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MichaelNadal
06-10-2011, 01:18 PM
Just thought it would be nice for everyone to know where we all come from as far as when we got into tennis. If you started watching at a different time before you followed it RELIGIOUSLY, list both please. For me I started watching in 2002. The first tournament I remember watching start to finish was 2003 Wimbledon, I remember after each round, the commentators kept mentioning "Federer" was still in it, beginning of an era, we had no idea. I started watching religiously in 2006 (Nadal got my interest), though I did watch the AO in 2005 and a few other tournaments in between. What about you?

SystemicAnomaly
06-10-2011, 01:24 PM
One of my earliest childhood memories is seeing Pancho Gonzales playing (on a small black and white TV back) in the mid-1950s (perhaps 1956 or so). Did not pick up the sport and start watching in earnest until 1973 (in color). The primary tennis commentator back then was Bud Collins.

Satch
06-10-2011, 01:25 PM
2012.

10charr

MichaelNadal
06-10-2011, 01:25 PM
2012.

10charr

:roll: That's 1 idiotic child on this board. I knew there would be.

zagor
06-10-2011, 01:28 PM
2011 Australian Open,Novak is the best player I've ever seen.I didn't even know why was there such a big fuss about that Swiss Tarantino lookalike(Novak was spanking him in straights so I just didn't get it)until RG SF,then I realized that he might have actually been a solid player long time ago.

Satch
06-10-2011, 01:28 PM
:roll: That's 1 idiotic child on this board. I knew there would be.

nice to see that you thought that rafa invented tennis game.. now your posts are more clear. :oops:

Mustard
06-10-2011, 01:29 PM
1990 Queen's Club was the proper start for me. I tried to find out as much about the history of the sport as I could after that, which was rather difficult in that pre-internet age. Getting Sky TV in the weeks before the 1991 French Open was a huge help. There was only one Sky Sports channel back then. Sue Barker was on Sky in those days with Des Lynam on the BBC.

MichaelNadal
06-10-2011, 01:29 PM
nice to see that you thought that rafa invented tennis game.. now your posts are more clear. :oops:

So you missed the part where I said I started watching tennis in 2002? I was a fan of Hewitt and Safin before Nadal. :oops:

Satch
06-10-2011, 01:29 PM
2011 Australian Open,Novak is the best player I've ever seen.I didn't even know why was there such a big fuss about that Swiss Tarantino lookalike(Novak was spanking him in straights so I just didn't get it)until RG SF,then I realized that he might have actually been a solid player long time ago.

ahahahaha lol

bravo matori :-)

MichaelNadal
06-10-2011, 01:31 PM
ahahahaha lol

bravo matori :-)

It really gets old that you can't have one serious thread on this board.

Emet74
06-10-2011, 01:32 PM
To answer straight:

When I was a kid in the 80's. Remember cheering Hana Mandlikova's win at the US Open; I always liked the talented but somewhat nervous players like her which explains a bit why I am a Fed fan, though he went on to be successful way beyond my wildest expectations . . .

First wimby I watched through was Boris Becker's surprise win in 1985, got hooked and watched religiously every year since :)

MichaelNadal
06-10-2011, 01:33 PM
1990 Queen's Club was the proper start for me. I tried to find out as much about the history of the sport as I could after that, which was rather difficult in that pre-internet age. Getting Sky TV in the weeks before the 1991 French Open was a huge help. There was only one Sky Sports channel back then. Sue Barker was on Sky in those days with Des Lynam on the BBC.

How old are u bro?

GOAT BAAH!!!
06-10-2011, 01:33 PM
1996....was a kid and the Sampras/Agassi nike ads really peaked my interest. I followed the sport loosely till about 2001 then got bored with the interim period and it's meh champions...

Really got into it and started playing in 05.

zagor
06-10-2011, 01:33 PM
ahahahaha lol

bravo matori :-)

Pa priznaj da lice :)

Satch
06-10-2011, 01:34 PM
It really gets old that you can't have one serious thread on this board.

and you have some need to be serious? Where is the fun then..

Satch
06-10-2011, 01:35 PM
Pa priznaj da lice :)

:-D isti brate on tarantino i onaj lepi sto peva iza oblaka... a ja reko on ovako poseban covek jedinstven :confused:

MichaelNadal
06-10-2011, 01:38 PM
and you have some need to be serious? Where is the fun then..

