Is It Me Getting Old Or Was It Really Much More Exciting At Wimbledon 35 Years Ago?!

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  1. BobbyOne

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    LeeD,

    You know better than you write. You do know what makes a fine athlete.
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Actually, I don't.
    Is a jack of all trades better than a master of one? Or two?
    I think bicycle racers are great athletes, but ever see them play football? Imagine Wiggins trying to tackle someone?
    I think Olympic sprinters can be great athletes. Still, they might get pummelled in table tennis, or curling.
     
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  3. BobbyOne

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    Hello,

    A good friend of mine asked me too not praising my favourite player, Rosewall, too much, but I can't refuse to say that even the Little Master, Muscles Rosewall was a fine athlete. Not the big body with Herculean arms and legs but very fast and agil...
     
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  4. BobbyOne

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    LeeD,

    You are in the wrong forum here. This is a blog about tennis and not about fantasy!
     
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  5. LeeD

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    In my fantasy world, Rosewall was more little engine that could rather than superior athlete.
    Monfils is the athlete who has mental problems, so couldn't.
    Of course, being as tall as he is, it's a real liability throughout a whole tennis season....in my fantasy.
     
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  6. BobbyOne

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    LeeD,

    I agree ragarding Rosewall.
     
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  7. pc1

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    You know what, I just want to see great and talented tennis players. John McEnroe wasn't nearly the runner, jumper that Michael Jordan was but he probably had a lot more overall tennis talent than Jordan. John Lucas was a great athlete but was he was talented as McEnroe in tennis? I doubt it.

    Maria Sharapova doesn't run well but she wins.

    Agassi wasn't exactly the best mover in the world but his hand/eye coordination seemed to be out of this world. I think most of us would agree he was a great tennis talent but not the greatest athlete by the definition of an athlete today.
     
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    You can put cats back into bags easily.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeYm3rKyFuM&feature=youtube_gdata_player
     
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  9. robbo1970

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    I do prefer the 70's and early 80's tennis era.

    The game seemed a lot purer in those days and it was down to talent and determination that won matches. Just about every player had the basic tennis shoe and wooden racket. I cannot help but feel that modern technology has helped make good players into so called great players and i think it would be an interesting experiment to put a pair of Stan Smiths and Dunlop Maxply Fort in every modern players hand and see who wins.
     
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  10. Xavier G

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    I loved the 70's and 80's tennis scene of course, but I like the current scene too and I enjoyed Wimbledon 2012 a lot. Rosol knocking out Nadal early brought the tournament to life and proved it's not always a cakewalk for the top guys to the latter stages.
     
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    A possible fix for today's game: take a little air out of the ball so it naturally bounces lower. Excessive topspin would be reduced so it would make going to the net and many other shots more effective than they are today.
     
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    Variety, class, freshness, that is what made the 70´s and 80´s so special.it staretd to decline in the 90´s...but, if we compare, the 90´s seem to me like glorius days compared to the megaboring tennis from 2002 onwards...
     
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