Glory of Tennis

01-09-2004, 07:04 AM
Please answer the poll. I wanna know how ppl started getting involved in following tennis. :)

What do you guys hate most about the things tennis haters/dismissers say?

Here are some things Ive heard over time:

"Its a sport for snobs!"

"Tennis players are pansies"

"Not enough violence." (Ive actually heard people say this) :rolleyes:

"Too many confusing points"

"Luv what?"

"Anna Kournikova :drool: "
etc etc

Plus, what is it about tennis that makes it so special guys? Vis a vis other sports?

(A friend of mine in New York kept insisting that American football is the best sport because its the most "strategic" --whatever that means-- and he totally dissed tennis. Im out for public revenge!)

01-09-2004, 08:47 AM
Watched the RG women's final on tv in '99 and loved it, not the result, but the rest. ;) It was just days after I graduated from high school and had a lot of free time, so I also watched some of Wimbly and now I'm hooked.
Tennis is more exciting then some other sports I like to watch.

01-09-2004, 10:15 AM
It is just a brilliant game. It is the best individual sport to watch in my opinion

01-09-2004, 10:31 AM
it's a very long story lol...that's why i put other

Action Jackson
01-09-2004, 11:36 AM
Yes, tennis wasn't a big sport where I grew up and we have only produced one player that made the top 50 and never won an ATP title.

It was many years when I watched the French Open, and then a smaller tournament and decided to follow the game. I like a lot of other sports, but how I got into tennis was more memorable than the others.

In many places it's still considered a snob sport, and it's difficult for people from poorer backgrounds to break through, but I still love the game.

J. Corwin
01-09-2004, 11:40 AM
I caught tennis on TV a few times and was hooked. There's just something about it that's special to me.

Contrary to what many may believe in the public, tennis is very strategic and is not a "gentlemen's sport". You get the crowd cheering and booing, players arguing with the umpire, running and fighting for each point....the whole atmosphere. It's wonderful.

01-09-2004, 12:29 PM
I voted "both of the above," (even though both of the above say "solely," ;) ). I played tennis a bit in my childhood because my mother was a pretty good player. It was always fun, but I was really bad. Only when I started watching it on TV and getting "hooked" did I then start wanting to play more myself, and now I love both playing and watching.

Chloe le Bopper
01-09-2004, 12:53 PM
I live near Toronto, where they hold a big tournament every year... so despite Canada's lack of top players, there is still opportunity to see the best of the best every year. And, if you want to take the trip to Montreal, you can see both the men and the women in the same year. NYC isn't that far away either...

I don't remember exactly what made me think "tennis is great!". I recall watchig Wimbledon at my fathers when I was young, because my step mother has been going to the Toronto tournament since she was a wee tot.

I also recall watching Wimbledon at my friends house a few times... she liked Pete, I didn't ;)

The first year i went to a tournament was 1999 - the Canadian Open finals with Hingis and Seles.. I was a Hingis fan. I think that trip was my idea, but I'm not entirely sure.

I didn't start following tennis on the internet until after watching Marat Safin in the USO 2000.

I didn't answer your question at all, did I? ;)

01-09-2004, 12:56 PM
I think Australian Open has a huge effect on people here and its hard not to get into it when its on. Its just that some people forget about tennis after its finished and other stick with it ;)

01-09-2004, 01:02 PM
Rebecca when did you notice Ferrero then? ;)

01-09-2004, 01:16 PM
Both play and watch .... It is a fascinating sport ... I love all the
different personalities you get .... the addiction to certain players I
LOVE (GO ANDRE!) What more can you ask for when you see a
Wimby final like Goran-Rafter....Oh, the Highs and Lows! I love that
a guy can be down two sets and STILL win the match!

01-09-2004, 01:24 PM
I just starting watching matches in the Australian Open, the first one I remember was Sampras vs Agassi 95 final, but i probably saw more matches before then but dont remember. I just started gradually watching more and more after that, until now I follow the results of every tournament.

