Originally Posted by hoodjem
There is a thread on this topic somewhere.
What if tennis had been OPEN during the 1950s? How long and when would Laver have caught up with the pros--if he'd been competing against them from day one, and not just after 1962.
Very speculative, but many concluded that he would have been forced to work harder and matured earlier competing against them. (I wonder where this thread is?)
It's possible of course, but as you said, extremely speculative. The late 50s and early 60s saw Pancho and Rosewall at their best.