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Player's great moments with the crowd

TheMightyFed
04-20-2005, 11:14 AM
What are great moments you remember when one or more player(s) on court have a special relationship with the crowd, like these two ones:
-DC final 1991, Noah and the French team singing and dancing on Noah's hit "Saga Africa" in Lyon after their victory over the US team of Sampras/Agassi. The crowd got litterally crazy :worship:
-RG final 2004: Gaudio is being thrashed in the 2 first sets and suddenly, he starts to smile, puts down his raquet and applaudes the crowd. At the end of the match, he slaps hands of spectators around the court to celebrate.
Yours ? ;)

syd
04-20-2005, 11:30 AM
RG 2001: Guga drawning a heart on the clay for the french crowd !!!

Marine
04-20-2005, 12:38 PM
Lots of unforgettable moments with the french crowd...very good or not..lol

tall_one
04-20-2005, 12:49 PM
RG 2001: Guga drawning a heart on the clay for the french crowd !!!
mine too :yeah:

i also liked when Younes El Aynaoui & Andy Roddick gave their rackets to the ballkids and let them play during their AO match in 2003

k-rod83
04-20-2005, 01:01 PM
when roddick bought tickets for the final for all the fans that stayed and watched his match finish after a rain delay.

TheMightyFed
04-20-2005, 01:27 PM
mine too :yeah:

i also liked when Younes El Aynaoui & Andy Roddick gave their rackets to the ballkids and let them play during their AO match in 2003
Yes that one was great !

Maxpowers
04-20-2005, 04:31 PM
Without a doubt when Todd Martin came back from 2 sets down against Carlos Moya at the 2000 US Open. He saved a match point and 17 of 18 break points. At one point in the arly morning he called everyone that was left in the stands down to the bottom. When he finally finished at 1:22 AM he smashed his racquet and ran around giving hi 5's to the excited crowd. I talked to someone who was there and he said he's never seen a crowd so involved with a match. Here is a news article and some pics.

http://tinypic.com/4jtefa

"Giddy and delirious, exhausted but never more alive, Martin hurled his racquet to the court, leaving it a twisted, mangled mess as he beamed at his box. Fueled by the adrenaline of the few hundred fans who had cheered him to victory, Martin pushed his tired legs just a little more, lapping the court and giving high fives to people as they hung over the edge of the walls.

http://tinypic.com/4jteko

"That was me wanting them to know how happy I was, and also me wanting them to know how pleased I was that they could be a part of it," Martin said. "It might be out of my public character, but ...for me, there's a lot more than just the guy who people think is the gentleman and nice guy on the tour."

During his drive to the final at last year's U.S. Open, Martin rallied from two sets down against Greg Rusedski in another fourth-round, late-night match, buoyed by a partisan Arthur Ashe crowd that needled Rusedski and cheered Martin's every winner. Martin has won seven career matches after dropping the first two sets, four of them at the U.S. Open.

"I don't feel like it's necessarily deserved to be able to live out dreams like last night two times," Martin said. "The most important thing is that you seize the moment when you have it, and fortunately, it's happened a couple of times now."

jguisa8
04-20-2005, 06:03 PM
I just saw the picture of Muster being naked in front of a full stadium, who paid a high price for his clothes in order to save money for charity, these was in an exhibition match in austria. I can´t think of a "closer" relationship with the crowd!!! :)

TheMightyFed
04-20-2005, 06:12 PM
Without a doubt when Todd Martin came back from 2 sets down against Carlos Moya at the 2000 US Open. He saved a match point and 17 of 18 break points. At one point in the arly morning he called everyone that was left in the stands down to the bottom. When he finally finished at 1:22 AM he smashed his racquet and ran around giving hi 5's to the excited crowd. I talked to someone who was there and he said he's never seen a crowd so involved with a match. Here is a news article and some pics.

http://tinypic.com/4jtefa


http://tinypic.com/4jteko

."
Great one, thanks to share ;)

khyber
04-20-2005, 06:31 PM
Without a doubt when Todd Martin came back from 2 sets down against Carlos Moya at the 2000 US Open. He saved a match point and 17 of 18 break points. At one point in the arly morning he called everyone that was left in the stands down to the bottom. When he finally finished at 1:22 AM he smashed his racquet and ran around giving hi 5's to the excited crowd. I talked to someone who was there and he said he's never seen a crowd so involved with a match.
Absolutely my choice as well. :worship:

Marine
04-20-2005, 07:08 PM
I talked to someone who was there and he said he's never seen a crowd so involved with a match.



