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Nadal_Freak
06-07-2008, 03:41 PM
We know Wimbledon is probably the most prestige slam but a better question is which slam is the most enjoyable to watch?

tkauffm
06-07-2008, 03:53 PM
Although watching the Australian is hectic because matches for me start at 12:30 am, I really think that the best tennis is played there. Most of the players have taken time off, so they're fresh. I didn't get to watch the last one because I was backpacking for a month (boo who, right?) but I thought that the rebound ace was conducive to great shot making. Hopefully the new stuff isn't too different.

Wimbledon is probably a close second for me

Eviscerator
06-07-2008, 03:55 PM
My order;

Wimbledon

US Open

Australian

French

daddy
06-07-2008, 03:57 PM
I can not choose. I am always very excited to watch any of them and I have a few reasons. RG because of clay and its really unique. Wimby - we all know why, tradition goes a long way back. USO - always excelent thrilling matches and big crowds ! Aussie - first in the year, always has a surprise comers there and a good evaluation of whats to come during the year ! There you go !

zagor
06-07-2008, 03:58 PM
USO although AO is a very close second.

Octavianus
06-07-2008, 03:59 PM
U.S Open (by far the most favourite)

Australian

Feņa14
06-07-2008, 04:00 PM
Wimbledon's fantastic, can't be beaten in my eyes.

The French is good when you see the top clay courters on top form but the way Nadal seems to just whipe everyone off the court these days makes it a bit less interesting to me.

I like the Australian because the time it's on is great for me to watch, also you usually get a surprise package and it's interesting to see, not to mention it's the first slam of the year which always makes it a bit different.

The US Open would be my least favourite to watch as it all reminds me of going back to school! lol. September always means back to school and he nights drawing in earlier, going to bed earlier etc... It doesn't really do it for me.

Mansewerz
06-07-2008, 04:02 PM
I love em all. Wimby is great because I love that tradition of class and gentleman playing tennis, but each has it's own identity and their great.

veroniquem
06-07-2008, 04:07 PM
I voted FO because the poll gives only one option, but I have 2 favorite slams that I enjoy watching equally: FO and Wimbledon.

luckyboy1300
06-07-2008, 04:10 PM
US Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (in order)

nextfederer
06-07-2008, 04:13 PM
Australian Open, Wimbeldon, French Open then USO

cueboyzn
06-07-2008, 04:15 PM
I like watching Wimbledon but love watching US Open. Its so electric the buzz and atmosphere are 1 of a kind in my opinion. You can almost feel the excitement and electricity buzzing in the air. Especially a big night match under lights. Plus its the slam where you see the most exciting tennis. I think to perform there you have to be a very special kind of player.. especially if your not American.

2nd_Serve
06-07-2008, 04:40 PM
I sort of don't like Wimbledon as much as the French because the points are way to short. The matches end too fast. The only Wimbledon matches that I like are when it goes to five sets. IMO, French is the best. You get the craziest points out there. And plus its long and entertaining haha.

bagung
06-07-2008, 04:48 PM
french open...
long rally...
VAMOS RAFA

gj011
06-07-2008, 05:04 PM
1. Wimbledon
2. RG
3. AO
4. USO

North
06-07-2008, 05:13 PM
1. Wimbledon
2. US Open
3. Australian
4. RG

BNK
06-07-2008, 05:24 PM
Aus open ---> unbiased :)
Roland Garros
Wimbledon
USO

flyer
06-07-2008, 05:31 PM
Wimby
FO
AO
USO

Wimby because its Wimbledon and I don't think anything compared, the seats are full from the get go and there isn't that slowness to the first couple rounds like every other slam, the other slams I just wait for that second week but at Wimbledon its two weeks of heaven

FO- clay, the tradition itself and the different plots it brings add intrigue

AO/USO- I prolly like the AO slightly better because Im so in the mood for tennis and at the USO Im pretty much beat from following so much tennis, idk it just doesn't do nearly as much for me

quest01
06-07-2008, 06:10 PM
The US Open is the slam in which I enjoy watching the most primarily because I'm an American.

