Originally Posted by hoodjem
Yes, there is a quotation from Laver somewhere that he once asked Emerson how many majors he had won, Emmo said he didn't even know.
Emmo had never counted them all.
Another interesting thing I've gathered is that often players had a "one-and-done" mentality. As in to say "I've won there, maybe I won't go next time."
This was more of a 70s thing than a 60's thing, because the 70s had so many highly-paid tournaments that competed with one another for prestige all the time.
When Borg finally won Dallas, after three tries, he didn't go again for three years. When he won Rome in '74, he didn't go again for four years.
In contemporary tennis, it is all about numbers, as in "how many."