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VeraNuVirgosFan
Dec 10th, 2004, 01:34 AM
Which player made you interested in tennis in the first place? (From older generation players)

Many posts in the other thread have asked questions why I didn't include the older generation players in that poll and also mentioned the name of those players. So I decided to create another threat and let's vote.

Thank you!

Hayato
Dec 10th, 2004, 01:37 AM
I wonder :scratch:

Rossana ;) And i've :hearts: her since i was 9.

Jem
Dec 10th, 2004, 01:39 AM
Chris Evert, U.S. Open, 1971!

Zhao
Dec 10th, 2004, 01:56 AM
Steffi Graf :)

Hachiko
Dec 10th, 2004, 02:00 AM
Tim Henman.

faboozadoo15
Dec 10th, 2004, 02:08 AM
monica seles

selking
Dec 10th, 2004, 02:08 AM
monica seles

ditto

selking
Dec 10th, 2004, 02:15 AM
:D

SzavayFi
Dec 10th, 2004, 02:18 AM
Pete Sampras!

PointBlank
Dec 10th, 2004, 03:25 AM
Anna..we grew up both poor..and she became big and thats what I hope to do.

SpikeyAidanm
Dec 10th, 2004, 04:25 AM
Monica and Martina :p

blerr
Dec 10th, 2004, 04:28 AM
Monica and Martina..

Andre and Petey

:D

WSfan
Dec 10th, 2004, 04:42 AM
Andre Agassi very first... then the Williams sisters for women tennis...

FrauleinSteffi
Dec 10th, 2004, 05:50 PM
Steffi:)& Chrissie:)

~Cherry*Blossom~
Dec 10th, 2004, 05:54 PM
I remember watching Steffi against Novotna, that was the first tennis match I saw. Then her other Wimbledon finals agains ASV. However, I must admit, the first time tennis caught my attention was due to the Monica Seles stabbing. I know it wasn't about the play, but it sorta did introduce me to tennis I think.

However, Venus, and to a lesser extent Serena, got me into following tennis throughout the year and loving the game!!

brunof
Dec 10th, 2004, 07:07 PM
Where is the "other" polling choice?

Natasha Zvereva here! :bounce: :lol: :bounce: (The original three-- Natasha, Nathalie, Jana, 1998 Wimbledon) Still pains me to this day to think that Nath won that SF. :sad:

http://www.cnnsi.com/tennis/1998/wimbledon/news/1998/06/26/graf_update/lg_zvereva_ap.jpg

Darran
Dec 10th, 2004, 09:14 PM
ASV, loved her guts and determination from the first match I saw til the very last.

beauty_is_pink
Dec 10th, 2004, 09:16 PM
Martina Hingis :inlove:
I remember it as if it was yesterday... me at home with my broken leg... crusing undearneath my breath as my dad made me watch Wimbly... then... she came on... and I was jus totally hooked from then on :hearts:

darrinbaker00
Dec 10th, 2004, 09:25 PM
I play with Head racquets because of Mr. Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. :bowdown: , and I wear Fila clothing because of Björn Borg :cool: .

potty
Dec 10th, 2004, 10:33 PM
Conchita Martinez :-) ;-)

Teemu
Dec 10th, 2004, 11:37 PM
1st time Sampras
2nd time Sharapova

Mr_Molik
Dec 10th, 2004, 11:38 PM
steffi and pat r :worship:

~VaMoS~ArAnTxA~
Dec 11th, 2004, 12:50 AM
Arantxa for sure!
:hearts:

Ravsieg
Dec 11th, 2004, 12:59 AM
I like tennis for years, but my HUGE interest for tennis grew because of Miss Myskina, already this year.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Dec 11th, 2004, 01:41 AM
I like tennis for years, but my HUGE interest for tennis grew because of Miss Myskina, already this year.
And have you voted for Nastya in the other thread below:

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=143253&page=3

Junex
Dec 11th, 2004, 02:25 AM
Pete Sampras and Martina Hingis!

the sisters too because if i were a woman i would love to kick their asses on court (or them kicking my ass!)LOL!

