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Noticed you are a lot involved in blast from the past. That's why I think
we'd ask anything from tennis in the past. Know it's women's tennis here, but let's wait and see how popular men's tennis from the past is in your thread. In past blast from the past prefer men's to women's tennis.




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Noticed you are a lot involved in blast from the past. That's why I thinks
we'd ask anything from tennis in the past. Know it's women's tennis here, but let's wait and see how popular men's tennis from the past is in your thread. In past blast from the past prefer men's to women's tennis.
First, let's dispense with the proper introductions. What is your native tongue?
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I live in the centre of Europe. Belgium precisely where they speak French and Dutch and a little German. I live in the dutch speaking area. It's around 9 million inhabitants. It's about the size or smaller than the state New york.



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I live in the centre of Europe. Belgium precisely where they speak French and Dutch and a little German. I live in the dutch speaking area. It's around 9 million inhabitants. It's about the size or smaller than the state New york.
My liege, it must be thrilling for you these past few years to be living in a country experiencing a tennis boom. I would like very much to see your country, and probably will in the next year or so.

Do you prefer men's tennis over women's tennis?
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Considering for such a small country one can't ask for more about what happened the past few years in Belgium. That's a good idea coming to Belgium

In the past I prefered men's tennis over women's tennis. First player who made me interested was Jimmy Connors who obviously was my first fav. player.



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Considering for such a small country one can't ask for more about what happened the past few years in Belgium. That's a good idea coming to Belgium

In the past I prefered men's tennis over women's tennis. First player who made me interested was Jimmy Connors who obviously was my first fav. player.
I saw Jimmy Connors play a World TeamTennis match against Vitas Gerulaitis way back in 1975 in Philadelphia- he was great to see live- so much energy and aggressiveness. Billie Jean King and Virginia Wade played doubles against Francoisce Durr and Betty Stove following that singles match. I have to admit that I prefer watching the women play, largely because the speed of the ball is a little slower and you can actually follow the play more easily.

So who are your favorite players today?
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My fav. are the Russian players with a slight adv. to D. Safina. Surprisingly don't support Kim & Justine. I see you prefered women's tennis over men's. Maybe you wrote it somewhere what was the best match you've ever seen.
Mine no doubt the 2 competitive americans Jimbo vs. Big Mac. That was in 1980 at the US-Open. Big Mac won the deciding TB in the fifth set.



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My fav. are the Russian players with a slight adv. to D. Safina. Surprisingly don't support Kim & Justine. I see you prefered women's tennis over men's. Maybe you wrote it somewhere what was the best match you've ever seen.
Mine no doubt the 2 competitive americans Jimbo vs. Big Mac. That was in 1980 at the US-Open. Big Mac won the deciding TB in the fifth set.
One of the best matches I ever saw was the 1990 U.S. Pro Indoor championships- Pete Sampras defeated Ivan Lendl in 5 grueling sets, and it was Pete's first title, and my brother and I were at the Spectrum in Philadelphia in the 7th row behind the baseline. I'll never forget that one.
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Bet that's a great experience.Hopefully, P. Sampras will be playing veteran tournaments as long as he stays hungry. Unfortunately I. Lendl doesn't cause it's too risky I guess. Would be great to watch P.Sampras vs. J. Mcenroe.



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Coming back to women's tennis about S. Graf. Her great shots serve, forehand and footwork. Doubt her return (backhand) was very good. Her backhand wasn't either. She didn't come that often to the net. So you hardly could call her a serve & volleyer. Some fans pretending she's the most complete player ever. Yes, S. Graf was one of the most successful players, but to say that she's had a great backhand/return/volley then I gotta fancy C. Evert as more complete.



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Coming back to women's tennis about S. Graf. Her great shots serve, forehand and footwork. Doubt her return (backhand) was very good. Her backhand wasn't either. She didn't come that often to the net. So you hardly could call her a serve & volleyer. Some fans pretending she's the most complete player ever. Yes, S. Graf was one of the most successful players, but to say that she's had a great backhand/return/volley then I gotta fancy C. Evert as more complete.
hear, hear! (clinks glass) so true, so true.

But dont expect alfa to join you in that particular opinion. He has a painful bias. ( to alfa) but do not let him dissuade you from the subtle but simple truth you presented on christine evert.

Anyway, I was actually just getting into this conversationn to comment on what a quiet, civil, and nice paced conversation it was...just a couple of sentences, with succinct content, for each post...like a nice easy rally from the back of the court. Definitely a women's tennis pace, not men's...and not of this era, either. It was too innocent for that.

But then that Evert comment came out of nowhere...well, who knew? Chris didnt have the big serve, but she never really needed one, so necessity never brought it out in her game. Chris' lob & drop (on both sides), backhand, inside-out down-the-line FOREHAND, consistency of DEPTH of shot, and general backcourt variety was vaster than SG. I will add one qualifier in that, however, which is that chris' generation allowed for more variety...Evert herself showed much more diversity of shot within her rallies up until she was about 27/28 years old, 1981/82 season.

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Hi KV, couldn't agree more. Actually I think all number one players in the past had a more complete game than Graf ever had.
As for Belgium, I LOVE K's Choice, what you think about them? Clijsters seems to be gone and Justin Henin? uuuughh,.....arrogance.....uuuaaghh.
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Hi Daze11. I maybe wrong think you're here in men's tennis forum too. Did you give any comments on Jimmy Connors? Well Leconte/Mecir were slamless can't understand from Adam how they never won a GS. I guess nothing to deny about their talent plus both were complete players. About C. Evert she reminds me of Jimmy Connors the way she played. Great returners, great deep groundstrokes etc. Both didn't need a big serve, results weren't good enough. As far as I'm concerned not the one who won several GS's has the most variety/most potential.
Hi Robert1, agree with you. Surprisingly I don't support Kim, nothing to deny she's top player as long as she stays healty she'll remain a top player for some time.



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Anyone have thoughts about Wilander? Mats was a master tactician IMO-proving it by winning on all surfaces. LOL at his Davis Cup match vs. Mcenroe-6 plus hours!

My other favorite Mats moment was vs. Lendl one year at the Open. He mesmerized van with topsin-moonballs and didn't misss an entire first serve for over a set.
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