Originally Posted by Prisoner of Birth
The only reason they're all held up on a pedestal is because they had longevity (in a much less athletic sport than now) and because each of them has a ton of Grand Slams and/or pro-Slams (thanks to split fields with limited competition).
Gonzales was the best player for 8 years. Laver was the best player in the world for 7 years. Hoad was considered unbeatable when he played his best tennis. Kramer revolutionised tennis, considerably widening the quality gap between the top professional players and the top amateur players from 1948 onwards. They are on a pedestal because they were that good.