flashback: irene inspires irina bump lookback, 1997



Irene-a. While we’re bent on avoiding hurricane — oops, we mean hurrican’t — jokes for now, TSF contributor Troy Venechanos sent this text along to the TSF crew earlier today: “hope you survived hurricane irina spirlea!”

It was one that had us cracking up out loud, and brought to mind the famous “bump,” which — upon watching it again — may have delivered more force to Flushing Meadows than Irene herself. Hard to believe this was 14 years ago in 1997, when a 17-year-old Venus Williams took down Irina Spirlea, the Romanian, 7-6 (5) 4-6 7-6 (7) in the semifinals.

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flashback: chang's l.a. double



Remember when? Way back when it was called the Infinity Open (and then the Mercedes Benz Cup), an American named Michael Chang snatched the Los Angeles title twice — in 1996 and 2000. 1996 was quite the summer for Chang, who shrugged off a first-round loss to Albert Costa at Wimbledon and take titles in both DC and LA before making a run to the US Open final where he lost to Pete Sampras. Including Flushing Meadows, Chang would rack up a 22-3 record that summer, helping boost him to his career-high no. 2 in September. 2000 was somewhat of a different story for the 1989 French Open winner, taking the LA title with a surprise run that saw him beat Jan-Michael Gambill in the final (remember him?!). Chang also downed Justin Gimelstob in the semis to win what would be the last of 34 career titles.

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Off-topic: The “other” Michael Chang

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flashback: agassi wins his first, 1992



The same outfits today? Andre Agassi gets inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame today in Newport, R.I. It’s no surprise that Agassi, who won eight career Slams, was the no. 1 trending topic on Yahoo! this morning. The dude has done a lot, no? We couldn’t help ourselves from putting up this pic, which has several meanings. Our first thought? That’s really a wig?! Yep, according to Andre it was. And there he is with Steffi Graf, seven years before they would both win the French Open and kindle their romance for good. As for tennis significance? Wimbledon 1992 was Andre’s first Major, and one that he wrote in his book was most unexpected for him — he wasn’t favored to win — and he finally shook off the disbelievers when it came to his early success translating onto the big-time court. Oh right, and the next year Barbara Streisand was there, too. Who doesn’t love a Wimbledon champ?! Congrats, Andre! | TSF Vault: Flashbacks | Andre Agassi

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flashback: the wonder boy, circa 1985




Flashback:
As Bernard Tomic became the fourth youngest Wimbledon (male) quarterfinalist of all time today by beating Xavier Malisse in the fourth round, we thought it appropriate to look back at the Wonder Boy himself, Mr. Boris Becker. The 1985 champ was just 17 when he won at the All England Club and Tomic joins the German, Bjorn Borg and Johnny Mac in the category of teenage quarterfinalists. A good omen?

Next up? Tomic has Novak Djokovic in the quarters

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flashback: jana's tears, 1993



No pleasure in this pain. Well, this story has a happy ending. But Jana Novotna‘s 1993 choke in the Wimbledon final — and her subsequent crying on the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent — rang in at no. 1 on a Tennis Channel countdown of greatest chokes of all time. And how could we not give it a little bit of ink prior to the grasscourt season flying into full force over the next month? Novotna swatted away a 4-1 third-set lead against Steffi Graf to lose in the Wimbledon final that year, but after losing to Martina Hingis in the ’97 title match, she finally walked away (rightfully so) as champ in 1998. Check out her crying below.

More: Caroline Wozniacki stays alive in Copenhagen | Ivanovic leads charge at Eastbourne

The men: Tsonga upsets Rafa, Murray takes out A-Rod and a surprise run by a British wildcard at Queens | Draw