He's never been in RG :)

El Legenda
04-20-2005, 07:11 PM
I bet Goran has a few

Alvarillo
04-20-2005, 08:14 PM
Every tie played at home by the Spanish Team in Davis Cup! :)

Also Ferrero-Ferreira match in Madrid AMS 2 years ago, when he came back from 2/5 in the third set in 2nd round, the crowd supported him as i've never seen in a single tournament :worship:

I think Arantxa Sanchez doesn't think french crowd is the best :lol:

mitalidas
04-20-2005, 08:21 PM
Roger crying at Wimbledon. on tv, I saw many others starting to tear up also
(navratilova and clijsters later said they began to cry when they watched him on tv in the locker room)

tennismaster882001
04-20-2005, 08:25 PM
Monday final at Wimbledon 2001 Ivanisevic - Rafter, what an atmosphere, if only every grand slam final would be like that!

In_Disguise
04-20-2005, 08:27 PM
17 year old Michael Chang, cramping and serving underarm, coming back from 2 sets down against the toughest man in tennis, the then world no. 1 Ivan Lendl.

Or

Pete Sampras, without a tournament win for over 2 years, ripping through the 2002 US Open draw with his booming serve, and landing his 14th Grand Slam, when many thought he was finished

Ivanisevic's 2001 Wimbledon title...

Deboogle!.
04-20-2005, 08:29 PM
i also liked when Younes El Aynaoui & Andy Roddick gave their rackets to the ballkids and let them play during their AO match in 2003Then at the end when they bowed to the crowd together.... :D:D:D

mitalidas
04-20-2005, 08:36 PM
17 year old Michael Chang, cramping and serving underarm, coming back from 2 sets down against the toughest man in tennis, the then world no. 1 Ivan Lendl.

..
but the crowd was not all with him
many thought it was a devious tactic and unsportsmanlike to do that

mitalidas
04-20-2005, 08:37 PM
Sampras sick and puking all over court, against corretja 1995 USO quarters, manages to pull it out
and Corretja hugs him at the end

williaer
04-20-2005, 11:27 PM
andy at the usopen 2002 when he hit a between-the-leg shot, ran down a ball and then threw hit raquet down, jumped into the crowd to give them high-fives


and that whole ao 2003 match against el aynaoui

blosson
04-20-2005, 11:42 PM
boris becker winning wimbledon at 17

guga drawing the heart on clay at rg

goran winning wimbledon

llondra taking his clothes off after winning AO doubles

Lalitha
04-21-2005, 01:53 AM
Guga's 2001 RG win, Goran's 2001 Wimbledon Win.

Kristen
04-21-2005, 02:44 AM
For me, DC 2004, first round: Sweden df Australia.
Jonas won the deciding match, did that little dance/step that he does... then ran to the side of the court, jumped over the flower pots, jumped over the fence (it was taller than me!) and ran up the stairs to chant with the Swedish fans. We were elated...delerious etc :D

Horatio Caine
12-06-2006, 12:33 AM
Lots of unforgettable moments with the french crowd...very good or not..lol

:haha:

J'adore les Francais :drool: :inlove:

scarecrows
12-06-2006, 12:35 AM
llondra taking his clothes off after winning AO doubles

Santoro too, give him credit

Horatio Caine
12-06-2006, 12:36 AM
Guga's 2001 RG win, Goran's 2001 Wimbledon Win.

The crowd on that Monday was like nothing I'd ever seen before at Wimbledon...can't quite imagine what it would have been like had Henman been playing that day :sad:

Jlee
12-06-2006, 12:54 AM
USO 2006 Agassi's last match. Everybody was crying!

Howard
12-06-2006, 12:59 AM
Jimmy Connors, the US Open 1991, at the age of 39. He came from behind twice to win 5-set matches before losing to Courier in the semis. The crowd went wild when he was down 2-5 in the fifth to Krickstein and won. And he was down 4-6, 6-7, 0-3, and 0-40 against PMac and won.

He also played what many call the greatest point ever at the US Open against Paul Haarhuis.

Added: Connors still acted like an asshole, mind you, but he was everyone's favorite asshole. And he played the crowd for all it was worth.

ClubFed
12-06-2006, 01:16 AM
Marat mooning the crowd to celebrate an awesome point in RG (sorry, forgot the year). Priceless.

Or, really, whenever he breaks a racquet. :p

But definitely Agassi's last match. Oh my God, I cried like a freakin' baby.

