Originally Posted by joe sch
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.
I can roll with that. Some of Laver's greatest feats are pre open era, some are in the open era, in a way a truly transitional GOAT.