View Single Post
Old 12-16-2012, 08:12 AM   #1562
Dan Lobb
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,955
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mustard View Post
I personally have Bill Tilden as the best player in the world for 7 years, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925 and 1931, and the best professional player in 1932 and 1933. As an amateur from 1912 to 1930, Tilden won 138 out of 192 tournaments and was runner-up in 28 others. Amongst the amateur tournaments he won were 7 US Championships, 3 Wimbledons and a WHCC (precursor to the French Championships). As a professional from 1931 onwards, Tilden was the best on the big pro tours until dethroned by Ellsworth Vines in 1934, while he also won 2 US Pros and 2 French Pros, as well as coming very close in many others during the 1930s while Tilden was in his 40s.

Tilden's post-1946 career was severely affected by the scandals involving him, including jail time, but he continued to play sporadically up to 1952. A 60 year old Tilden was actually on his way to play at the 1953 US Pro tournament in Cleveland when he died of a massive stroke.
Again, simply listing titles doesn't tell us very much about actual achievement, or else you would have to rank Emerson and others way up high. Think again.
Dan Lobb is offline   Reply With Quote