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Earliest, most memorable tennis match of your life

Ernham
11-06-2006, 02:02 AM
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.

cmurray
11-06-2006, 02:15 AM
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.

jole
11-06-2006, 02:18 AM
2000 Monte Carlo Final of Hrbaty vs. Pioline.

Funny timing that Hrbaty contested his second TMS final today.

bpt7
11-06-2006, 02:18 AM
For me it was the 1992 US Open Semi between Chang and Edberg....a long and fantastic match.

Katastrophe
11-06-2006, 02:19 AM
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, (:eek: ) 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. :p

CmonAussie
11-06-2006, 02:24 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!

cmurray
11-06-2006, 02:25 AM
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, (:eek: ) 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. :p

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.

Johnny Groove
11-06-2006, 02:28 AM
Im gonna sound VERY young, but my first memory of a tennis match was 2001 Wimbledon semis and final :tape: All that rain and all the drama with Goran was enough to hook me. :)

R.Federer
11-06-2006, 02:30 AM
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).

cmurray
11-06-2006, 02:30 AM
Im gonna sound VERY young, but my first memory of a tennis match was 2001 Wimbledon semis and final :tape: All that rain and all the drama with Goran was enough to hook me. :)

Are you really young or are you just new to tennis?

GlennMirnyi
11-06-2006, 02:45 AM
Guga-Muster RG 97.

Roger The Great
11-06-2006, 02:54 AM
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.

rmb6687
11-06-2006, 03:22 AM
Im gonna sound VERY young, but my first memory of a tennis match was 2001 Wimbledon semis and final :tape: 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.

Billabong
11-06-2006, 03:24 AM
Guga-Mirnyi in US Open 2001:D But the most unbelievable for me is still the 2004 Roland Garros final, Gaudio VS Coria:bowdown:!!!

zicofirol
11-06-2006, 03:36 AM
Federer-Nadal RG 2005...

Kalliopeia
11-06-2006, 03:46 AM
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.

HEY me too! I mean that isn't the first time I'd watched tennis (it wasn't even the first time I'd watched Andre), I'd watched it as a kid with my mom during the Borg days. I remember very vividly watching him at Wimbledon. But as for the first memorable match, Agassi/Connors is it for me.

~EMiLiTA~
11-06-2006, 04:22 AM
i think the first match i have any recollection of watching was Aus Open final 1992 Courier v Edberg...that was the year i got really into tennis and started to play it myself

RonE
11-06-2006, 05:12 AM
i think the first match i have any recollection of watching was Aus Open final 1992 Courier v Edberg...that was the year i got really into tennis and started to play it myself

I watched my first ever tennis event on tv during that 92 Australian Open.

I have vague recollections of watching Muster, Chang and Stich too during that tournament but my memory becomes rather hazy when it comes to who they played. The final I also remember only vaguely.

Funny enough, I was interested by the game but not totally encaptivated to follow the ATP after that event although I did start playing tennis myself. I took a three year hiatus and only really got into it during the 95 Australian Open when I decided it might be fun to watch some tennis on tv.

It was during that tournament that my first most memorable match comes to mind- the epic Sampras-Courier quarterfinal. I remember watching Pete's previous match against Larsson in which he also came back from 2 sets to love down and remember thinking during the first two sets "how the hell can this guy be the #1 player in the world? He sucks!". But then he came back to win the match and when he got down to Courier I thought to myself "could he possibly do it again?".

That match was electrifying especially with the fifth set drama and Pete crying. I had never realized how emotional this game could be and from that day on I was a tennis fan for life and Pete was my favourite player.

lordmanji
11-06-2006, 05:34 AM
jim courier in davis cup on clay in 99 or 2000. most exciting match that ive still ever watched. coincidentally it was also i think one of the first matches i watched in its entirety right when i joined the tennis team at my high school. i like the slug fests rather than say sampras v agassi chess match at the uso final. a 2nd fave would be the safin fed 05 aussie open semi and the fed nadal rome 06 final

now i like to watch federer because i can sit back and watch him outclass his opponent unlike courier which is a survival of the fittest every time :). before fed i liked to watch agassi destroy his opponents ragged.

DrJules
11-06-2006, 06:51 AM
Borg-McEnroe 1980 - best of the Wimbledon finals. The final with the memorable tie break.

