A cliche i often read, is, that the pre 1968 amateurs were only club or college players, whose standard was low. That's far from the truth. I am not denying the real pros of that time there greats status, to the contrary i find it sad, that so many records are uncleared by the amateur- pro-split. The pro game was an elitist circuit then, but it relied on a solid international circuit controlled by the ILTF and the national federations. Most of the great pro champions had great amateur careers, and there were great players, who remained amateurs despite the sirene calls of Jack Kramer. I mention Ted Schroeder, Budge Patty, Jaroslav Drobny, Vic Seixas, Dick Savitt, Art Larsen, Neale Fraser, Roy Emerson, Nicola Pietrangeli or Manolo Santana. In fact the amateurs of the day were sort of professionals themselves, many playing a year long schedule over the continents and getting paid under the table. It is known, that Pietrangeli and Santana got money from their federations not to follow the Kramer pro group and to stay amateur. The title 'shamateurs' came up. The amateur code never was that strong in tennis (tennis wasn't an Olympic sport), the real struggle was for control. Many national federations as the Australian, searched for complete control of their players, people like Emerson or Court were banned for playing their own schedule. The standard was high, some tournaments as the 1949 Wimbledon were as intense as every pro event of the time. Some amateur matches 1946-1967 rank among the best ever: Gonzales-Schroeder US final 1949, Drobny-Patty Wimbledon 1953, Hoad-Trabert DC 1953, Rosewall-Savitt US 1955, Laver-Emerson RG 1962, Laver-Santana Wim 1962, Santana-Osuna Wim 1964, Emerson-Lundquist DC 1964. Maybe some of the historians here can give some impressions of the old amateur circuit and name a few other matches and characters, who made a lasting memory.