Check out these old greats on vid

Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by keithchircop, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. kiki

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    Noah used to play great from time to timeThat 1985 match vs Mecir was the best he had probably played since he won RG in 1983.
     
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    Well, people don't compare Lacoste & Tilden to each other or to McEnroe or Nadal, because they played 70 years ago. Most of us never saw them play. When I hear people say Serena's the greatest of all-time, I know they've never seen Margaret Court play, or seen Chris Evert play in person.

    The thing is, if you're great at something, but have excellent competition to play against, you RAISE the level of your game. Haven't you ever practiced with the best player at your club, and played better than usual because you didn't want to look bad?

    While the men of this era are taller/muscular on average than the guys from the 70s, if both generations could compete against each other at their respective best, I think the guys from the 70s would kick their butts, even with a size disadvantage. Because they weren't afraid of the net, and were much better volleyers. Ditto for the women. Even baseliners like Jimmy Connors, Borg, Evert & Richey didn't hesitate to get to the net on a short ball.
    They had to in order to win matches. They used wooden racquets, or crummy metal racquets, that didn't add any of the power of today's racquets. And 3/4 slams were played on grass, as well as many of the regular tourneys.

    When they watch tennis on TV, the old-timers must shake their heads. All the money they could've won if they were a little younger.
     
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    An Evert Navratilova match I have only seen highlights of, is on you-tube in full and it was a great three setter on Aussie Grass in Sydney in 1981. This is one of Evert's five victories on grass.

    I always like the quaint pastoral atmosphere of these Aussie events. The birdsong is a prominent feature you don't hear at the other televised events.

    The conditions for this final were near perfect. A soft breeze, warm but not hot and the grass court is in such good shape. The men have not tilled it up with their split steps like usual by the final stages. Good ambiance.

    By the way, this match is just 4 minutes shorter than the three setter 81 Aussie Open final played soon thereafter won by Martina. It is also posted by the same poster on you-tube.
     
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    there are 3 matches I've been looking for for forever: Lendl vs. McEnroe - 1980 USO QF and 1981 Davis Cup, and McEnroe vs. Connors 1978 USO SF. I'm beginning to think they simply don't exist.
     
  7. Le Master

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    Really impressed with the way they played. Very smart tennis with insanely good placement and shot selection.
     
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    Yes. Soo much more interresting than today game. So much more variety, touch and strategy. And they used so many different strokes.
     
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    Somehow I find this better than (most of) modern tennis, especially all the servebots nowadays.
     
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