Voo de Mar
11-06-2006, 07:06 AM
My first tennis match: Goran Ivanisevic def. Pat Cash (Antverp QF, October 1990). Since that moment I fall in love with tennis ;)

clandis
11-06-2006, 07:30 AM
I remember seeing Nastase vs Connors. It was in the 70's, some indoor tournament, no idea what year, no idea who won. I do remember the profanities, the middle finger offerings from Nastase and the crowd carrying on almost as much as the players. My brother and I went to the public courts the next day and hit the ball back and forth and gave each other the finger about every other point.
I do remember the 1980 Borg-MEnroe Wimbledon final. I was so mad when McEnroe lost.

njorker
11-06-2006, 12:08 PM
Funny that when I was a kid, my dad used to watch tennis all the time and finding it boring, I didn't give it much attention. The first ever match that I watched from start to finish was Sampras-Agassi USO 2002. But the most memorable and earliest tennis match for me was Roddick-El Aynaoui in AO 2003. That got me hooked! ;)

Loremaster
11-06-2006, 12:10 PM
My most memorable tennis match is Sampras-Agassi 2002 USOpen final, it is how the greatest champions end their careers.

*Ljubica*
11-06-2006, 01:23 PM
1977 Borg v Gerulaitis Wimbledon semi. I was very young at the time - but reading some of the posts in this thread it makes me feel so old :eek:

jes_021
11-06-2006, 01:47 PM
My very first tennis match was the Sampras vs JMac USO 1990 final.

Hendu
11-06-2006, 02:21 PM
My first experiences with live tennis were in the 1995 ATP Buenos Aires (in those days called "Topper South American Open") and in the Davis Cup tie between Argentina and Bahamas in 1996.

I'm sure I watched many tennis matches on TV earlier, but my memory has always been bad and they don't come to my mind right now. I remember watching the likes of Sabatini and Mancini (especially in DC) playing in the early nineties but not particular matches.

revolution
11-06-2006, 02:27 PM
1992 Wimbledon when McEnroe reached the semis in his last year on tour.

I was only five.

FluffyYellowBall
11-06-2006, 02:28 PM
Wow...You all can look really far back but i cant! I watched sampras/agassi matches in the 90's but i was like 8. All i remember is sitting there bored and m dad breaking break things while my mom kept a blanket over head most of the time. Pretty Wild!

stebs
11-06-2006, 02:36 PM
Have to go back a long time. First memory was probably a very vague one of Connors beating JMAC in five in Wimbledon final. 82 or 83 possibly. Then a clearer memory of JMAC beating Lendl the next year which must've been either 83 or 84.

Martin
11-06-2006, 02:56 PM
For me it was Agassi v Ivansevic in the Wimbledon 92 final. That was the day I really got into tennis. That's probably why Agassi was my favourite and also why I was so happy when Goran finally won it in 2001.

cmurray
11-06-2006, 04:24 PM
HEY me too! I mean that isn't the first time I'd watched tennis (it wasn't even the first time I'd watched Andre), I'd watched it as a kid with my mom during the Borg days. I remember very vividly watching him at Wimbledon. But as for the first memorable match, Agassi/Connors is it for me.

Yep. It's the same for me. I'd seen tennis before that - I vaguely remember seeing Connors and McEnroe back in the mid-eighties but the first match I truly remember in detail was Agassi/Connors. I'd just started liking Andre at the time and was truly surprised that people were actually booing him.

sanpo
11-06-2006, 05:51 PM
the Earliest was some match of Chang back in '95 when I remember my dad joking that Chang was our relative since his surname sounded alot like ours (Chan). But I didn't care back then.

Then I think it was the 1999 USO QF between Agassi and long-haired Rafter and I watched it uninterestedly, and I didn't have a clue that they were two of the biggest names during that time either. Good thing I was bored back then and I left the tv on that channel while browsing my computer. Ever since then, I've been hooked. :D

Arnold Fitzgeral
11-06-2006, 06:09 PM
GUGA :( I miss those times

Clara Bow
11-06-2006, 08:03 PM
The earliest tennis match I remember watching is the 1980 final between Borg and McEnroe. It is also one of my earliert tv memories, alongside Solid Gold, Steelers games (we were in Pittsburgh at the time), and the news coverage the day Lennon was shot. The match really was a big deal in the US.

The first match I really remember watching intently was the 1983 FO final between Wilander and Noah. That was also my first time being really divided as who I wanted to win. (I thought it would be great if Noah won, but I did have a small black and white picture of Mats from Seventeen taped to my bedroom wall.)

