Which pro/s got you into the game?

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  1. GotGame?

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    Which pro/s got you into this game of tennis? What made you fall in love with tennis?

    For me, it had to be Sampras and Agassi. Their rivalry lighted up the scene when I first saw tennis, and their playing styles contrast so much. They turned out to be legends in their own ways. From then until even now, I look to achieve their greatness some day.

    Seles influenced me a bit I guess also, but that really came through my dad being a fan of her.
     
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  2. Rickson

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    Andy Roddick with his monster serve.
     
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  3. AngeloDS

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    Oddly, in middle school I really liked Badminton. Friends and I would stay after school to play it in the gym. I was a pro-badminton person. Then, I found the sport of Tennis when my friends dad let us borrow some racquets.

    There's a few tennis courts where I live. At the Navy Base, down the street from where I live and the High School Tennis Courts.

    But when I first started watching. It was Pete Sampras and Agassi.
     
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  4. Max G.

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    I saw a couple of matches involving don't-remember-who baseliners. Then I saw Sampras serve and volley and was hooked.
     
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  5. junglebrothers66

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    2 words for you GORAN WIMBLEDON 2001

    BEST TOURNMENT EVER
    HE CAME FROM NO WHERE TO BEAT jonsson , moya , roddick , rusedski, safin , henman , rafter,after the final i bought my first racquet and never looked back,,,,,,,
     
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  6. Babblelot

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    Wow, I'm a geezer!

    First and always: Johnny Mac--no one before or since could touch his combination dominant player and outrageous antics.

    Sure, Nastase was out there, but he's no Johnny Mac--one of a kind (period)

    Unlike the dignified and respectful Agassi-Sampras rivalry, there was no love lost between McEnroe-Connors early in his career and McEnroe-Lendl at the end of his career. And imagine, McEnroe-Borg was sandwiched in between!
     
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  7. GotGame?

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    Definitely one of my highlights also. That whole run up to watching that final against Rafter is memorable.
     
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  8. Crichton

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    Showing my age by saying Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert. My game more resembles Courier however.
     
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  9. GotGame?

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    yeah, I keep finding out more and more about the older players each day. I guess my game resembles Wilander.
     
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  10. gugafanatic

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    Guga's grunt, flowing locks and languid groundstrokes are what attracted me to the game. He brought great colour and character to the court and started doing things with his revolutionary one handed backhand that no man had ever seen before.
     
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  11. MegacedU

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    I've been a tennis freak forever but what really inspired me to better my game when Andy Roddick went pro. I wanted so badly to be an excellent player. Thanks Andy.
     
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  12. Phil Daddario

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    If you're old, I'm older. ;)

    Laver, baby. Honestly. When Johnny Mac and Evert came around though, I admit it got me into the sport more.
     
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  13. Thomas Tung

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    Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg. Power and grace. Fire and ice. Explosiveness and steadiness.
     
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  14. Crichton

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    Never got to see much of Laver, except for the WCT Finals between him and Rosewall. He did a pro-am here once, and at 50+ he still was still amazing!
     
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  15. The_Dark_Knight

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    i started only like two years ago out of desperation. This "friend" was like stalking me, and i picked golf as my sport of choice, and he did too. So, i erased my mark and picked tennis. When my coach said i had talent, i saw Coria, and i was like i wanna be him, even though i'm a S&Ver
     
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  16. TheGreatBernie

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    No player really got me into the sport. I enjoyed playing tennis because it was the most difficult sport I had ever played in my life. It's still a reason why I continue to play.

    It's not like basketball where you can pick up the ball and try to put it in the basket. It's not football where you pick up the ball and run in one direction. It's not baseball where you hit the ball with the bat. You also cannot watch tennis on television and learn techniques. That can be done with many other sports. Tennis was so much harder for me to learn -- especially since I've never had a private teacher. I've picked up tips from people who bageled me.

    Tennis is a very challenging sport. Mentally and physically.
     
