Originally Posted by jimbo333
No, I don't agree.
Lots of players still didn't go in the mid 80's!
As far as I remember for example, Connors and McEnroe didn't play in 84!
Connors didn't play it in the 80's at all (only in 74 and 75).
Just because selected players didn't play in certain years it doesn't completely devalue an event. For instance Connors didn't play the French Open from 1974 through to 1978 - no one is taking the French Open in those years off the list of Grand Slam events for those years. McEnroe played in 1983 the Australian Open.
If you follow the Australian Open in those years - you saw great players playing it in the mid to late 80's Edberg, Cash, Lendl, Wilander, Mecir, Becker etc.