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    somebody twitter trolling jimmy connors on his 109 titles

    A lot of those two hander guys did not own a single handed slice shot. Jimmy could roll that forehand crosscourt of his short with some angle and come in, and two handers had a problem reaching it in time to do much . Not so with Wilander, armed with more reach on with that comfortable slice...
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    somebody twitter trolling jimmy connors on his 109 titles

    My guess is that Wilander's great defensive skills and tactical sense did the dirty work. Wilander got a lot of balls back, moved beautifully across the court, and he tended to keep the pace level pretty low with both his one handed slice and his topspin shots off both sides. He was an clever...
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    Lew Hoad-A discussion on his career

    You misread my post. Pc1 has not written a word about Hoad's politics or his own that I know of anywhere. I was suggesting Pc1 has an instinct for predicting longstanding popularity that could benefit any number of potential Kingmakers in American politics, as evidenced by this thread. It...
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    somebody twitter trolling jimmy connors on his 109 titles

    I have seen a couple of those Becker matches. Yes the final points were always Beckers, Connors made things rather complicated indeed. That return and those passes were still sitting in those broken down limbs and those eyes still saw the ball big and beautiful coming straight towards him...
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    Players who were lucky they werent born when 3 of 4 slams were on grass

    I know this is the flip side of the OP, but Evonne definitely benefits. While King and Court were waning and Martina was a waiting for emotional and mental maturity, Evonne and Evert are contesting everything and she will be winning some of those finals at the Open.
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    Players who were lucky they werent born when 3 of 4 slams were on grass

    Ouch! That man tried everything to become a great grasscourter to win wimbledon. I am sure he improves with added experience, and I know he wins some Aussies because those courts get hot and dry, but how often? He loses most of those Opens too. Between McEnroe, Connors, Becker and Edberg...
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    Players who were lucky they werent born when 3 of 4 slams were on grass

    Well I guarantee you Evert would be showing up at 17 French Opens if that is her only slow or medium speed chance to win, and I also guarantee you she plays more Aussies where conditions and the higher bounce better suit her game, and that she develops a more attacking style of play earlier...
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    Lew Hoad-A discussion on his career

    I guess a thread about Lew Hoad deserves 2,300 posts ( including the OP). So here it is! I guess it should say something relevant so here it is. He played four mixed doubles finals. he lost three of them. He partnered with Thelma Coyne Long and lost to Hart and Sedgemen, with Darleen...
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    Lew Hoad-A discussion on his career

    Well I have to be impressed that pc1's thread from 2012 is 46 pages long , is just three shy of 2,300 posts and has 151300 views. Now I knew a few things about this Hoad guy, before I arrived at this forum, but I never would have imagined a thread about him remaining so durable and popular for...
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    Navratilova had a better career than Court

    You may not have read the post you quoted. Here it is again. "We agree racism should be called out. Here is the difference between you and I. I did the work to find out what James Blake thought. I paid attention to what James Black, who was actually there, was the purported 'target' and...
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    Women's professional tennis prior to the WTA.

    that's pretty much it. Nothing sustained, nothing with momentum, nothing with press coverage beyond the 'star' on contract. Not exactly a meritocracy!
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    Women's professional tennis prior to the WTA.

    On Gibson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Althea_Gibson#Professional_career " In 1959 she signed to play a series of exhibition matches against Karol Fageros before Harlem Globetrotter basketball games.[55][19] When the tour ended she won the singles and doubles titles at the Pepsi Cola World...
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    Women's professional tennis prior to the WTA.

    Here's a one liner from Marble's wikis bio "After capping a stellar amateur career in 1940, Marble turned professional and earned more than $100,000, travelling around playing exhibition tournaments. This has more information[1] "http://www.tennisserver.com/lines/lines_06_10_01.htmlLate in...
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    Women's professional tennis prior to the WTA.

    A fellow poster was asking about women's professional tennis references prior to the formation of the women's tour in 1968. We know very little about them. I will start by quoting my own post which references the professional efforts of Alice Marble and Mlle. Lenglen. "I always assumed that...
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    The majors are overhyped.

