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disco_rage
Apr 19th, 2009, 05:40 PM
Share the tennis match that got you really into the game.... Being from England i am sure i watched loads of tennis at Wimbledon time every year since i was born, but for me the first match that i really remember and the match that got me into the game was
1992 Olympic Final - Capriati d. Graf... i started watching it with my sister, because there was nothing else on TV.... by the end i was hooked on tennis and both Capriati and Graf became my favourite players.... so with Graf as my favourite i got to enjoy some great moments... but to see Capriati fall away was so sad, so when she came back at won those Slams it was amazing for me.
What are everyone else's?

Navratil
Apr 19th, 2009, 05:52 PM
O oh! You can see how old I am ...

Navratilovas Wimbledon-title 1990!
Because everybody in family said that this old lady won't win another Slam. Remember Steffi won in 1989 and 1988. So I went with her and she beat Garrison in the final!

But I can't remember the first matches I watched on TV. I was too little! ;-)

In 1992 I watched Enqvist and Goellner in Halle (a challenger at that time). And that was the time when I really started to get into tennis.

DragonFlame
Apr 19th, 2009, 05:57 PM
The first tennismatch i ever saw was venus-henin 2001, and i really was thinking: wow that little girl with the awesome and beautiful game is taking on such a huge woman. :eek: To me it was like david vs. goliath.

The match that got me into following tennis 100% was: and yes, don't cringe: henin-williams french open SF 2003. ;) I was jumping up and down when justine won the final after that. That started the era of tennis for me. Justine got me into tennis, and that makes last year of tennis such an incredible letdown for me. I'm really wondering if i'll ever see a woman play like that again...

I'm praying.

The Daviator
Apr 19th, 2009, 06:02 PM
Agassi def. Martin 6-4 2-6 7-6(3) 2-6 10-8 Wimbledon 2000.

I just remember being hooked on the sport and then wanting Lindsay to win the women's title, first match of hers I saw was her win over Seles in the QFs, and since then I've been a WTAtard.

Keegan
Apr 19th, 2009, 06:05 PM
Sharapova vs. Sugiyama Wimbledon QF 2004. It was on TV because my mom was watching it. I though Sharapova was hot, so I pegged her to win the title as soon as I saw her.

simonsaystennis
Apr 19th, 2009, 06:06 PM
Venus Williams def. Lindsay Davenport 2005 Wimbledon Final. I was hooked after that.

Srodgers
Apr 19th, 2009, 06:08 PM
Venus Williams def. Lindsay Davenport 2005 Wimbledon Final. I was hooked after that.

Yeah me too!
i wanted lindsay to win that though

AnomyBC
Apr 19th, 2009, 06:11 PM
No idea. But Anna Kournikova was probably involved :inlove:

The Daviator
Apr 19th, 2009, 06:16 PM
Venus Williams def. Lindsay Davenport 2005 Wimbledon Final. I was hooked after that.

Allow me to steal one of miffedmax's phrases and call this the final that must not be spoken of :o

watchdogfish
Apr 19th, 2009, 06:17 PM
Agassi vs. Ivanisevic Wimbledon final 1992 - I feel a bit old now :lol:

Well that's first match I remember watching. I'm sure I've been watching tennis since I was a baby though because my mum's a big fan :p

debopero
Apr 19th, 2009, 06:19 PM
Serena Williams vs. Stephanie Foretz :o . Weird I know.

HenryMag.
Apr 19th, 2009, 06:22 PM
The 1st match I remember: Frazier def. Maleeva 36 62 62 at USO 02

The match who got me realy into tennis is: Lena def. Davenport 61 36 76(6) USO 05

Polikarpov
Apr 19th, 2009, 06:43 PM
'95 Wimbledon final -- Steffi Graf def. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 4-6, 6-1, 7-5

Louis Cyphre
Apr 19th, 2009, 06:46 PM
2004 RG Final Gaudio def. Coria 0-6 3-6 6-4 6-1 8-6 :bigcry:

I was sick from measles (not sure about the word) and I was stuck at home for 2 weeks and watch all the time RG coz there was nothing interesting on the TV and become a fan :)

TheFifthAvocado
Apr 19th, 2009, 06:52 PM
The 1st match I remember: Frazier def. Maleeva 36 62 62 at USO 02

The match who got me realy into tennis is: Lena def. Davenport 61 36 76(6) USO 05

Same here! Somewhere between that match and her comeback from 6-2 5-2 to beat Henin in Miami 06, I fell in love (with Elena, tennis). :inlove:

Cashif
Apr 19th, 2009, 07:01 PM
'95 Wimbledon final -- Steffi Graf def. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 4-6, 6-1, 7-5

This was my first ever tennis match and I was so sad after Sanchez lost..

akosiirwyn
Apr 19th, 2009, 07:03 PM
Venus vs. Spirlea USO 1997 :D
i was only 6 at the time but the part i remember the most was spirlea's press conference after the match..

