites career for 15 years,before her retirement in '99. Knowing that retirement would be comming soon,I found my new favorite,Kim Clijsters,when they played against each other at Wimbledon that year.
Although I really miss my all time favorite,it sure made the transition easier,knowing Kim's favorite player,was the same as mine. :D
I have really enjoyed following Kim career these past couple of years.I think she is very exciting to watch.And I plan on being a fan of hers until the day she retires.
There are also a few young ones I will be watching to add to my list. :cool:

S-T-E-V-E
Mar 19th, 2003, 11:17 AM
I'm a Jenny Fan since the Australian Open 2001!!! :wavey:

Wimanna
Mar 19th, 2003, 11:29 AM
Kim and Justine: Antwerp 1999

propi
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:15 PM
Conchi Martinez since '92
but don't get confused, I'm under 25 still

baleineau
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:29 PM
conchita since mid-1991, although i followed her in 1990 as well, just never saw her play until 1991. i liked her reaction to the negative press after she thumped capriati at roland garros. and i've admired her modesty ever since.

Roxers
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:33 PM
Marat Safin- since RG 2000

MarcusRock
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:37 PM
From the moment our eyes met:

http://www.angelfire.com/rock3/marcusrock/Seles1.jpg

Dava
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:44 PM
I have like my favorite player since...

Anna Kournikova 1999
Kim Clijsters 2002
Jelena Dokic 1999
Marat Safin 2001
Tim Henman 1998
Andre Agassi forever...

Jorn
Mar 19th, 2003, 01:46 PM
Tina since July 1999

Mark43
Mar 19th, 2003, 01:49 PM
Going on 14 years now (with several lenghty breaks).

Cariaoke
Mar 19th, 2003, 01:56 PM
'97, '99, '93, '01, '02 in that order. :D

AKTW
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:00 PM
:kiss: Elena D,for more than one year. :hearts:
When I first saw her on TV,I was attracted by her great beauty.Then,I started to follow her career and also tennis. :D
I also admire her talent and passion for tennis. ;)
I will be one of Elena greatest fans forever! :bounce: Good luck Elena!

Sammm
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:08 PM
I've liked Monica since 96 when I saw her win Eastbourne
I've liked Venus and Serena since 99
I've liked Tatiana Panova since Miami last year
I've liked Marion Bartoli since the US Open last year.

I've liked J-m Gambill since Wimby 2000
I've liked Andrei Pavel since RG 2002

Lee-Waters' Boy
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:08 PM
I've loved Natasha Zvereva ever since I first saw her on tv against Cristina Tessi in Wimbledon 1991.

I've been a Vera fan since I started following her qualifying results in early 2002.

Um..Testud since 1992 US Open match against Capriati played at night. My mom didn't like Sandrine cuz she said she was too fat but I loved her.

Cacic since I saw her in Vermont take a set off ASV in 1994.

Temesvari and Tarabini since I saw them against Graf and Navratilova at the 1991 US Open.

Kelesi since I saw the "Look back at WImbledon 1990" during rain delay at the 1991 Wimbledon..they showed highlights of her vs. Jennifer Capriati.

Carlsson since 1995 Wimbledon vs. Martinez (probably before that too but that was the first time I saw her in person)

Lindsay Lee since 1995 wimbledon vs. Zvereva.

Mouhtassine, Camerin, Wheeler since 2002 Frisco 25k event lol.

Washington since 1994 Stratton Mountain.

Lubiani since she lost to NZ at wimbledon one year.

Kandarr since 1995 Wimbledon vs. Martinez.

Kruger since I saw her in a Media Guide one year in the early 90s.

Seles since 1990 WImbledon vs. Garrison.

SNyder since a PHilie event one year and that was solidified after seeing her at 2002 Frisco 25k



Foretz, Loeffler-Caro, & Mikalayeva since 2003 Scottsdale ;) My love for Marissa Irvin also grew during Scottsdale :):):)

GoGoMaggie
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:11 PM
I have been a fan of the Maleevas ever since the day when I met her big sis, Manuela in her final tournament. So it's been 9 years.

Shedevil
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:17 PM
since the first time I saw her play.. :drool: :kiss: :)

GBFH
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:19 PM
Kournikova since February 2000.
Safin fan since August 2000...first saw him during his win over Sampras in the QF of Toronto! MAN he was awesome!!!!

köj-č
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:38 PM
one and a half year

Hercules
Mar 19th, 2003, 04:09 PM
Conchita Since Australia´95

wongqks
Mar 19th, 2003, 04:17 PM
my former fav Jana Novotna I start to like in 1996 I believe when she play teh match against kimiko date in wimbledon, or maybe it is 1995 I cannot remeber :S

Monica I start to like toi French open 1998, but not really become my no. one fav until 99 wimbledon after Jana retire

vutt
Mar 19th, 2003, 04:19 PM
Steffi since '88 Olympics.
I was aware of Jelena obviously since 1999 Marina H. 1st round incident, but kind of lost reality around end of 2001. :)

bbypk
Mar 19th, 2003, 04:26 PM
Conchita since 1991

THE NET
Mar 19th, 2003, 04:46 PM
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario since French Open 1993

and Mary Pierce since FED CUP 1994 (VS Mary Joe Fernandez which I hate her!!! :devil: )

Hawk
Mar 19th, 2003, 04:57 PM
The first time I took notice of Kim was around the time of the 2002 Aus Open..I can't remember exactly when :confused: I became a fan for sure from the French Open 2002 on :D..so you could say i've been a fan for about 1 year :bounce:

Heidi Capriati
Mar 19th, 2003, 05:04 PM
Jenny Capriati since June 2001 :) :bounce:
Kim Clijsters since July 2001
Lleyton Hewitt since July 2001 too

hollywood7172
Mar 19th, 2003, 06:38 PM
mademoiselle jennifer capriati since 12 years ago. GO JEN!! WIN MIAMI!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Central
Mar 19th, 2003, 06:49 PM
Daniela, since the first time I watched her on TV, 2nd round Roland Garros 2001, v. Conchita Martínez.

