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iksmols
02-10-2006, 07:15 AM
I remember watching tennis in late seventies when WOJTEK FIBAK competed with the best of them and played in the final of Masters Year End Event.Unfortunatelly to this day he remains the only Polish tennis player who has ever been ranked in the top 10.

jBayjoey
02-10-2006, 07:24 AM
Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. I know it's cliche and I jumped on the bandwagon, but those two really remind you what tennis is all about. Whoever gets the last ball in the other person's court is the winner. They always have that idea in their head with whatever they did, and that goal orientation made their tennis great.

vkartikv
02-10-2006, 07:25 AM
Edberg and Courier. Ivanisevic was a big inspiration in 2001

TheRed
02-10-2006, 07:28 AM
Agassi made me want to watch and want to play. Then I saw Sampras, and realized an all court game was the way to go. Mind you, this was the early Sampras, the one that played the baseline much more than his later years.

ACE of Hearts
02-10-2006, 07:34 AM
Sampras.I didnt follow the game before that.I was into the other sports then i watch this guy and i start following the sport.

Shabazza
02-10-2006, 07:37 AM
Edberg and Stich (for some reason, I never liked Becker)
though I'm not really a serve&volley player ;)
I really like Borg, but I was way to young to see him play live :(

Shabazza
02-10-2006, 07:38 AM
Ivanisevic was a big inspiration in 2001
Indeed!! 8)

ATXtennisaddict
02-10-2006, 07:39 AM
Federer. nuff said.

Shabazza
02-10-2006, 07:44 AM
Federer. nuff said.
He is now!

Rickson
02-10-2006, 07:56 AM
Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, and Yannick Noah.

Dan Berger
02-10-2006, 08:01 AM
Boris Becker was the reason I started playing tennis. When I saw him diving around the grass at Wimbledon, it made me want to play tennis like him.

BiGGieStuFF
02-10-2006, 08:03 AM
Chang, Lendl, Edberg, Mcenroe

andfor
02-10-2006, 08:06 AM
Connors, Borg and mostly McEnroe. They played at their best when I was growing up in HS and college. Never thought about it until now, maybe the comination of all three of their playing styles accounts for my all-court game I play today.

BillH
02-10-2006, 08:11 AM
Who IS my inspiration - Agassi! I'm 52 and everytime I have to play league matches against these guys in their 20's and 30's I think of the fact Agassi hasn't given up and I should keep fighting. BTW - my record against the younger guys isn't all that bad.

Rabbit
02-10-2006, 08:28 AM
Ilie Nastase and Ken Rosewall

Andres
02-10-2006, 08:32 AM
When I first started... Sampras was the man. I also idolized Kafelnikov and Rafter.

But then Goran entered my life. Totally blew my conception of tennis ;)
Viva Goran!! :D

snowpuppy
02-10-2006, 08:35 AM
echizen ryoma... impossible is nothing.

dennis10is
02-10-2006, 08:43 AM
Connors, Borg and mostly McEnroe. They played at their best when I was growing up in HS and college. Never thought about it until now, maybe the comination of all three of their playing styles accounts for my all-court game I play today.

Same for me, those three pretty much cover all that is possible in tennis.

I may be biased but it was a golden age for a kid growing up in tennis.

coach
02-10-2006, 08:49 AM
Borg, for his uncanny consistancy, and cool temper. I was about 20 when he at his peak in the late 70's/early 80's.

mdhubert
02-10-2006, 08:59 AM
Becker, Rafter, Federer... attacking flamboyant players with nice personnalities

Lee
02-10-2006, 09:18 AM
Gotta fight, man!


http://www.tennis.com/Media/News/MEL17901230557@news.ap.org.jpg

Lee
02-10-2006, 09:22 AM
btw, why is Davydenko, the toughest competitor in the circuit, not sponsered by a major apparel company?

It's such a pity to see lowly ranked players such as Phillisousis and Mardy Fish are sponsered, but Davydenko is not.

oscar_2424
02-10-2006, 09:31 AM
Andre Agassi

North
02-10-2006, 09:36 AM
McEnroe, Navratilova, Edberg.

Ken B.
02-10-2006, 09:48 AM
Michael Chang. Mainly because he was just a nice guy to boot. I always rooted for him out of the big 4 US Players at the time (Sampra, Agassi, Chang and Courier). Just a shame he couldn't win another slam.