Metis
12-06-2006, 02:11 AM
Marcos doing this together with the crowd at the AO 2006:

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41260000/jpg/_41260652_baghdatisdelight203.jpg http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2006/01/22/wbMARCOS2_wideweb__470x313,0.jpg


Safin breaking his racket in two while serving, at the exact moment the racket hits the ball. Marat is left with the shaft of the racket in his hands and then lifts the sleeve of his shirt and walks around showing off his bicep to the crowd. :lol:

Action Jackson
12-06-2006, 02:24 AM
The most unforgettable was the chair throwing at the Chile vs. Argentina Davis Cup tie.

This one was amusing as well.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/8467_view.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/8479_view.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/8476_view.jpg

GlennMirnyi
12-06-2006, 02:27 AM
The most unforgettable was the chair throwing at the Chile vs. Argentina Davis Cup tie.

This one was amusing as well.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/8467_view.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/8479_view.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/8476_view.jpg

:haha: :haha:

Saumon
12-06-2006, 06:26 AM
Marat mooning the crowd to celebrate an awesome point in RG (sorry, forgot the year). Priceless.

vs Mantilla in 2004 ;)

jazar
12-06-2006, 07:55 AM
when ilie nastase spotted someone he fancied in the crowd at the USO, found her after the match, asked her out and then got mariied to her

soraya
12-06-2006, 08:06 AM
the crowd enjoyed this one for sure
105411

Björki
12-06-2006, 10:04 AM
Wimbledon 2006

http://img.aftonbladet.se/sport/0607/06/bjorkis.jpg

http://img.aftonbladet.se/sport/0607/05/bjorkistre.jpg

scarecrows
12-06-2006, 11:44 AM
I just had a vision of the best moment ever that's gonna happen in AO 2008

after a long 5 sets battle, Xristos, the new australian hope, the favourite from the australian girls and the latest gay icon triumphs over Federer after trailing from 2-0 down.

the noisy greeks together with the aussies would bow down to the new champ. Xristos would sign some balls and would throw them in the crowd starting a massacre there to get the autographed balls

cobalt60
12-06-2006, 04:09 PM
I know Gaudio winning RG has been mentioned with the end slapping hands but I loved during the middle of the match when the crowd did the wave :yeah:

oz_boz
12-06-2006, 04:15 PM
Youzhny's salute at the USO was great.

wcr
12-06-2006, 04:58 PM
Wimbledon 2006

http://img.aftonbladet.se/sport/0607/06/bjorkis.jpg

http://img.aftonbladet.se/sport/0607/05/bjorkistre.jpg

It will be a sad day for many when this beautiful man retires from the game.

r2473
12-06-2006, 05:14 PM
Jimmy Connors, the US Open 1991, at the age of 39. He came from behind twice to win 5-set matches before losing to Courier in the semis. The crowd went wild when he was down 2-5 in the fifth to Krickstein and won. And he was down 4-6, 6-7, 0-3, and 0-40 against PMac and won.

He also played what many call the greatest point ever at the US Open against Paul Haarhuis.

Added: Connors still acted like an asshole, mind you, but he was everyone's favorite asshole. And he played the crowd for all it was worth.

Well said!!

wcr
12-06-2006, 05:21 PM
Connors! Connors! Connors! at the 1991 USO. I was on vacation in Hawaii during the USO this year and there was no television at the house we rented. I spent several hours (more than I expected) at a local sports bar on Kauai to catch the following matches. The very kind of moments in tennis we fans live to experience. Love him or hate him Connors delivered the entainment value.