The first tournament as a whole that I have a lot of memories of watching pretty intently throughout was 1985 Wimbleden with Boris. My friends did not understand why I was glued to HBO and would not go swimming.

ljubicic_
11-06-2006, 08:05 PM
wimbledon final 2001!

cobalt60
11-06-2006, 08:14 PM
The final of the Boston Tournie 1977 :tape: as it was the first match I ever watched from start to finish live. I remember Orantes playing but can't remember his opponent. :eek:

Lee
11-06-2006, 08:24 PM
The earliest I remembered is JMac vs Borg in Wimbledon Final. Can't remeber which year and I knew nothing about tennis at that time. I only remembered a game with so many dueces and both players took forever between points that I almost felt asleep. :tape:

Adler
11-06-2006, 09:19 PM
earliest? Becker vs Edberg, Wimbledon final 1989. Lots of ups and downs, and finally Boom-Boom gets the trophy for the 3rd time

Jlee
11-06-2006, 09:22 PM
I'm pretty young and I've watched at least Wimbledon for most of my life because my mom loved it. I remember watching Agassi and Sampras play but I have no idea what year(s) it was. The specific match would be Sampras/Federer at Wimbledon probably. Along with some of Serena and Venus' matches.

gomarray
11-07-2006, 01:19 AM
It was Becker for me with his first Wimbledon, I knew tennis was my sport after that. I loved the diving volleys and the service motion.

Snowwy
11-07-2006, 02:07 AM
My earlist memory is in the 1996 Wimbledon Tournament, Richard Krajicek against Pete Sampras in the quarters. I was eight at the time and I dont know why I like Krajicek but I was a huge fan of his. That was a great match filled with aces. I don't really remember watching Krajicek after that match in the tournament but this match is still etched in my memory.

MarieS
11-07-2006, 02:27 AM
Im gonna sound VERY young, but my first memory of a tennis match was 2001 Wimbledon semis and final :tape: All that rain and all the drama with Goran was enough to hook me. :)

omg, my first tennis match was the goran-rafter final as well. :worship: it was ridiculous quality/drama, how could you not get hooked?

Action Jackson
11-07-2006, 05:35 AM
Zabaleta def Gaudio in Båstad 2004.

uglyamerican
11-07-2006, 05:44 AM
Agassi-Courier RG Final '91

a 5-setter.

CmonAussie
11-07-2006, 05:47 AM
Zabaleta def Gaudio in Båstad 2004.

:confused:
George:cool: ~> are you trying to be cryptic:confused: :confused: .. Because we all know you`ve been into tennis longer than 2-years:p

So why mention Bastad 04:confused:

I imagine you`re fondest memories might have had something to do with Wilander & Lendl;) ...maybe that 5-set USO final 88 they played:angel: .. or one of the FO finals from the early 80s ... Perhaps we should go back to the 1970s:confused:

ChinoRios4Ever
11-07-2006, 04:29 PM
Sampras d. Becker ATP Championship Hannover 96 :worship: :worship: A TRUE CLASSIC

Rios d. Agassi Key Biscayne Final 98

Massu d. Fish Olympic Games Athens Final 04

Gonzalez/Massu d. Kiefer/Schuettler Doubles Olympic Games Athens Final 04

also:
Roddick d. El Aynaoui Aus Open 03
El Aynaoui d. Hewitt Aus Open 03
Cañas d. Henman Aus Open 04
Nadal d. Coria Rome Final 05
Safin d. Federer Aus Open 05

and much more...

bluefork
11-07-2006, 05:11 PM
The 2000 U.S. Open wasn't the first tennis tournament I ever watched, but it was definitely the one the got me hooked on tennis. And the match from this tournament that sticks out in my mind is a second round encounter between Magnus Norman and Max Mirnyi. I didn't really know anything about either of them at the time, but for some reason I really decided I wanted Mirnyi to win. He won the first two sets, but Norman came back and ended up winning 13-11 in the fifth set tiebreaker. Even though Mirnyi lost, it was a pretty exciting match, and I think it's really one of my most memorable early matches, and a big part of why I'm so into tennis.

cobalt60
11-07-2006, 05:16 PM
No wonder I could not remember. It was a guy named Eddie Dibbs :lol: Who won lots of singles titles but I can not remember who he is.
EDIT: Here is a little tennis trivia for you. Dibbs and Soloman together were called the Bagel Twins. And Dibbs is given the credit ( according to an internet search;) ) for coining the phrase "bagel" in tennis. Hmmmm.

