What time period was the height of your tennis interest?

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  1. 90's Clay

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    And are you as interested in tennis as you were before?
     
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  2. Currently at my peak of interest in tennis! Only aware of tennis in last 10 years though.
     
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  3. Hood_Man

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    2006-2009.

    Until 2008 the only tennis I managed to watch was at Wimbledon, and 2006 was the year when I first bought a freeview box for my home TV. With digital TV of course came more channels and more Wimbledon coverage, as well as far a clearer image (and widescreen 8)), and I also had all the free time I wanted to watch it as that was the year I did my A-Levels, and had about a month off after the exams until I went job hunting.

    2007 and 2008 was Wimbledon again (and the 2008 French Open Final... my first ever non Wimbledon tennis viewing... and the first time I remembered seeing Federer lose :|), as well as following the live scores of other tournaments post Wimbledon for the first time.

    2009 was the first year I ever watched a full season from start to finish.

    I'm still interested in tennis, it's just simply not as fresh, wonderful, and new as it used to be. In fact I've possibly become over saturated by it!
     
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  4. Paullaconte1

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    I think that now is at his peak. I am a bit concerned about what it is going to be when Roger and Rafa will retire to be honest.

    There are no exciting youngsters around. Hope for Tomic and Dimitrov.
     
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  5. Sabratha

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    Around 2005-2008.
     
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  6. ruerooo

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    I'm a FEDAL fan. Loved to see Marat play. Love A-Rod; think he's an ambassador of American tennis.

    Though I went to several rounds this most recent USO, feeling dumb because I didn't know how to take better shots of Feña playing Rafa in what I got to see of their 2009 quarters.

    Feeling a little flat right now.

    :-?
     
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  7. Paul Murphy

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    The late 70s and the 1980s.
    Plenty of all-time greats doing battle, some full-on rivalries, faster courts, variety in playing styles.
     
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  8. kishnabe

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    2007.....it was fun year. All the slam finals were quality. The apperance of Novak coming into the mix of the two giants.

    An epic Wimbledon....a great toronto masters. Gonzalez slicing his way to the Aussie final. Roddick getting owned by Federer and Gasquet.
     
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  9. ruerooo

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    Spectacular play. A friend who's a huge fan says he's one of the great players never to win a Slam.

    I think he could have done it, but his surgeries/injuries got in the way.
     
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  10. Sabratha

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    Well, he did make it to the final.
     
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  11. Tony48

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    I surpass my peak every year :)

    Only started watching back in 2006, and really got into it the next year. Before then, I only watched then Venus and Serena were playing each other.
     
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  12. bluetrain4

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    I'm 40 years old and grew up playing tennis. Peak interest was probably mid or late 80s to late 90s. I still follow all the results and watch tennis, but don't watch as much as before, and am not as invested.
     
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  13. MasturB

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    So did Tsonga and Baghdatis. :)
     
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  14. Vlad_C

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    1990-1994.
    As a kid, I used to watch Agassi on TV, with his crazy hair, colorful shirts, and Nike jean shorts. Then he hooked up with Brooke Shields (don't laugh, she used to look hot).
    Anyway, I remember thinking, "when I grow up, I want to be like that guy!"
     
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  15. BauerAlmeida

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    2003-2005 probably, a lot of Argentinians in the TOP 10, including the Coria-Gaudio final in RG (with Nalbandian on the SF and Chela in the QF) and the SF of Hamburg in 2003 with Coria, Calleri, Nalbandian and Gaudio.

    Federer rising. Marat's last years at the top including his runs at the AO in 2004 and 2005 and winning Paris-Madrid back to back. Hewitt, Roddick, Ferrero at the top. Agassi's last years and his epic USO 2005. There were different surfaces back then and different styles of players to enjoy, a claycourter like Kuerten, a S&V like Henman, etc.

    Those were the best years from what I saw.
     
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  16. Russeljones

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    It would have to be the Becker-Sampras-Agassi-Hewitt-Safin-Prime Federer period.

    After that life just hasn't given me enough time to devote to the sport plus I get more enjoyment out of football (Man United fan since early 90's).

    I fear once Federer goes I might stop watching tennis altogether (as I once did when Sampras quit).
     
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  17. papertank

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    2012 AO I think I watched at least some of every match that contained a seeded player. Good times.
     
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  18. Nadal_2008

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    Late 80s to early 90s. Lendl, Becker, Edberg, Wilander, Cash, old McEnroe & Connors, young Agassi, Sampras, Courier, Chang, Ivanesvic. Defiantly the gold period of tennis!
     
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  19. tricky

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    I probably watch more tennis than ever, because so much more is easily available. However, the peak of my interest was late 80s/early 90s. Grew up a McEnroe, then Agassi fan.
     
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  20. tennis_pro

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    That's an excellent question as I'm losing interest in tennis and fast.

    I'd say the peak was mid 2007 to early 2011.
     
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  21. marpiw

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    I loved the Steffi Graf/Gabriella Sabatini era...it was so special!!!!!
    After that era came the flood...
     
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    2004 to present.
     