Roookie
Apr 19th, 2009, 07:04 PM
Justine d. Venus at USO 2007. Hooked forever!.

teo_honey
Apr 19th, 2009, 07:06 PM
Jen def. Serena at Wimbledon QF in 2001
First match that I ever watched until the end, cause I fell in love with Jennifer. :lol: I used to like tennis before this too, but I just didn't pay enough attention to it. Before this, I used to like Monica Seles, but I didn't watch any matches. I was too little. :)

Joe.
Apr 19th, 2009, 07:12 PM
kim vs masha USO SF 05 :) i had just started tennis and i can remember watching the whole of a match for the first time i was only 9 lol :)

spiceboy
Apr 19th, 2009, 07:28 PM
Arantxa def. Steffi 76 36 75 in Roland Garros final 1989 :hearts:

20 years I've been in love with the game in a few weeks :eek:

stefi62
Apr 19th, 2009, 07:41 PM
Mary Pierce def Steffi Graf in The French Open semis in 1994. Simply loved it.

Monica_Rules
Apr 19th, 2009, 07:47 PM
My first few memories of Tennis is seeing Martinas farewell from wimbledon, that must hve been the 1994 final when she took a bit of the grass with her.

When i was 7 i started playing two handed and grunted like Monica Seles so that must also be a memory. The first tennis match i can remember watching properly was the 1996 womens wimbledon doubles with Hingis and Sukova winning. The first full matc i rememberwatching was Graf vs Hingis 1999 French open. Quite the start to tennis LOL!

Tales
Apr 19th, 2009, 08:48 PM
2007 Wimbledon Semi final Bartoli def Henin. Was randomly switching channels to find any interesting to watch and eventually came over Eurosport. Thought Marion was interesting to watch so I tuned in to see the final on Saturday. Didn't watch anything of tennis until June next year when I remembered that Wimbledon should start again soon. Ao I started researching other players and the game in general to be prepared for the tournament. Since then I've been following the game weekly.

nevetssllim
Apr 19th, 2009, 08:50 PM
For me, it wasn't one particular match, it was Wimbledon 2007. I had finished my GCSEs and had the whole summer off and for the first time, I was able to watch the tournament in its entirety. I always had a brief interest before that though but Wimby got me hooked.

Inger67
Apr 19th, 2009, 08:59 PM
The first match I saw was Venus v. Sprem Wimbledon 2r 2004.. I loved Venus the moment she hit the court, and even as a 13 year old I got so into the match. Including the messed up call in the tie break. I was in disbelief and shock. I couldn't imagine how they would just let that go, esp Venus for not noticing! Ugh it still bothers me.

But anyway ever since that for about 2 years I just watched Wimbledon in the summer. I just loved waking up and turning the tv on and watching a days worth of tennis. :) I didn't know much about the internet at that point and the fact that the tour website existed. :lol: But I have been following tennis religiously now for about 2 1/2 years. I go on the wta tour website everyday, following tournaments and what not, and ever since i stumbled upon this forum about 7 months ago, I have been hooked on it! I just love everything about the game.

