How did you get into tennis?

04-29-2009, 04:46 AM
Well I used to go to a local club which had a couple of tennis courts when I was 10 (now I'm 25), and my parents bought me a new Dunlop racket and I started playing with friends and took a couple of lessons, but I wasn't really consistent, I used play once every week or so then I forgot all about it until I reached 21-22 years when I met a friend who had a tennis court at his house, so we started hitting together and later on I started searching for some amateurs local tournaments to participate in, of course I always got out at the first round unless my opponent in the first round was a 10 year old player lol, anyways during those tournaments I met lots of people in my area and made new friendships and from that time till now I play like 3-4 times a week and I am getting better and better with time but of course it's nothing serious, i just play for fun :)

What about you guys?

04-29-2009, 05:02 AM
Just started taking tennis class this week. I'm having trouble getting the ball over the net. :eek:

04-29-2009, 06:20 AM
Seeing McEnroe live @ the Aussie Open in 1985 [Kooyong grass courts]..
Then especially seeing Pat Cash lead Aus to defeat the Swedes @ the same venue in 1987 [Davis Cup final]..

04-29-2009, 06:26 AM
When I was 5, I had a crush on a boy who played tennis, so I got sucked into it and wanted to try it myself. The crush faded, tennis stayed.
It's the only sport that I've ever liked.

04-29-2009, 06:49 AM
Just started taking tennis class this week. I'm having trouble getting the ball over the net. :eek:

Why am I not surprised by this? No hate though, I enjoy your hardcore fanboying.

My Dad taught me when I was 10 and I've just been playing ever since. Played 4 years in highschool and now I play for my college and teach it as a part time job.

Good thread, it will get moved to some other sub-forum though where no-one will ever post in it again so that we can have more room for another thread about weak eras/Federer's complete lack of talent/some other bullshit.

04-29-2009, 07:04 AM
Uncle Toni

04-29-2009, 08:21 AM
Nadal Federer Wimbledon 2007

Not too long thereafter I watched a Master series for the first time, and realized there was really good tennis being played outside the slams.

04-29-2009, 08:32 AM
There's a tennis club located in my childhood neighbourhood, a minor one with two clay and one hard court. My mother is still a member there.

04-29-2009, 08:34 AM
I'd like to say that I mugged a rich guy and kept his racket just to look dangerous :cool:, and as a result ever since I loved it, but the bare truth is that my uncle and aunt gave me a wooden racket when I was ten... and ever since I loved it.

04-29-2009, 08:36 AM
Wimby 2006, nothing else was good on TV. lol.... But now i'm a HUGE fan.

As for playing my dad taught me when i was 3

04-29-2009, 08:59 AM
There was a coach who used to coach near my day my dad went and talked to him, and a few days later I began taking lessons. This was in 2005, and they were also showing the Shanghai masters on TV at the same I basically started watching and playing tennis at the same time.

04-29-2009, 09:26 AM
Watching- with the likes of Stich, Sampras, Agassi, Oncins
Playing- After Guga RG victory.

04-29-2009, 09:47 AM
Lleyton Hewitt

04-29-2009, 10:00 AM
I'd watched a fair amount beforehand, but my love of it started with the Sampras-Ivanisevic 1998 W Final

04-29-2009, 10:00 AM
Started playing back in 1999 at age 11 when I saw an advertisment at my school of my club wanting to recruit people. I figured what the hell and started playing once a week for a year. Two-handed backhand and the worst Penn-racquet ever. I didn't follow any pro-tennis at the time, only seriously started following the tour in late 2002/early 2003, by that time I'd also changed to a one-handed backhand which I've been perfecting to this day. Today I play 4 or 5 times a week. I was rated 4.5 NTRP a year ago, but my game is more complete now so I could maybe gone to 5.0 but my previous coach has moved so I don't have any qualified american coaches to rate me properly.

04-29-2009, 10:00 AM
I have watched tennis intensively for not too long, maybe 10 years, the Kuerten good years. Before that, I watched a few finals here and there, the oldest I remember watching is 1991 RG final, Courier def Agassi 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

However, I have downloaded/purchased and watched hundreds of matches from the last 40 years... I think I watch more recorded tennis than live.

As personal experience, I have been playing and taking lessons for only a couple years, and I suck. Still I love to play and if I could I would spend hours on court everyday. A pity I didn't start earlier, being over thirty is not the best time to learn a sport and find lots of trouble with my 1h BH when under pressure, which I doubt I will ever overcome.

Or Levy
04-29-2009, 10:17 AM
The first men singles match I remember watching was Andre Agassi-Baggy from the USO 2006... then I fell in love with Roger :)

A year later, I decided that 26 years of not even the slightest interest in sports were enough, and picked up a tennis racquet for the first time. Now I'm taking lessons three times a week.

04-29-2009, 10:37 AM
I got as birthday gift racket. It was maybe in 1976. Well, racket stayed there and maybe in 1979 I saw Wimbledon final on TV which one I watched completely. Then I started playing on nearby tennis courts. Later become junior member of tennis club. Played actively until end of 1986. Rackets: few wooden, one wood-graphite, Prince Graphite Pro, Head Director. Dream racket of my childhood: Prince Boron.

04-29-2009, 03:44 PM
I watched wimbledon with my granny every year from i was about 7/8 but got a real love of it and followed it, some would say obsessively in that last 4 years when i got my own cable lol. As for playing, it was never a big sport here so i've never played but have wanted too. However the first and only time i ever did play i did serious damage to my arm so it was not to happen LoL

04-29-2009, 03:56 PM
Open tennis courts down at the field were always packed with people playing. There were time limits on the courts but because my sister and I were so young we got bullied by the older kids who wouldn't give up the court time. So we'd steal their balls and throw them across the field until they ran out of balls and had to leave. We weren't very good at tennis but we loved playing it anyway. My earliest memories of tennis on TV was Jimmy Connors screaming at John McEnroe at Wimbledon. Jimmy Connors used to scare me. I like him better as a coach. ;)