Originally Posted by jrepac
I miss those kinds of events. They were a lot of fun to watch and could be quite competitive. Big money in them too. Oh well, such were the boom days of tennis.
Yes pack crowds all over the world for those events, and the players took them every bit as seriously, if not more so, than many of the official sanctioned events. In many years the top players entered more unofficial events and invitationals than official ones.
It's a shame that the ATP and their records were a complete mess back then, and that the title counts of Connors, Lendl, McEnroe, Borg etc are all significantly understated.