égalité
Apr 19th, 2009, 08:59 PM
Capriati d. Serena 6-7(4) 7-5 6-3, 2001 Wimbledon QF

The first match I really sat down and watched. I was so into it :hysteric: Made me hate Capriati for years :drool:

Spartan
Apr 19th, 2009, 09:08 PM
Amelie vs Lindsay 05 Wimbledon semi final. Even though Amelie lost i absolutely loved her game and she's been my fave ever since. :hearts:

jimbo mack
Apr 19th, 2009, 09:19 PM
some match steffi played at wimbledon 1992

although the first match i remember the most is steffi thrashing monica in the final

so i was hooked on wimbledon for a few years until 1995/96 when i became a devoted fan to the whole tour. around that time the names like graf, seles, sanchez vicario, martinez, majoli, huber, maleeva, davenport, mj fernandez, pierce, date, schultz mccarthy, habsudova and paulus were all top 10

croat123
Apr 19th, 2009, 09:54 PM
the first match i saw was an ivanisevic vs. becker match at wimbledon...can't remember the year. then there was a graf vs. seles us open final. i never really got into it until ivanisevic's run to the semis of the us open (i hated sampras ever since :o)

TNT96
Apr 19th, 2009, 10:09 PM
12 years old watching the 1982 Wimbledon final of Connors beating McEnroe. My sister and I were bored and we found ot this match on TV and watched till Connors won. We didn't really know who was who at the beginning but we both didnt like the curly haired guy and I have never stopped watching matches since then. I also started playing at that time too.

Volcana
Apr 19th, 2009, 10:10 PM
the first match i saw was an ivanisevic vs. becker match at wimbledon...can't remember the year. then there was a graf vs. seles us open final. i never really got into it until ivanisevic's run to the semis of the us open (i hated sampras ever since :o)Warm up the wayback machine.

Arthur Ashe def Tom Okker 1968 US Open final: 14–12, 5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3

I'd seen tennis before, and thought it was a cool sport, but Ashe winning the US Open was deal-sealer. I just started devouring every book and newspaper article I could find, and the (relatively few) televised matches.

Kart
Apr 19th, 2009, 10:17 PM
Graf - Navratliova 1987 Wimbledon final.

I think it was 1987 anyway.

Dav.
Apr 19th, 2009, 10:19 PM
1999 Wimbly Davenport def Graf

The Dawntreader
Apr 19th, 2009, 10:25 PM
Jana Novotna vs Venus Williams- Wimby '98.

Here was this hysterical american teenager. All ghetto, all action:hearts:

The match was good too.

sammy01
Apr 19th, 2009, 10:32 PM
i remember watching tennis in the 90's and have a vivid memory of hingis winning wimbledon in '97, i was a fan then but not passionately. i remember the match that really hooked me was serena vs seles toronto 2001, just amazing, i had liked seles in the 90's but this sealed it for me and seles became my favourite. that seems a long time ago now and the hingis wimbledon win is 12 years ago, now thats scary.

martinafan
Apr 20th, 2009, 12:04 AM
For me, it was watching the 1996(??) Hopman cup final between Switzerland and Croatia. I was watching TV at night, flicking channels and came across Hingis vs Majoli. I fell in love with Hingis, her game, her style, her smile, her charisma straight away. Watched the mens and then the mixed match and fell in love with Hingis even more in the mixed. The way she was able to return Ivanisevic's serve with such ease really got my attention.

Since then, i was the biggest Hingis fan, and tennis fan in general.

Slutiana
Apr 20th, 2009, 12:12 AM
1997 USO (cant remember which match, probs the final) got me playing tennis, 2000 USO SF got me liking tennis, 2002 Wimbledon Final got me loving tennis.

Golovinjured.
Apr 20th, 2009, 12:22 AM
Hewitt def Sampras '01 US Open :drool:

ArturoAce.
Apr 20th, 2009, 12:43 AM
When sharapova won wimby :)

kiwifan
Apr 20th, 2009, 02:49 AM
My Dad playing against one of his Frat Bros in the early 70s

Apoleb
Apr 20th, 2009, 04:49 AM
Same here! Somewhere between that match and her comeback from 6-2 5-2 to beat Henin in Miami 06, I fell in love (with Elena, tennis). :inlove:

:unsure: That probably ranks as the most appalling match I've seen. If I haven't been into tennis before, it would've gotten me away from the sport.

I started following greatly after the USO 94 final between Arantxa and Steffi.

the jamierbelyea
Apr 20th, 2009, 04:51 AM
I started getting into tennis, as in playing for fun during the 1995 Wimbledon Semifinal between Steffi Graf vs. Kimiko date.

I started following women's tennis more closely after the 1997 US Open , 1st match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Tamarine Tanasugarn def. Chanda Rubin 6-4, 6-0 :)

Polikarpov
Apr 20th, 2009, 04:58 AM
This was my first ever tennis match and I was so sad after Sanchez lost..

