Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Florida with my baguette
Nice thread. I'm going to choose 2 answers - one from the list and another, more personal, choice. From the list, I'll take the first Slam. Everything about that was just amazing. The timing of it - I'd just done my first set of finals, (on the night of my last exam, I came home after having celebrated the night away and sat down to watch Jen play Monica in the quarters. I even said to myself I should stay and watch it because I didn't know how many more chances I'd get to see Jen play), the way she played - such carefree abandon and just the one moment I never thought she'd have. I was resigned to her being in that list of 'Best players to never win a Slam' and that hurt. From the a set and 4-2 down in the quarters , she played fantastic tennis, never lost another set and was a worthy champion. I'll even admit that at match point, I said out loud, 'If you win this one, it'll almost have been worth it', referring to the years of crap she'd been through and we, as fans, had been through.
The other Slams were special too but this one very narrowly wins the contest.
My other choice is from Wimbledon 2002. Cutting a long story short, I was watching Jen play Daniilidou on Court 18. Throughout the match (both days - it had gone over 2 days due to rain delays and bad light) I'd been making my support for her very clear. I find it difficult to be silent when she plays. Anyway, at the end of the match, as Jen was packing her stuff away, she thanked the crowd and then turned in my direction and held aloft her clenched fist. I thought nothing of it but the people who were sat around me that I'd been talking to suggested that that was for me. Of course, I'll never know, but I like the thought of it. Watching it back on TV, it's very noticeable that she made the effort to show her thanks, because she was packing up her stuff but then stopped part-way through to turn around and salute before continuing with her bags. Allow me to think it was intended for me.
I've never been to Cuba