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Jan 27th, 2002, 04:18 PM
What was the first tennis match you ever matched either at an actual venue or on the television?

As I recall, the first match I ever watched was the 1993 Wimbledon Ladies Final between Steffi Graf and Jana Novotna. I remember Jana crying. After that I watched the Wimbledon Ladies Final every year. I've only been following tennis since 1999

Jan 27th, 2002, 04:27 PM
wimbledon 87(well I think it was 87) I was 10 and needed somebody to look up too and there she was in the name of Steffi but it still took three years before I realy started to follow her results and tennis in general.

Sam L
Jan 27th, 2002, 04:49 PM
Horst Skoff vs. Thomas Muster on clay in 1989, I can't remeber the place, but somewhere in Europe.. LoL

That's the match I guess that introduced me to tennis. And I still think claycourt tennis is the best tennis around ;)

Well of course when I was really really young I used to see some bits of the Wimbledon finals (I don't know why not other slams, but I remember the Wimbledon finals) like Navratilova and Evert but I wouldn't say I saw those matches, they just happened to be on TV for me then. LOL

Jan 27th, 2002, 04:51 PM
I can't remember very clearly, but I think it was the 1988 Wimbledon ladies final. Steffi Graf d. Martina Navratilova. I became a Graf fan, but I still hated seeing Navratilova lose. I miss both of them!

Jan 27th, 2002, 04:52 PM
think we had something similar somewhere before.

mine was the 97 FO final, when marti was crushed
then in her post-match interview, an extremely confident martina said she would regret it if she won Wimby and USOpen
i agreed with her and was impressed by her subsequent performances.

Jan 27th, 2002, 04:56 PM
Wimbledon Ladies Final 1993. I became a Graf and Novotna then. Jana won me over because she cried :sad: and I thought that was cool, someone showing their heartache at losing. And Steffi for her sheer performance.

I miss them both.

Jan 27th, 2002, 04:58 PM
The first complete match I remember watching was the 1982 Wimbledon final between Navratilova and Evert-Lloyd. I was extremely young back then, 7 years old, and I was enthralled by it and I loved Martina's surname because it sounded so exotic to me at that age.
Before then I vaguely remember a Sue Barker marathon tiebreak somewhere. I really became a full follower of the tour in about '85 as before then I kinda thought only the Wimbledon and Eastbourne tournaments were those that were important as they were the only televised ones.

Jan 27th, 2002, 05:26 PM
ladies' match: Steffi Graf vs ASV [1989 Roland Garros final]
men's match: Stefan Edberg vs Paolo Cane [1988 Seoul Olympics]

Jan 27th, 2002, 06:14 PM
I think that was a Chris Evert in Wimbledon and I don't remember the year and the opponent (Navratilova or Goolagong)
I was to little kid.

Jan 27th, 2002, 06:23 PM
like quite a few others, my first tennis match was Graf v Novotna, Wimbledon '93... and I've been a big fan of both ladies ever since :)

Jan 27th, 2002, 06:27 PM
Originally posted by sartrista7
like quite a few others, my first tennis match was Graf v Novotna, Wimbledon '93... and I've been a big fan of both ladies ever since :)

Yay! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Jan 27th, 2002, 06:41 PM
I think this was the 1978 Wimbledon final between Martina and Chris, but I was a very young child.

Jan 27th, 2002, 06:58 PM
1996 French Open final- Steffi Graf vs. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

I remember it was raining hard in my area and I was just crusing through channels finding out what to watch. I guess it was destiny that I tuned into this channel. LOL I didn't really know tennis at the time but my sister played so I knew what they were doing. After that match I decided to follow tennis and the first Grand Slam I watched fully was 1996 Wimbledon. :)

Jan 27th, 2002, 07:58 PM
The first ever tennis match i watched was the 1999 Wimbledon Ladies Singles Finale between Graf and Davenport! I didnt know who was winning! (cause i didnt know how to convert the scores)

Jan 27th, 2002, 08:01 PM
the first tennis match ever was the french open finals michael chang - thomas muster.

but I really started following tennis after the fed cup finals switzerland - spain in 1998.

Jan 27th, 2002, 08:15 PM
I think it was Krajicek - Sampras at Wimbledon 1996

But it took some time before I started following tennis.

Jan 27th, 2002, 08:16 PM
I don't remember which year it was, but the first one I saw was Monica Seles vs Graf on clay, can't even remember if it was a final.

The next complete match I think I watched was Kimiko Date vs Gabriela Sabatini. Don't know where

But I really started following tennis from that 95 French Open match, Graf vs Sanchez Vicario.

