Originally Posted by forzamilan90
I was gonna make a thread, but instead I will just post it here.
Laver singles out Gonzales as the best wooden racquet player of all time (out of the foursome Tilden, Budge, Gonzales and Rosewall).
The entire interview is very good and covers an array of topics, but as it pertains to this thread I thought that was relevant.
GOAT critieria should be based on dominance over time, favoring the longer durations and year end #1s, majors, and head2head's vs other GOAT candidates.
The rocket is very respecting of modern tennis and thus states his "wood era" goat.
I agree that Tilden, Budge, Gonzales, Rosewall, and Laver are 4 of the Best Ever for GOAT criteria. Vines and Kramer were also great but did not dominate for as long. Modern tennis currently has Sampras and Federer and Roger is the current open GOAT.
I believe that Laver is the "transition" GOAT (players who played before and during Open tennis era. Rosewall is a close 2nd.
Pancho G may very well be the pre Open GOAT.