In about EVERY other thread on here.

Hood_Man
06-10-2011, 01:38 PM
My earliest tennis memory is seeing Cliff Richard singing at Wimbledon during a rain delay, which I think was 1996.

Mostly I watched it to see how Tiger Tim was doing, and believe it or not I wasn't really aware of who Pete Sampras was (seriously). It wasn't until 2003 that I started watching more regularly, and it wasn't until 2006 that I was able to watch the whole tournament from start to finish, having finished my A-Levels about a week before it started.

I do remember a few matches from 2005 though, one of them I think was Federer's match against Kiefer, where Federer double faulted twice in a row through nerves. It could have been in the tiebreak because I remember it was on an important point.

And of course Murray's progress to the third round. I was so disappointed to see him lose to Nalbandian after being 2 sets to 0 up, but of course he was young then, and had already had a terrific tournament.

My first non Wimbledon tennis match was the 2008 French Open final. Considering how invincible Federer looked like to me up until that point, you can imagine how I must have felt...

2008 was when I really started watching all year round though. It was that year when I discovered live streaming sites on the internet.

So yeah, not as long as some of you guys certainly, but that memory from 1996 is such a nice one that I don't mind :)

Raphael
06-10-2011, 01:39 PM
The first tennis match I ever saw was the Wimbledon Finals in 1980, when I was 9 years old. It was amazing!!

TheMagicianOfPrecision
06-10-2011, 01:40 PM
1987
10 elephants

Mustard
06-10-2011, 01:41 PM
How old are u bro?

I'm 27. I was 6 at the time of 1990 Queen's Club. I've always been into watching a lot of sports, especially tennis, football (soccer), darts, boxing and snooker. I was into sport as much as children's programmes when I was a kid and always remember being annoyed when my parents and grandparents wouldn't know an answer to some of my questions about some rules of the game or the history of the game.

Muster became my favourite player after Sky Sports showed a tennis programme which featured the 1990 Davis Cup match between Muster and Agassi. It was a beatdown :)

MichaelNadal
06-10-2011, 01:44 PM
I'm 27. I was 6 at the time of 1990 Queen's Club. I've always been into watching a lot of sports, especially tennis, football (soccer), darts, boxing and snooker. I was into sport as much as children's programmes when I was a kid and always remember being annoyed when my parents and grandparents wouldn't know an answer to some of my questions about some rules of the game or the history of the game.

Muster became my favourite player after Sky Sports showed a tennis programme which featured the 1990 Davis Cup match between Muster and Agassi. It was a beatdown :)

Oh cool, I wish I got into it earlier. Im 25 so I suppose I was 14 when I first started watching and 20 when it became an all the time/religious thing.

Mustard
06-10-2011, 01:46 PM
Oh cool, I wish I got into it earlier. Im 25 so I suppose I was 14 when I first started watching and 20 when it became an all the time/religious thing.

It helps that my family regularly watched tennis, although they weren't huge fanatics or anything. They always got engrossed in Queen's Club and Wimbledon and I was hungry for more tennis, but the BBC only cared about those tournaments. Those Brits who criticise Andy Murray and Tim Henman don't know how lucky they are, as Jeremy Bates was the big British hope at Wimbledon in the early and mid 1990s.

ledwix
06-10-2011, 01:48 PM
I started watching in 2000. I was 9, and the first tournament I followed was Sampras's last Wimbledon title. I followed gradually more and more closely since then, and now I follow more closely than ever.

Great Uncle Bulgaria
06-10-2011, 01:50 PM
Don't remember the year but was c1985, don't remember the match either but the trophy was a racket encrusted with diamonds come to think of it, I might be making this up.

However the i was hooked from 1987 Wimbledon - I was nine. I don't really remember the tournament but they showed a load of old matches from the 60s and 70s during the rain delays. I was amazed by the athleticism, grace and also how genteel everything was. Sometimes I wish we could go back to those days.

