Players you loved to watch.
I posted a similar thread elsewhere about current players.
Now let's look at past players only.
1) Lendl: I loved the power he brought to the game, his forehand and his domination on US hardcourts and the aura he brought to the game.
I thought his running line backhand was a thing of beauty.
Loved his rivalry with McEnroe.
Made tennis in the 1980s the most exciting era for me.
Also admired the way he came back from a succession of defeats in majors to win eight of them and "own" most of the 1980s through his weeks at No.1.
2) McEnroe: The master of touch, the lefty serve was a delight.
His behaviour was appalling at times but he brought undeniable excitement to the game.
I loved the S/V versus baseliner confrontation with Lendl and Connors - the contrast in styles is what I miss so much about tennis now.
3) Couldn't stand the guy but loved his return game. It was fascinating watching him pick apart big servers.
Overdid the theatrics and aggression but played a major part in making tennis what it was the 1980s.
Basically any major which featured those three in the semis was always going to be worth watching.
First and foremost I loved the players that made the game look easy knowing full well that it wasn't. These would include:
And then there are others that I liked either because of their personalities or some part of their game:
All except for the "couldn't stand the guy" bit.
I liked Agassi - certainly the more mature version we saw from the late 1990s anyway.
suwanee, i like your reasoning.
players that made it look easy.
and the ones you mention somewhat date you in the same age group as myself:)
provided you mean ramesh and not ramanathan krishnan:)
Here's a list in no order-Leconte, Noah, Laver, Borg, Rosewall, Mecir, Orantes, Nastase, Connors, Lendl, Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Vilas, Agassi, Edberg, Becker, Sampras, Newcombe, Roche, Ashe, Kuerten, McEnroe Vijay Amritraj.
Favorite rivalries-Borg-Connors, Connors-McEnroe, Laver-Rosewall, Federer-Nadal, Nadal-Djokovic.
Women-Evert, Navratilova, Goolagong, King, Graf, Seles, Serena, Venus, Henin, Clijsters, Mandlikova, Court, Sharapova (too much noise and just one style of play but I enjoy how she competes), Capriati, Hingis.
Favorite rivalries-Evert-Goolagong (my favorite among the women), Evert-Navratilova, Graf-Seles, Clijsters-Serena, King-Goolagong, Henin-Capriati.
Wife's personal favorite-Henri Leconte-Brilliant shotmaker but wild.
The Rocket - Unmatched intensity. Never seen anything like him before or since.
Federer - The most graceful, efficient, at ease, game I've ever seen.
Agassi - The way he punished balls from on top of, or inside, the baseline was unprecedented.
Rosewall - An aesthetically beautiful and deceptive game. Probably the most consistent execution ever, other than Borg.
Borg - The speed, athleticism, power and consistency were superhuman.
Connors - The ultimate tennis warrior. Amazing depth, power and consistency from the ground.
McEnroe - At his peak, it seemed like he could beat anyone with his left hand while eating a ham sandwitch with his right hand.
The artists: McEnroe, Leconte, Goolagong, Santoro, Federer,Mecir
The clinicians: Evert, Connors, Lendl, Wilander, Hingis
The athletes: Navatilova, Graf, Becker, Serena, sampras, edberg.
Leconte, Santoro, Gene Mayer, Krishnan
Sampras, Federer, Korda, Corretja
Players I love to watch:
Aranxta Sanchez Vicario
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Former players I loved to watch
Rather than repeat what others have said, I'll throw out Hingis-Kournikova doubles. Uniquely entertaining as partners, and they won a couple Slams together.
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