Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by Duzza, Mar 23, 2007.
the rockin moraccan younes el aynaoui
a bunch of good names in here.
about 7 people beat me to miroslav mecir, the big cat.
and a few canadian names:
nicholas perreira (yes, moved to canada)
ok, the canadian part was somewhat pointless...... the big cat, by far.
Just like my avatar shows, I really liked Goran Ivanisevic. He had a unique sense of humor. I'm so glad when he finally won Wimbledon against Patrick Rafter! The look on Goran's face was priceless.
Nduka Odizor; reached the quarters at Wimby in 1986
Jose Luis Clerc
Two of my old favorites
Gene Mayer, Krishnan, Annabel Croft (something about posh English bints always did it for me)
he's not all that forgotten I guess but I have always liked Max Mirnyi
Of course! The Australian with the monster serve.
I saw him play as like an opening act in an exhibition. He was playing the Wimbledon junior champion. They played about even, and no one was paying much attention until he decided to start using that monster serve of his. It shocked the whole crowd into silence.
Remember when Becker won his first Wimbledon? He won by beating Curren in the final. I didn't think that nobody Becker (at that time) had a chance. I saw Kreik play Connors in an exhibition. They had some truly incredible rallies.
Aaron Krickstein. Usually only at the US Open.
PS: Conners can get stuffed. As politely as I can put that.
Younes El Aynaoui - The Rockin' Moroccan. I was at the US OPen in 2003 and saw him win an unbelievable 5 setter against Juri Novak. I think I read somewhere that Younes was the driver for his tennis team or something like that.
Gene and Sandy Mayer
Butch Walts(z). He had the hottest wife of any tennis player.
Hans Gildemeister and Eddie Dibbs.
Roberto Carretero. He was a literal tennis one hit wonder. I bet nobody here has even heard or remember the guy.
I'll take that bet. Beat Alex Corretja in the German Open (Hamburg) final. Think it was 1996.
Also <off-topic> but I see you're in Atlanta too.
My favorite forgotten player....Alberto Mancini
You guys have covered the men pretty well, so I'll name some women:
Favorite but forgotten? Don't forget Maria Sharapova. :-?
Maria who? I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with her.
Maria Bueno, the amazing Brazilian player?
Vince Van Patten
Some of my favorite past players:
Korda, Rios, Berasategui, Pescosolido, Pozzi, Furlan, Mansdorf, Enqvist, Ivanisevic, Radulescu, G. Raoux, Alonso, Pioline, Delaitre, Escude, Squillari, Draper, Tiilikainen, Szumanski, Karbacher, Boetsch, Belobrajdic, Filippini, and and there was an Australian guy from the late 80s, early 90s (1HBH and muscular built), but I always forget his name.
Anyone remembers Ilie "Nasty" Nastase?
No, that's not who I am thinking about. The guy was a bit more massive and muscular, but not tall.
Oh definitely, one of the all-time great caricatures of the sport. What a talented player. And a great tennis player, too!
The smooth movement, large serve, heavy spins off both sides, and ridiculous touch. Great on clay, great on grass. My earliest sports memory (as a 3 and a half year old sitting between my father and grandfather) was Ilie's 1972 Forest Hills triumph over the great Arthur Ashe. Yeah, I named a pet or two after each of them over the years.
I am just sad he'll be remembered as a cut-up, a gigantic waste of talent, and a buffoon. The guy was a seriously amazing athlete and a charismatic gentleman. Not always on the court, though.
Wow, looks like you and I are the only ones who remember. Yeah Atlanta is a great tennis town.
His match against Rafter at the US Open was a classic. As a Rafter fan, it scared the hell out of me!
My all-time favorite, Shlomo Glickstein! Legs looked like friggin tree trunks LOL
Who could forget him? The tennis bad boy before McEnroe took over. Also, he had beautiful strokes. He was a graceful player.
One player I liked to watch when he was on was Jaime Yzaga, a Peruvian. His match at the FO against Michael Chang was one of the most enjoyable I have ever seen.
anyone remember bryan shelton? a former college-player who once almost defeated courier but unfortunately lost in 5 sets. ...a good player - won 2 tournaments (both in newport) and it was a plessure to watch him
Yeah, tall brother who played for Georgia Tech. Serve and volleyer, beat the great Michael Stich at Wimbledon once, too. Now serves as women's coach at Georgia Tech.
what about john fitzgerald? some have written here that he was one of the best s&v-player
Marc Rosset, Amos Mansdorf, Michael Tebutt, Georg Bastl, Henrik Holm, Kenneth Carlsen.
Don't think he was around in the late 80s, early 90s, but is it Andrew Ilie?
Favorite but forgotten player for me was Karsten Braasch.
I really liked Arnaud Boetsch.
Beautiful all court game, great to watch. I think his athletic ability (or lack thereof) and mental game let him down.
A couple of clips with him playing against 2 players I also absolutely loved (but they are not forgotten ).
And one of his 3 (I think) titles won against Courier
doubles team davis / pate - where did their nickname "nasty boys" come from ?
Michael Tauson was a weird brainless ballbasher who I once saw on TV.
He was very stocky too. Would be funny too see some footage again, but he only peaked at number 101.
They dressed badly and liked Janet Jackson songs?
They showed up for a match wearing those old Oakley Blades sunglasses [cue small barf burp in mouth], and immediately got the moniker by the brilliant media of the day. "Like, gimme some attitude, man! That's XTREME!!!" etc. They stuck with the shades schtick for a while. Davis even got his squeeze, Nat Zvereva to wear those in competition!
Oh, to be back in the trendy early 90's again! Well, then again, maybe not. Acid-wash denim shorts? Neon? Rocker hair? [another barf burp]
Scott Davis was a bit of a hothead on court, though, and his antics could "wake up" David Pate a bit as well.
Guillermo Canas, only because I've met him in real life, and he is a really nice guy. Kissed me on the cheek.
sjeng schalken. i loved his smooth stroke baseline game.
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