Kind of a brag, but hopefully just nostalgia

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  1. andrehanderson

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    Throughout junior high and high school I was obsessed with tennis: played varsity all three years of high school, was featured on the front page of the local paper, played every day, etc...it was everything to me. The years I was actively playing were 1983-1989

    My Mother worked as a buyer for large Japanese company and one of the vendors had purchased front row seats to ANYTHING that happened at the Los Angeles Forum. That meant that when the Lakers (in their heyday) played, I was seated by Jack Nicholson, when any of the big concerts happened at the forum I was had the best seats, and best of all, whenever there were pro tennis matches I was seated right by the court. For a kid who idolized Lendl, Mac, Mecir, Connors, etc, the chance to not only see them play from a few feet away, but to also get to meet them briefly while they signed whatever I could fumble in front of them, it was the ultimate dream come true.

    In trying to find information about those matches, the only thing I can find is information about the L.A. Forum Challenger Series, which means that all of the matches I watched were little more than exhibitions (still awesome). Did anyone here attend those events, and if so, can you please tell me a bit more about them?

    Thanks! The 80's were a really special time for tennis, imo.
     
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  2. kiki

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    The 80´s were great, with a great contrast of styles and personalities in the top 5-10 players of that decade.

    I think the 70´s were just a bit better.

    And the 90´s, a bit worse.
     
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  3. Rozroz

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    and today? best contrast of style and personalities no? :lol:
     
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  4. kiki

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    yes...so many different styles and interesting personalities....
     
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  5. BobbyOne

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    kiki, Stachovsky is a serve-and vollyer. (Alas, the only one...).
     
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  6. kiki

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    I prefer Tchaikovsky...or Rostokovich
     
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  7. forzamilan90

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    ever heard of Michael Llodra?
     
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  8. kiki

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    amazing¡¡¡ we not only have one S&V...we have two¡¡¡¡
     
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  9. forzamilan90

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    Hey, double bonus, who gives it to ya?
     
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  10. hoodjem

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    Who is Rostokovich?
     
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  11. DNShade

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    I attended almost all of the Challenge series events at the Fabulous Forum. Great matches -- and even though these weren't ATP events -- they sure as hell weren't like exhibitions like you think of today. There was money on the line and those guys took them seriously. Fun stuff.

    And then sometimes they'd play with some local up and coming teens:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKok0OpSCZ4
     
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  13. BobbyOne

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    You mean Rostropovich, I think.
     
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  14. kiki

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    Unfortunately, you missed Led Zepp, if you started your concert life by the mid 80:)
     
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  15. kiki

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    I stand corrected, bobby one
     
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  16. hoodjem

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    Or Shostakovich.
     
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    Alexei Ratmansky set his spring premiere at American Ballet Theater to Shostakovich's music.

    It was well received:

    http://tinyurl.com/mx9w5qz
     
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