Check out these old greats on vid

WYK

Professional

This is a 1983 match between Mcenroe and Gene Mayer. Look at how far up Mayer is to return Mcenroe's FIRST serve. He's at or a little inside the baseline. Always said it. This guy stood as far in as anyone on Mcenroe's first serve. That was just from memory. First match of theirs I've seen on youtube. But I remember it from 35 years ago.

This was the event with the diamond trophy. You had to win the event 3 out of 5 years to get it.
Gene also had a two handed forehand. I always thought that was a bit crazy. He made is as high as 5th in the rankings, too.

HAs anyone posted this one? WImby has been releasing some pretty good quality old stuff lately:

 

Johnatan

New User
Laver vs Ashe 1969

Ashe vs Rosewall 1971

Laver vs Connors 1975

Laver vs Borg 1977

Vilas vs Connors 1977

Ilie Nastase
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSqQXvDIwno

Borg vs Vilas - French Open final 1978:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-MdM908TnQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKQVdZNsyuQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4pPc9YesFc (endless rally)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDhqZxbS8Es (endless rally)

A documentary about Borg winning Wimby 5 times in a row (includes highlights from matches against Taylor, Vilas, Nastase, Vitas, Connors, Tanner and Johnny Mac)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=VsT_b_cPgAY
Thanks for the links !
We don't see tennis in the same way anymore, it's great to look back at those amazing players! Tennis is almost a brand new game now ...
 

morten

Hall of Fame
Thanks for the links !
We don't see tennis in the same way anymore, it's great to look back at those amazing players! Tennis is almost a brand new game now ...
Yes it was soo much better and they used the whole court and many different strokes. Now it is just faster and one dimentional
 
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Dan Lobb

G.O.A.T.
A collection of clips, including glimpses of Barry McKay, Gardnar Mulloy, Billie Jean King, and starting at the 26:00 point extended coverage of the Emerson/Sangster match at Forest Hills 1962.

Sangster's serve is one of the greatest, as Emmo shows his disgust.

 
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BTURNER

Legend
A collection of clips, including glimpses of Barry McKay, Gardnar Mulloy, Billie Jean King, and starting at the 26:00 point extended coverage of the Emerson/Sangster match at Forest Hills 1962.

Sangster's serve is one of the greatest, as Emmo shows his disgust.

@PDJ can you help here? I am fairly sure I see Maria here, but who can you positively identify as Bueno in these clips or anyone else for that matter. so many women, so little solid evidence.
 

PDJ

G.O.A.T.
@PDJ can you help here? I am fairly sure I see Maria here, but who can you positively identify as Bueno in these clips or anyone else for that matter. so many women, so little solid evidence.
Yes. Definitely Maria. And even without the tennis, l would recognise her walk and the gesture when she sweeps her hand across her face.
She really was a class act. And a Diva. But in the best sense, with an amazing sense of humour, and such kindness of spirit.
I may have mentioned this before?
A conversation with Lew Hoad (they were great friends) at my tennis club. Both were in London for Wimbledon.
Maria was bemoaning a current player who barely said two words to her the previous day at the AELTC. Hoad replied that they'd both had their day and it was others who now held the spotlight. Maria replied:
Darling, when I open the fridge door and the light comes on..... l smile" :)
In fairness to La Bueno there are few players that can boast multiple statues in their native country.
It's very fitting she was given a State Funeral.
And, trust me, she would have liked that.
 

PDJ

G.O.A.T.
@PDJ can you help here? I am fairly sure I see Maria here, but who can you positively identify as Bueno in these clips or anyone else for that matter. so many women, so little solid evidence.
You maybe interested to know that of current players, Maria was very fond of Maria Sharapova. And for all the talk of Sharapova being icy Maria Bueno held a very different view. Not least because Sharapova was extremely respectful of Bueno's legacy and treated her with the deference this commanded.
 

BTURNER

Legend
Yes. Definitely Maria. And even without the tennis, l would recognise her walk and the gesture when she sweeps her hand across her face.
She really was a class act. And a Diva. But in the best sense, with an amazing sense of humour, and such kindness of spirit.
I may have mentioned this before?
A conversation with Lew Hoad (they were great friends) at my tennis club. Both were in London for Wimbledon.
Maria was bemoaning a current player who barely said two words to her the previous day at the AELTC. Hoad replied that they'd both had their day and it was others who now held the spotlight. Maria replied:
Darling, when I open the fridge door and the light comes on..... l smile" :)
In fairness to La Bueno there are few players that can boast multiple statues in their native country.
It's very fitting she was given a State Funeral.
And, trust me, she would have liked that.
You have to know how envious of you, I am. To know someone of that stature in the game, who also happens to be gracious, kind and entertaining is something to envy. How did you happen to meet her, may I ask?
 