01-09-2004, 02:32 PM
I have been following grand slams since about 1993 when i was around 10 but only began to really follow just about every tournament in 2001 mainly because I was interested in the progress of Federer.

My uncle is a huge tennis fan and he has hundreds of tapes of Borg, Mac, Lendl so I kind of got to know those players as well.

01-09-2004, 02:45 PM
I picked other because I just grew up watching it. My dad used to play so he had the slams on tv. I've only gotten into tennis outside the slams more recently when I caught the TMS tourneys on tv this past summer and realized there was a whole other world out there :)

01-09-2004, 03:00 PM
First time I watched a tennis match was many years ago, JMac vs Borg(may be Connors) in Wimbleton final. Can't remember which year but I didn't like JMac and had no idea who's Borg(or Connors). (It's one of those days that you have nothing to do and nothing to watch on TV). The only thing I remembered was the match was very tense with zillion duece on JMac's serve. Had no big impact on me until next era.

Many years later, it's late at night during USO 1991. I watched Michael Chang killed JMac with all those top spin lops and discovered Pete Sampras. That's when I started playing more attention to tennis.

01-09-2004, 04:12 PM
tennis 2K2, then watched Roger AT&T cup and was hooked on the WTA. watched the Roddick/hela 4th round match at the US Open 2002 and was hooked on the ATP

Ma. Estefania
01-09-2004, 04:58 PM
Watched the RG women's final on tv in '99 and loved it, not the result, but the rest. ;)

Coincidentally I have the same reason for it as you Ilhame. The 1st time I watched tennis was that Marti vs. Graf match, I remember I just stayed watching it coz I was cheering for Marti only becoz she was better looking, je je (come on, I was just 12).

Then I kept getting obsessed with this sport due Nicolas Lapentti's good campaing during that year.

Then my reason would be that I got intererested on tennis due: OTHER: attention on a certain player.

And my answer for your other question, the one of some tennis haters, some things they've said to me is that "It's boring", "It's only for rich people", etc. :rolleyes: Stupid.

01-09-2004, 06:05 PM
First I started playing it, just on the street, hitting balls against the wall. I think that was because I had seen the game on tv. That was in 1996. When I saw Richard Krajicek win Wimbledon, I was totally hooked. Not that I like Krajicek, but to a Dutchman it is a big thing. I already LIKED the game before that, but I started to LOVE it since that happened. And I am still hooked.. Oh well, it is better to be addicted to tennis than to drugs or alcohol ;)

Attention to a certain player was important for me too, Estefania. I grew up loving tennis in the same period Martina Hingis was rising in the world of tennis. I really loved her!

Those tennis cynicists really do not know what they are talking about. The sport is by far no longer a game for the snobs only, at least not in The Netherlands, and combines a classy appearance with a lot of zeal, in contrast with the game of soccer, where hooliganism is nothing unusual. (Obviously the Seles accident in Hamburg is an exception to that). I do think that tennis shoud lose more of its 'snobbiness'. In Holland, at the clubs, there are way too much rich people! Their attitude is one of the reasons why I quit playing myself.

And Anna Kournikova is no reason to love tennis!


01-09-2004, 06:09 PM
I would have to day both of the above.I play tennis since I was young, and I still suck at it. Too bad, I haven't had a chance to watch a lots of matches when I am not in vacation.

01-09-2004, 06:53 PM
I watched Roland Garros 2000, especially Guga´s comeback wins against Kafelnikov and Ferrero and the dramatic final. Since then I watch tennis regulary and went to some tournaments.
For me tennis is special, because I think in no other sport the result can turn around so dramatically. Besides that, there are many different styles to play tennis what makes it very interesting. Many people say five setters are boring, but for me they can´t be long enough!

Chloe le Bopper
01-09-2004, 07:53 PM
Rebecca when did you notice Ferrero then? ;)
Davis Cup 2000... that was online, though. In truth, I don't think that I saw Ferrero on television before Rome 2001. I like to think that I started following him during RG 2000.. but now that I think of it, that just can't be right.

