The more I've read, the more I've come to believe that Henri Cochet was one of the greatest and most underrated players of all time. Standing only 5'6", he won seven singles titles at the French, Wimbledon and US Championships ... and he also won many doubles titles. He was the number-one ranked amateur player from 1928-1931 according to the London 'Daily Telegraph.' He was also the only player to hold a winning record over Bill Tilden during the American's years as an amateur, though Tilden later turned this record around when both turned pro in the 1930s. By all accounts, Cochet was the greatest of the four French champions called the 'Four Musketeers' who ruled tennis in the late 1920s. Yet where is Cochet on our 'G.O.A.T.' lists? The video 'Kings of the Court'  includes such players as Vines, Riggs, Sedgman and Hoad among its top ten, but leaves out the Frenchman. Most American players and writers leave out Cochet's name when recalling the game's all-time greats. (For example, see the thread on Ellsworth Vines's top ten list.) Some sources, however, give Cochet his due. 'The Book of Tennis Lists' , by Norman Giller, includes a computer ranking that places Cochet fourth among pre-war players, after Tilden, Budge and Perry. Dan Maskell, in his book 'From Where I Sit' , ranks Cochet seventh on his all-time list. Tilden said that Cochet's game was nearly perfect, and called him 'the connoisseur's player.' The great British champion Fred Perry supposedly modeled his own style after Cochet's. Here is a lengthy quote from Cochet that I found in Maskell's book, pp. 262-263. I include the whole thing b/c it is possibly the most fascinating first-hand account I've ever read about the history of tennis ... 'The difference between Bill's game and mind is that he is a big man who revels in his strength but he is essentially a baseliner who has no instinctive net game. He opens his shoulders on the forehand and backhand with a very full swing and hits the ball hard. Even when he changes his style to slicing and chopping he's still brutal with the ball. He sees the possibility with his power of winning the point with the first stroke of every rally, whether service or return of service, like he did all those years ago against me at Wimbledon in the semi-final (1927) when he won the first two sets and led 5-1 in the third before he blew up. I am a much smaller man -- French, not American -- and not a violent man, so I just take my racket back and lean on the ball and try to take it early in the bounce and use the speed on my opponent's shot. I don't think tennis should be played in a state of mental and physical fury. I prefer just to be mentally and physically aware; perhaps that is why I used to win so many matches in the fifth set. It was also probably why I lost to a few players not in my class early in a tournament because their play did not stimulate me so I didn't make myself aware until it was too late.'