I was six years old that time and knew nothing about the rules whatsoever. I always smiled whenever I heard the word "deuce" because I though it sounded like "juice.":lol:

What I could remember was that I was also rooting for Sanchez-Vicario because I liked how her name sounded. I kept badgering my father whether she was already married because of her last name. I was also fascinated at Arantxa's cool ball clip at her back. Of course, I can't ignore her constant upskirts! :lol:

RJWCapriati
Apr 20th, 2009, 05:32 AM
RG 2001 F
(4) J. Capriati def (12) K. Clijsters

1-6, 6-4, 12-10


First tennis match I really ever watched, after watching Jennifer's tremendous effort from coming back from such a deficit I was addicted ;)

RJWCapriati
Apr 20th, 2009, 05:36 AM
Same here! Somewhere between that match and her comeback from 6-2 5-2 to beat Henin in Miami 06, I fell in love (with Elena, tennis). :inlove:

It was actually Indian Wells where she defeated Henin 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 that year ;)

Andy.
Apr 20th, 2009, 05:39 AM
The first match I ever saw was Mary Pierce v Anke Huber at the AO 1997. I instantly fell in love with Mary, I loved her look, style, personality and game. From then on I became and huge fan and she really got me into tennis.

pepaw
Apr 20th, 2009, 05:48 AM
i never watched womens tennis until the australian open in 2007. there i remember watching sharapova-clijsters and really liking her.

KanSuke
Apr 20th, 2009, 06:04 AM
I've never seen any tennis match until AO 2007 Women Doubles final :inlove:

I watched the whole match Black/Huber against Chan/Chuang. And then I'm in love with this sport

mankind
Apr 20th, 2009, 06:38 AM
2004 Australian Open was when I started watching tennis. No match in particular. I didn't show any interest in women's tennis until 2005 Australian Open when Serena won...with her orange hair.

Keep the replies coming, this is interesting!

Pheobo
Apr 20th, 2009, 06:41 AM
1999 Wimbly Davenport def Graf

Me too! :D

moby
Apr 20th, 2009, 06:45 AM
1996 USO... no match in particular.

Mind you, I didn't actually watch the matches. :lol:
But I followed the results in the news, and was hooked on the whole Graf-Seles backstory.

RG 97 was the first major I caught on TV. Back then, I only got matches from the semis on.

Gandalf
Apr 20th, 2009, 06:51 AM
Capriati against Mary Joe Fernández, I think it was at the FO'90.

A Magicman
Apr 20th, 2009, 06:54 AM
Berlin 1986

Steffi def. Nav 6-2, 6-3

Woah!

faboozadoo15
Apr 20th, 2009, 06:58 AM
Arantxa def. Steffi 76 36 75 in Roland Garros final 1989 :hearts:

20 years I've been in love with the game in a few weeks :eek:

Same here, but for me it was the semis. Oh Monica. Best GS debut ever. :kiss:
20 years. I'm not that old at all...

Becool
Apr 20th, 2009, 07:02 AM
serena against some girl in French open 1999

FrenchY52
Apr 20th, 2009, 08:30 AM
It was not a particular match; I guess it was Mauresmo's 2003 clay season, she defeated Serena in Rome and then I started following @ RG and I loved men's tennis too at that time. I followed anyone who was French :rolleyes:

Scotso
Apr 20th, 2009, 08:38 AM
Mary Pierce vs. Jennifer Capriati, 1992 RG 4R

Love at first sight.

Six Feet Under
Apr 20th, 2009, 08:40 AM
fell in love with Marion Bartoli and have been following tennis religiously ever since she made it to the final of Wimbledon 07'

Pasta-Na
Apr 20th, 2009, 08:42 AM
http://www.nbcolympics.com/mm/photo/sports/general/11/95/57/119557_m03.jpg :hearts:

bad_angel_109
Apr 20th, 2009, 08:46 AM
the first match i remember watching (AND actually remember what their names were lol) was the '05 hopman cup in perth. hantuchova V.S molik (i was a huge fan of alicia and didnt care for daniela then :p). And i followed molik's journey thro the '05 AO and her dubs matches with kuzzy, lol.

but the match (i should really say piece of clothing) that really got my attention was the 3rd rnd '06 AO match between hantuchova and serena williams. when i saw danka's shorts i fell in love with them :hearts: :lol: that was a great game too, dani beating serena for the first time ever.

