Funnies: When Tennis Legends Were Kids

This was an amazing promotional video from the 2011 Stockholm Open, starring mini-versions of John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Robin Soderling’s towel-covered face, and a Fedal rally that ends with mini-Roger attempting a tweener.  Also features wooden racquets and excessive ball-bouncing.  Well played, Stockholm!*

*Well, except for the tiny inconvenient fact that none of these players in your promo actually played the tournament this year.  Proof again that logic is the enemy of all that is good and adorable.

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I play favorites with Juan Martin Del Potro, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Gilles Simon and the long line of mercurial talent that drives me to despair in front of the screen at odd hours during the week.
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8 Responses to Funnies: When Tennis Legends Were Kids

  1. lauraver74 says:

    This is very cute! The kids are so sweet.
    BUT !!! They made mini-Rafa right-handed…now I know he’s a rightie naturally, but he was playing two handed on both sides until he swtiched to leftie.
    I know, I know…I’m an obsessive pedantic Rafanatic!! 🙂
    Still the kid has a great forehand!

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Wow, I’ve seen this video clip so many times, but I never noticed that mini-Rafa was right-handed until you pointed it out! Maybe they were going for historical accuracy, as Rafa may have been a two-hander at this stage in his life (at 8 y.o.?) Haha, that’s a great catch though. I agree the mini-Rafa deserves bonus points for his great forehand!

  2. queridorafa says:

    That is amazing!! Serious, serious props to whomever at the Stockholm Open masterminded this thing. Perhaps this idea can be re-visited for a larger tournament or sponsor or something? It’s too good not to get more circulation! Little Jim Courier was my favorite. And the tweener, of course. And the Rafa-kid made a valiant effort on that forehand. And the Novak kid’s got the hat and the bounces down, LOL.

    • ariennalee says:

      Ha! My favs were Andre, Nole & the Johnny Mac serve. Also, Robin in the towel. Heh.

      the Aussie Open should definitely pick this one up. Doesn’t is seem like such stuff that happy slams are made of?

      Also, I like “logic as the enemy of all that is adorable.” That works.

      • mariposaxprs says:

        The towel never leaves Robin’s face. It was a clever way to include Robin without really including him (after all, it was the Stockholm Open ;)). Do you think junior Agassi in the video is wearing a wig? Hmm…

        Imagine the glorious possibilities if the Oz Open worked with this concept! Tomic might as well play the child version of himself^^ They could include the mini-Hewitt vs mini-Nalby rivalry (well, as “mini” as Nalby can ever get) and hello, mini-Safin? I want to see a tall and mopey Elf Jr included as well.

        • ariennalee says:

          Ya know, I have a sneaky suspicion that the mini-Agassi is a girl.

          It is unlikely that Tomic would be able to participate in the making of this commercial for OZ, on account of the shoot being scheduled past his bedtime!

          Who would they get for a mini-Nalby? Perhaps a little league (american) football player still wearing his shoulder pads?

          • mariposaxprs says:

            Wow, good observation with mini-Agassi! It never crossed my mind.

            Lol at Tomic’s bedtime issues. I hope he is growing up little by little now. Although apparently he lost in the first round of qualies for Basel…

    • mariposaxprs says:

      @queridorafa, I was surprised to see Jimbo make an appearance in the promo–they dug deep into tennis history! Mini-Rafa’s forehand was also spot on. I wonder how many Youtube videos the kid had to study for his appearance 🙂 Other tournys should definitely pick up on the awesome. Since Monfils won Stockholm this year, that should qualify him for a spot in next year’s promo, right?

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