Originally Posted by pc1
Do you think he bulked up or perhaps it was the natural gaining of weight due to age? Anyway I'm sure Laver had to be faster in 1968 compared to the middle 1970's and I thought he was still very quick in the middle 1970's.
Oh, I am certainly not disputing that Laver was still incredibly quick in the 70s. I do not think any added mass slowed him down.
Yes, I do think he bulked up, particularly in the thighs and trunk. (I do not believe his left arm could've been any bigger.)
Take a look at him in 1976; a good shot of him from the back is at 0:20 or 0:41: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-VeBIal8TU