Vince Van Patten

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Any memories. Child actor, pro player who beat McEnroe then a pro poker player, he now commentates on the poker tour. I remember some articles in mags but I didn't ever get to watch him.
he's not good, he could never pass john, no matter how hard he tried. is he a great poker player ?? is he going pro ?
 

JW10S

Hall of Fame
#4
Vince was a very quick all-court player with a good two-handed backhand. Yes, he did indeed beat McEnroe and I believe his career high singles ranking was in the mid 20s. Nice guy from a nice family.
 
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Chadillac

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#5
He was also in a movie called "The Break". He never played though while filming, just an actor, but you could his confidence, would of beaten anyone there.
 
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Any memories. Child actor, pro player who beat McEnroe then a pro poker player, he now commentates on the poker tour. I remember some articles in mags but I didn't ever get to watch him.
His H2H with Mac was 1-5.

His lone win was in 1981 at their second meeting, in the semis of the Tokyo Indoor Tournament, which Van Patten subsequently won over Mark Edmondson.

In 1979 he was the ATP Rookie of the Year. I seem to recall that he had long blonde hair that he wore in a headband, and a two-handed backhand. Everyone thought he was the next Borg, American style.
 
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JW10S

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Everyone thought he was the next Borg, American style.
Not too sure about that, aside from the blonde hair and headband he didn't play like Borg. Being a California kid he preferred fast courts. He hit a lot flatter and came in more than Borg. He was close to being as quick as Borg though.
 
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The only time I ever saw VVP play was verse Lendl at Lendl’s first ever (main draw) USO match. One point VVP found himself at the net with Lendl having a very short ball on the other side. Yep, Lendl hit him with the ball. I never forgot that. I didn’t know at the time it would become a career long play by Lendl. o_O

You don’t really see that play much in the modern game.

I don’t think Lendl was the most popular guy in the locker room.
 
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Yes he is, Dean Martin Jr was in that movie, he was in actuality a very good tennis player and played in a lot of the Open prize money events in Southern California--he didn't need a tennis stunt double in that movie.
I don’t see how VVP could star in a movie (1979) while preparing to and/or playing the tour full-time. The people like Vilas that had bit parts it was probably one day of filming. The movie was a bomb at the box office, I believe.

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=players.htm
 
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JW10S

Hall of Fame
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He was also in a movie called "The Break". Was a pretty nice guy, he never played though
No, you are mixed up too. Dean Paul Martin Jr starred with Ali McGraw in the movie Players, Vince Van Patten starred in The Break years after he had retired as a tennis player, two different guys.
 
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Not too sure about that, aside from the blonde hair and headband he didn't play like Borg. Being a California kid he preferred fast courts. He hit a lot flatter and came in more than Borg. He was close to being as quick as Borg though.
Yes and no. He did not play like Borg, but he reminded people of Borg.
 
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His father was a TV star in a successful American sitcom. Not being American I don't recall the name.

Dean Martin jnr died tragically young I think?
 
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