Tatiana Perebiynis, since last year's Wimbledon, because I was sitting there watching her match v Patty

1jackson2001
Mar 19th, 2003, 07:19 PM
A lil less than a year..and I'm sure you can guess which player I'm referring to.

propi
Mar 19th, 2003, 07:41 PM
Daniela, since the first time I watched her on TV, 2nd round Roland Garros 2001, v. Conchita Martínez.

Tatiana Perebiynis, since last year's Wimbledon, because I was sitting there watching her match v Patty
:devil: :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil:
I remember that match it was something like 7-6, 6-4 :devil: :devil:
For Conchi, of course :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil:

selesadmirer
Mar 19th, 2003, 10:49 PM
It is great to see this message board has many loyal fans,and dedicated fans. :wavey:

Central
Mar 19th, 2003, 11:20 PM
:devil: :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil:
I remember that match it was something like 7-6, 6-4 :devil: :devil:
For Conchi, of course :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil:

Sí, :rolleyes:
I remember it was at 12 in the morning or so, on an outside court, on wednesday I guess, en La2

But I don't remember the exact score :p

Jennifer's wife
Mar 19th, 2003, 11:34 PM
Jen :hearts: since wimbly 2001 wen i saw her on tv and thought "i like her attitude im rooting for her!" :bounce: then by the end of the tourny i had fallen madly in lust and have watced every match since! :hearts: :kiss: :lick: :drool:

aussieooi
Mar 20th, 2003, 05:38 AM
I only became a fan of Justine at the beginning of this year at the Australian open so it would have to be only nearly 4 months. before then i never had a favourite!!!

Brian Stewart
Mar 20th, 2003, 06:06 AM
I've been a fan of my current fave since I saw her (on TV) at the 1992 Australian Open. That makes this the 12th year.

CanIGetAWhat
Mar 20th, 2003, 06:35 AM
I've been a fan of Venus for 5 1/2 years, since the 1997 US Open, Serena, 5 years, the 1998 Sydney Adidas International tournament and Daniela, almost 2 years, when she first played Venus at Wimbledon in 2001.

auntie janie
Mar 20th, 2003, 11:45 AM
What a nice thread! I am glad it has stuck around for this long. :hearts: :kiss: :hearts: :kiss: :hearts:

baleineau
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:09 PM
Kelesi since I saw the "Look back at WImbledon 1990" during rain delay at the 1991 Wimbledon..they showed highlights of her vs. Jennifer Capriati.;)

saw that match! Helen was in such a good mood, although she did have "problems" with her skirt coming loose :)

I got into Helen after watching her play against, I think, Barbara Paulus in the SF of the European Open in Geneva, just before Roland Garros 1990. I have no idea why British TV showed this tournament, but I was watching the match, and became absolutely intrigued by Helen Kelesi. Such a wild grunt. Charismatic. Chasing every ball. Wanting to win SO badly. But losing something like 7-6 5-7 6-4 (ouch). I then saw the Seles-Kelesi match a week later at RG (where she was just so gutsy), and then 3 weeks later at Wimbledon versus Capriati. I got a lot of Kelesi that month and she just grew on me.

It's such a pity that illness took her out of the game because although she was VERY competitive and combative, she had such a charming side and could laugh at herself when things were going badly. I loved her intensity and positivity :bounce:

selesadmirer
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:31 PM
What a nice thread! I am glad it has stuck around for this long. :hearts: :kiss: :hearts: :kiss: :hearts:Thanks that is nice of you to say.

griffin
Mar 20th, 2003, 01:40 PM
I've been a fan of Martina since the very early 80's - I was flipping channels and landed on one of her matches at Wimbledon and became a fan of her and tennis (I grew up playing softball and football and had this misguided notion that tennis was pathetic - watching Martina's athleticism changed my mind in a hurry)

She retired, I lost interest in tennis. Mauresmo got my attention in early 1999, and got me back on the tennis wagon, and i"ve been a fan of her ever since.

Ting
Mar 20th, 2003, 03:01 PM
Martina Hingis - January 2000
Kim Clijsters - October 2000
Lleyton Hewitt - As soon as I got to like Kim ;)

Pamela Shriver
Mar 20th, 2003, 03:06 PM
I've loved myself since I was born.

Well someone had to.

Lapin
Mar 20th, 2003, 08:14 PM
I've been a fan of Amélie since the first time I saw her play, which was probably around 1996, because I remember she was wearing sunglasses. (I think she switched to contact lenses soon afterwards). I have no idea which tournament it was, or who she played, but I just really loved her style of play, and because of this made a mental note of her name! It was another couple of years before I saw her play again, maybe Berlin '98, but I remembered her from earlier, and have really followed all her matches since the Aussie Open '99. :D