PDJ

G.O.A.T.
You have to know how envious of you, I am. To know someone of that stature in the game, who also happens to be gracious, kind and entertaining is something to envy. How did you happen to meet her, may I ask?
By chance in a way: after university l moved to London and looking for a tennis club I tried 3 local to where l lived. Of the three, one was much friendlier. By chance the Chairman ran a Tennis Celebrity Corporate company and he had a long history with tennis - LewHoad was his best friend and he remains very close to John Lloyd (he escorted Navratilova to the Evert/Lloyd wedding - it's his photos in the Carol Thatcher book, which, much to his chagrin, she never returned). So, this coupled with my love for tennis history and the fact that I'm a pretty good player- I won the club championships many times- got me an immediate 'in' to the inner circle. Maria's best friend (herself had played briefly on the tour, and occupied a senior position at the ITF) became, and remains, a good friend so I was swiftly introduced to Maria as a hitting partner. Which was incredible as you can imagine. We became firm friends as I enjoyed her wit, and her many stories of other legendary players - and she was quite candid! You can probably guess the players that Bueno had little time for socially.
I was her guest at Wimbledon many times.
I was able to return the favour in a small way - l worked for HM Government and did reasonably well and got her invited to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. As luck would have it Princess Alexandra was in the Royal Party and seized upon Maria and brought her out of the main throng to speak to her.
I have absolutely nothing but good things to say about Maria. And to hit with her was the icing on the cake. Her timing had to be seen to be believed.
Pure class.
 

DMP

Professional
A collection of clips, including glimpses of Barry McKay, Gardnar Mulloy, Billie Jean King, and starting at the 26:00 point extended coverage of the Emerson/Sangster match at Forest Hills 1962.

Sangster's serve is one of the greatest, as Emmo shows his disgust.

I've come to this a bit late....

I reckon the girl shown along with BJK at Forest Hills is Karen Hantze (later Suzman). I think she is also the one at Wimbledon with the dark fringe to her skirt, and her final opponent is Vera Sukova (Helena's mum).

Also at Wimbledon is left-handed Ann Hayden, before she became Ann Jones, and Christine Truman.

A lot of the faces are familiar, without being able to put names to them. It was over 50 years ago!!

Maria Bueno is so distinctive in her serve and movement, you couldn't think it was anyone else.
 

BTURNER

Legend
I've come to this a bit late....

I reckon the girl shown along with BJK at Forest Hills is Karen Hantze (later Suzman). I think she is also the one at Wimbledon with the dark fringe to her skirt, and her final opponent is Vera Sukova (Helena's mum).

Also at Wimbledon is left-handed Ann Hayden, before she became Ann Jones, and Christine Truman.

A lot of the faces are familiar, without being able to put names to them. It was over 50 years ago!!

Maria Bueno is so distinctive in her serve and movement, you couldn't think it was anyone else.
How would I know? I can't find a single you-tube clip of her playing a match that lasts even 10 minutes.
 

Dan Lobb

G.O.A.T.
I've come to this a bit late....

I reckon the girl shown along with BJK at Forest Hills is Karen Hantze (later Suzman). I think she is also the one at Wimbledon with the dark fringe to her skirt, and her final opponent is Vera Sukova (Helena's mum).

Also at Wimbledon is left-handed Ann Hayden, before she became Ann Jones, and Christine Truman.

A lot of the faces are familiar, without being able to put names to them. It was over 50 years ago!!

Maria Bueno is so distinctive in her serve and movement, you couldn't think it was anyone else.
Thanks for the help-out on identification.
 

hoodjem

G.O.A.T.
All things, that can distract an opponent. Stalling, mocking, arguing, screaming, spitting, even throwing sets and matches. Often a bit childish. Once he played a Wim doubles with Connors with a bowler hat or with an umbrella. Sometimes he screamed at line judges and umpires, they should call him Mr. Nastase.At Bournemouth against Panatta, once a match was halted for an hour, due to his antics. At USO he almost got into a fight with German Pohmann, called him Hitler. Another time at USO, in an infamous match with McEnroe, the umpire Frank Hammond disqualified him, but, as a riot rose among the crowd, the decision was corrected by the tournament referee Talbert. Between him and his close friend Connors, a bitter conflict started, when Connors told him (falsely) in a Las Vegas match, that his mother had died in an Rumanian earthquake.
I believe that Nastase was the player who--by using a spaghetti-string racquet--broke Vilas's clay-match winning streak in 1977. (It was at the Aix tournament, and Vilas defaulted the match in protest.)
I think the ITF banned spaghetti stringing a few weeks later.
 