R&J
Dec 11th, 2004, 02:57 AM
Monica Seles

Tripp
Dec 11th, 2004, 03:13 AM
Gaby! :hearts: Need I say more?

sabandborg
Dec 11th, 2004, 03:13 AM
Which player made you interested in tennis in the first place? (From older generation players)

Many posts in the other thread have asked questions why I didn't include the older generation players in that poll and also mentioned the name of those players. So I decided to create another threat and let's vote.

Thank you!

Sabatini

What a woman! Just a pinch more ass ---->she'd be perfect.

Aerien
Dec 11th, 2004, 03:16 AM
ASV stumping The Spice Girls with one of her moonballs. :)

Belgium = Best
Dec 11th, 2004, 09:39 AM
Hingis :)

Kart
Dec 11th, 2004, 10:56 AM
Watching Steffi vs Martina made got my attention, Gaby made me interested :drool:.

gmak
Dec 11th, 2004, 11:08 AM
natasha Z :worship: :hearts: :drool:

then Jana came along, Nathalie, Julie, Domi, Irina etc. :D :kiss:

stenen
Dec 11th, 2004, 11:28 AM
BJK and Navratilova.

Roxers
Dec 11th, 2004, 01:56 PM
Steffi

_Cell-chuk
Dec 11th, 2004, 02:04 PM
Steffi definitely.
The way she struck her forehand was something that I could watch all day long.

wateva
Dec 11th, 2004, 02:08 PM
steffi graf.

Philip
Dec 11th, 2004, 03:04 PM
Arantxa since wimbledon 1995. :hearts:

Martian Jeza
Dec 11th, 2004, 03:06 PM
The 1st who got me a bit interested in tennis was Monica Seles but the one who made me a tennis fan was Martina Hingis of course ;)

MisterQ
Dec 11th, 2004, 03:18 PM
Agassi (and perhaps J. McEnroe to a lesser extent) and Navratilova, followed soon thereafter by Monica Seles.

deep bass
Dec 11th, 2004, 03:53 PM
Original Martina. Then Jana, ASV and Gabby. Then the other Martina.

darren cahill
Dec 11th, 2004, 04:12 PM
Steffis my very fave but in answering the poll, yes i am the lone Tracy Austin supporter. She was a part of the very first match i ever saw on tv...the 1981 US open final vs Navratilova. I guess it was fun to see someone like Tracy who was just a tad bit older than myself, doing soemthing so extraordinary. she became a fave of mine along with Chris...but tracy was the first to attract me to tennis

WhatTheDeuce
Dec 11th, 2004, 05:31 PM
Seles started me off, then I loved Anna :hearts:

CondiLicious
Dec 11th, 2004, 05:34 PM
I think it was probably Martina Navratilova cause my parents were fans. But the first player I could say I was a real fan of myself would be Steffi Graf and I was about 8 years old then. And then Monica since I was... 8.5 years old :lol:

Declan
Dec 11th, 2004, 06:51 PM
None of the above; it was Virginia Wade.

Alek
Dec 20th, 2004, 02:07 AM
SELES, Monica

bello
Dec 20th, 2004, 03:47 AM
Definitely Gabriela Sabatini!
January 1992!

VivalaSeles
Dec 20th, 2004, 05:38 AM
Monica Seles :D

Stefwhit
Dec 20th, 2004, 05:56 AM
Chris and Martina... as a six year old I used to bounce my big blue ball against the wall taking turns pretending to be each player. They both introduced me to tennis, but the one player who REALLY got me to have a true love for the sport was Steffi Graf, she IS tennis!!!

russophile
Dec 20th, 2004, 06:05 AM
my older brother loved staffi graf so i had to watch her everytime she's playing on tv...and so goes i loved her too! then yevgeny, marat, russians...

huskydawg
Dec 20th, 2004, 06:47 AM
Martina Hingis made me interested in tennis.

Daniela Hantuchova got me hooked on it.

steffilover
Dec 20th, 2004, 08:27 AM
chris evert, wimbledon 1973....i was sooooooooooo intrigued with the newspaper headlines about "the ice maiden" that i had to tune in to see what the fuss was about. cue a 13 year love affair which provided me with amazing highs and lows and, most importantly, a love for tennis. only when steffi came along did i even think about cheating on chris!:lol:

pla
Dec 20th, 2004, 08:35 AM
Manuela :worship:

I don't remember the exact moment as I was a very little child when my parents, in fact my mother, were putting tennis on the TV. But Manuela is the first I remember. And then I became a Steffi fan (after Maleevi of course).

