And before 1910, who was the best?

WhBefore 1910, who was better?

  • W. Renshaw

    Votes: 9 28.1%
  • E. Renshaw

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • J. Pim

    Votes: 2 6.3%
  • W. Baddeley

    Votes: 2 6.3%
  • R. Doherty

    Votes: 1 3.1%
  • L. Doherty

    Votes: 12 37.5%
  • W. Larned

    Votes: 4 12.5%
  • Other

    Votes: 2 6.3%

  • Total voters
    32
  • Poll closed .
#7
Jules Verne. Not really kidding (only a bit), because in the old times, it was costum, to use an alias-name. The early Wimbledon draw is filled with famous names of poets and artists. So Jules Verne indeed played some Wimbledons. The most prominent of those false contenders was the finalist of 1878, a certain St. Leger Goold. Later he became a murderer, and was rightfully beaten by a priest, the reverend Hartley. In earnest one of the Dohertys, i think Laurie, who however was frail, and Brookes.
 
#10
This quetion can't really be answered because: 1. Nearly everyone who was around then is gone. 2. Those still alive probably wouldnt post in the tw forums.
3. No vids of this time is on youtube.
 
#11
A. Wallis Myers, the most respected tennis journalist of his era, ranked H.L. Doherty as Tilden's equal (in the early 1930s). Norman Brookes--who competed against both Laurie and Tilden--said in the 1950s that Tilden and the Dohertys were the top three players ever. In 1969, both Harry Hopman and Lance Tingay listed H.L. Doherty among the top ten players of all time. In his book Tennis Styles and Stylists (also 1969), Paul Metzler reports that many people close to the game felt that players steadily improved up to the time of the Dohertys, but after that there was very little real development in players, the main advances being rather in technology. So while we may lack video clips, we do have some weighty written accounts.
 

Q&M son

Professional
#12
A. Wallis Myers, the most respected tennis journalist of his era, ranked H.L. Doherty as Tilden's equal (in the early 1930s). Norman Brookes--who competed against both Laurie and Tilden--said in the 1950s that Tilden and the Dohertys were the top three players ever. In 1969, both Harry Hopman and Lance Tingay listed H.L. Doherty among the top ten players of all time. In his book Tennis Styles and Stylists (also 1969), Paul Metzler reports that many people close to the game felt that players steadily improved up to the time of the Dohertys, but after that there was very little real development in players, the main advances being rather in technology. So while we may lack video clips, we do have some weighty written accounts.
Totally agree.
And very sorry for not put Brookes on the list. :(
 

pabletion

Hall of Fame
#14
Roger Federer's great grandfather, Joey Federer, but records of that age are scrappy and all of his results were lost in a fire.....
 

Q&M son

Professional
#23
I should make the thread "Best before WWI", and includes Brookes and Wilding.

A greta summary of this era can be founded here, in the Borgfoerever's thread about Laurie Doherty.
 
#25
Why 1910 cut off?

Of course you can open a thread in anyway you like? Just curious why you chose 1910. I would have thought a more natural cut-off would have been 1914 (start of world war 1), no tennis was played of any consequence for 5 years or so starting then.

IF, you had made it 1914 being the cut-off I would have said that it was a toss up between H.L Doherty or Tony Wilding. Probably the former winning. (Though I think that Wilding's peak clay court tennis would have been better).
 

Q&M son

Professional
#26
Of course you can open a thread in anyway you like? Just curious why you chose 1910. I would have thought a more natural cut-off would have been 1914 (start of world war 1), no tennis was played of any consequence for 5 years or so starting then.

IF, you had made it 1914 being the cut-off I would have said that it was a toss up between H.L Doherty or Tony Wilding. Probably the former winning. (Though I think that Wilding's peak clay court tennis would have been better).
Simply as lack of knowledge...
 
#27
Wilding

Wilding was unbeaten on clay for 4 years or so - 1910 to 1914. No one in history has matched that.

But from seeing the threads about H.L Doherty he seems to be a player held in very high esteem.
 

Q&M son

Professional
#28
Wilding was unbeaten on clay for 4 years or so - 1910 to 1914. No one in history has matched that.

But from seeing the threads about H.L Doherty he seems to be a player held in very high esteem.
Yes timnz, I believe "now" (after reading a lot) that will be very close between those two greats.
 
#29
Timnz -- H. L. was undefeated on clay 1900-1906, seven years straight and retired undefeated. But since he lost against Ritchie in the 1907 Monte Carlo F (without any practice) he did suffer losses after his "retirement" although he didn't officially announce his retirement until, I think April 23rd or something 1907 -- a few weeks after Monte...

Borg was arguably undefeated on clay from September 1976 (Jimbo USO F on green clay) to Vilas at Nations Cup at Düsseldorf 1980. That's four years.

Although if we go by game-winning percentage domination I think that it's safe to say that both Wilding and Borg surpasses H. L.'s game-winning-percentage/domination-prowess.

However H. L. had very weak health. Had TBC vaccine been readily available during the Doherty's reign I just wonder if he couldn't have been even more dominant.

And H. L.'s records indoors, grass and in international events also, cumulatively, surpass Wilding's record.

Although I haven't studied Tony to a great extent -- his levels and records are so fierce I am reserving a ranking spot for him on my GOAT-list.

Wilding has several things going for him. His 1913 is a GOAT-year. His DC-record is impressive. His 4 Wimbys -- almost five in a row like R. F. -- both lost -- arguably -- because of failing physical prowess.

Myers was quite clear that peak Wilding of 1913 could've beaten peak Tilden.

No small statement.

And Wilding won a heck of a lot of fine tourneys too. Over a 100 of them.

The only thing is that Wilding arguably had few years like 1913 -- how many and how good his best years were -- I would like to study more closely...

I will recount his great Wimby 1913 final with "The California Comet" since it's an ultra-great showdown.

Together with the 1905-final-match the 1913-final-match considered having the highest quality tennis in Wimbys first 50 years.
 
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