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Dan Lobb

G.O.A.T.
I believe that Nastase was the player who--by using a spaghetti-string racquet--broke Vilas's clay-match winning streak in 1977. (It was at the Aix tournament, and Vilas defaulted the match in protest.)
I think the ITF banned spaghetti stringing a few weeks later.
Small wonder that Nastase generally played poorly in majors, his personality was severely challenged by the big-time events, where he could not horse around.
 

hoodjem

G.O.A.T.
This was his one really good major performance. He generally failed to play his best tennis in the majors.
It appears that Nastase had the mistaken and unfortunate belief that his antics were more influential than his accomplishments.

If it had been the other way around, we might be discussing him as a GOAT-contender.
 

DMP

Professional
It appears that Nastase had the mistaken and unfortunate belief that his antics were more influential than his accomplishments.

If it had been the other way around, we might be discussing him as a GOAT-contender.
This was his one really good major performance. He generally failed to play his best tennis in the majors.
I don't think that is entirely fair. He had his share of big victories, and his Wimbledon final against Smith was a classic. He may even have played better than against Ashe.
 

hoodjem

G.O.A.T.
I don't think that is entirely fair. He had his share of big victories, and his Wimbledon final against Smith was a classic. He may even have played better than against Ashe.
Perhaps. A player with Nastase's talent with eights slams is in a different league.
 

DMP

Professional
Great clip. Thank you. Build-wise Gonzales looks very like Ashe. If I hadn't been told it was Gonzales and had only looked quickly I might have thought it was Ashe, especially his serving style and movement on the last point.
 

1stVolley

Semi-Pro
Great clip. Thank you. Build-wise Gonzales looks very like Ashe. If I hadn't been told it was Gonzales and had only looked quickly I might have thought it was Ashe, especially his serving style and movement on the last point.
Yes they're movement is similar although I'd say Gonzales' was a bit more "cat like" than Ashe's despite the former being only an inch taller, at 6'2". On film Gonzales seems taller.
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Roland Garros channel uploading some older matches in great quality



Safin vs Mantilla FO 04 tomorrow and then Chang/Lendl in a couple of days.

I've never seen the Safin/Mantilla match, epic scoreline in that one.
 

NicoMK

Professional
Roland Garros channel uploading some older matches in great quality



Safin vs Mantilla FO 04 tomorrow and then Chang/Lendl in a couple of days.

I've never seen the Safin/Mantilla match, epic scoreline in that one.
Very nice, thanks for sharing this.

Never had the curiosity to check their YT channel. Mainly recent stuff but, for those who, like myself, enjoy "classic" tennis, they are starting to add older stuff : that Sampras-Bruguera (what a match, I remember watching it live) and the famous Chang-Lendl match, soon available.

We want more!
 
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The Green Mile

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Very nice, thanks for sharing this.

Never had the curiosity to check their YT channel. Mainly recent stuff but, for those who, like myself, enjoy "classic" tennis, they are starting to add older stuff : that Sampras-Bruguera (what a match, I remember watching it live) and the famous Chang-Lendl match, soon available.

We want more!
Yeah, I'm glad they aren't just uploading recent matches that are quite easily available or still fresh in the memory. I never check their channel (gave up on it a while ago) but thankfully they were recommended.
 

NicoMK

Professional
Thanks for the heads up. They just added Mathieu-Isner '12. Safin-Pioline '98 in a few days! hope we get some classic Leconte matches.
Check this channel: they're uploading great stuff these days, full matches, great quality. Leconte-Becker RG 88! :p

week 2 seems to be more recent stuff though.

full details here:

direct link to videos:
 
Check this channel: they're uploading great stuff these days, full matches, great quality. Leconte-Becker RG 88! :p

week 2 seems to be more recent stuff though.

full details here:

direct link to videos:
thanks, I’ll check it out. I’ve seen Leconte Becker, it’s great. Posted stats on https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/stats-for-1988-fo-final-wilander-leconte.381113/#post-11866513
 

BringBackWood

Professional
INA france have stopped selling tennis matches so what they give with one hand, they taketh away with the other.., but fair play to them for uploading stuff.

I wonder how many people seeing Leconte's 'funny' antics nowadays realise he was actually a terrific player. The best shotmaker of his generation probably.
 

beltsman

Legend
Awesome TB here between Chang and Mayotte. Lots of MPs saved and some great play from both in a good atmosphere.

 

Dan Lobb

G.O.A.T.
This is an interesting film showing the 1947 Davis Cup, with extended footage of Kramer. At this point in time, Kramer was not following everything to net,

staying back even on first serves, coming in only when his ground-strokes gave him the edge.

Great to see Schroeder and Bromwich playing in bare feet, haven't seen that recently.

Let's reintroduce the bare-foot option.

 
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