Chloe le Bopper
01-09-2004, 07:54 PM
Davis Cup 2000... that was online, though. In truth, I don't think that I saw Ferrero on television before Rome 2001. I like to think that I started following him during RG 2000.. but now that I think of it, that just can't be right.
Wait... come to think of it, I think that I "discovered" Ferrero through my learning about Marat, during the USO. Which would make sense, seeing as they played each other there.

Chloe le Bopper
01-09-2004, 07:57 PM
I was a fan of the wta before mens tennis... I KNOW that I watched Martina Hingis win Wimbledon, and thought this was pretty cool at the time since she was about my age. I also KNOW that I watched Jelena Dokic upset Martina at Wimbledon (I've liked Jelena ever since, incidentally).

So I think that I was a wta fan before I was into the atp... since my atp memories are even more recent... :confused:

Chloe le Bopper
01-09-2004, 07:59 PM
By the way... how the heck is American Footbal be any more "strategic" than other team sports, like hockey, "soccer", rugby, etc? :confused:

01-09-2004, 08:44 PM
Martina, Jelena, Anna, they're the girls I followed when I just started watching tennis. I saw some of Kiefer, Lapentti and Envist too back then, but at RG 2000 I watched two youngsters do well and they're my absolute faves ever since ;)

Even my mom watched juanqui lol

Ma. Estefania
01-09-2004, 08:49 PM
Attention to a certain player was important for me too, Estefania. I grew up loving tennis in the same period Martina Hingis was rising in the world of tennis. I really loved her!

Yeap, I still loving her, and something I'll always regret is that I started liking and cheering for her when her career started to fall...and not during her glory years. :sad:

I do think that tennis shoud lose more of its 'snobbiness'. In Holland, at the clubs, there are way too much rich people! Their attitude is one of the reasons why I quit playing myself.

Yeah, that's something I dislike about this sport....and 1 of the reasons I didn't dare to start playing the sport already like in a serious way, you know, you need lots of money for it; at least in another countries there are federations or organizations that help the kids financially, but unfortunately here in Ecuador, there almost none, then...well, I quit playing too.

01-09-2004, 08:58 PM
I watched Wimbledon for the last ten years or so, but I had the same attitude as the vast majority of the British public - obsessed by tennis for two weeks, completely forgetting about it afterwards. My first sight of tennis outside Wimbledon was the US Open 2000 final, where I was so amazed and excited at the prospect of Sampras actually losing a GS final (no idea who the hell Safin was at the time...) that I got more interested. It was the last three Slams of 2001 on TV that got me really hooked - especially Wimbledon and the US Open, there were some classic matches there and the atmosphere was just irresistible. Moya, Haas, Robredo, Mirnyi... hadn't heard of any of them until that year's Open.

The biggest irritation for me in this country is that tennis is basically equated with Wimbledon and people have no concept of a form of tennis outside grass - it would be nice to sit them down and force them to watch the complete opposite, one of those clay-court slugathons between Ferrero and Gaudio, or else one of the dramatic five-set night matches from New York, and realise that there's more to tennis, especially men's tennis, than routine serve and volley.

Ma. Estefania
01-09-2004, 10:39 PM
*Sighs* It seems we all have problems, right? Some for people's perception, others for money things, etc....

01-10-2004, 05:26 AM
LOL Yeah we are so troublesome and we have troubled minds.. Poor us! Money did not ruin my image of professional tennis, although I know it plays too big a role there as well, but it ruined my image of small-scale tennis, meant for leisure activities only. With the current economic situation, I am pretty sure that won't change..

01-10-2004, 06:30 PM
I watched Sabatini when I was a little kid, from 1996 and 1998 I stopped watching tennis.
In 1998 I started to watch tennis again when Marcelo Rios reached the number one spot.
It surprised me a lot when Marcelo reached the number one spot, you all have to remember that men tennis in the early 90's was Agassi, Chang and the rest was big serve here, big serve there.
And it made me start to watch tennis again.

