kevin curran...why dissapear after 85?

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  1. obsessedtennisfandisorder

    obsessedtennisfandisorder Professional

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    mr curran i'minterested in people's views of his man,

    In partiular the circumstances surrounding 'drop a a-bomb on flushing' commnet if anyone on here like moose or itym can rememeber it, as i
    started watching tennis in 88...(cash)...

    secondly...did anyone see this guy live, did he have any chance vs becker
     
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  2. crabgrass

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    i would've had him as favourite going into the becker final,
    if i remember correctly he absolutely blew away both connors and mcenroe in the earlier rounds and becker was still obviously more or less an unknown quantity.
    don't think he disapeared altogether after '85, i got a dvd of him playing lendl in the canadian open final and that was as late as '88.
    As for the A bomb comment i think he was just pissed at the crowd and noisy atmosphere at flushing meadow.
     
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  3. Kirko

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    knew a guy who played him a lot >>>

    way back in south africa this guy lived in reno,nv sametime I did at the same club. I got to hit with this guy quite a lot.
     
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  4. purple-n-gold

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    From what I remember of Kevin Curren,he was more of a doubles specialist but did have some success in singles as well.Does anyone recall his doubles partner's name?
     
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  5. crabgrass

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    i think that would be steve denton, made a couple of australian open finals in singles himself in '81 and '82.
     
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  6. Nellie

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    He now spends a lot of time coaching serves to juniors and is a really nice guy.
     
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  7. Tshooter

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    I remember the bomb comment as well but not the year

    It was his comment after losing early. He added the equally childish "I'll never be back" blah blah bah. Of course he came back to play there again.

    Like crabby said, the guy Curren most often played doubles with was Steve Denton.

    I don't think too many people saw Curren losing to Becker in the W 1985 finals.

    I seem to recall Curren would occasionally hit his forehand with two hands. Anyone else remember this?
     
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  8. vsbabolat

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    Curren orginally had a two handed forehand.
     
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  9. Borgforever

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    My impressions of Kevin Curren:

    Had a field-cannon serve, a fine volley and good groundies and only really dangerous on faster surfaces -- especially grass.

    Curren, as a green qualifier made it to the 4th round at Wimby 1980 losing to McEnroe 7-5,7-6,7-6 who at that time was (according to Kevin) "a fearless player" who was always able "to raise his game when the stakes are highest".

    When they met at the Wimby QF 1985 Mac was a shadow of what he was in 1980. McEnroe had serious stomach-problems and was cracking under pressure of his No. 1 spot with the paparazzi and the crazy circus that engulfed him 24/7. Mac was convinced even before he met Curren this was his last Wimby. Mac didn't serve well or return at his usual standard and Curren -- well he was in a rocket launching mode spraying service winners and being all over Mac's bleak serve.

    Curren thinks that Mac had one of the absolute best S&V games ever but it wasn't really there that day. So you had a player reaching his peak perf while Mac was on serious psychological landslide resulting in a serious blowout...

    Against 33 year old Jimbo in the semis Curren was just as awesome although when I rate this type of player that Kevin was I have higher regard for players like Tanner and Goran who had even better volleys and groundies than Curren when they played peak. But Curren wasn't far off IMO.

    Connors gave IMO his worst perf at Wimby against Kevin in that semi -- seeming slow, uninspired and actually slightly disinterested in the entire proceeding not showing any real disappointment when he was sliced and diced to the tune of (I guess) 6-2,6-2,6-1...

    So Kevin's opponents wasn't near their best when he was. And as Crabgrass pointed out he was the favorite coming into the championship match against Boris Becker, who was on so much fire that year he was a walking volcano.

    Yes, Kevin had a shot in that final but succumbed -- according to himself -- on his lack of confidence when the fight became really intense and ferocious -- again evidence of the importance of psychological strength and never giving negative thoughts any space in your mind.

    Boris Becker played IMO an amzing match -- one of his finest -- and pulled off some unforgettable points especially on his returns. Kevin hadn't really faced such a fine and inspired player in the tourney and Boris was a shock to Kevin's system. According to Curren Becker was like McEnroe -- fearless and always able to raise his game at clutch.

    The tidal-wave of Boris was just to much in the end. Afterwards it seemed that Curren didn't have a chance since Boris was so magnificent and there's some truth to that but it was closer than one might think -- pretty much a dogfight for 2-3 sets. A wonderful match in hot, dry conditions as I remeber it.

    After the final Curren never regained his momentum -- seemingly adopting the notion that he wasn't at the great player level and never would be since lacked that boundless confidence and resolute manner at the most critical junctures...
     
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  10. LeeD

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    Played him and lost 0-1 in the TransAmerica Q's at the CowPalace SanFrancisco in '78. Was the fifth round Q's, the winner going to the main draw.
    He was maybe 6'3" and 155 lbs. or so, whip and thin, single handed backhand but S/V, and wasn't too worried about my lefty wide serves. Nice guy, he not only shook my hand, but offered to bring some rackets in to get strung, and to hit if he went further..... He went to finals that tournament, but never brought any rackets in.
    NZ'er, nice guy, hit really whippy hard.
     
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  11. Tshooter

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    "When they met at the Wimby QF 1985 "

    I was at that match. They used to have a standing room only section right off the court. So I stood the entire match. :( Luckily it didn't take that long. Curren killed him.
     
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  12. timnz

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    South African

    Curren is South African - not a New Zealander. (I would know I am a NZ'er).
     
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  13. grizzly4life

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    what i remember most about kevin curran was that he tossed the ball and hit it very fast, maybe on the upswing if i remember correctly. if not, then it was a very low toss
     
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  14. onehandbh

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    Are you sure you played Curren? Your recollection of what
    took place doesn't match the actual historical events.
    Kevin Curren *NEVER* made it to the finals in any year at that tournament.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAP_Open
     
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  15. jaggy

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    Didnt he lose to Lewis in a long, long Wimb sf before Mcenroe destroyed lewis in the final?
     
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