Originally Posted by pc1
Well you have to take into account that while no one can reasonably dispute that Kramer didn't know his tennis that many of the top ranked players in Kramer's list were his friends. He ranks Ted Schroeder, perhaps his best friend, with the second tier which is the same level he ranks Hoad, Laver and Rosewall. He ranks his heroes Don Budge and Vines as the two best which actually is an opinion echoed by many so I can't say it was a bad choice but still he could have been partial toward them.
He ranks Bobby Riggs, another friend slightly ahead of Pancho Gonzalez. Now Riggs is a very underrated player but I don't think he can rank ahead of Pancho Gonzalez.
I think that he rates Riggs and Perry so high so that his absolute personal favourites, Budge and Vines, get pushed up to the top.