Memorable moments from past times?

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  1. Nathaniel_Near

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    Relax folks, ...
    I'm just wondering what sort of moments occurred in the 2000's (yes my memory even fails me here), 90's, 80's, 70's, 60's or etc, that were memorable but for different reasons than tennis. For example, in the 2000's, Roddick had that famous funny AO post match presser, which became perhaps the most iconic presser of this century so far.

    Or if we go back to the times of McEnroe, he had a few very famous outbursts at umpires.

    Another example would be Federer bawling his eyes out after the 09 AO Final.


    Please could you tell us more about such curious and memorable moments of this nature which happened in the past?:confused:

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    Sampras vomitting on the court will endure through the ages.
     
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  4. Nathaniel_Near

    Nathaniel_Near G.O.A.T.

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    This thread is partly so I can figure out what moments to put in some tennis vids I want to make. I'm only gonna make them initially for the men's side of the tour but I guess I will make one for both combined eventually.

    That Seles incident was indeed horrific.

    One moment that I always seem to recall is Becker implying he's blinded by the brilliance and speed of Sampras' play during the 95 Wimbledon final. I seem to remember he made some humourous hand gestures as if to say, 'I cannot see the ball!'.
     
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    Sampras crying about his coach while hitting aces is also an incredibly dramatic moment. Funny, that these two remarkable incidents (along with maybe his USO match against Yzaga, and his Davis cup heroics on the red clay) came from a "boring" guy, who "never" showed emotion!
     
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    Billie Jean King retiring from a match at the 1973 (?) US Open because of heat exhaustion.

    Connors retiring in the 5th set of a match against Lendl in 1986 because of a bad call.
     
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  7. adamX012

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    Can't be serious right, Sampra crying about his coach, any evidence?
     
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  8. Limpinhitter

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    It was broadcast live on international television. I'm guessing it was taped, you should be able to find it with a quick Youtube search.

    PS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3v699NSroU
     
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  9. Datacipher

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    Limpin provided the footage.

    This short retrospective will tell you a bit of the story:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jWOCkmAx-k&feature=related

    Pete heard a fan yell "do it for your coach"...that set him off. He said once after that he couldn't get an image out of his mind of Tim lying in the hospital bed, and both brothers crying.

    Pete was very close to Tim, he had previously said, and others had noted, how the very gregarious Gullickson was also like a big brother to Pete, bringing him out of his shell somewhat socially, and mentally.
     
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    1976 Press conference with Nastase after he had just lost to Borg in the Final...Illie had promised to be "Good Nastase" as he put it and not do his normal song and dance with the officials and fans. After running thru the event as "Good Nastase" he got smacked by Borg in the final, Illie made an opening statement about no more Good Nastase now we return to Bad Nastase and the first question to Illie was a lame "how does it feel to lose the Wimby Finals...etc" Illie smiled and announced that it was "Good, we get to start with stupid question!" the rest of the conference went downhill from there.....

    McEnroe and Fleming getting defaulted at the US Open after being late in NYC traffic....to this day JMac still gripes that he didnt think they would default him...Fleming really got the shaft as he was just in the doubles as they were the heavy favorites to win.
     
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    McEnroe's disqualification against Pernfors at the 1990 Australian Open stands out.

    Sampras cried about his coach, Tim Gullikson, during his 1995 Australian Open quarter final match against Courier. Gullikson had suffered a series of strokes in late 1994, and collapsed again while in Melbourne in January 1995. Gullikson was later diagnosed with malignant tumours in his brain. Sampras' other mentor, Vitas Gerulaitis, had tragically died in September 1994 from carbon monoxide poisoning while sleeping in his friend's guesthouse, so Gullikson's cancer obviously hurt Sampras a lot. That fan in the crowd who shouted "do it for your coach, Pete" just set off the tears.

    I've just had a look at some articles on the internet, and Gullikson's health problems during the 1995 Australian Open were still being put down to a congenital heart condition. The brain cancer diagnosis wasn't made public until later. Even a 3rd February 1995 article is talking about the heart condition, after the tournament was over.
     
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    His record may have been broken 9 years later, but the way Sampras won Wimbledon in 2000 almost in the dark, with a great crowd and then record TV viewers for a Wimbledon final on British television, it's a dramatic moment which still gives me a great thrill even now.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeewusl2v_g
     
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    Nadal in the dark after winning the 2008 Wimbledon final against Federer is another such moment. It was also the last time we will see such a scene with the Wimbledon champion celebrating in the dark, as 2008 was the year before the roof came into play.
     
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    The Serena incident at the 2009 US Open stands out among recent moments.
     
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    Thank you so much for the information. I saw many threads and posts talking about Marat and Sampra. Are they comparable? What you guys think about it. Thanks.
     
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    17 year old Michael Chang, 1989 French Open

    Def #1 Lendl serving underhand, in the 4th round
    Def #3 Edberg in 5, in the Final
     
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    You are welcome. I don't know what these threads you're referring to were discussing, but I don't see anything comparable between Sampras and Safin. One is one of the greatest champions of all time, who was a complete professional. The other is a waste-of-talent party boy, who quit in matches, ripped off a lot of fans, and did not live up to his obligations to the fans, tour, or fellow pros.

    The real truth is, if Marat looked like Petr Korda, or Stepanek....he almost never be talked about. His looks brought him attention...then he'd say some cute, asinine, things and they would be labeled "wit" or "hilarious"...when again..in truth...if Thomas Johannson had said them, nobody would note it at all. In that sense, he's a bit of male Kournikova.
     
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    To the OP...it's such a broad question...there have been so many moments form history...depends as well on the nature of the non-tennis moment...for example, in the heyday of Mac/Borg/Connors, tennis got a lot more mainstream attention than it does now....so there were an awful lot of huge non-tennis moments...(certainly bigger than an Andy Roddick press conference! lol ;-)

    Tennis was really a premier sport back then...it's sad when you compare it to now...
     
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    Oh, Thanks for the reply. Thanks for sharing your views about this.
     
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    Fair enough. As you can tell, I am NOT a fan of Safin. I will say that, he had the potential to be a great one. He should have been contending for slams all through the 2000's....Federer would likely have quite a few less, and Safin...who knows how many. That SHOULD have been the great rivalry of the mid 2000's.
     
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    The list on Ashe is substantial. In chronological order: In'68 he is denied a visa to South Africa, and he responds by calling for them to be expelled from professional tennis. He was arrested outside their embassy in '85 in a protest, and again arrested in '92 for the treatment of haitians.

    Last that press conference announcing his HIV status thanks to post operative blood transfusion albeit forced by media. Went a long way towards broadening America's understanding of the dangers beyond gays, Haitians and drug addicts.

    We won't even discuss the significance of seeing an African american male holding the US championship and Wimbledon winners plate for cameras and photographers
     
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  22. adamX012

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    Don't worries. I find your explanation quite understandable. Anyway, thanks for sharing. Goodnight.
     
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    Relax folks, ...
    Seeing as you know these things, could you direct me to links of video footage of these things happening to help me make my videos?
     
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