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    (In)famous tanks and deliberate underperformances in YEC RR

    Has there ever been anything comparable in the Womens end of year final?
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    4 straight winners in a return game

    The thing about this particular stat, is that is uniquely built for players with great returns, and great passing shots who played opponents in a time where even tier 2 (not top ten players) serve/vollyers who's style of play was presumed to benefit them throughout the draws on the tour by...
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    RIP, Bud Collins.

    I remember him dying, but I somehow missed this thread. But was the rarest of breeds in tennis. He was one of our sports true characters( alongside Ted Tingling). He was a writer, who happened into commentary and it sure showed in the booth. He coined so much wit both in his Boston Column...
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    Great thread idea. Out of the 12 most successful open era players who plays in a similar style?

    how are you measuring 'successful'? Doesn't anyone who won a major prior to 1974 manage to make into this category?
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    Match Stats/Report - Lendl vs McEnroe, Antwerp Indoors Invitational final, 1985

    The less power dictates the result, the more touch/ tactics does. The women's game seems to provide a better balance between these two, especially in the earlier decades. You can't do much better than looking at Hingis matches to make my point! Hingis could somehow will herself by one of the...
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    Match Stats/Report - Lendl vs McEnroe, Antwerp Indoors Invitational final, 1985

    I always like these summaries. Well written and I learn a lot. Just wish your interest extended to women's matches.
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    Mobility on Different Surfaces

    I think she moves very well on grass as well. Most players from the late 70's's forward outside of England and Australia did not have enough of those early experiences frequently enough to feel confident of their footing, especially in damp conditions because so little tennis is played on...
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    Did the start of the Open Era in 1968 really change much for women's tennis?

    Just like every other major change, it takes the right time, the right set of circumstances, and the right people being in the right position to move things forward. You needed Heldman, Joe Cullman and the Kings in alliance. That's right, both of them "In 1971, Larry King conceived the...
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    This is the real GOAT

    I think one of my points is that the loss of no single player produces a 'weak' field. These are not the days of Suzanne Lenglen any more . There is a tour full of developed talent and athletic achievement and if you decide the loss of a Seles means Graf really didn't earn her major ( and...
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    1HBH topspin lob - who had a good one?

    Lendl had a superb offensive topspin lob of the backhand, as did Edberg.
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    This is the real GOAT

    I disagree. the Graf situation is no different whatsoever. The tournament draw does not ask why a specific player is absent from its list. It creates a draw absent that player just as it produces a new seeding. There is no different impact on those tournaments or the players that play in...
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    1HBH topspin lob - who had a good one?

    I know a lot of one handers that can topspin or slice their lobs. I don't know many two handers that can hit a two handed slice lob.
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    Did the start of the Open Era in 1968 really change much for women's tennis?

    As I reread my post, I am left thinking that somehow I left the impression that there is this great meritocracy now whereby young girls can reach for the stars, and get the right coaches, camps and resources based on their talent. We are far, far away from that. Merit/ talent can eventually...
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    Did the start of the Open Era in 1968 really change much for women's tennis?

    Stage 1. There was virtually no change prior to 1975. The women already at the very top had, by definition, enough independent wealth security to stay at the top and the sea of women below were kroll moving around the lower levels unnoticed until they died off or married someone who could and...
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    Mobility on Different Surfaces

    So I guess one of the top best grass movers cannot also be one of the 5 best clay movers?
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