Vince Van Patten ?

VintageMac84

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Whatever happened to thus guy ? He was a solid player top 10 at one point I believe ? Seriously in the WHERE ARE THEY NOW FILES !!
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
I always think he's Dick Van Patten - star of 70s/80s show Eight is Enough.

Just Googled - that's his dad. I did not know that previously.
 

buscemi

Hall of Fame
Others mentioned where he ended up, but he did have an odd career trajectory. In 1979, he won the ATP Rookie of the Year award. In 1981, he won the Seiko World Super Tennis tournament, beating Clerc, Gerulaitis, and McEnroe, among others, to climb to a career-high #26 ranking. And then...he went 18-21 in 1982, 13-20 in 1983, 9-10 in 1984, 10-12 in 1985, 2-6 in 1986, and 2-2 in 1987.

With his trajectory from 1979-1981, you would have expected him to improve some more or at least level out as a a top 25-ish player. But he fell off a cliff in 1982 w/no apparent injury problems as far as I can tell. Maybe he lost motivation?
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
I would love to play paddle at Venice beach - I saw it last time I was in LA and it looked like a blast. Looks like a hybrid of tennis and platform tennis, which I also play.
 

buscemi

Hall of Fame
Only match footage I could find was this mixed doubles match between Van Patten/Rinaldi and Connors/Evert. The way he serves and comes into the net reminds me somewhat of Edberg (although not the two handed backhand volley:)):

 

jrepac

Hall of Fame
Vince had a good game and some nice wins. He was a bit of a 'himbo' back in the day. He's been on TV recently as he is married to one of the "Housewives"....he looked quite different! And of course, Dick was his father! Also one of the first guys to use a Yonex graphite, midsized racquet.
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
pretty impressive to get to 25 in the world beating mcenroe, etc.. all the while it seems
he wasnt really groomed to be a pro considering all the child acting, outside interests, etc..
he had the typical california fast hard court game at the time...
he won atp rookie of the year award in '79..
 
Vince had a good game and some nice wins. He was a bit of a 'himbo' back in the day. He's been on TV recently as he is married to one of the "Housewives"....he looked quite different! And of course, Dick was his father! Also one of the first guys to use a Yonex graphite, midsized racquet.
He is married to Eileen Davidson. Eileen Davidson is one of my favorite actresses. She appeared in "the young and the restless" for a long time. Eileen Davidson also appeared in "the real housewives of Beverly Hills". I know this because my wife is a big fan of the "housewives" series.
 
Others mentioned where he ended up, but he did have an odd career trajectory. In 1979, he won the ATP Rookie of the Year award. In 1981, he won the Seiko World Super Tennis tournament, beating Clerc, Gerulaitis, and McEnroe, among others, to climb to a career-high #26 ranking. And then...he went 18-21 in 1982, 13-20 in 1983, 9-10 in 1984, 10-12 in 1985, 2-6 in 1986, and 2-2 in 1987.

With his trajectory from 1979-1981, you would have expected him to improve some more or at least level out as a a top 25-ish player. But he fell off a cliff in 1982 w/no apparent injury problems as far as I can tell. Maybe he lost motivation?
here’s an article from 1984. Seems to imply his outside interests and partying were responsible for his slump.
 
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Deleted member 769694

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I got to meet him on the set of "The Break". Actually a really nice guy.

 
Only match footage I could find was this mixed doubles match between Van Patten/Rinaldi and Connors/Evert. The way he serves and comes into the net reminds me somewhat of Edberg (although not the two handed backhand volley:)):

here’s a long article from SI in 1980. Says he never had a lesson or a junior ranking. Only started playing at age 11. his 2 handed backhand is his best shot. And that his parents refused to let him accept the part of Richie Cunningham in Happy Days!

 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Seems like he could have done better with more focus. But, he doesn't strike me as a guy who has regrets about it - seems like he thoroughly enjoyed his life doing all sorts of stuff - and partying.
 

BorgCash

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Only match footage I could find was this mixed doubles match between Van Patten/Rinaldi and Connors/Evert. The way he serves and comes into the net reminds me somewhat of Edberg (although not the two handed backhand volley:)):

Great video. How i love that good old tennis!
 

BorgCash

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Only match footage I could find was this mixed doubles match between Van Patten/Rinaldi and Connors/Evert. The way he serves and comes into the net reminds me somewhat of Edberg (although not the two handed backhand volley:)):

One of few matches Jimbo used PS Mid.
 

TnsGuru

Professional
One of few matches Jimbo used PS Mid.
I heard he collaborated with Wilson in the design of the PS mid and within a year he went back to his old T-2000. Hee seemed to really like that old steel frame and didn't go back to a composite frame until 87 when he used the Slazenger panther pro ceramic.
Here is a video of his new stick. U.S Open 88 against a young Agassi
 

BorgCash

Legend
I heard he collaborated with Wilson in the design of the PS mid and within a year he went back to his old T-2000. Hee seemed to really like that old steel frame and didn't go back to a composite frame until 87 when he used the Slazenger panther pro ceramic.
Here is a video of his new stick. U.S Open 88 against a young Agassi
The first PS Mid model that Wilson made especially for Jimbo and he didn't like wasn't the same with regular PS Mid that was made later.
 

jrepac

Hall of Fame
The first PS Mid model that Wilson made especially for Jimbo and he didn't like wasn't the same with regular PS Mid that was made later.
I don't believe it was wildly different from the frame Sampras and Edberg used. Naturally, the PS evolved every few years. The frame was made for Connors, obviously, and he used it in 84 and 85. USO 84 was the only GS he played with it in (which seemed like a mistake to most observers). Although he used the PS in early '85, by the time of the French and Wimby, he was back to the T2000. He claimed he had better control with it. Who am I to say otherwise?

Anyone happen to know the LAST tournament that he used the PS in? I think it was the one where he lost to Christo Van Rensburg (an absurd loss that day, I will agree). BTW...Evert took up the frame as well and managed to win a few more GS events and GS finals with it....so, if she could win with it, not sure why he could not. He had a win over Lendl in late '84 in Tokyo using it and he played great in that final. He was testing Slazenger prototypes in late '86 and by '87 had the pro- ceramic, then the Phantom (I think). Seemed to help his game. Not quite sure how he wound up w/the yellow Estusa frame by '91. I think Boris may have signed on w/Estusa as well. Must be a story hiding in there somewhere.
 

jorjipy

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Someone making a fleeting appearance in the top 20 on the basis of winning one tournament is a flash in the pan......not solid!

btw, a career high of 26......
 
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