Plus, he was on Sesame Street with Big Bird and bounced a ball 40 times. That's what made me want to start playing tennis. Never forgot that.

gully
02-10-2006, 09:49 AM
Lendl, mostly for the big buggywhip forehand pushing opponents around the backcourt.

lemmie
02-10-2006, 09:51 AM
John McEnroe.
He knows how to PLAY tennis.

sexmachine
02-10-2006, 10:24 AM
McEnroe, courier, Roddick, agassi, safin, ferrero and haas.

iksmols
02-10-2006, 10:33 AM
By the way,I am looking for tennis matches featuring Wojtek Fibak.I know that it sounds little obscure but I think that I have the best chance to find them on this board .

pero
02-10-2006, 10:40 AM
goran definetly.
i loved sampras, now i'm trying to learn from federer and ljubicic

Moose Malloy
02-10-2006, 10:55 AM
I remember watching tennis in late seventies when WOJTEK FIBAK competed with the best of them and played in the final of Masters Year End Event.Unfortunatelly to this day he remains the only Polish tennis player who has ever been ranked in the top 10.

Wasn't he Lendl's mentor when he first came on tour? Didn't they play doubles together?

Volly master
02-10-2006, 11:03 AM
Ivan Lendl was my inspirtaion that power and working hard can equal talent anyday

Freedom
02-10-2006, 11:09 AM
I started to play tennis just because, I wasn't inspired by anyone. But I've definetly tried to play like Agassi more than anyone.

Gugafan_Redux
02-10-2006, 11:14 AM
One day when I was about ten years old, I turned on the TV on a Saturday morning to watch Bugs Bunny. But it wasn't on. Instead I watched Johnny Mac on "Breakfast at Wimbledon." Ever since then I've dreamed one day smashing my racquet and behaving like an ***** (as well as hitting beautiful volleys) one the lawns of Centre Court. Instead I will go to my club tonight in frozen suburban Minneapolis, volley like Roddick, dump many into the net, get passed a lot, double fault, and hit a few winners that no one will see. With any luck, I can still behave like an *****. The dream lives on.

Freedom
02-10-2006, 11:21 AM
Lol...Roddick sucks...

penpal
02-10-2006, 11:28 AM
One day when I was about ten years old, I turned on the TV on a Saturday morning to watch Bugs Bunny. But it wasn't on. Instead I watched Johnny Mac on "Breakfast at Wimbledon." Ever since then I've dreamed one day smashing my racquet and behaving like an ***** (as well as hitting beautiful volleys) one the lawns of Centre Court. Instead I will go to my club tonight in frozen suburban Minneapolis, volley like Roddick, dump many into the net, get passed a lot, double fault, and hit a few winners that no one will see. With any luck, I can still behave like an *****. The dream lives on.


I couldn't hope to say it any better, so all I will say is ditto :p

dmastous
02-10-2006, 11:44 AM
I would have to say Jimmy Conners was the most influential on my getting into tennis. But Yannick Noah was the player I most looked forward to watching.

xanctus
02-10-2006, 01:18 PM
Edberg and now Marcos and Coria...hahahahahahaha interesting eh? I guess I'm just a big fan of Adidas thing

Kaptain Karl
02-10-2006, 01:46 PM
Newk, Nastase, Smith, Goolagong, Ashe, Mac and Borg. Each for a different reason....

- KK

Kobble
02-10-2006, 01:58 PM
McEnroe and Agassi, followed by Sampras.

rafael
02-10-2006, 02:02 PM
Sampras, Rios and Agassi growing up. These days mostly Federer.

Max G.
02-10-2006, 02:24 PM
Sampras.

I remember a couple matches in particular - this was in one of the summer Masters Series that he beat Nicolas Lapentti in one round (something like 6-4 6-2 or 7-6 6-2) and then lost to Alberto Martin 6-4 6-4. That was when I discovered how exciting serve and volley tennis could be, and when I decided that I needed to learn to serve and volley, and that's when I got really into the game.

Dan007
02-10-2006, 02:28 PM
The first couple matches I saw when I first started were all Roddick's match. After watching him play I started to like tennis more.

pound cat
02-10-2006, 03:03 PM
Pancho Gonzalez. not only could he play, but he had a great personality..and his name...Pancho...even I sensed it was something unusual for a professional tennis tennis player.

chess9
02-10-2006, 03:03 PM
Tilden, Kramer, and Gonzales. Tilden had the grace and movement of a God, Kramer was Mr. Efficiency, and Gonzales played like a cat with its tale on fire.