[x] (http://img7.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=da2de_25.jpg&loc=loc24) :D

cherboy
Apr 20th, 2009, 08:47 AM
melbourne final 1995.
mary def. arantxa 6-3 6-2.:hearts:
i was nine years old and got up at night with my older sister to watch it. she prefer sanchez, so it was just a ine match for me! :bounce:

tiffanykatya.
Apr 20th, 2009, 09:26 AM
The first tennis match I ever watched:
05 Hong Kong Exhibition final
E Dementieva def. V Williams:hearts:

The match that got me into tennis:
07 Roland Garros SF
R Nadal def. N Djokovic;)

The match that really made me addicted to tennis:
07 Wimbledon 4th round
N Vaidisova def. A Mauresmo:inlove:

Uranus
Apr 20th, 2009, 09:53 AM
2001 FO final: Jennifer Capriati def. Kim Clijsters 1-6 6-4 12-10. Instant fan.

Nikkiri
Apr 20th, 2009, 09:56 AM
There wasn't really a particular match, my cousin used to play professionally in the 90's so I was always around tennis, been watching it ever since I can remember. My fave back then was Martina Hingis :sobbing:

tennisvideos
Apr 20th, 2009, 10:26 AM
Warm up the wayback machine.

Arthur Ashe def Tom Okker 1968 US Open final: 14–12, 5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3

I'd seen tennis before, and thought it was a cool sport, but Ashe winning the US Open was deal-sealer. I just started devouring every book and newspaper article I could find, and the (relatively few) televised matches.

Wow, that's fantastic! You beat me.

The first match I ever saw on TV was Evonne Goolagong beating Margaret Court in the 1971 Wimbledon Final. But I really don't remember much of it as I was a kid. I was more excited when she came to my home town of Narrandera (pop. 5000) for a Street parade.

But the first player who really got me excited, and I don't recall the match or the opponent, was Francoise Durr in around 1977. I remember seeing this cute but crazy looking woman with these weird strokes (frypan serve and volleys, soup ladle backhand with her bum almost on the ground, and a temper and wonderful personality to boot). I was in heaven and tennis was my sport from then on! I even developed her backhand after years of practise!

John.
Apr 20th, 2009, 10:57 AM
I always remember watching Wimbledon when I was younger, but the first match I remember that really got me hooked, was Capriati - Seles at the USO 91.

I was in awe at how hard both of them were hitting the ball

DeLorean
Apr 20th, 2009, 11:11 AM
my mum versus one of her friends at our local club when i was about 5

AdeyC
Apr 20th, 2009, 11:16 AM
Wimbledon 1977
SF - Evert v Wade and Barker v Stove - don't remember if I saw the Evert/Wade match from the very beginning but saw all the Barker/Stove match. If only Sue won that one

kasia_q
Apr 20th, 2009, 11:19 AM
2005 Roland Garros SF Nadal def. Federer
I've watched some tennis before that match but only after that semifinal I really started to follow it closely. And as you can see from my signature I'm Rafa's fan since then.

sunsfuns
Apr 20th, 2009, 11:29 AM
Edberg-Chang 1992 USO SF

Probably the first match I've watched from beggining to the end, but I really started to watch a lot only after a I graduated from high school (1995). Hingis and Rafter were my first favorites...

kasia_q
Apr 20th, 2009, 11:29 AM
The match who got me realy into tennis is: Lena def. Davenport 61 36 76(6) USO 05

I remember this one, the 3rd set was amazing. It's one of those matches you don't forget.

~Cherry*Blossom~
Apr 20th, 2009, 11:39 AM
Venus vs. Serena Wimbledon 2000.

That whole event there was so much attention around the sister, they were in the papers all the time and you just couldn't escape them. You had Serena destroying the field on the way to the semi and Venus beating Hingis in the quarters (which I never expected because I knew Hingis was the World #1 and I didn't think the #1 would lose before the final :lol: )

So when it came to the semi I actually took a day off school so I could watch the match. It was from that point on where I became a real fan of tennis and followed it all through the year. I think the fact that Venus won the final sealed it for me because it would have been a huge downer if Venus had lost that. But from Wimbledon onwards I followed the WTA on Eurosport and watched the whole two weeks of the USO on Sky Sports.

