When did you first get into tennis?

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  1. Jeffrey573639

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  2. Bergboy123

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    First time I ever saw it on TV was US Open 2007. Didn't know who he was, but the guy wearing all black I thought was pretty sick. Little did I know...
     
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    I didn't start playing tennis till I got into high school (and only played for fun cause I was on the volleyball team). But I remember growing up and watching tennis on TV cause my dad would always watch it. From what I can recall I remember watching Pete Sampras smashing the crap out of the ball.
     
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    Tough to pinpoint. I have memories of my folks casually watching tennis in the 90's but I was a soccer fan. The first time I sat and watched a match was Sampras/Agassi at the 2002 USO. Then I had a roommate in college that was a huge fan and we watched Federer come to fruition in 2003-2004. At the time I was actually rooting for Roddick thinking he was a legit threat to Fed. So much for that eh? LOL.
     
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    Grew up in the 90s watching Wimbledon... favourite was Agassi

    In the early 00s got more into tennis, started watching other tournaments. Played a little bit of tennis but with no real technique. Saw Federer win Wimbledon in 03 and 04.

    After that I met my wife and didn't really follow tennis for a few years. Gradually got more into tennis again over 07, 08 and so on. I missed Fed's most dominant years, which was a bit of a shame.

    In the past couple of years I started playing a lot more, and watching most tournaments.
     
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    Why do i get the feeling that the majority of the people on these boards are asian?
     
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    Why do you get that feeling..? :neutral:
     
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    Krajiceks 1996 Wimbledon glory.
     
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  9. iriraz

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    As far as i remember i started watching tennis like early 90`s.Still got somewhere on an old tape the Larsson-Sampras match in the Grand Slam cup(1994).Mostly got Wimbledon and AO memories from back then.
     
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  10. SLD76

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    my dad put me on a court and put a racquet in my hands when i was 4...in 1980
     
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  11. Chanwan

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    My first tennis memories are Becker against Edberg in Wimbledon. But didn't follow it closely in the 90's and early 00's, became a real fan say seven years ago and a fanatic in the last 4 years or so.
     
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    btw SLD, totally random question
    Is that a standard American burger or an extra large one?
     
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    My mum used to buy me Borg's pinstripe Fila Wimbledon shirt every year when I was a kid, so he was the first one I started following. I can't pinpoint it exactly, but while I definitely remember his wins against Tanner and McEnroe, the Connors victories are a bit hazier. Don't remember his debut triumph over Nastase in '76. Based on that, I think it was likely around '77-'78. However, at that time media coverage outside Wimbledon was patchy to say the least, so I didn't start following the rest of the tour until probably the early '80s. I can definitely remember suffering through Lendl's multiple US Open final defeats in '82-'84 before he cracked it in '85.


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    Started at AO 2005, my dad was an Agassi fan so I was watching every single match of him in the AO. Then he got to the quarters when he faced this sick guy who was hitting winners from every corner and Agassi just couldn't do anything. The man who beat Agassi lost in the next round, but now has 17 GS titles. :)
     
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  15. vive le beau jeu !

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    i'll just update what i wrote in an old thread... ;)
    now i'd say i saw federer playing as much as i saw sampras playing !
    (on TV, i mean)
     
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    US open 05' pretty much, remember watching 2 bald guys play 2 sets and think the match was over. But first memory was Ginepri in Cincy
     
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    Wimby 08 final was the first match I really got into, hence Nadal is my fave player closely followed by Fed.
     
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  18. mistik

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    1992 RG final between Seles and Graf. Graf lost the match 10-8 in the final set but she won my heart.
     
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    Wimbledon 2008 final was the first match I saw and actually decided to watch by myself. Then I started following more during Wimbledon 2010.
     
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    My fav player was Roddick, so as a kid you can see how I have an immense dislike for Fed...
     
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    Wow exactly same time for me. I was rooting for Roddick instead though.
     
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  22. Mustard

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    1990. Started regularly following the tour in 1991-1992.
     
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    1995-99, focused on being a martial arts fanatic....then 2007 till present....back to being a tennis fanatic.

    Agassi antics and charisma got me hooked. I think it was around Miami when he played Sampras....no Power Rangers to watch.

    Remember hating Federer because he was perfect....oddly liked him later on because of his FO loses.
     
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    Hmm, how to answer.

    well its the flagship burger of Wendy's. Every fastfood restaurant has a flagship burger i.e. burger king has the whopper, mcdonald's has the big mac, wendy's has the baconator.


    I believe the burger in my avatar is a double baconator. Id say its large burger by fast food standards, but there are many restaurants who have even larger burgers. There is a bar a few blocks from me, there burger is so big, I have to cut it half just so I can bite into it, you cant get your mouth around it otheriwise. also, Fast food burgers are never as big as they appear in pictures.
     
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  25. Kirijax

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    Started getting an interest at 14 and started following every grand slam during the 1979 French Open (will always remember Victor Pecci's run to the final).
     
