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alfa164164
11-08-2004, 12:31 PM
Was that THE Miloslav Mecir (the Big Cat) who lost in the 1st Round of the qualifying for the Bratislava Challenger this week?

Kevin Patrick
11-08-2004, 02:33 PM
Apparently there are 2 juniors with the same name:

http://www.itftennis.com/portal/playersearch.asp

Check out *********s.net if you're a big fan of the 'Big Cat,' I just bought the '86 Mecir-Becker US Open SF

gts072
11-08-2004, 03:19 PM
I remember that guy. He was a Czech, playing with a wooden racquet.

Deuce
11-09-2004, 11:24 PM
You mean effortlessly gliding with a wooden racquet...

galain
11-09-2004, 11:38 PM
He was Slovak. I read somewhere that he was one of the few people that the other players would stop to watch if they got the chance. Understandable really - he was amazing.

Rabbit
11-10-2004, 05:06 AM
The thing that always killed me about Mecir was that he was smoother than silk, and yet he had a bad back. The guy was absolutely picture perfect in his movement and body posture when hitting the ball. He used his legs to position his body to the height of the ball. I remember him being called the Swede killer because he had a great record against all the Swedes.

ty slothrop
11-10-2004, 06:21 AM
mecir is a fairly common czech name, and "slav" is a common suffix for all slavic first names. any czech or slavic speakers know what the first part "milo" refers to?

Tenny
11-10-2004, 05:00 PM
Why 'Big Cat'?
What was his game like?

BigboyDan
11-10-2004, 05:26 PM
Miroslav means "receive glory through peace", a very common slavic name. "Mir" means "peace" in Russian, Slovene, Czech, etc. Such as in the "Mir space station". In its English/German: Frederick.

chad shaver
11-10-2004, 05:37 PM
Why 'Big Cat'?
What was his game like?

I think Deuce said it best..."gliding effortlessly". He didn't hit the ball very hard, but he was so quick and smooth, he always seemed to be in perfect position.

Sometimes ESPNClassic will show a match between Lendl and Mecir. It's amazing to watch.

Hyperstate
11-16-2004, 12:36 AM
Gosh, that Lendl-Mecir match. Mecir, of course, didn't put his opponent away with sheer power, but his court coverage, footwork and shot selection produced some of the best angles/shots I've seen in tennis. Beautiful!