SilK
Dec 20th, 2004, 08:39 AM
Anna..we grew up both poor..and she became big and thats what I hope to do.

:worship:

The exact same story here. :wavey:

*Jool*
Dec 20th, 2004, 01:51 PM
Mary & Conchita

KV
Dec 20th, 2004, 04:13 PM
M. Navratilova
C. Evert
J. Connors
J. Mcenroe

AjdeNate!
Dec 20th, 2004, 04:41 PM
Monica

SzavayFi
Dec 20th, 2004, 04:42 PM
It was the LeGenD.........PiStOl PeTe SaMprAs!

tennisjunky
Dec 20th, 2004, 04:53 PM
I started watching tennis in 87 and back then it was all about two women Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf. Chris was my favorite though, it was toward the end of her carrer so she wasn't winning like she use to though.

New_balls_please
Dec 20th, 2004, 06:31 PM
Dominique van Roost (Monami)

Brinyi
Dec 20th, 2004, 07:01 PM
Ahem... Evonne Goolagong...

alfajeffster
Dec 20th, 2004, 07:40 PM
When Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in the Astrodome in September, 1973. Dad bought me my first tennis racquet, took me for my first lesson, and I played for a couple of years, then after Billie Jean and Virginia Wade and Evonne were pretty much no longer around, I stopped playing (early 80s). Then this wunderkind with a pinched, fiercly concentrated face, the speed of a leopard, and a cracking, jump up off the ground, buggy-whip forehand arrived on the scene, and all of a sudden, I picked up a racquet again and wanted to try and hit that shot...


...and I've been trying to hit it (without success) ever since!:lol:

Linnie
Dec 20th, 2004, 07:49 PM
The one and only Burger Billie Jean King ;)

http://www.sewallbelmont.org/Images/award/recipients%20photos/Billie%20Joan%20King.gif

LeRoy.
Dec 20th, 2004, 07:54 PM
Seles

jj74
Dec 29th, 2004, 02:45 PM
Arantxa, Roland Garros 89, and of course all her rivals, Conchita, Mary Jo, Gaby, Martina, Monica and Steffi

samn
Dec 29th, 2004, 03:34 PM
Evert, when I first started watching women's tennis (1982).

(I "defected" to the Navratilova camp a year or so later.)

ginger_fish668
Dec 29th, 2004, 04:30 PM
I voted Martina Hingis! She's great! :rocker: I hope she comes back.

Although I would hardly consider her and Anna k as the older generation... :confused:

Fearful Jesuit
Dec 29th, 2004, 05:56 PM
gaby sabbatini! :bounce:

mickrob
Dec 29th, 2004, 06:18 PM
NONE OF THE ABOVE
SUE BARKER FOR ME :hearts:

Daniel
Dec 29th, 2004, 06:55 PM
steffi

tom2791
Dec 29th, 2004, 06:56 PM
Hingis :D

babolat#1
Dec 29th, 2004, 07:46 PM
Anna Kounikova and Martina hingis!!

VRee_Willario
Feb 18th, 2005, 09:15 AM
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 'cause I liked the way she played. Never gave up
on any point, just ran everything down. She was my number one favorite player, even though Ididn't see her playing so much in her early career because I was born in 1991. But I saw her win French open in 1998.
And I saw that dramatic match between her and Serena in the fourth round.
I didn't know who to root for. Serena played amazingly and quickly was up 6-4 5-2. Then Arantxa changed her outfit and came back to win 2nd set and the match. Serena was angry. I wasn't happy cause I wanted them both to go further. But nowadays I'm more fan of Serena. :worship: :worship:

bionic71
Feb 18th, 2005, 09:28 AM
Evert and Connors were the players I idolised...

My first memories of watching TV tennis involve Evert, Austin and Navratilova....the fantastic matches they played against one another in the period between 1979 and 81.