PSNELKE
06-10-2011, 01:55 PM
1989 As a 6 yo I started to follow Boom Boom Boris where he went on to win Wimbledon.
As a German I was very excited about it and the hype back then in Germany was incredible on tennis.
Then I started to watch tennis regulary as a kid and never stopped watching.
It was definately awesome to follow the whole progress of tennis in the last 20 years. :)

egn
06-10-2011, 01:58 PM
First match I watched in full was Stefan Edberg vs. Pete Sampras US Open 1992. Was very young, rooted for Edberg cause he hit the in my young words "cool pretty shots". Then somewhere around 94-95 started regularly watching it using my library card to rent out old tennis videos to watch when it wasn't on TV. As earlier posters starting a very young age and growing up with tennis has been incredible.

TheMagicianOfPrecision
06-10-2011, 02:00 PM
I'm 27. I was 6 at the time of 1990 Queen's Club. I've always been into watching a lot of sports, especially tennis, football (soccer), darts, boxing and snooker. I was into sport as much as children's programmes when I was a kid and always remember being annoyed when my parents and grandparents wouldn't know an answer to some of my questions about some rules of the game or the history of the game.

Muster became my favourite player after Sky Sports showed a tennis programme which featured the 1990 Davis Cup match between Muster and Agassi. It was a beatdown :)

A Nadal-fan over 20 years??
Treason! Utterly proposterous!

Gorecki
06-10-2011, 02:00 PM
It really gets old that you can't have one serious thread on this board.

Just thought it would be nice for everyone to know where we all come from as far as when we got into tennis. If you started watching at a different time before you followed it RELIGIOUSLY, list both please. For me I started watching in 2002. The first tournament I remember watching start to finish was 2003 Wimbledon, I remember after each round, the commentators kept mentioning "Federer" was still in it, beginning of an era, we had no idea. I started watching religiously in 2006 (Nadal got my interest), though I did watch the AO in 2005 and a few other tournaments in between. What about you?

on a serious note, even though you dont deserve it, my first memories of tennis go back into my childhood when my older brothers were massive Borg fans. (they even used Lois jeans). i got into tennis more seriously by the early nineties, with mullet Agassi... became religious about this sport by Lisbon Masters 2000 (for obvious reasons). i only started playing on a more serious and regular basis less than 5 years ago, despite being a casual player every odd chance!

Mustard
06-10-2011, 02:03 PM
A Nadal-fan over 20 years??
Treason! Utterly proposterous!

Your hatred for Nadal is rather amusing.

MichaelNadal
06-10-2011, 02:04 PM
on a serious note, even though you dont deserve it, my first memories of tennis go back into my childhood when my older brothers were massive Borg fans. (they even used Lois jeans). i got into tennis more seriously by the early nineties, with mullet Agassi... became religious about this sport by Lisbon Masters 2000 (for obvious reasons). i only started playing on a more serious and regular basis less than 5 years ago, despite being a casual player every odd chance!

You know absolutely nothing about me other than what I type on this board, so let's not even take it there.

MichaelNadal
06-10-2011, 02:05 PM
Your hatred for Nadal is rather amusing.

It's ridiculous how no one is "supposed" to be a Nadal fan unless something is wrong or they don't know anything about tennis. Let people like who they like. Haters gonna hate.

TheMagicianOfPrecision
06-10-2011, 02:06 PM
Your hatred for Nadal is rather amusing.

Relax, i was joking

heftylefty
06-10-2011, 02:08 PM
It was the spring/summer of 1982. I was 18 years old. I remember Mats winner Roland Garros. I just started becoming interested in tennis. Been hook ever since.

Mustard
06-10-2011, 02:10 PM
Relax, i was joking

Ever heard of smilies? ;)

TheMagicianOfPrecision
06-10-2011, 02:10 PM
It was the spring/summer of 1982. I was 18 years old. I remember Mats winner Roland Garros. I just started becoming interested in tennis. Been hook ever since.

So Sweden played a big part in you hooking up with tennis :)

TheMagicianOfPrecision
06-10-2011, 02:12 PM
Ever heard of smilies? ;)

Absolutely :D

tennis_pro
06-10-2011, 02:13 PM
I've watched every big tournament since Wimbledon 2007 (I remember watching the US Open that year thinking damn this guy Federer is really pis$ing me off, he's winning almost everything) but really consistantly since 2008 AO, the funny thing I've started supporting Federer after his AO loss to Djokovic and missed all his best years, the first half of 2008 was really frustrating

I've seen some occasional big matches way earlier tho, both 2000 FO and Wimbledon finals, 2006 Wimbledon semis and finals, 2005 AO semi (I still think the Fed-Marat match is the best I've seen thus far).