But I had seen matches before that. I remember Graf's wins at Wimbledon again ASV and Novotna. I remember seeing Seles beat Graf at the French and then watching on the TV screen at House of Frasier in Lakeside some of the Wimbledon final between Seles/Graf (only saw about five mins). I remember watching the FO 99 final and going crazy when Graf won and then I remember the USO 99 final and just could believe that Serena actually won before her older sister. I was a fan of Serena then (and Venus when I saw her reaction to Serena winning :tape: ) but I never really followed them. I saw the end parts of their match at the GS Cup but it was Wimbledon 2000 where it all started for me.

miffedmax
Apr 20th, 2009, 12:14 PM
I don't remember. It was a combination of starting to play and getting free tickets to matches from a friend's father when I was in jr. high school. They were to early rounds, so the players I saw were bottom feeders from eons ago.

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 20th, 2009, 04:01 PM
Borg McEnroe 1980 Wimby

tea
Apr 20th, 2009, 05:26 PM
A Clijsters match in 2003; can't remember exactly what match it was.
Never saw tennis match before, but felt in love with this sport right after it.:hearts:

Shafanovic.
Apr 20th, 2009, 10:01 PM
Sharapova v Hantuchova AO 4R 2006 :drool:

Knizzle
Apr 20th, 2009, 10:07 PM
Serena def Hingis US Open '99. I was casually a fan before, but after this I started following more and turned into a fanatic.

Craig.
Apr 20th, 2009, 10:11 PM
Hmm, I don't really know. I was like 8-9 when I started watching tennis (around '01). I would watch it pretty much whenever it was on. I was too young to actually follow it closely, but whenever it was on, I would get all excited :lol: I was pretty much a "fan" of all the good players of that time (Serena, Venus, Amelie, Justine, Kim, Jennifer, Lindsay, Nastya M., etc.), but I didn't really know enough about them to actually LIKE them. I just liked them cuz they were good.

I remember hearing about the 2004 Wimbledon final on the news, and how much of a shock it was that Maria won and how much of a big deal it was. I remember being all like, "OMG Serena, how could you?! This girl is a nobody!" :rolls: (You have no idea how much I regret saying that now :p). Again, I just rooted for Serena cuz it was in my instinct to root for winners. That was a pretty fascinating tennis time for me.

But it was only a year later, at Wimbledon again, where I really got into tennis. The Maria-Venus semi and the women's final was some of the best tennis I'd seen (or that I'd remembered seeing up until then) and I was hooked, and that semi (even though Maria lost) made me an automatic fan of hers.

Shafanovic.
Apr 20th, 2009, 10:18 PM
:inlove:

sammy01
Apr 20th, 2009, 10:26 PM
6 pages and no mention of the chakvetadze vs kuznetsova semi final at the us open, im shocked, classic match :drool:

Daniela-Is-Mine
Apr 20th, 2009, 10:29 PM
6 pages and no mention of the chakvetadze vs kuznetsova semi final at the us open, im shocked, classic match :drool:

:lol:


FOR ME it was a combo of me starting to play and then the first match I saw was IW 2002. I saw Ju's first round match and Hingis'on TV the I saw Daniela beat her and Dani beat Hingis so then I fell in love with Danka

Balltossovic
Apr 20th, 2009, 10:36 PM
I use to catch a few matches here and there. But two things made me LOVE this sport. Watching Kim win the USO in 05 was wow. Plus not to mention that Two million dollar check she got. I had no idea tennis players made so much money:eek:.

The match the REALLY cemented my love for the game was Amelie V JuJu Wimby 2006. I fell in love with both of them and even more in love with tennis:inlove:

Cat's Pajamas
Apr 20th, 2009, 10:37 PM
I had watched some tennis before, but the first time I vividly remember actually caring who won a match was Venus defeating Clijsters 4-6 6-3 6-1 in that lovely dress. I had checked to see that Venus lost the first set and was injured, and being on vacation, I went to go do something else. I then came back to see Venus crushing Kim late in the third set, and couldn't believe that a visibly injured player could come back and crush the healthy one. :lol:

Then the final against Serena was the first match I actually sat down and watched the whole way through. I was cheering hard for my Venus but with the abdomen injury it just wasn't meant to be. :awww:

A loyal fan since though! :hearts:

Richie's
Apr 21st, 2009, 01:11 AM
I can tell you about a friend of mine:
When he saw HANTUCHOVA VS Clijsters in Filderstadt Final 2002.