-Robert
________
Lovely Wendie (http://www.lovelywendie99.com/)

Kaptain Karl
02-10-2006, 03:30 PM
Tilden, Kramer, and Gonzales. Tilden had the grace and movement of a God, Kramer was Mr. Efficiency, and Gonzales played like a cat with its tale on fire.You *saw* some Tilden matches????

I only saw film of Pancho. Who I *could have* put first on my list ... but he really inspired my older brother (who used to wax poetic about him).

- KK

Court_Jester
02-10-2006, 04:00 PM
Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras.

Borg's the one that got me interested in tennis in the late 70's. Unfortunately, by the time I took tennis lessons in college (took tennis as a PE requirement), he had already retired. Pete Sampras, even to this day, is the one I emulate the most. IMO, his movements are the most perfect of all, especially his serve.

go_nadal
02-10-2006, 04:14 PM
Nadal, then Rafter, Safin and Roddick. Nadal is the one i try to play like, because we are both lefties;)

Andres
02-10-2006, 04:31 PM
Goran is also lefty, why don't u play like Goran? :D

VGP
02-10-2006, 04:35 PM
For me, Steffi Graf.

legolas
02-10-2006, 05:04 PM
rios!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

troytennisbum
02-10-2006, 05:21 PM
Chang, that a guy his height could be the youngest american male to win the French open against a dominating 6.2+ Lendl . And that he could hold his own when playing against legends such as Sampras and Agassi gives us little guys hope in this sport.

VGP
02-10-2006, 06:03 PM
I liked Michael Chang too. Especially when he won Roland Garros being the first US man (boy) since Tony Trabert in '55 and all that was going on in China at the time.

I enjoyed his fight, and given his size against the taller guys was great to see. I just didn't identify with his game.

Just reminds me of a story...when I was at the Cincy tournament in '92 sitting out by the practice courts, Michael and his brother Carl sat near us waiting for a court to clear. My friend asked for an autograph, but I asked him if he knew who won the women's gold medal match between Capriati and Graf. Which hand gone on earlier in the day. He looked at me strangely and replied, "Capriati 6-4 in the third."

I guess I was more interested in Graf then......

Heck of a win for JenCap (1-10) against Graf.

ironchef21
02-10-2006, 06:27 PM
Connors - It never occurred to me NOT to use a 2-handed backhand because of him.

McEnroe - everything else

Ronaldo
02-10-2006, 06:42 PM
Renee Richards, literally had it all in a dress, the total package, eh? http://www.southernvoice.com/2003/12-5/news/national/Richards-Renee.jpg

johnathan smith
02-10-2006, 06:46 PM
Rios 100%,
I like watching Safin now that Rios has left us, but don't get to see him too often.
Safin IMO has technically the best strokes and serve of the last 10 years. Textbook on every shot.

iksmols
02-10-2006, 08:06 PM
Wasn't he Lendl's mentor when he first came on tour? Didn't they play doubles together?
Yes You are right and as a matter of fact Fibak was considered one of the best doubles players of his time.
Wojtek was able to continue playing tennis thanks to his father`s support (before he started to earn money himself)who was one of the best polish surgeons .He was also a professor of sport medicine at the University in Poznan where I graduated from .

Darth_Phantom34
02-10-2006, 08:41 PM
Bjorn Borg when I was a 9-11 years old (He retired when I turned 11). Then it was Ivan Lendl with his big ground strokes beating the crap out of all the serve and volley players (Except he choked a lot during his early Grand Slam appearances). I got out and play now because I want to be like Federer.

troytennisbum
02-10-2006, 09:43 PM
Borg to Lendl to Agassi
In that order.
These guys are like the forefathers of the modern game today (big baseliners).

Andy Hewitt
02-10-2006, 10:22 PM
Agassi maybe?

I just love racquet sports so I just started to play.

iksmols
02-10-2006, 10:28 PM
Here is a video clip showing Andre Agassi playing Guga on TV and how it inspired my 16 months old son Dominic.
http://www.dropshots.com/day.php?userid=71790&cdate=20051207&ctime=150614

Lee
02-10-2006, 11:19 PM
Here is a video clip showing Andre Agassi playing Guga on TV and how it inspired my 16 months old son Dominic.
http://www.dropshots.com/day.php?userid=71790&cdate=20051207&ctime=150614

aw that is cute. If you want Dominic to become the next Andre, you should start planning out his future soon! :)

Good luck, man!

mislav
02-11-2006, 03:45 AM
McEnroe for the most part, then there was others like Edberg, Courier...