01-10-2004, 08:28 PM
I grew up close to Wimbledon and first went to Wimbledon with my parents when I was about 5 or 6 years old, - my Mum was a keen amateur player so I guess I was just brought up with it although never a particularly talented player myself. Like Sjengster says, most people here in England only think of tennis as a fortnight on the grass each year at Wimbledon, but I "fell in love" with Guillermo Vilas when I was growing up so I began to investigate other tournaments and other surfaces. I first went to Roland Garros with a group of friends from school when I was 16 years old and to Monte Carlo for the first time a couple of years later - from then I was totally hooked.

And Sjengster - just wanted to say I couldn't agree more with your second paragraph about tennis in England, - so sad and so true.

01-11-2004, 10:33 PM
The first tennis match I saw on tv was Hingis vs. Novotna at Wimbledon 1997. I was rooting for Jana after my sister told me about the ultimate choke in the '93 final. Unfortunately she didn't win that year (although that changed a year later :)), but it made me get interested in the sport, and also made me a fan of Hingis. The same year I saw my first live tennis match in the Mahwah exhibition between Graf and Coetzer, won by Steffi in 2 sets. I continued to watch tennis at the Grand Slams for the next few years as Lindsay, Martina, Mary, and Monica became my favorites on the women's side while Pat and Jim were my main interests on the men's side. In 2000 I started to watch some of the smaller tournaments along with the Slams, and it also featured the first time I cried over a match (oh, how could you lose that US open final, Lindsay, after leading 4*-1 in the first set!); 2001 I subscribed to my first tennis magazine, I went to the US Open for the first time (and I've gone annually since then), I taped a match for keeps for the first time, I saw a live men's match for the first time (Agassi/Federer and Sampras/Rafter), and I started posting on different tennis boards; 2002 I became a full-time addict.

01-12-2004, 08:04 AM
The first ever tennis memory i have is the graf/seles aus open final '93 and then following that i forgot about tennis for ages. Then in '97 when Hingis came to Australia and i saw her play in Sydney and i just became absoultely obsessed with Hingis and followed her throughout the whole Australia summer and then i started playing and followed womens tennis as much as a 10 yr old can. Then when i saw the davis cup final in 2000 i started following ferrero and he replaced Sampras as may fave, who was only my favourite because my whole family liked him.Then in 2001 i had possibly my worst tennis moment ever when i made my first trip to the aussie open only to see Hingis lose that horrible final and from then on i was basically hooked.

Ma. Estefania
01-12-2004, 06:37 PM
Then in 2001 i had possibly my worst tennis moment ever when i made my first trip to the aussie open only to see Hingis lose that horrible final.

Oh....don't even remember me that... :sad:

01-13-2004, 09:14 AM
you don't want to remember that maria :sad:

Ma. Estefania
01-13-2004, 11:19 PM
Are u been sarcastic? ....

01-14-2004, 08:40 AM
Her losses in AO finals are things I like to forget. Bad memories ;)

Ma. Estefania
01-14-2004, 03:56 PM

01-15-2004, 09:29 AM
ummm. how i got caught up, coz...... o yes, i was 5 yrs old & waz ficking threw the tele channels & found tennis the Ao with Mary Pierce & some other player, i think Dokic, & got hocked!! i used 2 copy them with a fly swap ( as a racquet ) & wacked my sis on her head :lol: ok i'll stop, i don't want this to turn out as a story about my life!

01-15-2004, 09:31 AM
o, i 4got 2 add, b/c i also play it @ home & club!

Ma. Estefania
01-15-2004, 02:55 PM
You were 5 years old and Dokic was already playing? How old are you then? *curious*

01-15-2004, 04:24 PM
I was wondering the same, but didn't want to ask ;)

Ma. Estefania
01-15-2004, 09:56 PM
I hope her reply. ;)

01-20-2004, 09:36 AM
okay, i waz not sure @ that age, ok!!! ummmmmmmmmmm............... i don't like to tell, so check my profile, or something!!

01-20-2004, 09:58 AM
i began to like it during Roland Garros 2001, specialy in the semi final between Corretja & Grosjean