Gorecki
06-10-2011, 02:13 PM
You know absolutely nothing about me other than what I type on this board, so let's not even take it there.

Mr. Captain obvious.

i was talking based on you posting so much not serious stuff and suddenly asking for seriousness!!!

but thanks for the comments. makes ownder if i should have just blasted your repetitive thread like you\it deserved!!!

TennisFan3
06-10-2011, 02:15 PM
Been watching tennis, as soon as I started playing it when I was a kid in school - in the late 80's -early 90s.

My earliest memories of big matches are watching Edberg-Becker battle it out, and I used to root for Becker.

I became a BIG BIG fan of Pete Sampras, to the point that I was beside myself with sorrow once he retired. I used to watch tennis, but couldn't imagine having the same passion for any other player. How could there be another player who was truly the people's champion? Someone who was the best talent tennis had ever seen, and yet so humble on and off court? The time when Sampras and Steffi used to play - that to me, was the best time of my tennis watching life. I was a big fan of both.

Then I started to back Fed from 2003 onwards once he won Wimbledon, although not in the same way as Sampras. Then I got into rooting for Nadal especially after watching Spain beat us in the Davis Cup and the baby Nadal fist pumping his way to a win. I used to find clay tennis boring, but Nadal got me into that as well, once he started winning F.Os. It was fascinating to see Nadal fight on court with his Borg like intensity.

Then of course the rest is history, and the way Nadal morphed from a dirt-baller to all-surface player in '08 was very exciting. Even If his style is awkward, his competitiveness, mental strength and humbleness reminds me of Pistol Pete..

Kobble
06-10-2011, 02:17 PM
1981. My aunts were McEnroe and Borg fans. McEnroe was the first tennis player I knew of. After that, probably Agassi. Then Sampras.

MichaelNadal
06-10-2011, 02:19 PM
Mr. Captain obvious.

i was talking based on you posting so much not serious stuff and suddenly asking for seriousness!!!

but thanks for the comments. makes ownder if i should have just blasted your repetitive thread like you\it deserved!!!

Nah, i'd like to think im pretty serious with the stuff I post, and I don't troll. I only posts GIFs on silly/troll comments. THEY deserve it.

Also, Nice post TF3, interesting perspective. Post 2003, Federer was basically winning EVERYTHING and there was this one guy that was different than everyone else, and was wearing pirate pants and was somehow beating Federer whenever they played. The intensity he brought to every point, and his grinding style made me a fan.

heftylefty
06-10-2011, 02:22 PM
So Sweden played a big part in you hooking up with tennis :)

Oh yes!! I have seen Mats play live in a senior event against Noah ten years ago. And had the pleasure of seeing a Prime Edberg in L.A. I saw Mikael Pernfors win the NCAA title (his second) when he was at U of Georgia, via t.v.

TheMagicianOfPrecision
06-10-2011, 02:27 PM
Oh yes!! I have seen Mats play live in a senior event against Noah ten years ago. And had the pleasure of seeing a Prime Edberg in L.A. I saw Mikael Pernfors win the NCAA title (his second) when he was at U of Georgia, via t.v.

Thats really nice

Moose Malloy
06-10-2011, 02:31 PM
I'm 27. I was 6 at the time of 1990 Queen's Club

Now that is surprising, considering some of your posts on Borg, Laver, etc. I wonder how many of the supposed 'oldtimers' who get criticized in Former Pro Player for ranking older players highly(& seem to know more about them than just what commentators say about them) are really just guys in their 20s/30s who couldn't have possibly seen Borg or Laver live, but just care enough about the sport to do some research about them before forming an opinion on them.


