View Full Version : Magic moments of tennis

Feb 16th, 2002, 04:29 PM
Does anyone else know the book 'Sternstunden des Tennis'(='magic moments of tennis')? It's in German. The author is Ulrich Kaiser, a German sports journalist.
It's about the most famous matches and events in tennis history. I think it's a great read, although I don't know if all stories around the matches are true.

These are the matches and events included:

1877 Gore vs. Marshall (1st Wimbledon final)
1887 Dod vs. Hillyard (youngest female champ in Wimbledon ever)
1900 Davis-Cup USA vs. UK (first Davis-Cup)
1914 Brookes vs. Froitzheim (Wimbledon)
1919 Lambert-Chambers vs. Lenglen (amazing Wimbledon final between a 41- and a 20-years-old)
1926 Lenglen vs. Wills (in Cannes; amazing fuss about that match, the crowd went mad)
1927 Cochet-Tilden (Wimbledon; comeback from 2-6 4-6 1-5)
1927 Davis-Cup USA vs. France (France wins 3-2)
1931 Aussem vs. Krahwinkel (German Wimbledon final)
1933 Crawford vs. Vines (exciting Wimbledon final and almost a Grand Slam)
1935 Wills vs. Jacobs (great Wimbledon final)
1937 Davis-Cup USA vs. Germany
1938 Grand Slam Donald Budge
1939 Riggs at Wimbledon (champion in all 3 competitions and a huge bet-win)
1953 Drobny vs. Patty (great marathon at Wimbledon)
1953 Conolly vs. Hart (Wimbledon final and first women's Grand Slam win)
1956 Gibson (first successful black player)
1963 Bungert vs. Emerson (biggest win for a German player at Wimbledon before Becker)
1968 Ashe vs. Okker (begin of the Open Era)
1969 Gonzales vs. Pasarell (longest match ever in Wimbledon)
1969 Laver vs. Roche (2nd Grand Slam for Laver)
1970 Court vs. King (longest Wimbledon final)
1970 Women organise an independent tour
1973 Wimbledon-boycott
1977 Borg vs. Gerulaitis (Wimbledon)
1984 Lendl vs. McEnroe (FO 1984)
1985 Becker vs. Curren (youngest champ at Wimbledon)
1987 Becker vs. McEnroe at Davis-Cup (longest match ever)
1987 Fed-Cup Germany vs. USA ( Germany wins with amazing comeback)
1987 Graf vs. Evert (Steffi becomes no. 1)
1988 Graf vs. Sabatini (Golden Slam)
1988 Davis-Cup Germany vs. Sweden (first German win)
1990 Navratilova vs. Garrison (9th Wimbledon triumph)
1991 Becker vs. Lendl (Becker becomes no. 1)
1991 Stich vs. Becker (first German Wimbledon final)

What do you think of these ? Do you miss any ? (Of course it's a bit leaning towards events including German players)

Feb 16th, 2002, 04:52 PM
I think there is a German preference (obviously!!) and too few women's matches. I thought the Stich/Becker '91 match was really quite awful. They both had huge serves and the actual "playing" time was about 6 mintues.

They didn't include a single Evert/Navrat match, but included Martina's straight set win over Zina in '90, hardly the most exciting or emotional of Martina's 9 crowns.

Where are Goolagong, Connors, Seles etc etc.


Feb 16th, 2002, 04:59 PM

Where are these matches:-

1993 Wimbledon Final Steffi bt Jana
1999 French Open Final Steffi bt Martina :confused:

Feb 16th, 2002, 04:59 PM
Well, maybe I should add that the articles are not just match reports. They include stories about the players, the historic background, the value of the achievement and so on. For example, the author doesn't think the 1990 final was the best ever. It's rather an overview of Martina's whole career until then.

Feb 16th, 2002, 05:00 PM
shirley - The book is from 1992. :)

Feb 16th, 2002, 05:04 PM
Thanks for the explanation. I thought it was a list of the greatest matches....oops!

Feb 16th, 2002, 05:07 PM
Where`s wimbledon 89?:confused:

Feb 16th, 2002, 05:09 PM
What happened Wimbledon 1989 ?

Feb 16th, 2002, 05:11 PM
I thought wimbledon 89 where Steffi and Boris both won wimbledon on the same day was the highlight of german tennis!

Feb 16th, 2002, 05:13 PM
btw I wanted to buy this book because they always made commercials about it in the german tennisrevue but then there came two books out only about Steffi in early 93 and then I bought them!

Feb 16th, 2002, 05:14 PM
In 89 Graf beat practiacally everybody on her way to the title.

Feb 16th, 2002, 05:19 PM
I agree that the 9th of July, 1989, was a great day for German tennis.
But the finals weren't that spectacular, and there was already Becker's 1985 win, and Steffi's 1988-win was included in her Golden Slam article, so ... I think that was the reason.