Richie's
Apr 21st, 2009, 01:13 AM
Sharapova v Hantuchova AO 4R 2006 :drool:

One of the most amazing matches that I've ever seen, specialy for the viewers side!
+ Hantuchova - S. Williams AO 06 R3.

Alizé Molik
Apr 21st, 2009, 01:15 AM
Dokic at wimbledon 99 - and i was pretty young then too like 9 or 10..and Hopman Cup 2000 or 01..whichever was the won that coetzer won, I remember tanasugarn and stuff playing and it was just a really awesome tournament i remember getting up every day to watch it and then with going to the AO on and off most years it was 2004 before i actually started really following the tour properly.

darrinbaker00
Apr 21st, 2009, 01:16 AM
Wimbledon 1980. Borg vs. McEnroe. The Battle of 18-16. Until last year's Nadal-Federer masterpiece, it didn't get any better than that.

miffedmax
Apr 21st, 2009, 01:29 AM
Admit it Darrin. It was watching that godawful Raiders Vikings Superbowl. By halftime, you were, like me, saying "Geez, anything has to better than this."

And your team was winning.

cometz9
Apr 21st, 2009, 01:35 AM
2002 US Open Rd4 Venus vs. Rubin

darrinbaker00
Apr 21st, 2009, 01:42 AM
Admit it Darrin. It was watching that godawful Raiders Vikings Superbowl. By halftime, you were, like me, saying "Geez, anything has to better than this."

And your team was winning.
Nope. Loved every minute of that game, especially when Jack Tatum and George Atkinson went upside Sammy White's head with their forearms.

I remember watching an old NFL Films interview with Ahmad Rashad (that's right, kids, the "NBA Inside Stuff" host is a former FOOTBALL player). He said that he and all his Viking teammates showed up for that game wearing suits and ties, and when they saw the Raiders coming out of their team bus with their leather jackets and facial hair, they were intimidated. "They looked like they just got out of prison," Rashad said. ;)

miffedmax
Apr 21st, 2009, 01:58 AM
Nope. Loved every minute of that game, especially when Jack Tatum and George Atkinson went upside Sammy White's head with their forearms.

I remember watching an old NFL Films interview with Ahmad Rashad (that's right, kids, the "NBA Inside Stuff" host is a former FOOTBALL player). He said that he and all his Viking teammates showed up for that game wearing suits and ties, and when they saw the Raiders coming out of their team bus with their leather jackets and facial hair, they were intimidated. "They looked like they just got out of prison," Rashad said. ;)

Impossible. Every Superbowl involving the Vikings has the entertainment value of The Final That Must Not Be Named.

Yes. Lena D. The Vikings. The Cubs. FC Dallas. I'm 0 for a lifetime.

Wozzy4life
Apr 21st, 2009, 02:07 AM
Henin vs Clijsters
Wimby 06

Renalicious
Apr 21st, 2009, 03:52 AM
03 Australian Open Final but 05 Australian Open (the whole thing, really) was what maked me like Serena and tennis.

LindsayRulz
Apr 21st, 2009, 04:02 AM
2000 Wimbledon final.

miss_molik
Apr 21st, 2009, 05:39 AM
It wasn't a big match, but Alicia Molik vs. Tatiana Panova R3 AO05. I don't know why, but I just decided to keep watching the tennis for once. I had always flicked past it, but this time, I kept watching, and I noticed that one of the girls was Australian. She won the match and I was like oh cool, then the next time she played I watched, which was vs Venus, and I knew who venus was, so I thought it was pretty cool that Alicia had beaten her, and when she played Lindsay I was like screaming for her and everything, then I went and searched her on the internet straight away and joined this forum, and the rest is history :)

In The Zone
Apr 21st, 2009, 07:40 AM
Serena/Seles 1999 USO. I was always into tennis but after seeing this match, I actually picked up a racquet for the first time.

Kimking
Apr 21st, 2009, 08:11 AM
Before January 2007, never paid attention to either tennis matches or tennis stars.
Fell in love with the game immediately after watching Kim Clijsters played Patty Schnyder in the 07 Hong kong Exhibition SF.
Have been a Kim fan since then.