Those Brits who criticise Andy Murray and Tim Henman don't know how lucky they are, as Jeremy Bates was the big British hope at Wimbledon in the early and mid 1990s.

ha, I attended Wimbledon in 1992 for the first time & it was hilarious how obsessed the media & public there were about Jeremy Bates' run that year. Whenever I hear people say American tennis fans are the least knowledgable fans, I think of all the Brits I chatted with that year at Wimbledon who really thought Bates was some worldbeater capable of winning the tournament(because he beat Chang in the first round, I guess), & who had never even seen Pete Sampras play before(I was told the USO got virtually no coverage there back then)

Zildite
06-10-2011, 02:41 PM
Earliest I can remember is 2004 US Open, especially the double bagel final. Only watched the majors for a while. I knew of only a few guys like Federer.
Last couple of years started watching a lot more thanks to streaming sites. Now I have something like 20 favourite players :)
...and of course, joined TT this year to become a True Tennis Fan™

Mustard
06-10-2011, 02:47 PM
Now that is surprising, considering some of your posts on Borg, Laver, etc. I wonder how many of the supposed 'oldtimers' who get criticized in Former Pro Player for ranking older players highly(& seem to know more about them than just what commentators say about them) are really just guys in their 20s/30s who couldn't have possibly seen Borg or Laver live, but just care enough about the sport to do some research about them before forming an opinion on them.

Yes, I wonder about that as well. Knowing facts about old tennis matches from the 1970s doesn't necessarily mean that you were around to see the matches live. I've watched a lot of those old matches, either by video or DVD. The slower pace takes some getting used to, but it has its own charm and can be just as enthralling and entertaining.

ha, I attended Wimbledon in 1992 for the first time(after many USOs) & it was hilarious how obsessed the media & public there were about Jeremy Bates' run that year. Whenever I hear people say American tennis fans are the least knowledgable fans, I think of all the Brits I chatted with that year at Wimbledon who really thought Bates was some worldbeater capable of winning the tournament(because he beat Chang in the first round, I guess)

I know, the Bates hype was blown out of all proportion. Bates was a decent player and tried hard, but wasn't anywhere near elite level, and he never got into the top 50 in the world during his whole career. Bates had that excellent straight sets win over Michael Chang at 1992 Wimbledon and ended up getting to the fourth round where he played against Guy Forget. Bates had a match point in the fourth set, but somebody in the crowd coughed loudly on the match point and Bates got distracted. Forget came back to win the match in 5 sets, and there was some controversy about it.

Bates beat Boris Becker at 1994 Queen's Club, and that was an impressive victory. It was really hyped up to the moon by the British press. Forget beat Bates again in the fourth round of Wimbledon that year, this time coming from a set down to win in 4 sets.

& who had never even seen Pete Sampras play before(I was told the USO got virtually no coverage there back then)


There were US Open highlights on ITV in the early 1990s. Sky Sports had the full-time rights, with Andrew Castle starting presenting in 1994 as Sue Barker had gone to the BBC in 1993 to join up with Des Lynam.

pound cat
06-10-2011, 02:57 PM
Ever hear of Pancho Segura? Jack Kramer? They only had REAL live tennis then and you were lucky to have a rare chance to see them.

dascud
06-10-2011, 03:00 PM
The first match I can recall watching was the Becker vs Kevin Curren Wimbledon Finals from 1985. That match made me a Becker fan for life. It was great watching a 17 year old fling himself around center court and I remember the commentator mentioning how fast Curren's serves were and that his serve had broken the string of the returner in his previous match.
I have some vague memories of watching Borg/McEnroe before that but was probably too young for it to register.

I used to watch tennis regularly in the early mid 90's and was a Becker/Agassi/Edberg fan but kinda tuned off for a few years when Sampras took stage. Regained interest just in time to see Safin thrash Sampras at the US open final. Had never seen or heard of Safin prior to that match and was awestruck with his form on that day. Have been a Safin then Federer and now Rafa fan. Its been a long journey as a tennis fan and I have so many fond memories of the greats over the years and hopefully many more to come.

Moose Malloy
06-10-2011, 03:02 PM
Bates got to the fourth round of 1992 Wimbledon where he played against Guy Forget. Bates had a match point in the fourth set, but somebody in the crowd coughed loudly on the match point and Bates got distracted.

I remember. I have my drawsheet for that day, you had guys like Edberg, Sampras, Stich, Goran, Lendl, playing matches on outer courts(where I was) while good old Bates got Center Court. And a ton of people were watching his match on the big screen (later called Henman Hill) instead of watching tennis on outer courts. It was a surreal sight.

lower ranked Americans like Fish, Querrey etc rarely get put on Arthur Ashe during the USO(unless they play a high seed) but there have been a long list of rather lowly ranked Brits & Frenchman who got put on Center Courts at their native events over the years. Querrey complained about this at the USO last year(mentioned Roland Garros' scheduling for its players)

Mustard
06-10-2011, 03:14 PM
I remember. I have my drawsheet for that day, you had guys like Edberg, Sampras, Stich, Goran, Lendl, playing matches on outer courts(where I was) while good old Bates got Center Court. And a ton of people were watching his match on the big screen (later called Henman Hill) instead of watching tennis on outer courts. It was a surreal sight.

