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Earliest, most memorable tennis match of your life

Back in the early 80s, when i was little kid not even in school yet, the only tennis that was ever shown on TV was usually the semi-final and the finals, usually only the finals. The first tennis match I ever saw on TV was at the FO, Lendl versus Borg. It sticks in my mind cause I had just started playing a bit of tennis and Borg was like "the tennis god" and my uncle(who always hated tennis) told me that Lendl was in a soviet gulag/concentration camp and forced to play tennis 24 hours a day. And they barely ever fed him, to make him even meaner. I was like 3-4 at the time or something so this was all fantastic stuff. The event is burnt into my memory for some reason. The skeleton-like Lendl, the product of soviet gulag communist mind programming, wacking balls over the net to the boy-ish but athletic looking Borg was forever etched in my memory.
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the first truly memorable match I remember watching was the 1988 Agassi/Connors QF match at the US Open. It was one of the few times I remember Andre getting seriously booed.
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For me it was the 1992 US Open Semi between Chang and Edberg....a long and fantastic match.

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Unsupervised, as a wee lil' tyke, I stumbled onto what I later found out was the Wimbledon final 1985- Kevin Curren vs. Boris Becker, then 17 years old and unseeded.

I had no idea what was going on, save the beauty of the scenery...I remember it all being sooo green. I watched, transfixed for awhile and then it happened-

The red haired guy FLEW through the air, ( ) and the crowd went postal! He got up, knees all bloody with a big smile on his face.

I remember thinking, "Wow, that guy can fly..." I was instantly hooked and still am.
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Living next to the old AO site in Melbourne~> Kooyong in the early-mid 1980s I used to see some classics.. Esp the 1987 final where Edberg & Cash served a classic dish of S&V grasscourt tennis!! With Edberg prevailing in a close 5-setter.. #Being in the stadium live to see such a match certainly has an impact on you~> esp when you`re a young Aussie supporting your hero [at the time].

However the one that got my attention was a month earlier at the same venue~> 1986 Davis Cup final where Cash overcame a 2-set deficit to win a gruelling 5-setter over Pernfors!! That day Cash was the hero & Australia were Davis Cup champions!! At the time I was certain my vocal support from the stands had a big role in helping Cash get over the line<... That`s when I was still superstitious!

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Unsupervised, as a wee lil' tyke, I stumbled onto what I later found out was the Wimbledon final 1985- Kevin Curren vs. Boris Becker, then 17 years old and unseeded.

I had no idea what was going on, save the beauty of the scenery...I remember it all being sooo green. I watched, transfixed for awhile and then it happened-

The red haired guy FLEW through the air, ( ) and the crowd went postal! He got up, knees all bloody with a big smile on his face.

I remember thinking, "Wow, that guy can fly..." I was instantly hooked and still am.
I vaguely remember this match, but it wasn't that memorable because i was a young 'un and had NO IDEA what I was seeing. I just remember thinking "why is that man throwing himself on the ground like that?" That HAS to hurt.
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Im gonna sound VERY young, but my first memory of a tennis match was 2001 Wimbledon semis and final All that rain and all the drama with Goran was enough to hook me.

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Becker's incredible first Wimbledon title is an indelible impression on my mind (and I wasn't much of a kid then -- yes, that's how old I am).
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Im gonna sound VERY young, but my first memory of a tennis match was 2001 Wimbledon semis and final All that rain and all the drama with Goran was enough to hook me.
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I loved Becker and Wimbledon as a kid. My earliest match memory would be watching the Edberg-Becker final in 1988 on my tiny bedroom tv. Those guys had a great rivalry.

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Im gonna sound VERY young, but my first memory of a tennis match was 2001 Wimbledon semis and final All that rain and all the drama with Goran was enough to hook me.
omg...that final was my earliest memory too! hahah my uncle watches just about every sport that's televised and it was on and I didn't usually watch them with him, but i watched that.

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Guga-Mirnyi in US Open 2001 But the most unbelievable for me is still the 2004 Roland Garros final, Gaudio VS Coria!!!

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