My first memories of watching live professional tennis is from about 1982.....a Commonwealth Bank sponsored, indoor round robin event here in Sydney.....the field included Evert, Shriver, King, Hanika, Bonder, Jaeger, Turnbull, Mandlikova and Cawley.

miffedmax
Feb 18th, 2005, 03:35 PM
Martina made me take women's tennis seriously.

Ashe, Conners and Borg on the men's.

hayden_tennis
Feb 19th, 2005, 12:21 AM
coetzer

South_Paw
Feb 19th, 2005, 12:53 AM
The Rocket (i.e. Rod Laver)

Chunchun
Feb 19th, 2005, 01:17 AM
Monica :lick:

Myggen
Feb 19th, 2005, 01:32 AM
John McEnroe. I seriously doubt tennis will be that entertaining ever again!!

Albireo
Feb 19th, 2005, 01:41 AM
Hingis is "older generation?" Sheeesh....

Boris Becker was the one. I thought it incomprehensible that a kid my age could play for the biggest title in his sport.

Volcana
Feb 19th, 2005, 01:43 AM
Arthur Ashe.

Veritas
Feb 19th, 2005, 02:04 AM
Monica Seles. Along with Martina Hingis and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario :)

Asmus
Feb 19th, 2005, 02:31 AM
I would have to say Martina Hingis because, even though I never cheered for her, it was exciting watching someone who was only a couple years older than me win Grand Slams and be #1.

PaulieM
Feb 19th, 2005, 02:32 AM
Goran Ivanisevic :smooch:

Veritas
Feb 19th, 2005, 02:36 AM
On the mens side: Michael Chang :)

CooCooCachoo
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:11 AM
Martina Hingis :inlove:

Mon.
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:21 AM
Steffi Graf for sure.

volta
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:21 AM
Monica Seles :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Pengwin
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:23 AM
Graf...



*vomits*

volta
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:26 AM
Graf...



*vomits*
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Greenout
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:27 AM
Where is the "other" polling choice?

Natasha Zvereva here! :bounce: :lol: :bounce: (The original three-- Natasha, Nathalie, Jana, 1998 Wimbledon) Still pains me to this day to think that Nath won that SF. :sad:

http://www.cnnsi.com/tennis/1998/wimbledon/news/1998/06/26/graf_update/lg_zvereva_ap.jpg


YES!

It was Gabby Sabatini then Kimiko Date, and after they left
totally in Natasha. You want cool, classy shot making- it
came from these players. (I was never into Monica, ASV,
and Steffi).

sebbe
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:28 AM
Mary Pierce....

I watched the final of Berlin 1999 against Venus and after that I was a big fan.

Ceecor
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:40 AM
again..bettina bunge..but i'll hit nav-rat-i-love-her for the poll

Hachiko
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:42 AM
Tim Henman.

Pengwin
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:45 AM
Tim Henman.


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manu
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:50 AM
I only started to follow tennis closely in late '98/early '99. It was probably a combination of players who made me like it very much, esp because that period was perhaps the most exciting and highest-quality period of all-time to date!

Players who got me interested: the Williams sisters, Hingis, Graf, Davenport and AnnaK a little too, but most of all Dominique Van Roost. My attention slowly shifted to Kim and Justine, who made their first baby steps on WTA ground in Antwerp that year ;)

KV
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:52 AM
Jimmy Connors

forever_rafter
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:52 AM
Patrick Rafter :hearts: and when he retired Eleni Daniilidou kept my interest in tennis alive :worship:

propi
Jul 26th, 2005, 11:58 AM
Conchita :D

flea
Jul 26th, 2005, 12:02 PM
MARY for sure !!!! (Roland Garros 1990, her first....I was only 10 but I remember it..!!) :drool: :angel:

Freakan
Jul 26th, 2005, 12:21 PM
Dokic :D

partbrit
Jul 26th, 2005, 12:41 PM
Evonne Goolagong!

alfonsojose
Jul 26th, 2005, 03:57 PM
Hingis :yeah:

Kimiko Latte
Jul 26th, 2005, 04:10 PM
chris america. :hearts:

Black Mamba.
Jul 26th, 2005, 04:16 PM
The players that got me into the sport were:

Sampras, Courier, Agassi, Chang, and Monica Seles.

hythger
Jul 26th, 2005, 04:20 PM
Steffi

dav abu
Jul 26th, 2005, 08:21 PM
It was Steffi for me! Almost every summer growing up it was SAS (Sampras and Steffi). Her manner, her skill, her great drive to win all attracted me to her as a player and of course to tennis. I usually think that a monopoly or tion in sport is a bad thing as people get fed up and lose interest when someone keeps winning but for some reason this did not seem to apply to Steffi and that is a great testament to her.