Enough to make us all blush, I'd say :oops:

christos_liaskos
06-10-2011, 03:39 PM
I'm 22...First match I can remember 'being around when it was on' was when Sampras lost to Krajicek in Wimbledon quarters '96. I did actually play tennis at that age but didn't know anything about it really, but understood that at that time that was a pretty major result. I remember Krajicek going on to win too.

I actually lived in Greece at the time (I live in England now) and I don't recall ever seeing tennis on tv over there so maybe that's why I didn't get into it any younger. Somehow I seemed to know about pro tennis though because I knew about Agassi, he was the first name I learnt. The first memory I have is from hearing his name from a coach.

After that '96 memory, I suppose watching '01 Wimbledon all the way through is my next main memory. Watched it every year since, all day every day when I can (which has been quite often because I always made sure :D). Ofcourse watching Queens from then also.

Must have been early '01 when I started gettin ACE tennis magazine also. Safin was on the front cover of the first one I got. I got rid of all magazines a couple of years ago now, must have been a pile of about 80 or so!

The next big viewing phase was when I got SkySports and Eurosport, which I made sure was installed in time for RG '06. From then on I've watched hundreds of hours probably :), partly due to my health which means I'm home alot more and more the last few years.

It's strange though when I think that I've only really been 'watching' religously since 06, because for around 5 years before that I followed religiously, literally watching matches through the ATP's live score program. I remember watching an Agassi score on there in Rome one year, I think he was due to play Henman in the next round or so, so I was following the match quite closely. Tennis really was already my life before I got satellite TV in 06 anyway and I was just watching Wimbledon and Queens once a year. I still knew every result, every day of the year.

And going back further than my first memories of '96, since tennis has become my life I've learnt a lot about the history, and feel like I did actually see a lot of the former great (Becker, Borg, Mac etc etc), although it's actually just that I've learnt about it all.

To be honest it's actually been hard to separate what I saw live and what I've watched since. I mentioned Wimbledon 01, but I'm pretty certain I saw Pete win in 00 too, although I'm finding it hard to work out whether I actually saw that live or I just know about it as fact now. I'm pretty certain I saw that final, don't remember much of the the rest of the tournament though, which is surprising since I would have been around 11 years old, but I' sure I will have watched it, but my memory just isnt that great, strange. I definitely feel like I've been watching tennis for all this last decade, whereas it's actually only been since 06

jackson vile
06-10-2011, 03:40 PM
1998, it was Wim. I did not even watch it on purpose, my father had the TV on really loud since it was a Sunday. He like to listen to sports while he does other stuff. I awoke to the strange twanging/pinging sound, it was the theme some of Wim. LOL

Bud
06-10-2011, 03:56 PM
My dad was a huge tennis nut and a great player. I started watching matches around 1979-80 (I was 11 or 12). Mandlikova was my favorite player :)

Mainad
06-10-2011, 04:03 PM
Who'd be a British tennis fan...lol? Each decade we fasten on to some average to fairly good player and build him up to be our next best hope for Wimby glory,the one who will finally end the decades long drought since Fred Perry back in the 1930s! In the late 60s and early 70s,it was Roger Taylor.In the late 70s and early 80s it was John Lloyd (gave up trying to be a Wimby winner and married one instead).In the late 80s,early 90s it was Jeremy 'Jezza' Bates.In the late 90s,early 2000s we had the luxury of two, 'Tiger' Tim Henman and Canadian import Greg Rusedski.Now in the late 2000s,early 2010s its Andy 'Muzza' Murray although Muzza is a definite step up in class from his predecessors.T'will be ever thus until the curse of Perry is finally lifted from our shoulders!


