So, what do you think? (Ok, we can include 1910...)
Totally agree.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.
Simply as lack of knowledge...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).
Yes timnz, I believe "now" (after reading a lot) that will be very close between those two greats.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.