Tennis withdrawal....

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  1. RickN

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    Three plus weeks until the Australian Open! Anyone else suffering from withdrawal like me? There's just so much you can re-watch on tape, you want the live stuff now!
     
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  2. Kevin Patrick

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    I've been catching up on all these tennis tapes/dvds of matches from the '80s & '90s I've gotten recently. Frankly, they're more interesting/exciting than 95% of today's matches. I was just watching a '89 WCT match between Lendl & McEnroe. Amazing atmosphere, even better than the Davis Cup Final in Spain(& this was in a much smaller stadium)
    The instensity from the players & fans was electric, even if you knew nothing about tennis you could tell how much these two hated each other from 5 minutes of watching. Mac hit a drop volley that Lendl ran down & absolutely crushed a forehand into Mac's chest. Mac went down, Lendl didn't do that 'fake apology' that annoys the heck out of me & the crowd was howling.
    Fans were yelling "'84 Mac!" when Mcenroe went up 2 sets to 1. I can't imagine that connection between players & fans happening again, it felt like an MLB or NBA crowd.
     
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  3. splink779

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    The withdrawl is horrible for me. It wouldn't be so bad if I could play tennis, but its either way to cold or snowing. This is the worst time of year.
     
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  4. Ronaldo

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    Kevin, was that the match which ended with Mac hitting this a shot between the netpost and the net to win the final point, then celebrating like it was 1999?
     
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  5. bpovey

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    Kevin Patrick - Where do you get the DVD's and tapes of those classic matches?
     
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  6. Kevin Patrick

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    Ronaldo,
    I haven't finished watching it yet(one negative is how long they take in between points, they make Henman look like a fast paced player)
    Lendl's behavior is surprisingly worse than Mac's(he gets a point & game penalty)
    One exchange is funny. After belting a ball out of the court, Lendl gets a warning. He goes up to the umpire & says, 'I get a warning for that, but I can say ---- & ---- & not get a warning? (referencing Mac's language earlier in the match)
     
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  7. Ronaldo

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    Kevin, I forgot to use "Spoiler". Just got the 1980 Wimbledon Final from Netflix and haven't finished it yet, do not spoil the ending, please.
     
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  8. pound cat

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    I find watching Goran's 3 day Wimbledon win to be the best therapy. Talk about euphoria. Mr. Bean DVD's are also very good.
     
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  9. Kevin Patrick

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    LOL Ronaldo
     
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  10. johnathan smith

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    I have quite a collection if anyone is interested, and not just the matches that are circulated around on ****. I have a lot of unique matches from the 80's/90's-present. I was going to put an add in the classifieds, but I just haven't had time this Holiday Season.
    thanks, jwhtennis777@yahoo.com
     
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  11. RickN

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    No indoor tennis facilities?

    I hate paying for the fees but I don't want to get rusty over the winter.
     
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    The junior Supernationals starts here in Phoenix (Scottsdale) the day after Christmas and is one of the best events of the year. Anyone who lives in driving distance and wants to see the future of tennis owes it to himself to come on down. If you want details, e-mail me.
     
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  13. splink779

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    Well i got an indoor facility back at MSU but I'm home for christmas. By the way, I can't believe it is legal to hit a shot between the post and the net. Thats an incredibly cheap shot, especially for match point. At least when it barely dinks over the net, it goes OVER the net. If I hit between the net and the post I would refuse the point and have a vouluntary do over.
     
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  14. raftermania

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    Yeah man, I'm getting the shakes, the chills, the whole enchilada. My parents need to strap me to my bed to control the convulsions.

    oh wait that's whats going on with my addiction to crack. The tennis is fine, I'm playing indoors and yeah I've been watching some classic matches on tape now that final exams are over.

    Don't despair man, play some shadow tennis, some table tennis. If indoor courts are unavailable try an empty gynasium/basketball court and use the wall as a backboard!

    Don't worry about the varnished court surface, legend has it that the great Jimmy Connors practiced at top secret military facilities on a super varnished hardwood floor. This super fast surface increased his reaction time and improved his timing. (There is actually truth to that:))

    Give it a try!
     
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  15. splink779

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    If I could find an empty gymnasium or something, I would. Kinda hard to find around here. However, as soon as it gets over 45 degrees, I'm going out to my old high school courts to hit against the backboard, maybe serve some (if any nets are still up, i doubt it).
     
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  16. RickN

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    What about a squash court? :)
     
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  17. big ted

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    the match u are refering to is 1983 wct finals but the umpire ruled it went around the netpost not inbetween it. the match he was talking about was the quarterfinals wct match 1989
     
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  18. Rabbit

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    My in-laws bought me the 80 and 81 finals from TW. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them so far.
     
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  19. Aonex

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    I'm tempted to start playing racquetball... but I'm a bit reluctant cause I hear conflicting stories about racquetball messing up your strokes.
     
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  20. RickN

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    Even though everyone says that badminton is detrimental to your tennis game, I still think it's good for your tennis game. Quickness and endurance are really emphasised in badminton that can translate well on the tennis court. Federer must have played badminton in the past because he uses a badminton-like shot when he does that high backhand flick at the net. The same can probably be said about racquetball.
     
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