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Old 12-16-2012, 10:15 AM   #1573
Dan Lobb
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Originally Posted by pc1 View Post
The amateur tour had all the top players in those days so it was essentially Open Tennis. Tilden dominated in those days like no one has since and that's very important.

Number of titles is an indicator but not the end all however it is important. If you eliminate the number of titles you make only the majors count for everything and the tour is mostly not about the majors. Lendl won WCT championships and Year End Masters for example.

Tilden played tours against Nusslein, Perry, Vines and Budge and while he did not win most of them, it is an indicator of his great strength, even at a late age. He did very well against VInes for example and defeated Nusslein. He was close to fifty when he played Budge and had a relatively respectable showing of seven wins, forty-six losses and 1 tie considering his age. Many of the matches were pretty close according to accounts.

Even in the early years the Pro Tour had Cochet, Vines, Tilden, Nusslein among others playing and that's excellent.
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