Originally Posted by timnz
A lot of people talk about the Majors in the 60's that Laver couldn't compete in and therefore missed out on Grand Slam events then. But can we compile a list of those majors of which he was barred in the first 1/2 of the 1970's (and couldn't compete due to political, contract or other reasons?) eg Australian Open 1970 and the French Open 1970 & 1971. And of those events which ones was he a possible contender for the title. (I think he had a strong chance of winning all three of the above titles).
Yes, let's do this list. It would be very useful.
Who knows this stuff?
(Wasn't it Jan Kodes who won the 1970 and 1971 FO, who Laver beat handily [7-5, 6-3, 6-3] in Rome in 1971 on clay? Wasn't this just a few weeks before the FO? So hypothetically Laver might have won the FO in 1971. Who else was barred and therefore could not play who also might have beaten Kodes?)
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Last edited by hoodjem; 02-11-2010 at 07:53 AM.