Nadal_Freak
06-07-2008, 06:13 PM
The US Open is the slam in which I enjoy watching the most primarily because I'm an American.
Personally I think the US Open is a joke and I'm from the USA. Pathetic how the fans act. It is my least favorite slam by far.

flyer
06-07-2008, 06:31 PM
Personally I think the US Open is a joke and I'm from the USA. Pathetic how the fans act. It is my least favorite slam by far.

I agree, and I am half American and have lived here since I was four

soyizgood
06-07-2008, 06:56 PM
USO. At least I can see the balls played on TV better, the courts cater to players with a variety of styles, and this slam is a better barometer of greatness than any other slam in the Open Era.

The airplane noise can be annoying. And it's held in NYC, a place people either love or hate with a passion. But the weather is usually warm, the night matches have often been electric, and along with the AO is the slam where someone outside the top 3 has a legit shot at going far.

flyer
06-07-2008, 06:58 PM
USO. At least I can see the balls played on TV better, the courts cater to players with a variety of styles, and this slam is a better barometer of greatness than any other slam in the Open Era.

The airplane noise can be annoying. And it's held in NYC, a place people either love or hate with a passion. But the weather is usually warm, the night matches have often been electric, and along with the AO is the slam where someone outside the top 3 has a legit shot at going far.

barometer of greatness? sorry i couldn't let this slide, greatness is not decided by USO titles, its by Wimby and FOs, whos greatness was defined by USO titles?

CyBorg
06-07-2008, 07:06 PM
Traditionally the French. It brings all the personalities. In recent years, Coria, Mantilla, Gaudio, Kuerten, Rios. Interesting, different guys with unique styles.

It's been a bit of a bore as of late though.

soyizgood
06-07-2008, 07:22 PM
barometer of greatness? sorry i couldn't let this slide, greatness is not decided by USO titles, its by Wimby and FOs, whos greatness was defined by USO titles?

Look at the list of USO winners since the Open Era (1968 ). Every Men's USO winner has reached #1 in the world except for Orantes and some other person (both went #2). That's been true even with the USO being on grass, clay, and hardcourts. Meanwhile, Wimbledon, FO, and AO have had their share of fluke champs (Costa, Gaudio, Johansson, Krajicek, and plenty others) and one-surface specialists (Moya, Kuerten, Brugera, Muster, Ferrero, Ivanisevic). You don't see no-namers as USO champions.

Just in case you don't believe me, here's list of slam champs: here (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fsports.espn.go.com%2Fsports%2Ften nis%2Fhistory%3Ftype%3Dmen&ei=AkNLSPbPIpyuoQT50oDBBA&usg=AFQjCNE3f18dzaTFkJPIKjt9zwmfAzJeOw&sig2=EYRI6DSQB_I0cSnuqkzcNQ)

soyizgood
06-07-2008, 07:28 PM
barometer of greatness? sorry i couldn't let this slide, greatness is not decided by USO titles, its by Wimby and FOs, whos greatness was defined by USO titles?

Yet Sampras, Federer, Connors, Becker, Edberg, McEnroe find themselves listed as all-time greats and how many FO titles did they accumulate? 1 less than Albert Costa/Carlos Moya/Yannick Noah/Andres Gomes/Tomas Muster/Michael Chang. Where's the FO greatness now? Name a slam Berasategui could have made a slam final with that Hawaiian forehand...oh that's right. Only the FO.

As for Wimbledon, it's had one day in the spotlight folks like Krajicek, Cash, Ivanisevic, and Stich. Malivai Washington in the finals ('96) the same year all 4 semi-finalists were unseeded. The winner, Krajicek, didn't do much damage after that win.

