doubles tennis history

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  1. Pete27

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    Hello everybody,
    I´m tennis fan collecting tennis results and rankings for more than 20 Years.
    I am searching for year-end tennis doubles (individual) rankings for years 1976, 1977 and 1978. I can´t find them on the web (I found only since 1979). They are missing even on ATP web.
    I am asking, if someone on the forum could check and find if these rankings are in his own archive (books, magazines). If someone has it and is willing to scan and send to me by e-mail, I would be very thankful.
    I will not publish it (nowhere), it is only for my own information.
    Thank you for your willingness.
    Peter
     
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  3. Xavier G

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    Hi.
    According to the ATP doubles rankings I can find, Raul Ramirez finished the year-end rankings for 1976 as no.1 doubles player and Frew McMillan was year-end no.1 for 1977 and 1978.
    I haven't got my Yearbooks for 1976 and 1978 any more.

    I used to love the doubles back then too with great teams like Mac/Fleming, Lutz/Smith, Gottfried/Ramirez, McMillan/Hewitt, McNamara/McNamee etc.
     
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  4. kiki

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    In 76 it was Fred Mc Nair while Sherwood Stewart won the 79 pool
    As Xavier pointed out doubs were extremely fun and popular then
     
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  5. hoodjem

    hoodjem G.O.A.T.

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    Has tennis become too serious now?

    No fun, no kidding around, no joviality? All business, killer instinct, etc.
     
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  6. kiki

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    People used to stay to watch doubles and players used to be more relaxed
    At the later part of the journey myself had the need to pick up some doubs action and disconect from singles
     
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  7. elegos7

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    Hi Peter,

    Here is the Top 16 in doubles rankings for years 1976 to 1978.

    1976
    Ramirez, Raul
    Gottfried, Brian
    Hewitt, Bob
    McMillan, Frew
    McNair, Fred
    Smith, Stan
    Okker, Tom
    Stewart, Sherwood
    Riessen, Marty
    Lutz, Bob
    Gisbert, Juan
    Stone, Allan
    Fibak, Wojtek
    Ashe, Arthur
    Orantes, Manuel
    Tanner, Roscoe

    1977
    McMillan, Frew
    Okker, Tom
    Hewitt, Bob
    Lutz, Bob
    Smith, Stan
    Fibak, Wojtek
    Ramirez, Raul
    Gottfried, Brian
    Roche, Tony
    Dent, Phil
    Nastase, Ilie
    Alexander, John
    Riessen, Marty
    Panatta, Adriano
    Stockton, Dick
    Ruffels, Ray

    1978
    McMillan, Frew
    McEnroe, John
    Fibak, Wojtek
    Okker, Tom
    Hewitt, Bob
    Fleming, Peter
    Ramirez, Raul
    Pecci, Victor
    Smith, Stan
    Mayer, Gene
    Lutz, Bob
    Stewart, Sherwood
    Edmondson, Mark
    McNair, Fred
    Riessen, Marty
    Gerulaitis, Vitas
     
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  8. Phoenix1983

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    I think you may be right.
     
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  9. Pete27

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    Thank you elegos7,
    good job. What source did you use ? Do you have some old tennis yearbooks ?
    You can write here or e-mail me at pietro7@post.sk
     
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  11. jrs

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    No didn't like that at all

    That's fine for exhibition matches - but at a tournament - disrespectful! Especially since they beat those other guys!
     
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  12. elegos7

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    These rankings were published in the World of Tennis Yearbooks. But I do not have them at hand now.
     
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  13. kiki

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    Great job indeed.

    One of my favourite doubles teams of those years was Case and Masters, two fantastic doubles specialists.it is rare not to see them ranked in the top 10 in 76 or 77, which was when they were playing their best tennis.

    Meiler and Stockton were also very good, although didn´t have a regular partner like most of the players in your lists.
     
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  14. kiki

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    My all time top 10
    Newcombe&Roche
    Hewitt&Mc Millan
    Bromwich&Quist
    Fleming&Mac
    Hoad&Rosewall
    Sedgie&Mc Gregor
    Woodies
    Emerson&Stolle
    Brugnon&Cochet
    Edberg&Jarryd ( on peak play like 84 DC)
    Honours also to
    Gottfried&Ramirez
    Lutz&Smith
    Case&Masters
    Trabert&Seixas
    Okker&Riessen
    Mecir&Smid
    Bryant bros
    Mac Namacs
    Borotra& Lacoste
    Allison&Van Ryn
    Drobny&Patty
    Schroeder&Parker
     
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  15. hoodjem

    hoodjem G.O.A.T.

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    I think you can tell that one of Nastase's opponents does not appreciate his antics.
     
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  16. BobbyOne

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    kiki, excellent list

    I would also include Lott/ Stoefen and Mulloy/Talbert, rather than Drobny/Patty and Schroeder/Parker.
     
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  17. kiki

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    Ok you could be right

    So many doubs teams from 1950 till 1980...
     
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