Whats your top 10 of all time right now?

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  1. Phoenix1983

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    There are quite a few. I think that the players of yesteryear generally led much more fascinating lives than the players of today - because today's players live the lives of conditioned, financially secure sportspeople from a young age.

    Some names I've read about who had very interesting lives:

    Gottfried von Cramm
    Pancho Gonzales
    Budge Patty
    Art Larsen
    Ilie Nastase

    Von Cramm's story probably interested and impressed me the most from the human perspective. Here was a guy who the Nazis tried to use as a poster boy for the Aryan ideal, but instead he showed great dignity and humanity in respecting all his opponents (despite being born into the nobility). I believe he was eventually banned from competing by the Nazis and was imprisoned during WWII. If I recall correctly, he may also have been bisexual, which was another reason for his persecution.

    His life after the war was of course better, but he still died tragically in a car crash when not that old.
     
  2. kiki

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    Nobody would tell going by their respective records
     
  3. Phoenix1983

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    Newcombe was far greater than Roche, far greater.
     
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    Jaros Drobny lived an astounding life as well
     
  5. ARFED

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    Kiki, be honest would you? Hoy many times did you watch Hoad play? :)
     
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    Seen him well past peak in early 70
    But you can watch yt footage
     
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    Great choices. Von Cramm's story is fascinating. You should read "A Terrible Splendor by Marchall Jon Fisher." I have the book but haven't read it yet. I understand it's wonderful.

    By the way some people think Larsen may have the best lefty backhand of all time. That's something considering Laver, Connors, McEnroe are around.
     
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    Yes like 30 minutes of actual match play, Be serious Kiki, you are talking of the guy as if you have watched 50 matches of him
     
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    World Champion in ice hockey for the Czechs I believe.
     
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    Drobny was born in Czeckoslovakia, lived in Egypt many years and moved to the UK for political reasons as many eastern bloc sportsmen did in the late 40´s and early 50´s.

    His legendary drop shots and his tormented past made him one of the most popular players of his time.And, very likely, the most popular player ever at Wimbledon.A great honour by all means.
     
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    I believe Kiki built a time machine out of an old Delorean a few years ago. Unfortunately Kiki by accident prevented his parents from falling in love until he fixed it up later.

    In the meantime Kiki was able to watch Hoad in his prime. Hoad eventually called Kiki by the name of Doc Brown.
     
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    I know that you are going to hate this...:) but the most popular player ever at Wimbledon is you know who and it is not even close, not even Borg comes close. Just being able to pretty much have the same support as Murray in a Wimby final or at the O2, shows how far ahead of everyone else this guy is in Britain in terms of popularity, at least regarding foreign players.
     
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    kiki, What has talent to do with record???
     
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    kiki, I think that generally Rosewall was the most popular player at Wimbledon, at least from 1968 to 1975.
     
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    Do yourself a favour
    Post in the GPD section, you are completely out of place here
     
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    Ask any of the great Wimbledon broadcasters of the tourney about Drobny
    And yes, Rosewall was just as popular there as Borg
     
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    American posters, no matter how much read about past players know little about European players as we can see here every day
    European posters know more about US players
     
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    Drobny as you say moved to the UK, and eventually gained British citizenship - indeed, the last time he played at Wimbledon in 1960, he was officially British.

    Of course, he was not British when winning Wimbledon in 1954 (as you say, he represented Egypt then).

    However, if you phrased the statement in a certain way, you could claim that the last man who represented Britain and won the men's Wimbledon singles title before Andy Murray was not in fact Fred Perry, but was Jaroslav Drobny!
     
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    Why the hell was Rosewall popular?

    I've never heard that before. I thought Laver was more beloved. He certainly is nowadays.
     
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    Good contribution Phoenix 83
    YES Amazing life
    And 1954 was possibly one of the few times the Queen gave the trophies
    If she did not she'd be in trouble
    60 million brittle were behind Jaro
     
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    It is linked to how many times old Ken tried and failed to win W
    I think it has much to see with British fans having supported Drobny so much in the 54 final against Rosewall and then, feeling that they owed that support to Ken, specially when he was an oldie, like Drobny had been in that famous final
    Like they saw in Rosewall a replay of Jaroslav story
    Emotionally I see a blatant clear sequence:
    Drobny-Rosewall-Connors
    You know, English crowds, in spite of what most believe are very sentimental
     
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    I think was a combination of things. Obviously they wanted him to win there because he never won the tournament but aside from that I think it's because he was a very elegant stylist and player with a great looking backhand. I think his relatively small stature also helped in that it was like David versus Goliath. Ironically though Rosewall was in actuality the Goliath and most of his opponent was really David.

    I've read stuff about Rosewall in the newspapers like "The crowd was trying to will Rosewall on."

    He was a great player and people tend to appreciate greats.

    In Rosewall's first Wimbledon final they rooted for Drobny because he was a great who never won the tournament. They figured Rosewall would win it later.
     
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    Yes, and Agassi comes after Connors.

    I understand, I am an Englishman. :)
     
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    I envy you in that your country appreciates tennis more than mine.
     
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    Well, it's interesting you should say that, because in the UK, tennis is only appreciated by a large proportion of the public during the Queens/Wimbledon period in the summer. For most of the year, football (soccer) reigns supreme, with rugby and cricket also much more widely popular than tennis.

    Obviously there are some year-round fans and very knowledgeable commentators, but I wouldn't actually say tennis is as popular as it 'should' be in this country (even after Murray's victory last year, it's not as if loads of youngsters are aspiring to be the next British Wimbledon champion).

    Maybe the situation is even worse in the States though, I don't know. Certainly I know that there has been a decline in tennis vs. the main team sports in recent years on that side of the pond.
     