    I have read several posts like this. As the author of the op, I should make my view clearer. I think the majors should be seen as more important and prestigious than others. The hierarchy tends to focus media attention and increased attention provides more opportunities for top ten players to...
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    Navratilova had a better career than Court

    I always assumed that normally these 'matches' were anticipated as part of the mens pro tour much like an opening stand-up comic, would precede the headliner act. Here is an interesting paragraph from Wiki. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzanne_Lenglen#Professional_career " As the first...
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    Navratilova had a better career than Court

    No. There weren't enough women of the fame of a Lenglen or Marble or Connolly to carry a tour. What you had was a few women performing as second bananas to a one of the very few players who developed a 'star' persona outside the sport. They were more like exhibition matches hoping to cash...
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    Most overrated player in the Open Era

    The other problem is that you have to be able to depend on cranking that first serve in on the big points, and those were the times she was most prone to founder in slams.
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    Most overrated player in the Open Era

    Sabatini was definitely overhyped, and I was as guilty as anyone else. I loved watching her play. She had all the shots and a very credible net game, and so many great wins, but they were never in the majors. She was one of those players who tended to worse the closer she got to a slam...
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    Navratilova had a better career than Court

    We agree racism should be called out. Here is the difference between you and I. I did the work to find out what James Blake thought. I paid attention to what James Black, who was actually there, was the purported 'target' and spoke directly after the match said. You ignore him...
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    What was Agassi's baseline game strategy?

    He robbed his opponents of sufficient recovery time in the backcourt and sufficient time to charge up to net when they tried that. I think he was great against s/vers because they had trouble getting in good net position before the rifle fire
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    The majors are overhyped.

    On the other hand, Hana of the early 80's is the perfect example who could most benefit from a higher ranked player having an off day. Remember that player who was two lockers down, who had the talent the speed and shots to grab that set and tiebreaker from an off form champion? That was Hana...
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    The majors are overhyped.

    The big danger to the big players is that those less inspired performances are great fodder in the locker room. Not only to the player who took a set, or a tiebreaker in the third, but to the player sitting two lockers away, who has the talent and shots to win that same tiebreaker in the...
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    The majors are overhyped.

    Its odd. I agree with your premise, but am constantly amazed by exceptions to the rule. I know of too many great players that manage a LOT of indifferent tennis, or even some strategic tanks in their professional careers and swear they provided some nice early round practice, and a loss so...
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    Navratilova had a better career than Court

    I understand how a career with 24 majors can be deemed less valued than one with 18. I understand how one may conclude that Martina is closer to GOAT than Court. I dismiss your method getting to either conclusion. No matter how many times you emphasize what was a professionally acquired title...
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    Most famous love-40 holds?

    You work your ass off to get to 0-40.... Its just NOT FAIR! Players like Boris should be fined and suspended for cheating.
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    The majors are overhyped.

    My problem has always been that I really do like to be the smartest guy in the room, but I end up feeling like the dumbest guy in the room until I take the leap and admit that variables really do matter, especially the ones that guarantee I won't ever be the guy to solve the problem on the...
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    The majors are overhyped.

    It makes absolute sense. 'Counting slams' is a lazy man's method to determine this. It does not make the answer wrong simply because the proof to the answer you get takes only one step. It means that no depth, no analysis, no nuance can be allowed in the process, because there is always...
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    Navratilova had a better career than Court

    I have zero interests in your claims on orientation over the internet. They provide you no cover. I have no interest in your claims about Martina's personal life choices whether they include promiscuity, infidelity or orgies three times a day. She can't embarrass me or reflect on me...
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    Navratilova had a better career than Court

    Its not her opposition to specific policies of Australia including same sex marriage, which is the measure here. I could care less about her opposition to same sex marriage. Its the impact on the lives of her congregants and other 'faithful' to which I refer. She's not having a huge impact...
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