Originally Posted by kiki
Kramer was very influential, and possibly tennis greatest ever politician.
Tilden gave tennis a big boost and was considered the first tennis intelectual.
Other guys that were responsible for the growth of tennis were promotors Lamar Hunt and George Mc Call.
They (Kramer and Tilden) are definitely candidates for most important player. I suppose most influential might be a better term.
Laver and Rosewall helped keep the popularity of tennis alive in the 1960's so they were influential also. Borg created almost the rock star image of tennis in the 1970's with some other players I suppose.
Pancho Segura was very influential in his own way as a player and a coach.