Voo de Mar
11-07-2006, 05:34 PM
earliest? Becker vs Edberg, Wimbledon final 1989. Lots of ups and downs, and finally Boom-Boom gets the trophy for the 3rd time

I downloaded this match two days ago :D Weird match. Edberg won 14 points in a row on serve in the second set and having triple set points, lost 9 points in a row on serve :lol:

Katastrophe
11-07-2006, 05:50 PM
I wanted to add another one for most memorable- Pat Rafter's '97 win at the USO. I don't think I've ever pulled so much for one person like I did for him in that final, and not just because I am not a Rusedski supporter. ;)

After all his struggles and hard work, AND being such a good sport, he truly deserved that one. Great moment too, with his family in the stands pulling him up into the stands at the end. Priceless stuff. :)

partygirl
11-07-2006, 07:11 PM
i was really young when MCenroe & Connors were playing in the 80's
i remember seeing tennis then (i was about 3/4) & just really liking their shorts
-i'm not kidding.:devil:


i only got back into tennis around mid 03...and the first really memorable match for me was Roddick vs. Ljubicic U.S open 2003...
it was quite the contest & they we're both quite fiesty that night, i had never really watched sports period before that summer Roddick run :)
and the outcome was appropriate too.

even earlier could have been Roddick vs. Fish at the masters that summer but i remember little except that it was excellent in a whole different way...friendly competiton at its best and most commited.

-1 man is responsible for turning me on to tennis, thank you Roddick!!
I'll never forget it.;)

angela
11-07-2006, 07:17 PM
Last year Nalvandian vs Federer in the master cup, that match was amazing.

DrJules
11-07-2006, 07:25 PM
1977 Borg v Gerulaitis Wimbledon semi.

So many great Borg 5 set matches (7 in total) during his 5 successive wins.

Tennis Fool
11-07-2006, 08:32 PM
Chris Evert & Martina Nav played an exhibition at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan in 1988. I saw it live with my sister and father. Martina trounced Chris. I think my dad still has the booklet somewhere.

I didn't become a fan of tennis until Zina Garrison made her run at the 1990 Wimbledon taking down Monica and Steffi to make the finals. I really wanted her to win :sad: I was happy though that Martina won, as this was her last Slam. I remember her climbing the stands to embrace her lover at the time ( a woman who sued her for half her money later :tape: )

Fedex
11-07-2006, 08:45 PM
1977 Borg v Gerulaitis Wimbledon semi. I was very young at the time - but reading some of the posts in this thread it makes me feel so old :eek:
Dont worry, Rosie, you're not old. :hug: ;) You and I come from the same generation.

Action Jackson
11-08-2006, 02:00 AM
:confused:
George:cool: ~> are you trying to be cryptic:confused: :confused: .. Because we all know you`ve been into tennis longer than 2-years:p

So why mention Bastad 04:confused:

I imagine you`re fondest memories might have had something to do with Wilander & Lendl;) ...maybe that 5-set USO final 88 they played:angel: .. or one of the FO finals from the early 80s ... Perhaps we should go back to the 1970s:confused:

Nothing cryptic I was just answering the question.

Lee
11-08-2006, 02:07 AM
Nothing cryptic I was just answering the question.

I take it those matches before Zabaleta/Gaudio are not as memorable.

~*BGT*~
11-08-2006, 04:14 AM
-1 man is responsible for turning me on to tennis, thank you Roddick!!
I'll never forget it.;)

My first match was 2004 USO 1/4 final between Roddick and Pim Pim. We know what happened. :lol:

I didn't watch tennis again until Andy's second round win at Wimbly 2005. :cool:

~EMiLiTA~
11-08-2006, 07:09 AM
:spit: omg J'torian your avatar is hilarious!

Action Jackson
11-08-2006, 08:53 AM
I take it those matches before Zabaleta/Gaudio are not as memorable.

I didn't watch tennis before then and anything else is speculation.

scarecrows
11-08-2006, 09:47 AM
I remember watching parts of Courier - Agassi at the RG Final in 1991 but I was too small to remember well and I didnt have an idea about tennis

probably the match I remember better is Agassi-Sampras from AO 1995, but the most memorable moment were Sampras' tears during the match against Courier the same tournament

allero
12-08-2006, 09:59 PM
Coria def. Zabaleta in RG 2003 is the match that really got me into tennis. I mean before that, I had been following it sporadically watching a couple of games here and there, but I'd never followed a player like I started to with Guille.

BlakeorHenman
12-09-2006, 05:37 AM
Henman/Rafter, Wimbeldon, 1996? 1997? 1998?

rosamunda
12-09-2006, 06:08 AM
Pancho Gonzalez v Charlie Pasarell, Wimbledon 1969 - the longest match on record. Pancho was old and grumpy, Charlie was young and pretty, night fell as they slugged out the first set (24-22) and Charlie, much to my disappointment, went down something like 11-9 in the 5th. And they didn't sit down during changeovers in those days!! I remember feeling miffed when the tie-break came into play a few years later, meaning that matches like that would never happen again.......

