1973 Wimbledon.

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    I'm too young to have watched at the time, but the ATP boycott of 1973 Wimbledon was in solidarity with Niki Pilic, who had been refused permission to play 1973 Wimbledon because of his refusal to play for the Yugoslavian Davis Cup team. The ATP, a mass tennis players' trade union that had recently been formed, believed that players should have the choice to play Davis Cup or not without their professional interests being harmed by the powers that be.

    A few weeks later, Pilic revealed that he didn't mind playing Davis Cup, but that he wanted more money. The players who boycotted Wimbledon were aghast, but many agreed that it was the right thing to do in order to flex their muscles and show the strength and solidarity amongst the players, even though they ended up defending Pilic for the wrong reasons.
     
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    Kodes won that event, beating Connors ( close to his prime),Taylor and Metrevali.2 solid top 15 players.

    He proved he belonge dthere, because he lost to an all time great like Newcombe at Forest Hills over 5 enduring sets.
     
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    The 1972 WIM version was also severely hampered by the shutting out of 32 WCT players, including reigning champ Newcombe, Laver, Rosewall, Ashe, Roche and others.
     
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    I don't recall it, but to me it seems a pity that such a fine player as Jan Kodes is destined to be the forgotten champion of Wimbledon - all because of a daft boycott.

    Bloody "tennis politics"!
     
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    I liked it better when his name was still pronounced "Djan Kohds" rather than "Yahn Kohdesh"
     
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    That is so sadly true, as seen over those boards.

    Kodes was a superb cc player, with wins at RG ( twice), Barcelona,Madrid ( one of the toughest possible fields), lost twice the IO finals, to such greats as Laver and Orantes.

    On grass, not only did he win at Wimbledon, but defeated the nÂș 1 player John Newcombe at the 1971 USO and lost the final to Smith.He defeated all time greats on grass such as ashe,Roche and Smith.He lost a second USO final, after taking out superb grass court champion Stan Smith and lost to Newcombe over 5 terrific sets.One of the best grass court matches of the decade.It was no fluke; at 1972 Wimbledon, Kodes reached the semifinals.

    The best tribute was done by Jimmy Connors, who very rarely aknowledged somebody but Kodes was an exception.That happening after their excellent qf at the 1974 USo, which went to five sets.In fact, probbaly Kodes was the only player that could have beaten Connors on grass that year.

    he is an all time great with all the words.
     
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