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  17. Ash Doyle

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    My first favorites on the ATP were Michael Chang and Goran Ivanisevic. Back then, I really didn't have a great understanding and respect for the game and was tired of seeing Sampras win all the time. I was rooting for whoever he was playing to beat him.
     
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  18. Craig Sheppard

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    John McEnroe, Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi, and Stefan Edberg, in no particular order.
     
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  19. HewittSuckz

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    hands down for me it was when i was watching the 2001 US Open match between Roddick and Hewitt when i realized that i really wanted to start playing. man did roddick get screwed on that call
     
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  20. Sixpointone

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    The artistry of John McEnroe first prompted me to get a racquet. The ethic of Amanda Coetzer made me work harder to try and get the most out of my game. I could go on and on, but those are the two names that first come to mind.
     
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  21. Phil Daddario

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    He was THE person to watch when I was a kid.

    Big hold on the sport, too. Speaking of 50+ people, I remember hearing about a 55 year old (either that or older) Bobby Riggs taking on everyone somewhere in San Diego. Apparently he was still untouchable. :D
     
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  22. pound cat

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    None. It was the excitement of skipping class, going to the tennis courts, & playing that got me hooked. It didn't need anyone to inspire me.
     
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  23. tennissavy

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    I never even watched a tennis match until I received free box seats to the US Open (back in the days when they had a hospitality tent with all the free food). The first pro I saw play was Sabatini, then Graf, then Sampras. It was also then that I decided that women's tennis was far more entertaining. I also grew to hate watching Sampras' serve and volley style as there were no long rallies and all the sets he played went to tiebreaks. I made many trips to the tent for refreshments. Sampras, what a torture to watch.
     
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  24. Rusedski Fan

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    Borg, Mac, Lendl

    My dad always liked Bjorn. I was a Lendl guy. My friends went for J-Mac. I modeled my game after Lendl. Still kinda play that way. No emotion or yelling.
     
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  25. @ce

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    Bjorn Borg - The true ice man
     
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  26. Fedubai

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    Well, we didn't like pro tennis for a long time. We just liked to hit the ball across the net, didn't even bother with the rules either. When tennis was on we usually didn't watch. Thought the mens game was populated by girly wussies!

    But I was flipping channels one day in 2003, and saw this Andy Roddick match, semifinals of the US Open, vs. David Nalbandian. What a match! I loved it, I wanted Nalby to win. What a battle it was. After that it was kind a off for a year, just was doing other things for a while. Then in 2004 I watched the Toronto Masters, and saw Roddick, and guess who: Federer. I wanted Roddick to win the final and was in denial about Federer. Now get this: I didn't like him because of his ponytail and this line of mens stuff he had out. But I have to admit he grew on me, his play was stunning and I was impressed with his attitude. So I started to follow tennis seriously, and the actual game, not just fooling around.

    So I guess you could say a combo of Roddick, Nalbandian, and Federer. But when I started watching Federer I became interested in the actual game, all about it. It wasn't just fooling around at the courts, watching a little tennis here and there. Now I'm obsessed!

    I love it now, and I'm glad my attitude changed about mens tennis in general and about Federer.
     
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  27. x Southpaw x

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    Andre Agassi for me. His name was the biggest and he was the best at the time I picked up tennis, so I watched and cheered him. I think Sampras sort of retired or slow-down when I started. My coach mentioned Michael Chang a few times, but I've never watched Chang play. And Andre's so good that he's still playing with the pros even now. He's really a veteran.
     
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  28. littlelleyton

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    Boris Becker and Steffi Graf for me. BB took the world by storm just as i was bout able to realise how good he was. saw him at wimbledon in 89 and i remember thinking he was the biggest man id ever seen in person. loved his finals aganst edberg but for years could bring myself to liking him for beatuing boris...haha childhood :)
     
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  29. Noelle

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    I used to watch tennis with my grandfather and uncles, but they were usually tuned in to the men's matches, particularly Sampras and Agassi.

    Then I happened to watch a Martina Hingis match. I was hooked and wanted to watch every single one of her matches, and when I stepped onto a court for the first time (I was 13), I wanted to be like her.