Andres
06-07-2008, 07:52 PM
Wimbledon
US Open
Australian
French

Leelord337
06-07-2008, 07:55 PM
We know Wimbledon is probably the most prestige slam but a better question is which slam is the most enjoyable to watch?

i like the french open because of the well constructed points

NikeWilson
06-07-2008, 08:18 PM
without question the US Open is the most exciting tournament to watch.

lovecr717
06-07-2008, 08:45 PM
Wimby and USO

tennis08tarheels
06-07-2008, 09:49 PM
Wimbledon, except the rain.

xpaulinabearx
06-07-2008, 09:51 PM
US open, cause they play at night alot.
weird, i know.
and it's really fun to watch.

cueboyzn
06-12-2008, 02:48 AM
In my opinion there is nothing more exciting than watching a high profile US Open night match. (Anyone who hasn't watched one maybe needs to see Fed vs Blake 2006, or Fed vs Roddick 2007)

Awesome tennis and awesome excitement.

Rickson
06-12-2008, 02:52 AM
Which Slam Do You Enjoy Watching the Most?


The French is definitely last on the list for me because I can't stand slow ball. You get fewer winners from the French than from club players.

Rhino
06-12-2008, 02:57 AM
to attend:
Australian Open
Wimbledon
US Open
Roland Garros

to watch on TV
Wimbledon
US Open (is on when I get home from work)
Roland Garros
Australian Open (I have to stay up all night)

drive
06-12-2008, 03:25 AM
Wimbledon
Roland Garros - Australian Open







US Open

Ljubicic for number1
06-12-2008, 04:05 AM
Australian
Wimby "except the constant rain delays"
French
US Open.

Turning Pro
06-12-2008, 05:08 AM
Wimbledon

Aus Open

U.S Open

French Open

ninman
06-12-2008, 05:12 AM
The French is definitely last on the list for me because I can't stand slow ball. You get fewer winners from the French than from club players.

are you sure that's the only reason? Nothing to do with Federer not winning it yet?

paterson
06-12-2008, 06:09 AM
As far as the best and most entertaining tennis

1. Australian Open
2, US Open
3. Wimbledon
4. French Open

SempreSami
06-12-2008, 06:14 AM
Wimbledon for me, the BBC coverage is immense.

Least favourite is the US Open, don't particularly like the way the crowd on the main courts usually contains cretins who scream as someone's tossing for their serve.

Pro Staff Pete
06-12-2008, 06:17 AM
1. Wimbledon
2. Roland Garros
3. Australian Open
4. US Open

Pro Staff Pete
06-12-2008, 06:17 AM
The BBC coverage is immense.

Gotta love it when classic matches are shown during rain :)

Supernatural_Serve
06-12-2008, 07:22 AM
US Open - annual pilgrimage is good for the soul

AAgassiradical88
06-12-2008, 07:29 AM
I love the US Open, on TV it is the best to watch for me, plus i've been to it live and it was terrific. I would def. like to go see the others live so i could then compare.

bluetrain4
06-12-2008, 07:48 AM
The US Open is my favorite by far. It's what really got me into tennis. And, when I was a kid, it was the only one that had substantial television coverage.

I've always loved the nighttime coverage on USA and the night matches. I really hope that the format is maintained once the USO leaves USA network.

There's always a good variety of play and it's exciting because it's the last Slam until January.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that because it's played in the US, the television schedule is much better (I don't have to stay up until 2:30 am or get up at 5:00 am to watch a match) for me.

Rickson
06-12-2008, 08:44 AM
are you sure that's the only reason? Nothing to do with Federer not winning it yet?

I wouldn't care if he won it twice, I don't like watching slow ball. Oh and you'll finally get your wish of Federer winning a slam this year and that one is my favorite to watch. You ready to pay up yet?

soyizgood
06-12-2008, 09:26 AM
Considering the army of Nadal and clay court fans, I'm kind of surprised to see the FO dead last on the poll. Even the AO has slightly more votes than it as of 9:27AM PST 6/12/08.

It is practically a tie between Wimbledon and USO. IMO USO matches are more exciting than Wimbledon's. At least the USO hasn't had to slow the surface down to appease clay courters and folks bored with serve and volley.

ninman
06-12-2008, 09:29 AM
I wouldn't care if he won it twice, I don't like watching slow ball. Oh and you'll finally get your wish of Federer winning a slam this year and that one is my favorite to watch. You ready to pay up yet?

