Players we never talk about

jaggy

Talk Tennis Guru
I remember watching Jeff Borowiak playing in the West of Scotland Open in the early 80s. A great pre Wimbly pro tournament that had some history although it was played on hard courts. I saw Pat Cash play it when he was about 16.
 

BorgCash

Legend
He was also nicknamed Rambo. As I remember nobody used baseball caps then. So this was his trademark.
Also remember how he almost loose his shorts on Centre Court during his lost five-setter battle with Tim Mayotte in 1987 at the Championship.
 

Tshooter

G.O.A.T.
Karel Nováček, high as no. 08, reached the semis of the U.S.O. and quarters of the F.O.
Agassi tried his full panapoly of gamesmanship moves from grotesque moonballing to imitating Karel's serve but went down to crafty Karel over a highly entertaining two day match (due to rain) on his way to the USO QF (I don't think he ever made semis. 1998 was by far his best effort at USO).

The gamesmanship (the moonballing especially) actually worked for a while. In fact, Agassi was either way up or won the fourth (I forgot which) and really had the momentum when they halted the match and most people that came back the next day thought Agassi would make quick work of it but it was the opposite. I think there was one early break by Karel and that was that.
 
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mental midget

Hall of Fame
^Great poast. Excellent memory.^
The beloved jose luis Clerc, victor pecci and Vijay Amritraj (from Octopu$$y).
If i may add...

Eric Korita. Massive serve. Grew up in Chicaaago and played college tnenis, I think, at southern methodist in texas. Huge serve. Prince poster at every club pro shop in the mid eighties.

Ray moore. Southeffrican pro with a light brown afro. Controversial co-tournament director at indian wells. Not at all a happy ending to that chapter of his life.

Nicolas pereira. Top Venezuelan in the late eighties. Bolletieri product. Smooth, attacking game. Very talented. Now does broadcasting, latinAmerican espn, i think?

Hugo chapacu, responsible for the demise of a certain us davis cup in the eighties.

Jeff Borowiak. I think the world of this guy. Played against him in a pro am in CA in the late nineties. Such a cool guy.

John McEnroe. Played at Standferd for a year after winning RG mixdbls with mary Carillo. Qualied for wimbledon men's singles the same summer. Kind of a hothead...intense fella with a nasty Holden Caulfield complex. Not sure what ever happened to him, but the guy played with some nice feel for the ball and the court. Quicker and taller than he looked. Young Johnny seemed to be friendly with Vitas Gerulaitis. Kind of followed Vitas around.

Vitas Gerulaitis. One of the nicest guys in the world. Great with kids, adults, women, fellas, suits, average joes. A generous, sweet magnetic person with a quick, swashbuckling, attacking game. He died in the nineties. Mysterious Carbon monoxide poisoning on Long Island.
eric korita...he was an instructor at a tennis camp i attended as a junior. we used to line up and try to return his serve. there were some good kids there. nobody could...like, EVER. it was pretty funny. and yeah i remember his poster, 'the 140 mph Prince' with him looming over the racket.
 

Benben245

Banned
Rafter's talent was overshadowed at times by his stubborn serve and volley choices. He was an amazing athlete and really had a tremendous baseline game and one of the best mid/half volleys of all time. His serve is underrated as well.
 
Albert Costa. I liked his backhand a lot. I remember thinking, uh oh, Costa vs Andre Agassi, with aa probably favored, even on clay.
Costa destroyed Dre like 6-2, 6-1. Did not take the ball early, very much a claycourt stylist, but Díos mio, the Backhand down the line. The guy moved beautifully, too. Like a modern Manuel Orantes.

If you like Almagro or Stan, this guy is like their uncle.
 
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MLRoy

Hall of Fame
Sylvia Hanicka - top 10 player from Germay hardly ever gets a mention.
Brian Teacher - Australian Open finalist
Chris Lewis - from NZ was Wimbledon finalist
I saw Hanika (East German) beat BJK in the semis of a Virginia Slims tourney in Boston (1983), on "Billie Jean King Day", which was pretty rude of her. She was a lefty. King said she liked playing lefties because they'd hit to her strength.
 

BorgCash

Legend
I remember watching Jeff Borowiak playing in the West of Scotland Open in the early 80s. A great pre Wimbly pro tournament that had some history although it was played on hard courts. I saw Pat Cash play it when he was about 16.
It's interesting about Cash.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
I remember watching Jeff Borowiak playing in the West of Scotland Open in the early 80s. A great pre Wimbly pro tournament that had some history although it was played on hard courts. I saw Pat Cash play it when he was about 16.
He was before I started playing or paying attention to tennis but i looked him up after I think J Mac told a story about him riding a bike to his match on Center Court Wimbledon, with only one racquet!! Don't remember the year/round but I believe it was a late round. I had to find out more about this cool Jedi Zen master that is that mellow they would do that.
 

hoodjem

G.O.A.T.
He was also nicknamed Rambo. As I remember nobody used baseball caps then. So this was his trademark.
Also remember how he almost loose his shorts on Centre Court during his lost five-setter battle with Tim Mayotte in 1987 at the Championship.
Yep. Second round. Mayotte was seeded tenth, and went on to lose in the next round to Pernfors.
 
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