    What brought me back to watching tennis after Hingis disappeared from the scene was seeing Andy Roddick compete in early 2003. I realized I had missed so much (including Pete's later career) and set to work making things right by watching as much tennis as possible. LOL.
     
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    The Agassi and Sampras matches got me into the game with Agassi's awsome groundies and Pete's bullet of a serve made tennis more exiting than ever before.
     
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    Mc Enroe, Edberg, Sampras, Federer these are my tennis masters!

    But my game is modelled on Sampras's one. Now, I like so much Federer's forehand, that in my opinion is his step beyond the already perfect allround game of Sampras. The less modern, quite unique, shot in Pete's arsenal was his forehand. But the running one is still the best in the game. Like his serve and volley!
     
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  32. rhubarb

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    Borg for me in the late seventies, and McEnroe shortly thereafter.
     
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  33. ~*|P3P8|*~

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    Agassi and Grosjean lol. When I saw a match they played in 2001 I just fell in luv with tennis, dunno why, somethin was just really appealin to me I guess lol.

    BTW, this bein my 1st post I just wanna say hi to everbody lol!:) Im ~*|P3P8|*~ (aka Sam).
     
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    Agassi....
     
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    LOL... I'm with the boomers: Laver first, then Muscles, then the master of balance/footwork/explosive repartee...... Nasty Man!

    Of course, sometime later there was Carling Bassett, Gabby Sabatini, and Anna for eye candy.... Nothing like having some skills to impart on the gals when they wanted to learn :)!
     
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    I started senior year high school, friend who was on team convinced me and my other friend to join (after school activity). Back then, I didn't know I could get DVDs of matches. I saw a website that sold tapes for $25! No way I could spend that money...so after couple years...I decided I REALLY wanted to improve, so I joined messageboards, found site with DVDs, watched Aussie Open 2005, fell in love with Federer and Safin's match. That was it.

    Boom, I become a tennis addict big time.
     
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    Björn Borg and then later on Stefan Edberg.
     
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    The King of Swing, Pistol Pete.

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    Ok. It was really Mac, but I didn't want to be like everyone else today.
     
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    Although I'm 31 and had taken tennis lessons for short periods of time when I was 12 and 25 I had never seen a pro swing a racquet until year 2003. I was stunned the first time I saw Federer play because of his finesse, Hewitt's determination caught my attention and definetly Agassi taking the Aussie Open that year made me think "this guy is three years older than me and he can play at that level ... why not give it a try?".

    I'm yet to get recordings of the best players of history, but the ones that have decisively influenced me are: Agassi, Federer, Sampras, and more lately Nadal and Cañas (now that I'm fitter I fight every point and run down to every ball).
     
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  43. Arafel

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    <I enjoyed playing tennis because it was the most difficult sport I had ever played in my life.>

    You obviously haven't played hockey yet! Just imagine, you have to learn how skate before you can be any good, and then have to coordinate passing and shooting a little puck that's moving quickly.

    For me, the hardest part of tennis is the mental part.
     
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    Laver, McEnroe, Navratilova, Borg.
     
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  45. Arafel

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    As for who got me into the game, I started playing in 1980, and after seeing McEnroe-Borg was totally hooked. On the women's side, I loved Evert and Tracy Austin. My favorite male player was Connors. He never ever gave up, and played with so much passion.
     
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    McEnroe- his unique service motion and his net game.

    Lendl- the father of today's power baseline game.

    Agassi- his colourful sports wear when he was young.
     
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  47. S132p10

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    Sampras got me into it and Guga made me stay.
     
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  48. araghava

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    It's interesting that almost no one has mentioned Navratilova even though she possibly had the most complete game in womens tennis and she was amongst the most dominant players.
     
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  49. Ronaldo

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    Vilas-wanted to emulate his backhand.
     
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    Jimmy Connors--When I was around 18 or 19 years old--I remember My Dad called me in to the living room to "watch the way this guy hit the ball" on TV---neither had ever seen anyone hit it so hard for so long and with such abandon...I was hooked.
     
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