| By Ricky Becker

It's fun making lists.....

1989 French Open Michael Cheng def. Ivan Lendl - This gave hope to every American junior at the time.

2009 Wimbledon Roger Federer def. Andy Roddick- Recent but disappointing that Roddick couldn't pull out a second Slam.

2008 Wimbledon Rafael Nadel def. Roger Federer - Rafa became more than a clay-court specialist.

1991 US Open Jimmy Connors def. Paul Harhuis - Who played on the Grandstand that night?  That's right, your humble blogger in a US Open Junior Match.

2001 U.S. Open Lleyton Hewitt def. Andy Roddick - The ultimate road warrior mentality was displayed that night.

1991 US Open Jimmy Connors def. Aaron Kriekstein - By default.  On every U.S. open rain delay.

  1984  US Open Sylvia Hanika def. Steffi Graf - Saw in person.  Knew the 15-year old was eventually going to be a star.

1991 US Open Monica Seles def. Jennifer Capriati - I remember playing a soccer game that day only thinking about how quickly I could get home to see this match.

 2001 U.S Open Pete Sampras def. Andre Agassi - No breaks. Great tennis.  Great highlight I edited and wrote for SportsCenter

 2002 U.S Open Pete Sampras def. Andre Agassi - The best ending I could think of for any immortal of any sport.


Ricky Becker is The Director of Tennis at Glen Oaks Club.  Ricky also coaches high-performance juniors throughout the year and has been the Director of Tennis at three of Long Island’s biggest junior programs.  As a player, Becker was the Most Valuable Player for the 1996 NCAA Championship Stanford Tennis team and ranked in the top-five nationally as a junior.  He can be reached at rbecker06@yahoo.com, 516-359-4843 or via juniortennisconsulting.com.