Dixon
12-09-2006, 09:54 AM
The final of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Marc Rosset defeated Spain's Jordi Arrese and won an exciting five-set match 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 8-6 to claim the Gold Medal. I was suffering so much with Marc.

Peacemaster
12-09-2006, 01:25 PM
1994 June, Wimbledon final, the battle of the ICBMs. Both Pete and Goran were at the peak of their respective serving prowess. For two sets I sat watching, mesmerized by the sheer power and explosion generated by both men. Then, Pete decided to move up a couple of gears and started hitting what I have later come to characterize as Federer-like shots. Result: 7-6, 7-6, 6-0. I have seen good tennis matches before that, but none that became etched in my memory as this one.

Himura
12-09-2006, 03:19 PM
Me first tennis memory is a Edberg - Becker Wimbledon match but I don`t know witch or when.

Andre♥
12-09-2006, 03:29 PM
Goran defeats Sampras in Wimbledon'92 SF.

shotgun
12-09-2006, 03:40 PM
Christian Miniussi defeating Jaime Oncins in the final of the defunct Sao Paulo GP tournament in '91. :lol:

Sparko1030
12-09-2006, 05:23 PM
My earliest memory of seeing tennis on TV is a vague memory of Billie Jean King playing Bobby Riggs and the moron (Riggs) was wearing a dress or something to lampoon women.

As an adult, the final of the 2004 Olympics captured my attention and I've been hooked ever since.

Deathless Mortal
12-09-2006, 05:38 PM
Ivanisevic def. Rafter 63 36 63 26 97-Wimbledon final 2001.
I remember that it was Monday, and I was so nervous about it! Especially on the end of it. That service for match I will never forget.
Beautiful match.
There is also Ivanisevic vs. Henman, interupted by rain few times. Great match!

Burrow
12-10-2006, 10:36 AM
Im young so it was goran winning wimbledon, but i seen federer beat sampras before that.

scoobs
02-07-2007, 05:50 PM
I probably watched Wimbledon earlier as my mum always had it on every year, but the first one I can actively remember is Becker winning in 1985.

stroszek
02-07-2007, 06:03 PM
I started watching Wimbledon around 1994, but the first match I remember well was Henman-Kafelnikov in the first round in 1996 I think. It was a great match, Kafel came from two sets down and was at 40-15 serving for the match in the fifth, but Henman came back and won. After that match Henmania took off.

GonzoFed
02-08-2007, 12:27 AM
I probably watched Wimbledon earlier as my mum always had it on every year, but the first one I can actively remember is Becker winning in 1985.

Almost the same answer. Change mum for dad and 1985 for 1986 and there you have it.

Polikarpov
02-08-2007, 10:08 AM
1995 Wimbledon Ladies Final Graf VS Sanchez-Vicario. I was 6 yrs old then and I remembered my father telling me that Graf was the best player out there. After that, I watched tennis sporadically.

But what got me hooked was the 99 RG Men's Final Agassi VS Medvedev. After that, there was no looking back! Hehe!

almouchie
02-08-2007, 10:25 AM
this isnt my earliest memory
but i remember it for some reason
Sampras vs Courier in RG 94

i was practicng tennis on clay then & was very serious about

oz_boz
02-08-2007, 10:38 AM
Borg-Mac Wimbly 80 is earliest but very vague.

Wilander-Vilas RG 82 is clearer and from that I watched more during the Swedish Golden Era.

DC final 84 (Sundström :D ) and Becker's breakthrough are other good memories.

JustmeUK
02-08-2007, 10:45 AM
Started playing tennis in 1980. Borg-Mac 1980 was the first match I ever saw on TV and that was highlights. Didn't get to watch much tv in those days (strict parents!) and the second match I remember was Borg-Mac in 1981. I do remember seeing Wilander in 1981 live though at a practice session. At one point he hit a huge serve past his practice partner and I remember thinking I really have to learn to serve like that :)!

Action Jackson
03-27-2009, 04:02 PM
The day Oscar Hernandez won a hardcourt match.

zerocool_
03-27-2009, 04:59 PM
Sampras vs Agassi 1995 USO Final :)

asmazif
03-27-2009, 05:10 PM
Courier vs. Forget in the 2nd round of Wimbledon 1994 was the earliest I remember, I believe. I was 4...