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  26. Virginia

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    Started watching Rosesall and Hoad at Wimbledon in 1953 - just a short tube ride from my school. Have watched and played on and off ever since.
     
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  27. 90's Clay

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    1994-1995 thereabouts. YEC 1994-AO 1995 timeframe
     
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  28. dr325i

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    When did you first learn to read???

    This is the "General Pro Player Discussion Forum"...
     
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  29. Mustard

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    That was some run by Pecci, beating Barazzutti, Solomon, Vilas and Connors. He pushed Borg hard in the final too.
     
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  30. jokinla

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    Started playing and watching around 80ish.
     
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    Around 2000 when there was a tennis hype in Belgium with Clijsters and Henin. Almost instantly switched to the ATP though; the first major where I watched as many matches as possible was Wimbledon 2001. Great tournament to start with in retrospect!
     
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  32. tennis_pro

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    That was the first tournament that really got me into tennis.

    Before that I remember some matches from the late 90's/early 00's like the 2000 FO final, 2000 Wimbledon final, Agassi-Henman (in Indian Wells I think), some Hewitt and Safin matches in 2002-2004 but it was just an occasional match.
     
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  33. tennis_pro

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    Yeah! If that tournament didn't get a non-tennis fan into tennis, then nothing would!
     
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  34. Cup8489

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    2005 RG semi with Fedal is the first match I remember paying enough attention to to remember who was playing.

    Oddly enough, Nadal was my favorite player for a while, because he played lefty.. But I started to prefer Federer once I found my game in high school (I like to mix it up and attack too, so why wouldn't I gravitate towards one of the best attackers ever?)
     
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  35. FlashFlare11

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    I first got into tennis in 2008 when I was 15. I joined a tennis summer camp at the persuasion of my sister and used a "Federer 25" as my first racquet. The first match I ever watched was the 2008 Wimbledon final. It was then that I became a fan of Federer because if his style. It wasn't until after that I had come to know that he was one of the most accomplished players ever, and I consider myself lucky to have witnessed his RG2009 win. Even though I had never watched any of his previous attempts at the title, it was still a very emotional moment, and you could feel just how much it meant to him. Now, I hardly miss a single tournament. Tennis is the first sport I've ever truly cared for, and it's now a part of my life forever.

    I played tennis in high school for three years and use a K6.1 Tour and regularly play tennis during the spring, summer, and autumn.
     
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  36. Cup8489

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    Having seen him fall in the previous 3 finals... I can tell you I was ecstatic when he finally dropped to his knees on that final point. It was such a long time coming.
     
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  37. SLD76

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    So many youngins.
     
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  38. tennis_pro

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    Why do you care?
     
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  39. tennis_pro

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    What's your story, then?
     
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  40. veroniquem

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    1988/1989 (when Agassi and Seles were starting to make their mark)
     
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    Hehe, long time ago, believe me or not it was in 1990 something like that.It was an exhibition match in Zagreb, I think it was Ivanisevic vs. Edberg.I wanted really badly to be there but I was only 6 years old, so my cousins didn't want to take me with them, I was reallly pissed:).And of course worshipping Monika SeleŇ° in early nineties, but first match that I clearly remember was '92 Wimby finals.I remember that everyone in my family was pro-Agassi from obvious reasons;)I liked a lot hard rock and metal, that's why I digged Agassi, he was a rock star in tennis world.After that from '93 Wimby final it was all Sampras.I was such a huge fan that I even bought his ST shoes model:)Yes, and through all these years I played tennis recreationally.
     
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  42. FlashFlare11

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    I'll never forget Soderling dumping that return into the net and Federer falling to his knees, tears in his eyes, and the entire French crowd on their feet, tearing up with him. One of sports' most unforgettable moments.
     
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    god, do i feel old here....stan mith-nastase wimby final...rosewall-laver wct final
     
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  44. fedfan46

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    06 Wimbledon final. Earliest tennis memory however is hearing how Sharapova beat everyone she wasn't supposed to at Wimbledon 04
     
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    Because we already discussed this in the proper forum -- OP could have realized this if he looked in the forum it should be...
     
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  46. chandler bing

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    Since the 1981 French Open.
     
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    1991... Fan of Pete and Andre, Jennifer and Monica.
     
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    When Brian Teacher tore through the field of the 1980 Australian Open at Kooyong. Was hooked after that.
     
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  49. TennisLovaLova

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    1986, I was 7.
    First stick was a Major (now technifibre).
    I notice that many who posted here are very young...
     
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    1985 Roland-Garros. I watched with my grandfather. I was only eight, but that year, for some reason, I sat beside him and I started watching that awfully boring stuff called tennis. Chris Evert was playing. I think that her opponent was Lisa Bonder, but I'm not sure. I liked it, so I gave a look at some other matches. The first match that made me vibe was Wilander/Leconte. I found the player I would support for years in that match.
     
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