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LittleTennisFan
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

irma
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

saki
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!

moby
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.

shirley
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.

MLF
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.

gorecki
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]

Andre@
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.

sartrista7
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 :)

shirley
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:

galadriel
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.

Julian
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. :)

KoOlMaNsEaN
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)

evaz
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.

Zamboni
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.

Oasiatic
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.

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

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

Come-on-kim
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. :)

wongqks
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.

Barrie_Dude
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!

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

Becool
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

Live:

98 FED Cup QF Van Roost-Testud

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

Monica_Rules
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!

JuliaKS
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!

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

per4ever
Jan 28th, 2002, 02:09 AM
That's ages ago :o

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

Jakeev
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.

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

Vanity
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.

bull
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.

croat123
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!

martinafan
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.

mishar
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!

Barrie_Dude
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!