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ABBA Happy New Year Since many people will be out celebrating tonight, I wanted to be the first to wish everone a very Happy and Safe New Year! This is the version that most people just call: 'ABBA around the piano'. Actually, 'Happy New Year' is a song from their 1980 album, 'Super Trouper'. The song's working title was humourously called 'Daddy Don't Get Drunk On Christmas Day'.
Tags: ABBA  Agnetha  Frida  Bjorn  Benny  Björn  Annifrid  Anni-Frid  Ulvaeus  Andersson  Lyngstad  Faltskog  Happy  New  Year   
Added: 31st December 2007
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Posted By: Guido
Connors Vs Borg 1976 Two minutes from the 1976 U.S. Open men's final between Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg. This was the second of only three years when the U.S. Open was played on clay courts at Forest Hills. Personally I like these old matches better than today's tennis. The server wasn't as dominant and the players had to craft the points back then.
Tags: Jimmy  Connors  Bjorn  Borg 
Added: 13th January 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
John McEnroe SI Cover 1981 Petulant tennis champ John McEnroe appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated seven times. This cover from July 1981 was after McEnroe won his first of three Wimbledon singles title by dethroning five-time champion Bjorn Borg who had held the title since 1976.
Tags: John  McEnroe  SI  cover 
Added: 6th July 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bjorn Borg SI Cover By defeating Roscoe Tanner in the 1979 Wimbledon final, the seemingly invincible Bjorn Borg won his fourth consecutive title at the All-England Club--and the honor of having his picture on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Tags: tennis  Bjorn  Borg  SI  cover 
Added: 23rd July 2009
Views: 1146
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bjorn Borg Today Here is what Bjorn Borg looks like today. The great tennis champion is flanked by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in this recent photo. Not a bad collection of tennis talent!
Tags: Borg  Federer  Nadal 
Added: 23rd July 2009
Views: 4656
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jimmy Connors SI Cover 1978 Jimmy Connors' 'Prince Valiant' hairdo is all askew in this great cover shot for Sports Illustrated in 1978. (Connors' got the honor after beating Bjorn Borg in straight sets in the U.S. Open final.)
Tags: Jimmy  Connor  tennis  SI  cover 
Added: 21st September 2009
Views: 1196
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Posted By: Lava1964
Vitas Gerulaitis Vitas Gerulaitis was a free-spirited American tennis player in the 1970s and 1980s who rose to third in the world rankings. His frizzy, long blond hair made him immediately recognizable. Over his career, Gerulaitis won 25 ATP singles titles, including the 1977 Australian Open. However, he consistently had trouble with the truly elite players on the men's circuit. After losing to Jimmy Connors 16 straight times before finally beating him in 1979, Gerulaitis comically told reporters, 'Let that be a lesson to you all: Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 straight times!' (It wasn't entirely true. Bjorn Borg beat Gerulaitis in all 17 matches they played, including a classic five-set semifinal at Wimbledon in 1977.) Tragically, on September 17, 1994, Gerulaitis died in his sleep while staying at a friend's guest house. The cause of death was determined to be carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a malfunctioning heater. He was just 40 years old.
Tags: tennis  Vitas  Gerulaitis 
Added: 9th February 2011
Views: 4314
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Posted By: Lava1964
1973 Wimbledon Boycott In May 1973 Nikola (Niki) Pilic, Yugoslavia's number-one-ranked male tennis player, was suspended by his national tennis association. The governing body claimed he had refused to play in a Davis Cup tie for Yugoslavia against New Zealand earlier that month. Today tennis players routinely turn down invitations to play for their countries in Davis Cup competition, but back in 1973 it was considered a big no-no--especially in an eastern European country. Pilic denied he had done so. Be that as it may, Pilic was initially suspended for nine months. Yugoslavia's suspension was supported by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF), but it was later reduced to just one month. Nevertheless, that month happened to be when the prestigious Wimbledon championships took place. Thus, Pilic would not be permitted to play at Wimbledon. The recently formed men's players union, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), stated that if Pilic was not allowed to compete, none of its membership should compete. As a result, 81 of the top players, including reigning champion Stan Smith, boycotted Wimbledon in 1973 to protest Pilic's suspension. The initial seeding for the men's draw had already taken place. Thirteen of the 16 men's seeds withdrew. This resulted in an enormous number of qualifiers and lucky losers getting into the main draw. Three leading ATP players, Ilie Nastase, Roger Taylor and Ray Keldie, defied the boycott and were fined by the ATP's disciplinary committee. Also among those who chose to play were two rising stars: Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors, who each advanced to the quarterfinals. Despite the boycott, the attendance of 300,172 was the second highest in Wimbledon's history at that time. The eventual men's champion was Jan Kodes of Czechoslovakia. He defeated Alex Metreveli of the Soviet Union 6-1, 9-8, 6-3 in the final. (Tiebreakers were played at 8-8 in those days.) Kodes is shown here planting a kiss on the championship trophy.
Tags: tennis  Wimbledon  boycott 
Added: 15th September 2012
Views: 3506
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Posted By: Lava1964

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