Mitzi
Jul 26th, 2005, 10:25 PM
Steffi & Andre, Rolland Garros 99' :D

Irish
Jul 26th, 2005, 10:27 PM
Chris Evert, 1973 :D

Farina Elia Fan
Jul 26th, 2005, 10:41 PM
Asv :)

SelesFan70
Jul 26th, 2005, 10:44 PM
Chris Evert/Tracy Austin 1979! :worship:

middy
Jul 26th, 2005, 10:52 PM
I fell in love with Roger Federers game back in 1999, got hooked on mens tennis and then Justine Henin Hardenne got me into womens tennis

VeraNuVirgosFan
Jul 27th, 2005, 08:10 AM
It was Steffi for me!...Her manner, her skill, her great drive to win all attracted me to her as a player and of course to tennis...
It's also very true for me.

And I do consider her as Graf The Great.

Sam L
Jul 27th, 2005, 01:10 PM
Evert/Seles. I love the baseline queens. :D

kiekeboe
Jul 28th, 2005, 04:27 PM
I fellowed tennis but got stuck with Hingis's game :) and the men's game :)

Than I 've Justine and got glued on it :) aswell as with FedExpress :bounce:

Calimero377
Jul 28th, 2005, 04:46 PM
Evert/Seles. I love the baseline queens. :D


There is only one baseline queen - Steffi Graf.

Graf has 22 slams, Evert only 18 and Seles :eek: only 9!


And Graf leads Seles 10-5 and Evert 8-6H2H. Graf won her first match against Evert on clay as a 16-year-old and never looked back (won the next 7 matches as well).

Evert at least played a feminine style and was a beatiful woman.
Seles though lacked grace and beauty. And she always screamed like a pig in the slaugherhouse.

Andy.
Jul 28th, 2005, 04:50 PM
Mary Pierce there was an instant attraction

Jakub
Jul 28th, 2005, 07:50 PM
Monica

grif
Jul 28th, 2005, 08:07 PM
Stefan Edberg

skanky~skanketta
Jul 28th, 2005, 08:25 PM
andre agassi got me interested in tennis overall. but for the wta is was ASV.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Jul 29th, 2005, 02:16 AM
Graf has 22 slams, Seles :eek: only 9!

And Graf leads Seles 10-5 H2H.
That's right.

However, you forgot to state some other facts. But never mind, I've just devoted some of my time to get those information from wtatour.com and quote it below:
MONICA SELES - CAREER IN REVIEW:

1993 - Won Australian Open (d. world No. 3 Sabatini in SF and No. 2 Graf in final), her seventh Grand Slam title out of last eight entered.

At Hamburg on April 30, 1993, during a changeover in QF she was stabbed in back (just below left shoulder blade) by 38-year-old German Guenter Parche, a fanatical fan of Graf’s who wanted to see Graf return to No. 1; Seles did not play again for two years and three months; season-ending ranking of No. 8 reflects only four tournaments as a result of inability to compete following attack in Hamburg.

1994 - Did not play.

1995 - Returned to Tour on August 15 as co-No. 1.

Cybelle Darkholme
Jul 29th, 2005, 03:42 AM
althea gibson

LucasArg
Jul 29th, 2005, 06:10 AM
Gaby Sabatini!:hearts:

Dan23
Jul 29th, 2005, 06:26 AM
Seles then Hingis...

tennisvideos
Jul 29th, 2005, 07:16 AM
The only angel to have graced the human sport of tennis - Evonne Goolagong :)

ozfan44
Jul 29th, 2005, 07:45 AM
sanchez vicario!

terjw
Aug 28th, 2005, 10:10 AM
Just found this thread. It's really Ann Jones (Wimbledon 1969) - beat the "evil" Billie Jean King. :devil: (http://www.wtaworld.com/misc.php?do=getsmilies&wysiwyg=1&forumid=12#)

But since she's not on the list I voted Chris Evert. She's the first player I really rooted for even when she played our girls Virginia Wade and Sue Barker.

