Why is he held with such high esteem, seems universally and by all the great players? I am not old enough to see him play. I heard he got his slams by playing 3 out of 4 on grass. Seems Roger won't have rather liked that. Also the sport was small time, the competition had to be less. So despite all his stats, can he really be compared with the greats now? I speculate that a person from an earlier generation is easier to endorse. You will not see him play a bad match. And for the contemporaries, it is easier to take. Agassi and Rafter on Sampras, McEnroe on Connors and Lendle, for example. There have been some bad blood, and they would probably be more enthusiastic on someone from the remote past. And the really old timers like to endorse someone from their generation too, just to brag.