Chris Seahorse
03-27-2009, 05:15 PM
I'd been watching tennis for a couple of years before but watching Miloslav Mecir defeat Boris Becker in the semi finals of the US Open in 1986 made a huge impact on my taste in tennis to this day.

d3ck
03-27-2009, 05:25 PM
Both Wimbly finals Borg vs McNaughty and first Lendl in RG, since then lots of good matches... the touching one: Arantxa winning Steffi first time :cool:

Har-Tru
03-27-2009, 05:35 PM
Courier-Bruguera FO Final 1993 is hardly the first one I saw, but the first one I remember. Hard not to with all the media hype over here...

KarlyM
03-27-2009, 05:49 PM
The first tennis match I can remember watching was a Navratilova-Graf Wimbledon final either in 1987 or 88 (can't remember which year). :confused:

The first men's match I can remember watching was the Sampras-Agassi 1990 USO final. :)

The first match I watched entirely was the Washington-Martin 1996 Wimbledon SF. :)

Andi-M
03-27-2009, 05:57 PM
First tennis match the extremely memorable 1999 RG final between Hingis and Graf.

First mens match was the next day Agassi Vs Medvedev.

2 pretty classic matches there, naturally i became hooked after that.

oranges
03-27-2009, 06:03 PM
McEnroe-Lendl RG final, enough drama to have me glued to the screen for hours, which was no small feat at the time :lol:

kiwi10is
03-27-2009, 06:09 PM
Boris Becker winning Wimbledon 1985... I guess that's the match most Germans will name

ORGASMATRON
03-27-2009, 06:13 PM
Boris Becker winning Wimbledon 1985... I guess that's the match most Germans will name

Stragely enough thats the one i remeber as well, i was only 6 years old back then :baby:

The Freak
03-27-2009, 06:21 PM
All those dramatic Henman matches at Wimbledon...

Ivanatis
03-27-2009, 06:29 PM
hmmm I think my two earliest remembrances are both WTA-RG finals:angel:

Majoli over Hingis in 1997 because the Swiss' loss came so out of nowhere (I remember myself thinking after pretty much every point Hingis made, now she'll turn it round) and for obvious drama reasons two years later Graf - Hingis

I don't think there was an ATP match before the millennium for me.

Xavier7
03-27-2009, 06:38 PM
The Agassi/Ivanisevic Wimbledon final in 92 when I was 10.
That was the match that made a big tennis fan ever since.

Andre♥
03-27-2009, 06:49 PM
I'm sure I've watched tennis way before than that, but the sooner I remember is Agassi vs Clement from RG'99

duong
03-27-2009, 08:25 PM
The first televised match I remember was Borg-Pecci, French Open final in 1979. I was nearly 9 years old.

(Victor) Pecci (Paraguay) was quite popular and interesting for the spectators because of his physical appearance in particular

... fascinating for the young boys like me ... and also for the ladies of course, with whom he had quite a success (Noah said he was happy to beat him in Roland-Garros some years later because he was jealous about that :lol: ).

He even wore an earring. Looked like a pirat.

Also he was not a specialist of baseline game, like of course Borg, Vilas or other great claycourt players.

And I remember that he resisted surprisingly well to Borg in that final : at least he won one set, which was quite an event if you consider how many games Borg lost in Roland-Garros in that time, imagine Nadal last year every year, and even worse.

This was my first match, at least the first I can remember.

:Zaz:
03-27-2009, 10:14 PM
My first on screen tennis moment, was Pat Cash - Wimby 87, not so much the tennis, but him climbing through the stands.

Ouragan
03-27-2009, 11:38 PM
1995 Muster vs Chang RG final, can't say I was impressed but that still was the start of the lurv affair.

Eden
07-06-2009, 11:00 PM
Although I have started watching tennis earlier on, I remember the 1985 Wimbledon final between Becker and Curren above all. Neither Boris nor the viewers could have expected what "explosion" his victory would cause. He really made history in sports on that day.

rocketassist
07-06-2009, 11:14 PM
Agassi def McEnroe, 1992 Wimbledon semis, was only four/five, paid partial attention to it, but only four years later with Henman defeating Kafelnikov did I realise what I'd seen.

fast_clay
07-06-2009, 11:49 PM
Agassi def McEnroe, 1992 Wimbledon semis, was only four/five, paid partial attention to it, but only four years later with Henman defeating Kafelnikov did I realise what I'd seen.

