Originally Posted by Prisoner of Birth
One of Laver's Grand Slams was against amateurs. It means zilch.
It's wrong to say it means "zilch", but Laver was probably only the fourth best player in the world in 1962, behind Rosewall, Hoad and Gimeno (all professionals). Gonzales was in an 18 month retirement at the time. Laver also won the 4 biggest professional tournaments in 1967 (winning the French Pro, Wembley Pro, US Pro and Wimbledon Pro). By this point, Laver was the undisputed best player in the world.