Absoloutely, just send me an email with the details and I'll get that stuff off to you asap. Just an overgrip right? Do you still have my addresse?

Btw I have absoloutely no doubt that Federer is going to repeat the Wimbledon US Open double this year, and I also have no doubt that the defeated finalists will not be Djokovic or Nadal, but I'm through with betting, lol.

ninman
06-12-2008, 09:30 AM
Considering the army of Nadal and clay court fans, I'm kind of surprised to see the FO dead last on the poll. Even the AO has slightly more votes than it as of 9:27AM PST 6/12/08.

It is practically a tie between Wimbledon and USO. IMO USO matches are more exciting than Wimbledon's. At least the USO hasn't had to slow the surface down to appease clay courters and folks bored with serve and volley.

Damn right, yet they won't change the clay court to make it easier for players like Federer to win at the French, bloody hypocrits.

Vision84
06-12-2008, 09:54 AM
I clicked wimbledon just because it is the only one I have been to and historically it has been my favorite so I'm biased. Now however I think it may have to be the US Open simply because it is probably faster than grass now. Slow courts like the French tend to be pretty boring to watch.

Chopin
06-12-2008, 10:13 AM
As suspected, Wimbledon is easily the most popular and U.S. Open second. The faster slams are more fun to watch in my opinion.

cknobman
06-12-2008, 10:14 AM
I put the US Open not because Im American per sey but because since I live in America it is the slam with the most and best coverage (traditionally). So since in the past I have gotten to see more of the USO Ive always enjoyed it.

But I love Wimbledon because it is a break from the monotony of clay and hard courts.

Rickson
06-12-2008, 10:18 AM
Wimbledon all the way.

fgzhu88
06-12-2008, 11:45 AM
1. Wimbledon
2. Roland Garros
3. Australian Open
4. US Open

same order for me. except I liked the rebound ace surface for the Australian Open better. The sound of that reverberating THUD was just sweet!

Blade0324
06-12-2008, 12:38 PM
USO
French
Aussie
Wimby
In order. The USO because of the night matches and electric atmosphere. French because of the longer rallies. Aussie next due to a great event and great surface.
Wimby last as it is antequated and old fashioned and needs a serious makeover to update it.

Nadal_Freak
06-12-2008, 01:06 PM
A lot of *******s/USA fans on this board I guess. Oh well.

dh003i
06-12-2008, 01:10 PM
A lot of *******s/USA fans on this board I guess. Oh well.

I think you're just ticked that Wimbledon is leading the list as most enjoyable slam to watch, with the FO coming in last.

My favorites to watch

1. Wimbledon
2. French Open
3. Australian Open
4. US Open

Most prestigious, imo

1. Wimbledon
2. French Open
3. US Open
4. Australian Open

Although the FO and USO are very close.

Sarzy
06-12-2008, 01:11 PM
Wimbledon, Aus, US, French.

Pro Staff Pete
06-12-2008, 01:11 PM
same order for me. except I liked the rebound ace surface for the Australian Open better. The sound of that reverberating THUD was just sweet!

Indeed, the new surface is disappointing :(

Nadal_Freak
06-12-2008, 01:13 PM
I think you're just ticked that Wimbledon is leading the list as most enjoyable slam to watch, with the FO coming in last.

My favorites to watch

1. Wimbledon
2. French Open
3. Australian Open
4. US Open

Most prestigious, imo

1. Wimbledon
2. French Open
3. US Open
4. Australian Open

Although the FO and USO are very close.
Well I guess you're right. I want people to like the French Open but Nadal wins it too easily. People want to see more interesting matches. Wimbledon seems to get more of those lately as well as the Aussie Open. US Open is from USA so that's a default.