MistyGrey
Aug 28th, 2005, 10:41 AM
Steffi :worship:

lauryn
Aug 28th, 2005, 10:57 AM
Dominique and Sabine :hearts:

kebab
Aug 28th, 2005, 11:00 AM
1987 Wimbledon final was the first tenis match ive ever watched.So,both Steffi and Martina N.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Aug 28th, 2005, 12:06 PM
Just want to welcome terjw and kebab, new members, to WTAworld.com!!

I've noticed that this board got many new members this month.

auntie janie
Aug 28th, 2005, 12:08 PM
I started watching around the same time as kebab -- the career of the great Martina Navratilova was starting to wane, and Steffi was coming on very strong. I immediately started rooting for the oldie (little knowing she'd still be playing around 20 years later!) :lol:
But became a huge Steffi fan also, years later. :hearts:

kebab
Aug 28th, 2005, 12:18 PM
I started watching around the same time as kebab -- the career of the great Martina Navratilova was starting to wane, and Steffi was coming on very strong. I immediately started rooting for the oldie (little knowing she'd still be playing around 20 years later!) :lol:
But became a huge Steffi fan also, years later. :hearts:
Exactly :yeah:

kebab
Aug 28th, 2005, 12:20 PM
Just want to welcome terjw and kebab, new members, to WTAworld.com!!

I've noticed that this board got many new members this month.
Thank you very much :wavey:

VeraNuVirgosFan
Dec 13th, 2007, 01:22 AM
Bump for the fans of Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Gabriela Sabatini, Anna Kournikova...

shell
Dec 13th, 2007, 02:29 AM
Martina Nav. got me hooked. Always was a bit bored by Chris E., but then came Martina. My inconsistently aggressive game has always been a throw back to that! John Mac was my fav on the mens side. Long list after that, but those two will always stick out for me.

Sharakim
Dec 13th, 2007, 02:35 AM
No one made me interested in tennis from the older generation. But one player did make me interested in the older generation of tennis. It was McEnroe senior (Johnny Mac). I loved (still love) listening to him commentate on the matches. From him, I started reading more on Edberg, Becker, Sampras, Lendl, and the other tennis greats of years past.

Simplicity.
Dec 13th, 2007, 02:44 AM
Patrick Rafter

partbrit
Dec 13th, 2007, 03:35 AM
The great Evonne Goolagong

woosey
Dec 13th, 2007, 05:29 AM
among women - i started watching at the tail end of the martina/chrissy era but was glad when they retired cuz i found both of them incredibly annoying. although martina was curious to me because they would show her lover in teh stands and refer to her as a friend i believe. and then they'd always talk about martina like she was some sort of masculine beast beating up on sweet feminine chrissy. i usually rooted for martina. weren't that many options until - steffi imo.

so, steffi is the one who got me really interested in watching religiously.

i do give martina credit for being out. it was a brave thing to do.

men - that amazing era when the top players were all future legends - lendl, becker, edberg, wilander, mcenroe, noah...the men's game has not been that loaded in a looonnnggg time.

but, the women are still producing big names and with v and serena and lindsay and maybe pova regaining form, it should be (on paper at least) an amazing year for women's tennis in 2008. hopefully, they won't withdraw from so many tournaments.

cherboy
Dec 13th, 2007, 07:20 AM
none of them. it was MARY PIERCE.

Wayn77
Dec 13th, 2007, 07:45 AM
Steffi Graf at Wimbledon

Wot a mover, she was all over you like a rash. And weapons everywhere.

For different reasons I liked Sabatini as well - Latin flair and panache.
And she was/still is gorgeous. :hearts:

hingis-seles
Dec 13th, 2007, 09:56 AM
Martina Hingis at Wimbledon '96. I was channel surfing and fell in love. :hearts: Also became an instant fan the first time I saw Monica Seles play. :worship:

Andy.
Dec 13th, 2007, 10:10 AM
Mary Pierce

Onyxangel
Dec 13th, 2007, 10:24 AM
I tried for a long time to duplicate Boris Becker's short-arm serve form... could never do it. For some reason I was really taken with it though...