4th round marathon against Aaron Krickstein on September 2

With three wins already notched, Connors had people paying attention—Becker stopped practicing to come over and congratulate him after the McEnroe match; defending champion Pete Sampras’s third-round press conference included a run of 12 out of 16 questions about Connors before Sampras snapped that he wanted questions about his own tennis; Nuprin rushed its new Connors commercial onto the air; and even Ted Koppel explored the Connors phenomenon on Nightline.
The fans greeted Connors, 39 on this day, with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Connors soaked up the spotlight’s warmth and converted it to energy and power. He had always used the crowd better than any other player, first when they booed the strident young outcast and then, after 1978, when he started earning respect and adoration. And no crowd connected better with Connors than the New York crowd, which fed off his working-class humor, his defiant stances, his drive, his urgency.
Never before had Connors so perfectly played and played to his audience, exulting, exhorting, slapping his thigh, pumping his pelvis, thrusting his fist, for 4 hours and 42 minutes. Although he also still resorted to base tactics—calling an umpire “an abortion”—he mostly oozed charm, even as he used the ovations as a stalling tactic to catch his breath and psych out Krickstein. At one point he directly addressed the nation, turning to a courtside television camera and boasting, “This is what they come for. This is what they want.”
Although he’d fallen further behind against McEnroe, beating Krickstein was no simple task. Krickstein, who had idolized Connors growing up and become a friend and occasional hitting partner, was fresh off a win over 1990 finalist Andre Agassi.
Connors lost the first set, then clawed back to win the second in a tiebreaker. Worn down, he tanked the third, 6–1, while waiting for his second wind, which enabled him to win the fourth. In the fifth set, after a 17-minute, 23-point game, Connors found himself trailing 5–2. Then he crushed Krickstein with another miraculous comeback, winning one game with a touch backhand volley and another with an overhead, while Krickstein remained pinned to the baseline, unable to slow the attack.
Tennis writer Peter Bodo was in the press box near Arthur Ashe, who had once loathed Connors for his refusal to join the players’ union, his selfish unwillingness to play for America’s Davis Cup team, and his on-court behavior. Witnessing Connors’s voodoo magic, Bodo asked Ashe if he thought Connors was still an asshole. Ashe paused, then replied, “Yes. But he’s my favorite asshole.”
As the crowd screamed and shrieked at previously unimagined decibel levels, Connors finally flattened Krickstein 7–4 in the fifth set tiebreaker. When Jimbo finally pulled it out, the stands—still full this time—echoed with thousands of fans singing a “Happy Birthday” encore. Even nemesis John McEnroe was impressed enough to search out Connors in the locker room to congratulate him. “I’ve just got to go in there and touch him and see if he bleeds,” McEnroe said.

Connors’s QF win over Paul Haarhuis in the quarterfinals on September 5.

Well, not the entire match, but one point. Fast-forward through the first set, with Connors looking his age and Haarhuis winning 6–4; fast-forward through most of the second too. Stop right after Haarhuis broke Connors for a 5–4 lead. There was no way Connors could endure another five-setter, so if he couldn’t solve Haarhuis here, it would be all over. Haarhuis grabbed a 30–15 lead. Two points for the set.
Connors snatched two quick points and then, after stoking the crowd, pulled off his final miracle on break point. Back in his prime in 1978, Connors had pulled off perhaps the greatest shot in Open history, up 6–5 in the fifth set against Adriano Panatta, running down a ball past the doubles alley, and hitting a one-handed backhand around the net-post for a winner. Now, as an old man, he managed to win what was perhaps the Open’s most memorable rally.
Haarhuis approached net with a superb deep backhand. Connors flung a lob skyward. Haarhuis slammed an overhead. Connors, back literally against the wall, lofted another backhand lob. Another overhead from Haarhuis smashed to the backhand corner. Connors, refusing to give in, threw up one more lob. The crowd was electrified by his hustle, his perseverance. This time Haarhuis rifled the overhead toward Connors’s forehand. Scampering like a young Michael Chang, he hurled another lob—Connors had turned tennis’s most defensive shot into a statement of aggression and defiance, thrusting his jaw out and saying, “Hit me again, I won’t ever go down.”
Haarhuis, still not letting the ball bounce, was exhausted, mentally if not physically, by Connors’s display. His last overhead was his weakest, and Connors, the game’s finest opportunist, whacked a crosscourt forehand. Haarhuis reached it, but his backhand volley was weak and Connors raced in, driving a backhand winner up the line. The crowd, on its feet, roared for Connors—for this point, for nearly two decades of unsurpassed thrills. Connors and Haarhuis returned to playing, but the match was essentially over. Connors won that set 7–6 and the next two 6–4, 6–2.

http://100greatestnysports.com/19jimmyconnors.htm

cmurray
12-06-2006, 05:30 PM
Definitely Andre's last match. Cried like a baby. The crowd cried, the other players cried. Andre cried. It was a beautiful moment. Nobody will ever forget Andre the Great.

GlennMirnyi
12-06-2006, 05:41 PM
Definitely Andre's last match. Cried like a baby. The crowd cried, the other players cried. Andre cried. It was a beautiful moment. Nobody will ever forget Andre the Great.

