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A Long Way Baby: 1973 US Open

For those interested, TTC is currently airing a half-hour program which primarily consists of highlights from the 1973 US Open and IMO is worth checking out. One particularly interesting, lengthy point btwn Court and (Chris) Evert in their semifinal starts off the program...it then goes on to display brief clips of Reid, King, Casals, Court, Chris and Jeanne Evert, Morozova and others in play, then features points from key matches in the Open that year. BJK's uncharacteristic loss to Julie Helman is shown (King looks completely exhausted), as well as matches btwn Goolagong and Helga Mashoff (sp?), Court and Evert, Court and Goolagong and others. On the men's side, Newcombe and Kodes and Newcombe and Rosewall matches are also featured. It's a tad grainy quality-wise, and of course, all-too-brief, but still, not a bad "postcard" to view from the period.
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For those interested, TTC is currently airing a half-hour program which primarily consists of highlights from the 1973 US Open and IMO is worth checking out. One particularly interesting, lengthy point btwn Court and (Chris) Evert in their semifinal starts off the program...it then goes on to display brief clips of Reid, King, Casals, Court, Chris and Jeanne Evert, Morozova and others in play, then features points from key matches in the Open that year. BJK's uncharacteristic loss to Julie Helman is shown (King looks completely exhausted), as well as matches btwn Goolagong and Helga Mashoff (sp?), Court and Evert, Court and Goolagong and others. On the men's side, Newcombe and Kodes and Newcombe and Rosewall matches are also featured. It's a tad grainy quality-wise, and of course, all-too-brief, but still, not a bad "postcard" to view from the period.
Someone- DAZE11 please record it for those of us who don't get TTC!!!!

There is nothing more beautiful than Evonne Goolagong in full flight moving across a tennis court.
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God yes-PLEASE tape it !!!!!!

We'll negotiate!
I have a bridge in Arizona.....
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God yes-PLEASE tape it !!!!!!

We'll negotiate!
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I heard it was falling down and in such a state of disrepair that they won't even let jet skis pass under it!

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I heard it was falling down and in such a state of disrepair that they won't even let jet skis pass under it!
Then we'll just prop that sucker up with those jet skis! I want me some 1973 US Open! I want me some Court. Gimme Chrissie and that 1970s pom-pom cheerleader look! A young Virginia Wade-And for desert Billie Jean King walking off court with Julie Heldman celebrating...
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Don't panic if it doesn't get recorded from TTC as I have converted this to DVD already. Got it many, many years back when it was commercially released on Video.

So u will still be able to get a copy if you need one. It is a wonderful vignette and a great way to spend 20 odd minutes of reliving some great memories.
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got it, not to worry. dont get your panties all up into a wad, guys. its the type of footage with lots of close-ups during play and little visible action. Its enjoyable but dont expect anything thrilling; like TV said, its an enjoyable stroll through memory lane, but i wouldnt rate it as match footage. (its nice that they showed that over another interview with vince spadea however!!)
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Or as I originally stated, it's an "all-too-brief" (though) "not a bad 'postcard' to view from the period"! Because of the obvious interest of this specific tournament as evidenced on other threads and the seemingly sparse availability of video footage from the period, IMO it's def worthy of checking out

Rollo: BTW, it does show Julie H completely jazzed after the BJK match....great to see!

along with brief cameos by Redondo, Rainy Fox, Nancy Richey, Vijay A, a sixteen-year-old Bjorn Borg upsetting Arthur Ashe, Nastase, a few dubs points of Wade/Court vs King/Casals, as well as what I mentioned in my original posting....all in all, not a bad highlight reel from Forest Hills '73...
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