View Single Post
Old 11-28-2011, 09:28 AM   #47
hoodjem's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bierlandt
Posts: 11,806

Originally Posted by pc1 View Post

Edit-According to an article on the ATP website Vilas was 145-14 in 1977.
"Among his souvenirs [in 1977] were an Open Era winning streak record of 46 matches and the French and U.S. titles. His streak, begun after Wimbledon, was stopped at Aix-en-Provence in September by Ilie Nastase, who used one of the controversial "spaghetti" rackets that produced weird strokes and bounces. Vilas quit in disgust; such rackets were shortly banned."

Because Nastase's "spaghetti" racquet (leave it to Nasty to utilize such trash) was shortly thereafter banned as illegal, I believe that the record books should be re-written to ignore this loss.

If you leave out the Nastase match (at Aix en Provence, France; 26 September), then Vilas won 73 matches in a row before losing in a Round Robin walkover to Eddie Dibbs at the Masters in NYC in January 1978.
The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure, while the intelligent are full of doubt.

Last edited by hoodjem : 11-28-2011 at 09:38 AM.
hoodjem is offline   Reply With Quote