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NicoMK

Professional
Found this on the John McEnroe Channel on Youtube: a doubles match from 1988 between JMac & his brother Patrick versus teenagers Michael Chang (16 yo) & Pete Sampras (17 yo).


It was during the Michelin Challenge, an exho held in December 1988. Pretty low resolution and audio quality's a bit iffy too, but still funny to see them all, especially Sampras who looks about 12 years old.

I found a couple of news articles covering the event:

Cool. You could already see that Pete had his huge serve... and a few months after, Chang would win the French Open. They all look so young... nice video thanks.
 
Found another unusual video, from the 1984 EC Championships in Antwerp. This is of course the non-Grand Prix tournament famous for its amazing trophy, a solid gold racket inlaid with 1000+ diamonds and worth about $700,000 at the time.

The source is here: https://reuters.screenocean.com/record/1039410


The first two minutes is your usual brief highlights; Ivan Lendl beats Joakim Nystrom and Anders Jarryd to win the event. But the really interesting bit is the last third of the clip, showing the two guys who actually manufactured the trophy.

 

Dan Lobb

G.O.A.T.
How often does one come upon a set of highlights, or a full match, from this era on Youtube where you can hear the ball come off the racket this crisply?

I just wanted to share this, knowing that many of us have seen this match, just to point this out. This is just a pleasure to watch largely due to the sound quality.

By the way, Gottfried is hitting the ball really hard - often in a flat line drive. You don't fully appreciate this until you hear the impact.

How could he hit the ball hard with those old wood racquets? I thought that those old guys just patted the ball around.
 

hoodjem

G.O.A.T.
Ilie Nastase
From Wikipedia:
In his recent book, Năstase claimed that he slept with around 2,500 women. After hearing this, his wife said that she was happy to have conquered such a man.
I believe he started with the number of 1,000. He later admitted that it was all hyperbole.

"conquered"!?
Well, It certainly sounds like he and his wife deserve each other, if she believes that marrying someone is "conquering" them.


Nastase was a great and supremely talented player in his time, but at times he could be his own worst enemy when he thought his antics were better than his game. Today, he is an irrelevant, old racist homophobic clown-jerk yearning for attention.
 
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GameSetR

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I believe he started with the number of 1,000. He later admitted that it was all hyperbole.

"conquered"!?
Well, It certainly sounds like he and his wife deserve each other, if she believes that marrying someone is "conquering" them.

Nastase was a great and supremely talented player in his time, but at times he could be his own worst enemy when he thought his antics were better than his game. Today, he is an irrelevant, old racist homophobic clown-jerk yearning for attention.
Nastase was imo one of the most talented players ever. Could have been a top 20-ish all time great if he wasn't a mental midget.
 
Another slightly oddball vid from me, this time of Andre Agassi. Not on court, but being interviewed in a studio by an Austrian journalist/TV presenter, and at 5'22" he starts asking some very tricky questions about AA's hair. Is he losing it? Would he take his cap off for the audience? Helpfully the uploader has translated the interviewer's questions into English in the video description.

I'd assume this is October 1994; since he won Kitzbuhel then, and since his Nike clothes/colours (USO '94 line) match that period. Only a couple of months later, the hair came off for good...

 
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BTURNER

Legend
Just came across this one and thought it was well worth a shot. One of the GOATs (if not the GOAT) in action.

I always felt his ground game was undervalued. It usually took the very best baseliners on the Globe to stop him anywhere but red clay. That's because he could hang with them long enough to hit a winner or take his spot in the forecourt frequently enough to threaten to break.
 
Sampras Vs Bruguera RG 1993 QF First Set.

To the following question asked by the well-known "Voo de Mar" to Martin H.S. (who uploaded the clip) two weeks ago: "

Will you upload this match in full?", the latter answered: " I will try to do it."

I hope there is luck and Martin H.S. can upload the match in its entirety.
 
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