Harvs
Apr 21st, 2009, 08:15 AM
2002 aussie open 1st round... Panova def. Molik 1-6 6-3 10-8

was so intense... hooked from then on.

Jakeev
Apr 21st, 2009, 08:19 AM
1981 U.S. Open final. I rooted for Tracy Austin to win the match but when Martina cried at the awards ceremony I found her story more intriguing and really became a huge fan after that.

faboozadoo15
Apr 21st, 2009, 08:40 AM
Yes. Lena D. The Vikings. The Cubs. FC Dallas. I'm 0 for a lifetime.

Um, Lena had bangs for a while, no?

theklein
Apr 21st, 2009, 08:59 AM
Strange first memory for me, I was like 5 and I remember watching Hopman Cup one year when Ellwood def Carlsson 6-4 6-4 after being down 4-0 in the first set :hearts:. Instan fan>

Josh.
Apr 21st, 2009, 10:02 AM
It wasn't any match in particular, more a tennis game that got me into tennis. I think you can guess who was in the game (and for those who can't guess, Daniela ;)) I think it was around the Hopman Cup time and I recongised Daniela's name and decided to tune in.

Chris 84
Apr 21st, 2009, 12:36 PM
My mum tells me that I loved watching Boris Becker even when I was about 2 years old :p I guess Becker got me into tennis, and not one particular match.....though i guess the 3 Edberg v Becker Wimbledon finals played a role in keeping my interest.

Helaena
Apr 21st, 2009, 04:31 PM
dubai 2007 finals

justine henin vs. amelie mauresmo...
superb quality!
watch it and instantly fell in love with justine and tennis... =)

mboyle
Apr 21st, 2009, 04:38 PM
So the first match I watched was Davenport vs. Venus, but I had no idea what the HEEEELLLL was going on. By Wimbledon the next year, I had had a few tennis lessons, and could follow the score intelligently. The first match I watched for fun was Capriati vs. Henin, and I was SO mad because I was like "why would someone name their daughter after a hen? That's so stupid! AND SHE'S WINNING!" And so all I could think about while watching poor Justine were hens flapping their wings and squawking.

The first match I remember being really excited about was Seles vs. Venus OZ 2002. Since then I've been obsessed, as evidenced by my upteen thousand posts on wtaworld.

robbie12
Apr 21st, 2009, 05:19 PM
1995 Wimbledon final - Graf vs Sanchez Vicario

It was the first time I'd ever seen a tennis match (I didn't even know half the rules!). I came in just before that epic game at 5-5 in the final set and was hooked from then on!

Christinawww
Apr 21st, 2009, 05:49 PM
I don't actually remember. I have a memory of watching the US Open when I just started university, but I only remember because I was so tired and it was the very first 2 weeks of uni and I've been made fun of it ever since. That was in 2002. I also remember waiting for Serena and Venus to come on TV and caught a match with Daniela, and I stayed because I liked her legs and game style. I vaguely remember grass, so I guess it was Wimbledon 2002
In the 90s I know my parents watched a lot of Graf, Seles, Becker, Chan, Sampras, Agassi etc, and I know I watched some of it too, but none of the matches really made a big impressive on me. I was more of a soccer girl back then

morningglory
Apr 21st, 2009, 06:39 PM
Graf VS Hingis RG final :lol:
It was so memorable in many ways....
Hingis serving underhand on one point after Graf started her comeback into the match and I was like WTH!? Is she allowed to do that surely that's not how you play? But she won the point! :lol: I didnt know underhand serving was legal back then

DefyingGravity
Apr 21st, 2009, 06:43 PM
1999 U.S. Open: Serena Williams def. Monica Seles

timafi
Apr 21st, 2009, 07:08 PM
Noah vs Vilander 1983 my folks were all watching this match and I was sitting on the floor:lol:
Ronald Agenor against I can't remember his name again:help: :lol:
Steffi vs Hingis RG
Sampras vs Coretja USO
Andre RG win
Amelie since 1999

wally1
Apr 21st, 2009, 08:43 PM
TBH I can't remember a time I haven't liked tennis. It's just always been there, same with cricket and football.

serenafann
Apr 21st, 2009, 11:45 PM
1984 U.S. Open Final- Chris Evert vs Martina Navratilova[A great match.]That was my introduction to really watching and getting involved in a match.I have LOVED Tennis ever since