Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by ckthegreek, Feb 16, 2007.
Produces a rare smile from Pete.
Stepanek served 8 aces in a row once. Of course, over two service games, but that's the minimum.
I just watched that video yesterday. I have to say that I was quite impressed
Yup, against Rochus, last year
Quite a beatdown was that match, no?
I've heard about a trick Bill Tilden used to do, where he'd put four balls in the spaces between the fingers on his left hand, walk up to the line and serve four aces with those four balls. Supposedly intimidated the hell out of his opponents. A great showman, on top of being a great player.
You think ?
I have also heard of the Easter bunny
I know that some stories about the 'old timers' tend to get exaggerated, but this one is pretty well attested. I learned about it from an interview with Gene Mako, who claimed that he saw Tilden do it himself multiple times.
I once saw Tilden kill a great white shark with his bare hands, then he played a set againt Sir William Rumpleman using a maple leaf for a racket. Big Bill won easily then jumped into a flying saucer and flew to Canada.
Aw, don't be so cynical.
History's much more interesting with a little faith and imagination.
His 2nd serve aces are the best, Fo-Sho!
Wow- That video was from a US Open Final, against Agassi. Is there a harder time to hit aces?
^^^^ He served lights out in that 4th set. If you have never seen that match, it is well worth it. Great match!
I remember Becker doing the same to Pete in the finals of the year- end championships one year. I think it was the very first game of the match.
"Truth outflanks fiction". Besides, that story about Tilden isn't so hard to believe. Well, one time I walked up to a girl and started talking to her outta the blue!
And they said he showed the emotion of a robot when he played...HA!
Somewhat harder to believe are reports that Tilden "delivered the fastest serve ever officially measured. It was timed at 163.6 m.p.h. in 1931."
On the other hand, it seems pretty well established that Elly Vines was serving into the upper 120s around the same time.
(Source: Norman Giller, 'The Book of Tennis Lists' )
YOU don't be so cynical. It was a joke.
I remember reading in TENNIS Magazine about 10 years ago how some old(40's I guess) club player made the fastest serve at 163mph. His own club mates were trash talking him in the blurb about how he's all serve. If I remember the pic correctly, he was using some Prince racquet.
Sorry! My mistake.
That was an "April fools" joke. Pretty funny article.
You've been a nice addition to the boards by the way. :smile:
Really? Hahah! Well I fell for it. So it's an April issue huh? Now I know what month of the magazine to look fer.
wow... and to agassi, that makes it taste better !
even terminator seems impressed.
i like that little smile of pete once he did his carré d'aces...
and we even hear the carillo, mcenroe, enberg team doing the commentary. thats quite a long time together!
That quote was from the Court Kings video. It was pretty well researched and collaborated by the other greats that were interviewed including Riggs, Segura, and Kramer.
Thank you, joe.
The story is found in many other sources as well.
Not sure if it's in Deford's book, but I'll check next time I have it at hand.
Wow, that was awesome. And it looks so easy when Pete does it... Thanks!
hahahahahah , I thaught that saucer was shaped as a tennis-racquet.
Around the 4 minute mark, Korda serving at 2-3, he has a 5 stroke game against Sampras.
I still remember watching that on television, seemed like ages ago.
it doesnt seem ages ago. it was ages ago....12 freakin years
Looks like Pete gave Andre the stink ball.
For those of you newbies who aren't familiar with the move: the stink ball is when the server applies a rare-yet-highly-effective rectal excretion to the ball, which of course directly translates to higher velocities.
Take note, and eat more barley.
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