While Boris got me interested in playing tennis... to be honest, Chris Evert was the one who originally got me interested in tennis... for very base reasons. Those of you who remember back when the female fitness revolution of the 80's took hold... you know... back when the fit, athletic look was considered the chic attractive style for women... Chris Evert was the hottest athlete of the era, until Rachel McLish came along.

Onyxangel
Dec 13th, 2007, 10:32 AM
It should be noted that for similar but opposite reasons, I was fascinated by Martina Hingis as well... I was awed at how a girl who was obviously in such weak athletic condition could dominate an athletic woman's sport as much as she was for that period of time... before you Martina lovers flame me for that, understand this... I don't care what you think of her overall looks or anything like that... the fact is, I watched plenty of Martina during her heyday, and never had I seen a top-tier tennis player whose ass hung out of her bloomers like Martina's did... from a fitness standpoint, Martina was lacking. I used to frequently wonder how much better she might have been if someone had introduced her to a stairmaster...

Shvedbarilescu
Dec 13th, 2007, 11:07 AM
Women Hana Mandlikova Men Miloslav Mecir

Falsetto
Dec 13th, 2007, 04:58 PM
Anna Kournikova

shirley
Dec 13th, 2007, 06:04 PM
Steffi Graf. She won me over during the 1993 Wimbledon final

C.MARTINEZ
Dec 13th, 2007, 06:19 PM
Conchita Martinez :hearts:

Martian Jeza
Dec 13th, 2007, 06:27 PM
Monica Seles FO 1990.

slamchamp
Dec 13th, 2007, 06:31 PM
none of them, I'm from the other generation :p

cc1228
Dec 13th, 2007, 11:58 PM
I thought I just answered another poll like this...:confused:

Anyway like I said in the other thread it was Monica Seles. I was 15 and watching the 89 French Semi's with my older brother. I was amazed at this girl my same age playing some amazing tennis. I was a huge fan ever since. Thank you Monica.....:worship:

CrossCourt~Rally
Dec 14th, 2007, 12:40 AM
I can remember my dad watching martina and chrissy towards the end of there playing days. However, Monica was the player who made me want to go out and play :worship:.

woosey
Dec 14th, 2007, 01:12 AM
Women Hana Mandlikova Men Miloslav Mecir

omg mecir! i remember him. i believe they called him the big cat.

sandv1
Dec 14th, 2007, 05:40 AM
Jenni!!!! </jilted BIG TIME> :tears:

c'monnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn, if she wasn't _THE_ first prodigy (right when ESPN and Breakfast at Wimby were in full-swing), then she was certainly among the first memorable ones (of the televised generations).

She was temperental (to say the least!), yet she was awe-inspiring when she was "on".

Sure, Chrissy, was legendary in a way that Jenn never would be, and Martina (the 2nd) was the prodigy among prodigys, but give the New Yawker some credit!

(I only started following the sport around the late 70's, but I don't remember anyone else (aside from Gaba Saba :p ) that young who also "kicked up a storm" in those several successive years.)

Homegrrl, I miss you! :-(

Highlandman
Dec 14th, 2007, 05:44 AM
Venus Williams US Open '97 - vs Anke Huber R3.

Bulgaria
Dec 14th, 2007, 06:32 AM
Magdalena Maleeva

VeraNuVirgosFan
Dec 14th, 2007, 09:43 AM
Anna Kournikova
Thank you for posting your first post on wtaworld.com in this thread!

Demska
Dec 14th, 2007, 09:52 AM
Capriati. I remember seeing her on TV at Wimbledon and had a huge crush on her.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Dec 18th, 2007, 01:50 AM
It makes no sense to have a poll like this without Kournikova in it.
She drew crowds all around the world.
To 1st round matches, even to exhibitions.
Since this thread/poll was bumped on 13 December 2007, only 2 posters have voted for Anna K.

karimcartoon
Dec 18th, 2007, 03:30 AM
Actually, it was Andre Agassi but Anna Kournikova *sigh*

soul
Dec 18th, 2007, 11:27 AM
:worship:

:worship::worship:S T E F F I:worship::worship:


1987 Wimbledon Final Against Martina N.