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    On the centenery of his birth: a Jaroslav Drobny appreciation thread

    I was 7, so 5 years younger. I think Drobny's win had a bit more emotion because of his history of becoming a stateless exile after WW2. I suppose in a way Ivanisovic was a bit of a tennis exile, banished to the ranks of the unwashed no-hopers before his triumphant return:)
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    On the centenery of his birth: a Jaroslav Drobny appreciation thread

    His win against Rosewall was the great Wimbledon story of my youth. The triumph after so many near misses. It stayed that way until, ironically, Rosewall himself was in the Drobny role against Connors. That was not to be, but finally we had Ivanisovic winning in 2001. For younger tennis watchers...
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    Which 2000s player’s career was most negatively impacted by injury?

    Joachim Johansson should also be on the list I think.
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    Tournament wins/ entries percentage in open era

    Can you calculate the percentage for Federer when he was the same age as Nadal and Djokovic? I am curious how it might have changed in the past 5/6 years.
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    Best female athletes of the 1970's

    And of course Bueno between Gibson and Court.
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    Best female athletes of the 1970's

    If we stray a little from the 70s to the 80s then another name that comes in is of course Mandlikova.
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    Where does Nastase rank?

    For me, probably #1 in the tier of male players I would like to watch again, and I have watched a lot.
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    Best female athletes of the 1970's

    But you did have Okker
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    Best female athletes of the 1970's

    I agree with you, I only put Wade's name in there because I think as an pure athlete she justifies being in the discussion, certainly ahead of Casals and Turnbull. Her actual game could be a bit wild, which is why she isn't up there with the others in terms of results, but as an athlete she...
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    Best female athletes of the 1970's

    I think Wade may actually have been the best athlete. She was fast, mobile and strong enough. I think where she was lacking was in technique and mentality She liked flashy winners (I remember reading interviews with both her and Francosie Durr where they said they both preferred to go for flashy...
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    Best female athletes of the 1970's

    If you are going to include Casals and Turnbull then I would certainly include Wade. Great athlete and stronger than those two. Other names in that tier behind the very top group I would include Morozova and Tegart-Dalton for movement, and Kerry Reid for overall athleticism, although a bit on...
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    Advance Australia Fair

    This is not about comparing. It is about which records are going to be 'easier' or harder to beat. Rosewall is under threat over the next 5/6 years from Federer (unlikely, but you never know), Nadal (?), Djokovic (possible). Then safe for probably another 10-15 years. Laver is under threat...
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    Advance Australia Fair

    I wonder what the odds were that at the end of 2021 Laver would still be last man to win a CYGS Rosewall would still be the oldest slam finalist and winner Court would still be the womens singles slam record holder and which of those records will last longest?
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    Alcaraz... Be careful before jumping on his bandwagon...

    One reason for getting on the bandwagon - he is 1.85m (6'1"). Right in the height sweet spot.
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    Is 6ft 1" to 6ft 2" still the optimal height for a male tennis player?

    I am not sure that is a big issue these days!! :) Probably the biggest issue is the height the ball is kicking up. I think the tall guys can certainly win Slams these days, but I think to get to 10+ will be a problem. Big men don't last. Marathon runners are small and wiry. A long, winning...
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    Laver's CYGS required a bit more work than Djokovic has put in.

    I am curious. Which of those "tournaments" did you attend to form that opinion? I attended Wimbledon 1970. In fact I was in the standing area they used to have on Centre Court and watched Laver lose to Gorman. I must say it didn't look like any sort of weekend club play I have ever seen.
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    Laver's CYGS required a bit more work than Djokovic has put in.

    At the AO in 1969 Laver beat Stolle in the quarters 6-4, 18-16, 6-4. 54 games. In the semis he beat Roche 7-5, 22-20, 9-11,1-6,6-3. 90 games.
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    Volleying for your tennis life

    That was then. I am more interested in now.
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    Volleying for your tennis life

    If anyone wants to see high quality volleying, watch a replay of the doubles match between Dabrowski/Stefani and Krejcikova/Siniakova at Cincinnati. Still available to watch on Amazon Prime, highlights here If you want to see top quality modern volleying, it is here. They don't show enough of...
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    Kenneth Robert Rosewall: after 40 years

    Probably when the two-handed backhand became popular. Hard to play that with a ball in your hand! There are photos of Newcombe and Nastase playing while holding a second ball, so it wasn't just a Rosewall habit into the 1970s. I can't find any of McEnroe or Lendl with a second ball. A lot of...
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    Is it time to introduce larger tennis balls?

    The simplest way to speed up tennis matches is to make play continuous. No sitting down at changeovers, towelling down banned, no MTOs. Players would have to do something to shorten rallies because they would not be getting a towelling break after each rally and a nice sit down after every two...
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    Kenneth Robert Rosewall: after 40 years

    Roll on exactly 10 years and Connors himself was even more soundly beaten by McEnroe! Ironic.
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    Who created the obsession with majors?

    Agree - apologies to ibbi. I was really thinking about the obsession with the majors total. BorgTheGOAT summarises my feelings well. I don't know when 'grand slams' morphed from referring to 'The' Grand Slam (Budge/Connolly/Laver/Court) to just meaning an individual slam, but my feeling is that...
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    Who created the obsession with majors?

    I am sorry, but the answers above are way off. In the 70s the tennis organisation was chaotic, with lots of big money tournaments coming and going. The traditional slams had some respect, but were not valued above the big money tournaments. Hence boycotts of Wimbledon and RG, and little interest...
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    The most overrated womens player right now?

    Coco and Iga because they are the youngest and there are a lot of vested interests wanting to hype them as The Next Great Thing in women's tennis. Those vested interests are the tennis media, and general media with time and space to fill. Also fans who are literally fanatical in the true sense...
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    Can we really compare between generations?

    I would say there is enough evidence using the ATG players who played well into later life and continued to be competitive against the best (Gonzales -> Rosewall/Laver->Connors->Agassi->Federer->NextGen) to suggest there is very little difference between the very best players over the years. Any...
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    Just how high was the level of tennis in the Laver/Rosewall era?

    If Bruguera was any quicker he would hit the ball boy collecting the ball in the net! I am shocked, SHOCKED I tell you that these guys aren't wandering up to some poor ballboy/girl and demaanding a sweaty towel, then gathering three balls to examine them before throwing one away for the...
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    Vesnina

    She let Kudermetova down yesterday. Ended up the weakest link in the partnership.
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    Just how high was the level of tennis in the Laver/Rosewall era?

    That is an important point. When tennis was continuous play (and no tiebreaks) the players had to pace themselves because they did not know how long the match might last. It is one of the things professional players have to learn. The pacing now is different because of all the opportunities for...
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