I started seriously watching around the mid 70s when Borg came to prominence at Wimbledon.I thought he was fantastic (still do) and exulted each year he won.I was gutted when he finally lost to McEnroe.After Borg,my next real hero was Federer.There's something about ice-cool,tennis geniuses that have always taken my fancy.I never liked noisy,temperamental types.I have always been a Wimbledon fan but until I got Skysports and Eurosport about 10 years ago I was only vaguely aware of the other Slams and major tournaments.Now I can watch them all and appreciate the much greater variety of surfaces and tennis styles out there.It's made me even more of a tennis addict then when I first started to get into it back in the 1970s!

jukka1970
06-10-2011, 04:13 PM
I started around 1987, but didn't get to see much, as televising was more selective back then. Did enjoy watching 1988 Edberg, Becker, Navratilova and Graf. Then when Sampras came, I tended to watch more female matches, as I couldn't stand him. Mainly watched Wimbledon and the US Open, but tried to watch tennis when it was on.

genius24
06-10-2011, 04:21 PM
Just thought it would be nice for everyone to know where we all come from as far as when we got into tennis. If you started watching at a different time before you followed it RELIGIOUSLY, list both please. For me I started watching in 2002. The first tournament I remember watching start to finish was 2003 Wimbledon, I remember after each round, the commentators kept mentioning "Federer" was still in it, beginning of an era, we had no idea. I started watching religiously in 2006 (Nadal got my interest), though I did watch the AO in 2005 and a few other tournaments in between. What about you?

1989....the golden age of tennis

Breaker
06-10-2011, 04:21 PM
1999 Wimbledon final Sampras vs Agassi. Hewitt rising to the top is what got me interested in playing and (attempting) to follow the sport since I was still a young kid at the time :)

CourtlyLove
06-10-2011, 04:38 PM
Started watching in 2011.

Started religiously watching in 2011. :oops:

MichaelNadal
06-10-2011, 04:48 PM
Started watching in 2011.

Started religiously watching in 2011. :oops:

Better late than never, it's cool you're already way into it.

gavna
06-10-2011, 05:46 PM
I'm 49 and started watching the limited live French and Wimby broadcasts in the late 60's when we lived in Europe ( my grandfather was on the tour and then worked at the slams and smaller events and we watched whatever was on). Once we came to the states in 69 - 70 we watched whatever was on back then - all was on tape delay until the late 70's with NBC and Wimbledon morning coverage and until ESPN and USA network in the early 80's almost nothing was live. How many remember tape delay and edited coverage of the French until the early 80's. Loved the old PBS broadcasts with Dell and Collins thru the 70's as well.

Ledigs
06-10-2011, 07:19 PM
I started watching with Connors matches in the 80s (born in 82) because my brother watched and played. Watched tons of matches on USA in the 90s of majors.

Started following even minor tournaments after getting hooked at the US Open 2009 (first time I went in person to flushing). Nadal became my favorite player. I loved watching Agassi (and Sampras) in the 90s. I also watched tons of wta (hinges) in 1997 or so.

I missed the safin/Hewitt era (didn't have tv in college).

But religiously not till fall 2009...

BrooklynNY
06-10-2011, 07:36 PM
Been watching tennis, as soon as I started playing it when I was a kid in school - in the late 80's -early 90s.

I became a BIG BIG fan of Pete Sampras. I used to watch tennis, but couldn't imagine having the same passion for any other player. How could there be another player who was truly the people's champion? Someone who was the best talent tennis had ever seen, and yet so humble on and off court? The time when Sampras and Steffi used to play - that to me, was the best time of my tennis watching life. I was a big fan of both.

Then I started to back Fed from 2003 onwards once he won Wimbledon, although not in the same way as Sampras. Then I got into rooting for Nadal especially after watching Spain beat us in the Davis Cup and the baby Nadal fist pumping his way to a win. I used to find clay tennis boring, but Nadal got me into that as well, once he started winning F.Os. It was fascinating to see Nadal fight on court with his Borg like intensity.

Then of course the rest is history, and the way Nadal morphed from a dirt-baller to all-surface player in '08 was very exciting. Even If his style is awkward, his competitiveness, mental strength and humbleness reminds me of Pistol Pete..

Damn, this pretty much sums it up for me.

Well said. Truly.

Nadal to me is the like the complete polar opposite of Pete's attacking game and propensity to be at net and Nadal's at the baseline, or behind it. (hah).

To me Nadal and Sampras are so opposite yet so similar, it the ways you described and more.