Jan 27th, 2002, 08:19 PM
2001 Wimbledon QF-Jennifer and Serena
I started late.:o

Jan 27th, 2002, 08:25 PM
us open final 1997 Marti vs Venus

Jan 27th, 2002, 08:31 PM
The first tennis I saw was the 2000 Roland Garros Women's final Mary Pierce against Conchita Martinez (I think) and then I "forgot" tennis and I re-begin this year, at Roland Garros, with the Quaterfinal of Kim(against Petra Mandula) and Juju's quater and then all the matches I had the opportunity to see

Double Fault
Jan 27th, 2002, 08:32 PM
I feel really old saying this, but it was the 1974 Wimbledon Final between Chris Evert and Olga Morozova. I must add that I was practically still in the womb at this time. :)

Jan 27th, 2002, 08:51 PM
1996 Jana Novotna against Kimiko Date in Wimbledon, I reallly enjoy it and then check up that Jana lost in 1993 and then follow up her news ever since. But I really start watching tennis in 1998 when Monica lost to ASV in French Open final, I was quite dissappointed when the commentary told me about Monica father (I know the stabbing already ages before). and then she become my fav as well. After Jana retires (which I strongly support her decision) I am full time supporting Monica.

Jan 27th, 2002, 08:51 PM
1973 The Astrodome, Houston, Texas. Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs! I was hooked! And I have idolized BJK!

Jan 27th, 2002, 10:00 PM
1977 Wimbledon. I was young (then) and had practically leaped out the womb!:)

Jan 27th, 2002, 11:31 PM
Serena vs Diaz Oliva in French 99 :o

great smash
Jan 27th, 2002, 11:43 PM
On television:
94 FO SF Pierce-Graf


98 FED Cup QF Van Roost-Testud

Jan 27th, 2002, 11:51 PM
CONCHITA v Navratilova FINAL WIMBLEDON'94 :drool:

Jan 28th, 2002, 01:51 AM
The first proper match in full i can remeber watching was the 1995 wimbledon i watched every wimbledon since and i watched other tournies in 1999 and then in 2000 i watchged evrything and anything!

Jan 28th, 2002, 02:06 AM
It was Wimbledon in 1985.
I was just 1 or 2 weeks!!! old and i sit on my dad`s legs and watched Boris Becker winning Wimbledon the first time.

Well,I`m fair,i can`t remember every single fact of this match :)
but it was the first time i watches a tennismatch.

Since this time i watched tennis...and i will ever do!

Jan 28th, 2002, 02:07 AM
You are a bunch of young whipper snappers!

Jan 28th, 2002, 02:09 AM
That's ages ago :o

Jan 28th, 2002, 02:12 AM
Mine was '89 FO final
Arantxa-Steffi i became an Arantxa's fan since then

Jan 28th, 2002, 02:29 AM
The 1981 Austin/Navratilova U.S. Open final. I had rooted for Tracy cause I didn't know any better. But when I saw Martina start to weep during the awards presentation, I became a fan for life.

Jan 28th, 2002, 02:31 AM
i dunno lol, some match of lendl in the eighties i guess :D

Jan 28th, 2002, 03:29 AM
The first match I watched entirely was Steffi Graf vs. Kirrily Sharpe, first round 93 wimbledon. Graf won 6-0 6-0. Not a good introduction to tennis!!! The first *good* match I saw was Natasha Zvereva vs. Katerina Maleeva... Zvereva was victorious in three.

Jan 28th, 2002, 03:41 AM
i startd to watch tennis around 1996 or 97 i forget which year because i began to play tennis. the first player i watch was mary pierce because she is hot! but impressive one is 1996 or 97 wimbledon. kimiko vs mary pierce. later i became a fan of kimiko but she retire in the end of that year :fiery:
after kimiko's retire, i became a big fan of jana. watching her winning the 1998 wimbledon is one of my sweetest thing in my life. so sad that after 2 years, she retired. :fiery: now i don't follow anyone. tennis is not so important for me like before but i still love playing tennis.

Jan 28th, 2002, 05:18 AM
Men's: Ivanisevic vs. ?? at Wimbledon in 96'
Women's: Pierce vs. ?? at FO 97' (i remember Mary won 24 straight points in this won), my second match was Majoli vs. Hingis in the finals!

Jan 28th, 2002, 01:58 PM
Hopman Cup 1996 final, mixed doubles match.

Ivanisevic/Majoli d. Hingis/Rosset.....was a great match to start with, and fell in love with martina straight away, was really pissed at rosset for losing it for martina! LOL

Loyal Selesian
Jan 28th, 2002, 08:58 PM
the first tennis match i saw is
Monica vs Kimiko Date at the 1996 Peter Internation and since then I became Monica fan and ever will be.

Jan 28th, 2002, 09:05 PM
Mine was also the 81 final just like Jakeev.
I may have watched it before, but that was the one that really made an impression on me.
I wanted Martina to win so badly, and was so touched when she cried.

Guess that started a lifetime of supporting losing causes!

Jan 28th, 2002, 09:53 PM
Now the Best tennis match I saw was the 1980 mens final at Wimbeldon between Borg and McEnroe! That was a clinic on how tennis should be played!