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    At least there is a time of the year where a large portion of the British population tunes into tennis. We probably haven't had anything even close to that since the 80's.
     
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    1983, Your hate against Rosewall and me is so great that you even refuse to accept facts and history! Ask any expert and they will confirm that Muscles was the most popular player at Wimbledon, at Paris, in Asia.

    It's irrelevant what you heard or not heard. Learn history!

    Rosewall was the Wimbledon's crowd's darling, even more than Laver.

    I wanted to inform you even though you are on my ignore list. It just hurts me that you belittle Rosewall even regarding fields where he is tops (backhand, backhand volley, return, touch, popularity)...
     
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    pc1, Excellent analysis, as so often.
     
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    Drobny had an incredible career.

    In 1938 at age 16 , nearly beat Budge in the Czechoslovak final.

    In 1946, won a great marathon at Wimbledon against Kramer.
    This win convinced him to make tennis, rather than hockey, his principal sport.

    In 1958, defeated 20-year-old Laver at centre court at Wimbledon in straight sets.
     
  31. Phoenix1983

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    I understand.

    I wonder if his obituary writers will mention his great popularity?
     
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    Not the obituary stuff again :lol:

    You do it to wind up Bobby don't you? Admit it...
     
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    If somebody with a brain loves this game, regardless of sex,condition,language or tastes he must love watching Rosewall play
    As I told you I have seen him live and any praise he gets is well deserved
    Bobbyone is a stubborn fart, but he is right on loving Rosewall
    His mistake is IMHO strategic
    Instead of pointing out what made Rosewall a player of his own class, he reverts to statistics, quotes and misscelania
     
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    Honestly Phoenix, don't do it? Please. I do respect Rosewall and he deserves better.

    I feel a great sense of deja vu somehow.
     
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    What's the problem? I'm not going to cause his death by writing about his obituary. :shock:

    You people need to chill out.
     
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    NatF, Yes 1983 has two idees fixe: Rosewall's "failure" at Wimbledon and Rosewall's obituary. The first to blame Muscles and the second to annoy me...
     
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    kiki, I have not called you Fraser fart...

    Statistics are the best proof of a player's greatness. Muscles keeps a record second to no-one.

    It's not just watching Rosewall play. It's also his status as GOAT candidate and totally under-rated player (under-rated like Nüsslein, Kovacs, Segura, Gimeno, Roche...).

    I have already written what Rosewall made unique.
     
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    The problem, 1722, is that you never learnt to communicate in a proper way. Why do you post in a serious forum if you consider your contributions only as a play or game as you once revealed??? Write in a forum about obituaries and idees fixe!!
     
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    So you place Rosewall at the level of Gimeno and Kovacs?

    Relax a bit, fart is a coloquial use and normal for omebody aged 99:)
     
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    hahaha

    1983 would make a great journalist at obituary pages in any paper¡¡
     
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    kiki, Yes, Rosewall is as under-rated as Gimeno and Kovacs and a few others.
     
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    kiki, Yes, He would be unique insofar as he would be the first such scribbler who would belittle his subject (Rosewall, Roche, Segura, Gimeno...).
     
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    If I were an obituary writer, I would treat my subjects with the respect they deserve, but I would not write hagiographies.

    For Rosewall, I would state that he is among the greatest of all time.

    For Segura, an underappreciated great of the 1950s.

    For Roche and Gimeno, winners of a single major.

    For Federer, the GOAT.
     
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    The best obituary on place was the famous Groucho Marx´s one.
    "excuse me if I don´t get up"
     
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    OK my final saying is, per decade:

    BEST PLAYER
    second best

    MO= Most overrated
    MU= Most underrated

    1900-1920
    WILDING
    Doherty
    MO:Richards
    MU:Brookes

    1920-1929
    TILDEN
    Cochet
    MO=Johnston
    MU=Borotra

    1930-1939
    BUDGE
    Perry
    MO=Vines
    MU=Crawford

    1940-1949
    KRAMER
    Riggs
    MO=Kovacs
    MU=Parker

    1950-59
    GONZALES
    Hoad
    MO=Segura
    MU=Olmedo ( the guy had a record that Segura can only dream at and would take him several lifes to achieve it)

    1960-69
    LAVER
    Rosewall
    MO=Roche ( a one timer winner and five timer loser)
    MU=Fraser ( owned Laver at TWO major finals)

    1970-79
    BORG
    Connors
    MO=Ashe ( nothing against him but one had to be the MO and I think his character influence many when record judgement is involved)
    MU=Kodes

    1980-1989
    Ex Acqueo LENDL & MC ENROE
    Wilander
    MO=Cash ( bad perfs on carpet and clay)
    MU=Gomez

    1990-1999
    SAMPRAS
    Agassi
    MO=Rios ( and it´s not even close)
    MU=Kafelnikov/Stich

    2000-2014
    FEDERER
    Nadal
    MO=Roddick
    MU=maybe Johansson?

    Need another proof of 70 s superiority?

    easy: I found almost impossible to pick an OVERRATED PLAYER.There is none, which shows how tough guys were back then atop.I mentioned Ashe because I had to name somebody anyway, and he lacked some consistent results for some slots of time but, talent wise and major records wise he is by no means OVERRATED
     
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    kiki, the chief ignoramus.

    Vines is under-rated. He dominated Perry.

    Kovacs is totally under-rated. Your choice is crazy!

    Segura is under-rated. He was three classes better than your darling, Olmedo!

    Roche is under-rated. Fraser is overrated. Fraser would have lost every match to Roche...
     
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    If Fraser painted his hair red ( like Laver), Roche´d be scared:)
     
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    Roddick is underrated not overrated, but the most underrated player of the OO's is probably Hewitt. Overrated is maybe David Ferrer apparently the best to never win a slam according to some...
     

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