I remember when I actually sat down and watched my first tennis match when I was 18. July, 2000. My best friend at the time called me up and told me to watch the Williams Sisters play. He said it was rare that they played each other.
Before then, I had no clue on how the scoring system operated nor did I even know much about the Sisters. I actually thought the were twins and from Africa
So I turned it on and they were playing on Grass. It was a semifinal encounter and Venus was up 3-2. From there I began watching the match with a lot of interest. Chrissy Evert and Johnny McEnroe were commentating and it just enhanced the first-time experience.
They were athletic and super intense. I knew then that I had found another sport to play. At the time I had ran Cross Country, Track-N-Field, played Soccer, Basketball, and Football.
That September, after the Olympic Games and the US Open, I picked up my first racket. I have not put it down ever since