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  1. Nathii
    Nathii December 10, 2012 at 9:08 am |

    Very cool. It’s obvious it was written by someone who got such a boost while describing the dearest memory.

  2. marron
    marron December 10, 2012 at 9:49 am |

    I’m digging the pix of Andre with his hair – trying to decide if it’s The Wig or really his own locks, or some sort of combination of the two. Thanks for this, I’m going to take some time later today and watch this! You may hate the pink shorts, JuanJose but I love ’em!

  3. Nicole
    Nicole December 10, 2012 at 10:53 am |

    Ahhh, this was fun to relive. As I said on Twitter, I was an Agassi fan back then, but even so I couldn’t resist the tears and obvious jubilation of Gomez when he won the biggest title of his life.

    I *had* remembered that from the beginning of this tournament, Gomez considered this to be his golden opportunity because every time he had reached the QF of the French previously, Lendl was there waiting to beat him. I don’t know if you discovered this while researching the match, but the reason Lendl wasn’t at this year’s French was because he had already won the tournament several times and was attempting to make one big push to win Wimbledon, the only Grand Slam that had eluded him. He used his time away from the French to practice and practice and practice some more on grass. (Unfortunately for him, ultimately the additional preparation didn’t help — he was obliterated in the SF of Wimbledon by Stefan Edberg.)

    Two of my all-time favorite players — Edberg and Sampras — won Grand Slam titles this year, so I remember 1990 better than perhaps any other tennis year. You were only 7 at the time of this final?! Good grief. I was 15. *cough*

    Thanks for the journey down what was memory lane for me, JJ. 🙂

  4. Mithi
    Mithi December 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm |

    what a gorgeous write up Juan. given the setting of the whole scene. I can imagine one day, someone writing about the 2005 FO final but with the opposite results where the upstart 19 year old Spaniard triumphs over the experienced 27 year old Argentinian.

    I don’t think I have ever seen Gomez play. But I remember Agassi of those days being… temperamental. Given how you describe his play, I wonder that he might be the predecessor to the Guga style of French Open wins. Aggressive and tactical but without compromising on defense.

    1. Mithi
      Mithi December 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm |

      oh and amongst Matches I wish I could have seen live (regardless of whether I was even conceived then) the match that ranks the highest for me is the 1980 USOpen Final. More so than the Wimbledon that year because an almost unstoppable Bjorn was stopped by JMac.

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