1992 was a great year...!

i can remember cash 1987 wimbledon, and peter doohan upsetting becker in rd 1 or 2 that same tourney... then getting beat by becker in the QF's the following year - was a heated clash, with becker taking the p!ss out of cash after cash hit a shot, over balanced, and lept the net... becker, after the point was done, lept the net on to cash's side... after losing, cash turned up at the presser wearing a big red wig... :lol:

but, for full match glory it was cash playing a davis cup match vs Austria in 1989... australia got rolled away on clay 5-0...

Lololita
07-07-2009, 12:03 AM
Can't remember what match it was, just remember it was the FO and Seles and Sanchez were trying to outgrunt each other.

The first one I remember from beginning to end was the Agassi Medvedev final in 99, I was about 11 at the time, so happy Andre won :bigclap:

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
07-07-2009, 12:12 AM
Early to mid 90s

Wimbledon (definatley before 96)

everyone talked about Sampras in almost hushed tones even then because it was like everyone feared him on grass

sorta like Rafa on clay before he choked this year

Angle Queen
07-07-2009, 12:25 AM
Ashe d. Connors, '75 Wimbledon

Ok, I'll admit my age. I know I was watching before then but that match had special meaning. I'm from Richmond and the whole drama of the event, then Ashe actually winning. It gripped our entire city.

I'd like to think I remember his AO victory 5 years earlier but I was only 5ish at the time and the AO was almost a non-event back then. Not even sure if it was televised here.

Albop
07-07-2009, 12:28 AM
Miami 98 Final Rios - Agassi is my earliest memory.

DJ Soup
07-07-2009, 12:54 AM
Coria vs Nadal
Rome and Montecarlo.

that's when I started to have tennis conscience.

Then it's Nalbandian's Paris and Madrid 07 runs

Ferrero Forever
07-07-2009, 01:01 AM
My earliest memory is around 1995 watching the Aus Open with my mum. We had the air conditioner going because of sweltering heat making it too hot to go outside, and there was nothing better to do than watch the tennis. It happened to be a Davenport match (can't remember who she played against), and just so I could seem like I knew what I was talking about, I told Mum that she was my favourite player. I had no idea whether she was good or not, I'd never seen her before, but she was my fave player. For some reason I picked right, and until Federer became my fave player once I could stand watching long mens matches at an older age, Davenport remained my fave.

Most memorable match would have had to be Federer VS Ferrero semi-final at the 2004 aus open. For some reason I wanted my fave player (at the time Federer) to lose to this guy I'd never noticed before. This was the match that made me really get into tennis, rather than just watching it every Aus Open. I had no idea Ferrero had won RG the previous year, I had no idea he was even a world number 1, but I wanted him to win against my fave. Yeah he lost it, but I was so into that match it was incredible:)

In terms of live tennis my first match was Costa VS Phau at the 2005 Aus Open, and fave match I've been to was Ferrero VS Santoro this year simply for the atmosphere.

swebright
07-07-2009, 01:07 AM
Boris Becker d. Kevin Curren.

Arkulari
07-07-2009, 01:24 AM
the first match I consciously remember something about is Edberg-Mecir in Wimbledon 1990

roberthenman
07-07-2009, 02:54 AM
Miami 98 Final Rios - Agassi is my earliest memory.

sure :yeah:
also Gaudio-Coria RG 2004

turkjey5
07-07-2009, 03:09 AM
Connors-McEnroe in a 5 set, almost 5 hr. epic battle at Wimby 1982. Connors won.
But I have a permanent memory of how a young man who was going blind explained to me the scoring system in tennis. I don't know who was playing but he still had enough sight to tell me what was going on.

dlk1992
07-07-2009, 03:22 AM
Borg and McEnroe at Wimby in '80. I was almost 9 years old and I still remember watching it with my mom who was a huge Borg fan.

mr_burns
07-07-2009, 03:32 AM
Stich vs Becker 1993 Wimbledon OF

my sister was Boris fan, I koined her watching and became a Stich fan, that's how it really started for me

Chiseller
07-07-2009, 04:29 AM
I think it was the Wimbledon Final '89. Can't remember anything from that match though, only the news of Boom Boom Becker's victory one day later.
So actually, I'd rather say it was the USO '95 final Agassi vs. Sampras.

stzenit
07-10-2010, 11:45 PM
24 September 1995, semi-final of 1995 Davis Cup, Russia against Germany. On the 5th set of 5th deciding game of the semi-final against Michael Stich, Chesnokov won back 9 Stich's matchpoints and then won the match with overall score: 6-4, 1-6, 1-6, 6-3, 14-12

I was very young.