Thanks. I had already forgot and now you remembered me. Thanks a lot. :( :p

cmurray
12-06-2006, 06:03 PM
Thanks. I had already forgot and now you remembered me. Thanks a lot. :( :p

Oh for God's sake. Don't be an ass. :p :D

You WISH you could forget Andre... Not gonna happen, because commentators are going to continue talking about him for a while to come. :nerner:

mongo
12-06-2006, 09:41 PM
1991 USO QF Connors def. Haarhuis 4-6 7-6(3) 6-4 6-2

a good approximation

http://espn-ak.starwave.com/media/classic/2001/0625/photo/a_connors_i.jpg

2000 USO 4R Todd Martin def. Moya 6-7(3) 6-7(7) 6-1 7-6(6) 6-2

Martin's racquet smashing, eye-bulging primal scream after having come back from two sets down, and his post match victory lap high-fiving the crowd.

http://sportsmed.starwave.com/media/ten/2000/0905/photo/a_todd_t.jpg

Black Adam
12-06-2006, 10:21 PM
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-12/14/xin_53120114092265838724.jpg
Definately this one.

I also enjoyed the way Goran is friendly with the lady in the public in this video. It so funny. I think Croat has already posted it somewhere. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySiQC6WQQSs

madmanfool
12-06-2006, 10:24 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TsW8bhZHEM

Roddick-chela

Sofyaxo
12-06-2006, 10:34 PM
Marat mooning the crowd to celebrate an awesome point in RG (sorry, forgot the year). Priceless.

Or, really, whenever he breaks a racquet. :p

But definitely Agassi's last match. Oh my God, I cried like a freakin' baby.

Great moment for the crowd not with the crowd :p ;)

ClubFed
12-06-2006, 11:17 PM
Great moment for the crowd not with the crowd :p ;)

LMAO, true. :p

croat123
12-06-2006, 11:21 PM
my favorite was goran on key biscayne once (circa 97, maybe earlier). he climbed into the crowd on his court, went all the way to the top of the stands, and told to the crowd a neighboring court to shut up because he's playing :haha:

also his wimbledon win was amazing!!

Hokit
12-07-2006, 01:14 AM
This isn't ATP, but it stood out in my mind ;)

At Wimbledon 2003, Shinobu Asagoe beat Daniela Hantuchova 12-10 in the 3rd set. When she won the last point, Shinobu ran around the court and gave the spectators a high five :cool:

shotgun
12-07-2006, 01:33 AM
Talking about Goran... Ivanisevic-Philippoussis in Queen's, don't remember the year. I remember Goran told a ball-girl to play a point with Philippoussis during a game. She did quite well for herself and the crowd had a good laugh.

cobalt60
12-07-2006, 01:39 AM
Talking about Goran... Ivanisevic-Philippoussis in Queen's, don't remember the year. I remember Goran told a ball-girl to play a point with Philippoussis during a game. She did quite well for herself and the crowd had a good laugh.

I would rather see more of this than the racquet smashing,foul mouthing berating the umpire days of JMac and JConnors anyday.

njorker
12-07-2006, 12:18 PM
my favorite was goran on key biscayne once (circa 97, maybe earlier). he climbed into the crowd on his court, went all the way to the top of the stands, and told to the crowd a neighboring court to shut up because he's playing :haha:



That's totally funny! :lol:

The Pro
12-07-2006, 12:29 PM
This isn't ATP, but it stood out in my mind ;)

At Wimbledon 2003, Shinobu Asagoe beat Daniela Hantuchova 12-10 in the 3rd set. When she won the last point, Shinobu ran around the court and gave the spectators a high five :cool:

I think Iremember Danmiela being quite upset during that match.

She went to pieces while Shinobu just took off!

cmurray
12-07-2006, 01:26 PM
my favorite was goran on key biscayne once (circa 97, maybe earlier). he climbed into the crowd on his court, went all the way to the top of the stands, and told to the crowd a neighboring court to shut up because he's playing :haha:

also his wimbledon win was amazing!!

God, I love Goran. Sigh. He was so....creative when he lost his temper. Hee.

One of my favorite moments? Marat's speech after beating Federer at the AO in 2005. "So, if Lleyton beats me, consider it a gift. If I win...well....sorry about that." :) I also liked the bashing of the (was it Garnier) sponsor plaque under his chair with his raquet. The crowd was laughing and booing at the same time - and he STILL didn't stop until it was in pieces.

MisterQ
12-07-2006, 02:33 PM
Agassi in his cocky show-off days... :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIGAPfKt9cI&NR