Originally Posted by BobbyOne
Dan, you have not answered my remark that the former pros (Laver, Rosewall, Gimeno) won the vast majority of open majors in the first years of open era.
I correct me: they won 8 out of 10 majors (or 10 out of 13 majors). They did it even though they were old men then! Is there a better prove that the outcast pros have been clearly better than the amateurs?
Lew Hoad might have been impressed by Santana's 1965 grass game because Manolo was earlier known as a typical claycourt player. Absolutely he was not awesome on grass in comparison to the top pros.
The "old pros" (not including Newcombe, Roche, Smith, Ashe) won six of the first seven, only Ashe winning at Forest Hills, but in 1970 and 1971 the younger guys finally broke through, although Rosewall won at Forest Hills.
This dominance was mainly by Laver and Rosewall. Where was Gimeno (apart from the weakened 1972 French), Stolle, Ralston, Bucholz, McKay, etc. Emmo had a good run at Wimbledon in 1970 and Forest Hills in 1969.