Ronaldo
06-10-2011, 07:40 PM
Started watching tennis in 1975 with those World Heavyweight Championship Matches with Connors playing Rod Laver, Newcombe, Orantes, and Nastase. On CBS? Winner take all?
Seriously started watching in 1977 when Vilas had the streak on clay on PBS. Monday night finals.

JeMar
06-10-2011, 07:41 PM
Early 90s.

(10)

Nextman916
06-10-2011, 07:42 PM
First full match I watched was Blake vs Agassi USO 2005 and what a match it was...

powerangle
06-10-2011, 07:58 PM
My first (whole) matches were in 2002 Wimbledon. I remember seeing this guy Lleyton Hewitt and thought "wow, this guy is really good", as I saw him advancing through the draw. My interest in tennis has waxed and waned since then, often taking breaks from the sport once in awhile (sometimes to the tune of several months). It really depends.

But right now I'm back full-fledged in the sport again. :)

powerangle
06-10-2011, 07:59 PM
Started watching in 2011.

Started religiously watching in 2011. :oops:

Welcome to the wonderful sport!

Sid_Vicious
06-10-2011, 08:03 PM
1995. Funny thing is that I was such an objective tennis fan back then. Sampras was my favorite, but I was not that upset when he lost. I cared more about about playing tennis with my friends than Agassi, Sampras, Courier etc. When I got older and started watching Federer play, I became a HUGE fan. I am such a big fan that I actually feel somewhat depressed when he loses a big match. When Federer retires, I am not going to watch pro tennis anymore. I will still play tennis because I just love the sport too much.

tusharlovesrafa
06-10-2011, 08:10 PM
i STARTED watching tennis since 2005 when i watched rafa play in RG(it was like love at 1st sight with rafa)...when i was 15 yrs old...I love the way he moved and his detemination and willingnesss to run down every ball made me his great fan..

mctennis
06-10-2011, 08:14 PM
Billy Jean King vs Bobby Riggs era. Maybe a few years before that off and on when I was inside instead of playing outside. We only had one TV set so it was hard to be the one to pick the show to watch unless no one else was home.

kishnabe
06-10-2011, 08:54 PM
1994 US Open(4 year old agassi ****, don't remember much details)-97 RG,00 Miami-02 US Open, 04 Wimby-now!

Rhino
06-10-2011, 09:11 PM
I remember watching Henri Lonconte on TV in the 80's.
The first time I realised I was totally into it was during the Edberg/Becker Wimbledon finals, and I've been a tennis nut ever since.

I first went to see live tennis at the Sydney indoor tournament where I watched Jim Courier play, and the first slam I went to was Roland Garros in about 1991 where I saw Gabriela Sabatini.

Sintherius
06-10-2011, 09:15 PM
2008 French Open, first match ever seen on TV for me and I've continued from there :D

kelawai
06-10-2011, 09:38 PM
I started watching tennis in the early 80's. There were Lendl, Mats, Edberg, Cash, Becker and a few. Likes the sport but did not play after 20 something years later.

Sentinel
06-10-2011, 09:39 PM
1979 or 80.

TheMagicianOfPrecision
06-11-2011, 03:44 AM
My dad was a huge tennis nut and a great player. I started watching matches around 1979-80 (I was 11 or 12). Mandlikova was my favorite player :)

He must be so proud of you...

aphex
06-11-2011, 03:57 AM
He must be so proud of you...

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):)

vive le beau jeu !
06-12-2011, 03:09 AM
i probably saw pieces of match earlier, but i'd say it "really" begun in 1987, when i joined my grandad watching roland-garros (on TV).
a bit earlier, he had also offered me my first racquet. :)

i remember wondering who would win the QF between becker and connors, as both already seemed to be "big names" for me... that was an exciting issue for me, whereas i think becker was a clear favorite for this match !
(wasn't he ?)
then, the cash-lendl final at wimbledon, again at my grandparents' house......
at the time, i didn't have any favorite yet... edberg would be the first one, a bit later. ;)

it's the only sport i've ever really followed.

Messarger
06-12-2011, 03:15 AM
Started getting into tennis seriously in 2006. The first match i watched was the semi final of Wimbledon 2006 between Nadal and Bagdhatis. I still remember Nadal winning match point via an overhead smash.