First match that i watched in full and got me into tennis was probably Safin winning against Guga and Agassi at the 1998 French Open. Tennis became part of my life.

emotion
07-11-2010, 12:28 AM
Federer-Nadal Wimby 07

I am so young :sad:

coonster14
07-11-2010, 01:51 AM
Agassi beating Sampras 4-6,6-1,7-6(6),6-4 in 1995 Australian Open final. I was 7.

I loved the way Agassi played, and I have been a huge fan of his ever since, the day he retired was so sad. :sad:

JeffCandoi
07-11-2010, 02:02 AM
early 90's, Sampras beating Stich.. I have no idea where :lol:

Johnny Groove
07-11-2010, 02:03 AM
Ivanisevic's 2001 Wimbledon run was the first time I ever watched tennis. I followed it casually afterwards for a few years, but since Wimbledon 2004, I've been an addict.

mark73
07-11-2010, 02:03 AM
Lendl defeating Mcenroe 1984 RG. Maybe the first tennis match I ever watched. Yup Im a dinosaur. :lol:

Start da Game
07-11-2010, 05:40 AM
sampras v courier australian open 95 qf.......i was about 9 years.......

ivanisevic vs krajicek, wimbledon 98 semifinal.......what a nail biter!

kuerten v kafelnikov, french open 97.......the day i became a fan of kuerten.......

asmazif
07-11-2010, 10:37 AM
earliest i remember was Courier-Forget W 1994, but most memorable early on was the Sampras-Ivanesevic 1998 final

Shirogane
07-11-2010, 11:04 AM
Agassi-Wilander 1988 RG Semi

tumbak
07-11-2010, 11:36 AM
Actually I started watching tennis in 2003 ... the first 2 matches I saw were Nadal - Srichaphan and Federer - Fish in 2nd or 3rd round at Wimbledon which I think is amazing, because these 2 eventually became legends. After watching Fed's game I actually though he'd eventually win the whole shit ... and he did. I keep great memories of that Wimby 2003, from then on I became interested in the sport.

MurrayFan1
07-11-2010, 03:56 PM
Ivanisevic's 2001 Wimbledon run was the first time I ever watched tennis. I followed it casually afterwards for a few years, but since Wimbledon 2004, I've been an addict.

Came to post more or less this.

I reckon I've followed the sport closely, i.e checked results, watched bits day in day out since about 05, but knew a good deal before.

V.H.
07-11-2010, 04:38 PM
Roddick vs. El Aynaoui (AO QF 2003) I think was memorable

Eden
03-04-2011, 09:02 PM
This thread deserves a revivification :)

Elbarto
03-04-2011, 09:11 PM
Earliest, most memorable tennis match of your life

Lendl vs Wilander, Roland Garros 1987
Lendl vs Chang, Roland Garros 1989

RIboy
03-04-2011, 09:17 PM
1990 Wimbledon SF: Ivanisevic- Becker :o

my first big trauma too, Goran was killing Boris until serve for 2nd set and then trademark meltdown

nsidhan
03-04-2011, 09:19 PM
Becker vs Lendl Wimbledon SF 1989. Becker came from behind to win.

Myrre
03-04-2011, 09:24 PM
Borg-McEnroe 1980 - best of the Wimbledon finals. The final with the memorable tie break.

Same here. I thought my dad was going to have a heart attack :)

Nadull_tard
03-04-2011, 09:33 PM
Earliest: A 1st round match of AO 2001 for sure, probably Grosjean vs someone.
Most memorable: Safin vs Federer AO 2005

nadejda
03-04-2011, 09:39 PM
Earliest match was Sampras vs Agasi. I can't recall the result and wasn't actually following the tennis, but the sweet Pete :hearts::hearts:

yep, teen dreams :D

DJ Soup
03-04-2011, 09:53 PM
I got into tennis pretty late. It is the Coria vs Nadal Master final in, Rome?

cocrcici
03-04-2011, 09:59 PM
Martina Navratilova-Chris Evert:unsure::haha:

karelduin
03-04-2011, 10:03 PM
Krajicek vs Sampras Wimbledon 1996 QF

Acer
03-04-2011, 10:06 PM
I think it may be Malisse v Krajicek Wimbledon 2002

Ouragan
03-05-2011, 06:48 AM
1990 Wimbledon SF: Ivanisevic- Becker :o

my first big trauma too, Goran was killing Boris until serve for 2nd set and then trademark meltdown

ha ha, like the use of the word trauma :)

Muster - Chang RG final 1995, quite boring but I was hooked nonetheless