must be one of those Graf vs ASV matches lol
I must be a lot older than most people here because mine is a long time ago, Virginia Wade winning Wimbledon in 1977. It was a huge deal here in the U.K. as it was also the Queen’s silver jubilee year so a massive event.
For the life of me, I just cannot recall any Kiwis on the tennis circuits back in the 60s/70. To me Kiwiland has always been the land of rugby, cricket, Americas Cup boating, and softball. Small country but one that has produced many great athletes. Lotsa good luck to those newbies on the tennis circuits.Yeah - all of these youngies talking about the 70s!
... I know many of the New Zealand players, but I've also been lucky enough to meet several from overseas when they've played in Auckland. Long may that continue!
I'm older than the hills. So far as I recall, for me it started with ABC's Wide World of Sports showing taped coverage of Wimbledon in 1963 or 1964.
Our first real international star was Anthony (Tony) Wilding, who was generally acknowledged as the greatest player of his time, winning four consecutive Wimbledons (1910-13) and leading Australasia to win the Davis Cup four times. He was tragically killed in action in the First World War.For the life of me, I just cannot recall any Kiwis on the tennis circuits back in the 60s/70. To me Kiwiland has always been the land of rugby, cricket, Americas Cup boating, and softball. Small country but one that has produced many great athletes. Lotsa good luck to those newbies on the tennis circuits.
Now that I think about it, I was so inspired by the TV presentation that I asked my mom to enroll me in a youth tennis program. She tried to do so but when we entered the tennis facility they threw us out and threatened my mom with arrest for disorderly conduct. Even though it was NYC and was a city park, the tennis courts remained racially segregated and we Hispanics were kept away from them. Had my mother complained to the cops she would have been arrested so we decided that I should just stick to baseball and softball. Luckily, I excelled at both and later coached for several decades. A few years later around 1973 or 74 I tried to join the Paerdegat Racquet Club but it, too, let me know I wasn't welcomed. Now that it has moved its headquarters into the racially mixed Canarsie neighborhood, I wonder if it is finally integrated.
That was a great final - Arantxa became one of my faves as a direct result of this match. Tennis in the 80s was all about dominations - first Martina v Chris from 1982, then Steffi, so anyone but those three winning slams in that decade was a huge deal.1989 French Open final: ASV d. Graf - sensational win for the 17 yo and I was the same age, hooked for life
Did you ever get to play tennis?
Nope, never did. Luckily, in those days pro tennis was on TV virtually every week and I got to watch many, many matches.
While I did not get a chance to play the game, I was very busy playing baseball, softball, handball, paddle ball, running cross country, volleyball, and flag football. Eventually I became a coach and if I may be permitted the boast, had a fairly good amount of success as one. The game of baseball was especially good to me as I worked in field maintenance, free lance sports reporter, official scorer, have travelled to other states to watch the pro game, and gotten to know a few pro players. I wish tennis had been as good to me as baseball was but that's life fer ya.
They are showing classic Wimbledon matches on BBC to make up for the lack of live Wimbledon and so I am watching the 1978 women's final - Navratilova v Evert - right now!