TheNatural
06-12-2008, 01:22 PM
When it doesnt rain I like the Aus Open then Wimbledon then the US open then the FO. But the FO is at the top with the rest during the Nadal era, he just elevates the slam to the top by himself. They're all great, but Wimbledon is ussually the worst because of the rain.

cknobman
06-12-2008, 01:43 PM
A lot of *******s/USA fans on this board I guess. Oh well.

Coming straight from King ******* himself.

TacoBellBorderBowl1946
06-12-2008, 02:11 PM
wimbledon is the best

soyizgood
06-12-2008, 02:50 PM
At least when I watch TV, I can actually SEE the ball traveling during USO matches. Tennis balls just get camouflaged at Wimbledon. FO is too cheap to install Hawkeye and the AO looks cool, but I can't get it on free TV in USA.

cmartin
06-13-2008, 11:14 AM
Wilmbledon, USO,AO,FO

jmsx521
06-13-2008, 11:18 AM
Wimbledon got more votes than the US Open!? Oh, come on folks... you are so traditional!

Arafel
06-13-2008, 11:18 AM
US Open, Wimbledon, Australian, French.

I think there's an almost electric atmosphere at the US Open. The crowds are more boisterous, the night matches ROCK, and the event has an excitement to it. Wimbledon is second, because of the history etc. The last two are a toss up for me, but I put the Aussie ahead of the French because I get bored with clay court tennis after a while.

BallzofSkill
06-13-2008, 11:59 AM
Coming straight from King ******* himself.

i don't really follow the french open cause it's boring. and i never realized how much i like the us open so i guess i'm tied with usopen/wimbledon, followed by ausopen, then i guess french which i don't even watch.

markgimmer
06-13-2008, 01:41 PM
rg last of course, wimby first

BullDogTennis
06-13-2008, 10:09 PM
id say wimbledon-then the US--then probably the french(its fun to watch people slip and fall :))

tin
06-18-2008, 07:41 AM
id have to go with wimby and FO......

i like the long rallies in FO and i can see the ball better against the color of the clay........

Wimbledon is so classy, i love it!!!!!!

RedWeb
06-18-2008, 08:04 AM
US Open, Wimbledon, Australian, French.

I think there's an almost electric atmosphere at the US Open. The crowds are more boisterous, the night matches ROCK, and the event has an excitement to it. Wimbledon is second, because of the history etc. The last two are a toss up for me, but I put the Aussie ahead of the French because I get bored with clay court tennis after a while.

Agreed. That is my ranking also.

bluetrain4
06-18-2008, 08:32 AM
1. US Open - by far. Not because I'm an American. I got into tennis watching USO coverage on CBS and for a long time, it was the only major I could watch when I was a kid. As I got older, I loved the USA coverage and the night matchs. I've seen so many electrifying night matches, that I can't count. I just love the tennis, the NYC crowds, and the coverage. I really hope that the night match coverage is maintained at a high level when the USO moves to ESPN and TTC.

2. Australian Open. This has shot up the rankings in past years. Again, great crowd, a surface receptive to all sorts of play, really good coverage, and compelling night matches. Not as good as the USO, but has come a long way fast. It doesn't hurt that even though Australia is half a world away, the AO day matches are shown in primetime in the States. Of course, their night matches start at 2:30 a.m. for me, but it's still worth it.

3. French - unique surface, more deliberate play. Can get repetitive at first glance, but it's fun to see how players think through the point and construct the point since they often can not just hit right through their opponent. Also, it was always nice to see a whole different set of contenders. The sliding, the clay-stained clothes, just a really cool experience.

4. Thread is about which Slam I enjoy watching most, not which one I think is the most prestegious or which one is better. Wimbledon coverage has always, up until fairly recently, been spotty for me. During the 80s and early 90s, I really enjoyed it, because a lot of my favorite players were playing - Edberg, Becker, Agassi, Graf. But, the tennis was often pretty boring, though it defintely had its moments. Rain delays made the ordeal frustrating.

dropserve
06-18-2008, 09:02 AM
Wimbledon. i like anything that is played on grass.