It was mostly great matches that did it for me, not so much as particular players. Other than Johnny Mac of course. :D

Kaptain Karl
02-11-2006, 06:06 AM
Renee Richards, literally had it all in a dress, the total package, eh? http://www.southernvoice.com/2003/12-5/news/national/Richards-Renee.jpgUm... No. Richard had the package ... removed ... in making the switch to an "it".

- KK

crazylevity
02-11-2006, 06:19 AM
Federer-beautiful game

JHH-I'm kinda small sized too

:p

I picked tennis up fairly recently, even though I've watched it since Sampras era

theace21
02-11-2006, 06:27 AM
Ilie Nastase - what a player to watch.

Ronaldo
02-11-2006, 06:56 AM
Um... No. Richard had the package ... removed ... in making the switch to an "it".

- KK
Thanks for the reminder of that minor snip. No wonder commentators never used the term 'need to man up' when Renee' was at breakpoint.

West Coast Ace
02-11-2006, 08:26 AM
Another vote for Ashe.

ShooterMcMarco
02-11-2006, 10:33 AM
Agassi is who got me started when I was younger.

Frankc
02-11-2006, 07:57 PM
Nastase and Ramirez...Gonzalez and Newc if I had a serve...

ssuHeartsRivald
02-11-2006, 08:18 PM
My inspirations are come from Roger Federer.
It's simple because: I'm still 20. I know Sampras, Borg, Connors, or Chang but i never saw them play live. What's make me love tennis so much...yup Roger.
And one else: Nadal: Damn, i should learn from him how to get no.2 in the world at 18.

D. Nelson
02-12-2006, 02:03 AM
'Illie', 'Bjorny', 'Jimmy', 'Mac',..................inITIALLY anyway!!!!

superman1
02-12-2006, 02:20 AM
iksmols, that is very cute. That kid is going places.

I never really had an inspiration, my inspiration was just the fun of the game. I vaguely knew the players of pro tennis but I didn't really start following the game until a few years ago. My favorite players when I was young were Chang and Courier - I liked Chang because I saw him once running down a drop shot and I thought he was the fastest runner of tennis. I don't know why I liked Courier, maybe because of his hair. When I became more serious about tennis I tried to fashion my game like Agassi's - hit the angles and make your opponent do all the running. Now I've mixed it a little bit with Nadal. I run a lot and hit with more spin, but I try to take everything early.

jamumafa
02-12-2006, 03:30 AM
My idol is Gonzo or Nadal

rilokiley
02-12-2006, 04:45 AM
My dad.

I started playing seriously in 2000, and back then Guga was da man. And, of course, Agassi.

slice bh compliment
02-12-2006, 08:07 AM
Nasty and Ashe as a tyke.
Mac, Noah and Boris as a young player.
Pete, Goran, Rafter and Roger as an adult.

Now, as a middle aged man, I've been diagnosed with an acute case of Bagh-mania. I'm playing and training daily now, in the hopes of reaching a grand slam final and having a 17 page thread devoted to me by the time I am forty.

Kidding.

Warriorroger
02-13-2006, 04:23 AM
I started playing in the 80s because of the way Steffi Graf played. I bought the same racket and tried the famous bunny hopping over the court and whiplashing that forehand. In the 80s she used to have this forehand which was so good that she didn't even bother to look if the players were going to get it. While the player was still running, she would ask the ballboy for the ball. I always liked her style of play, that amazing footwork and beautiful slice backhand. Nowadays I still love her, but I also like Roger Federer. He moves beautiful as a dancer as well, but he also is a very warm person.

Warriorroger
02-13-2006, 04:24 AM
I started playing in the 80s because of the way Steffi Graf played. I liked that dominance. I bought the same racket and tried the famous bunny hopping over the court and whiplashing that forehand. In the 80s she used to have this forehand which was so good that she didn't even bother to look if the players were going to get it. While the player was still running, she would ask the ballboy for the ball. I always liked her style of play, that amazing footwork and beautiful slice backhand. Nowadays I still love her, but I also like Roger Federer. He moves beautiful as a dancer as well, but he also is a very warm person with amazing shots.

Warriorroger
02-13-2006, 04:25 AM
Sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Instead of edit, I edited in a quote.