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Old Sep 16th, 2012, 10:39 PM   #1
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BBC Documentary Series "Girls on Tour" (WTA 2001/02)

I have been wanting to create this thread for a very long time. I was contemplating to post it in GM, but it might seem more suitable here as the documentary series "Girls on Tour" features life on the tour - but it's been 10-12 years already!

The featured player is Magdalena Maleeva, but there are major insights into the background of the WTA in general, too. This includes Anna Kournikova's contribution to the tour, the role of parents in the sport and WTA behind the scenes management. There's quotes from numerous players and many other stars appear frequently (such as Capriati, Davenport, Hingis, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Anna Kournikova) but also some talents who were considered to become great champions such as Iroda Tulyaganova and Lina Krasnorutskaya.

It took me a long time to upload this. I'm sure some people can recall it. I hope for a nice discussion in this thread, too. This was my favourite WTA generation and I would SO like to go back and experience all of this again.

Here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A5tzsDe70U and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhMHrD_1SN0
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Old Sep 17th, 2012, 12:09 AM   #2
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GREAT upload! Thank you

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Oooh thanks! I had a half recorded copy of this from when it was first shown & was always annoyed my recording cut off halfway through!
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 06:03 PM   #4
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I am a little bit surprised there's not more people responding to this post. I always read about the glorification of the years 1998-2002, then I post something about it and now it is not discussed much. Maybe I should have put this in GM?
Anyways, hope you guys appreciate it - I sure do when I think of this time!
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Magdalena Maleeva's last words at her send-off:
"There is a saying that there is no friendship in tennis, but I've proven the opposite. After all of them are here, it means that there is friendship and I want to thank them for being here tonight. I hope the fans are happy too."


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I haven't had the chance to do so before, but I want to thank you, crazillo! I greatly enjoyed watching the documentary, especially since I have always been interested in all three Maleevas. Maggie sure let the crew follow her around a lot and ask some personal questions. I didn't know that she felt so much pressure and claimed to have been the cause of some of her injuries.

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Thanks, always wanted to see this!
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Thanks a lot Crazillo, I've been wanting to see this forever! BTW, I think this was broadcast on Channel 4, which isn't part of the BBC, but I'm not sure. I was just saying because I'm not sure what copyright laws are on Youtube.
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Thank you for posting the videos.

Me thinks, you will get a better response to this thread by shifting it to General Messages.
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I haven't seen this before thanks! I seem to recall another docmentary about the wta tour made by the bbc (late 90s) and it focused on mauresmo but I can't find it anywhere
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Amazing thanks so much for posting! I'd completely forgotten this programme but before clicking on the link I remembered watching it. Takes me back to Jen's golden years, such a wonderful trip down memory lane. It's a shame new tennis fans will never experience how great the WTA was in the late nineties/early naughties. Amazing tennis and a soap opera to boot lol!
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Thanks for this I'd love if they did something similar again with the modern tour.
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didn't get to see this until you referenced it from GM, really enjoyed it thanks for the upload brings back a lot of memories for me from that time period.
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