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  23. Chillaxer

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    2006, 7 as nadal came on the scene trying to beat Fed at Wimby.
     
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  24. forzamilan90

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    2003-now. Once I started watching the sport, I was hooked. My interest hasn't decreased.
     
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  25. Shaolin

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    Mid to late 90s was magical.
     
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    Late 1980's to mid-1990's. Navritilova/Evert, Graf/Sanchez-Vicario, Sampras, Sabatini, Boris Becker, Michael Chang...(pauses to wipe the drool off the keyboard). Now those were some good matches/players.
     
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  27. Tennis_Hands

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    A tossup between the early 80ies and the recent 7 years.
     
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  28. RF-17-GOAT

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    2005-2012. Idk maybe next year it will be boring or maybe it will be the best.
     
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    there was something about watching Agassi and Sampras.. I would always follow Rafter, and the two years he won the US Open were my high points
     
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  30. Migelowsky

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    It started when I was a kid in the
    late eighties Lendl, Becker, Agassi, Edberg, Wilander, Sampras,Mac...
    then it faded with the boring ace servers and short points. Mid 90's until
    just before the Federer Nadal era was very boring to me and I
    got away from the game.
    Today is a great era.
    So for me, late 80's and 2005-Today.
     
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  31. VetoRight

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    Now maybe till the end of time. I love this game.
     
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  32. flyinghippos101

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    2007-2009

    Been keeping up with pro tennis since I was 10 (probably around 2003-ish) but never really put much stock or interest on one player. Had more inclination to actually playing than watching; as a hyperactive kid, I just had zero patience to sit down and watch even a 2 hr match. Even my favorite player today, Fed, I had no real interest towards. Only became more intrigued at the tail-end of the 2006 season when Fed was really tearing it up. When I was actually able to sit down for an extended period of time and actually watching entire matches, I got to warming up to Fed's game and began appreciating his shotmaking way more.

    2007-2009 I thought were particularily interesting seasons. You just see Fed dominating, the status quo, and in 2008 suddenly seeing the entire tennis world turn upside down when Nadal finally rises to the occasion and becomes the new #1 and 2009 when Fed comes back to break the record. Just thought there was a lot of drama and stories packed into that three year gap. These days, it's kind of straight forward and there's not much going on drama-wise and no new challengers stepping up to the plate. But that 2011 Novak demolition job was pretty awesome.
     
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  33. vegasgt3

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    1975-1985 were my favorite years. 1989-1995 were pretty good as well.
     
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  34. jokinla

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    Have always watched it, but the height would have been during my playing days in the mid80's-early90's.
     
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  35. furryballs

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    i think now.very interesting times.
     
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  36. dlam

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    My interest peaked 1998-2000
    Then after the development of the Internet and the dominance of European players I turned my Interest to golf and Tiger Woods.
    When I last watched tennis in TV Aggasi and Sampress battling it out and it seem like every match was a great returner vs a great server
    Then i slowly stopped watch tennis when two great Swiss players Federer and Hingis came along with their great all court game and became #1
    As the great American players Sampress and Aggasi and (Chang too) retired I had no one to cheer for as top tennis was dominated by Europeans
    Sure there some hope and I glimpsed at the tv matches with Andy Roddick playing but it wasn't the same

    I am watching and playing tennis again.
    This time I am back with no prejudices, though Nadal style makes me dizzy and nauseated.
     
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  37. UltimateBombero

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    I am currently peaking. Wimbledon 2008 started it all, with the Nadal/Fed final...I was a casual fan before that, but that one match sealed the deal for me. I,too, think my interest will wane once they retire.
    It becomes a matter of who I will root for. I am crazy about Nadal/Federer, and after that I'll start pulling for Murray, Delpo, Tsonga, Isner to make serious waves (in that order)...But after that, unless the young americans start to show something, my interest will be nothing compared to what it is now.
     
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  38. BHud

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    Mid-late 70s...but then I was a teenager and had a lot of time on my hands. I enjoy tennis today, but the sport was much bigger in the US back then.
     
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  39. Federer20042006

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    Started in 1998 for me. My tennis interest "prime" was 2006-2009 (TMC 2005 was the point in which I truly became a Federer fan...before, I rooted for him, but I wasn't passionately a fan as I took his dominance somewhat for granted until that Nalbandian match).

    I'd say my peak was Wimbledon 2008 - French Open 2009. After Federer won that 2009 FO, my overall excitement started to wane a little.

    In the late 90's, I rooted for Muster, Goran, watched Hingis for the eye candy factor, and tuned into Agassi's 1999 fury.
     
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  40. texacali

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    Mid-70's-Early 80's...Borg/McEnroe/Connors/Evert/Navratilova era. Also, all of my friends played tennis so we played quite a bit. Also, where I lived was (is) a tennis hotbed, so we watched a lot of tourneys (Virginia Slims, Transamerica Open) and WTT matches. Remember when Borg played for Cleveland and came to town....HUGE deal.

    Kinda watched in the later 80's. Started watching again on TV but not the center of my free time universe as it was previously. "Breakfast at Wimbledon" was such a huge thing for me.
     
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