Favorite Open Era Decade

What is your favorite OE Decade?


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Villain

Professional
2000s was more about RF though. 2010s was more successful for Nadal with 13 Slams won. Then best 10 year period for Nadal fans should be 2005-2014 I guess.
While true, I can see some Nadal fans preferring when he first came on the scene to later, even if he didn’t win as much in the 2000s as he did in the 2010s.
 

Graf1stClass

Semi-Pro
00s for me, especially with how lit women's tennis was :)
It was pretty poor (if you ask me). Legends retiring, Davenport and Hingis falling off, Seles falling further, Serena and Venus on a limited schedule, baseline bashing walls like Capriati and Sharapova winning slams and future stars like Clijsters not yet having developed until midway through the decade. The 90s era was the best for women, minus 93-94, and the later 80s to early 90s for the men.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
It was pretty poor (if you ask me). Legends retiring, Davenport and Hingis falling off, Seles falling further, Serena and Venus on a limited schedule, baseline bashing walls like Capriati and Sharapova winning slams and future stars like Clijsters not yet having developed until midway through the decade. The 90s era was the best for women, minus 93-94, and the later 80s to early 90s for the men.
Was too young to catch the 90s lol. Wish I had been watching then. I loved women's tennis in the 00s though, so much better than now
 

BGod

Legend
I remember the 90s fairly well and it boiled down to Sampras running 2 of the Majors with Rafter & Agassi sprinkled in and whatever was happening on clay. I decided to look up and see if I'm completely off base in terms of the quality matches and found the following:

Total of 7 Five Set Finals. Actually had a total 5 year span between five set finals. 1992 Goran/Agassi was arguably the best.
Total of 19 Straight Set Finals although only 5 which were obliterations.

Looking at other Finals you only had 9 go five sets on the Masters circuit, called Super 9 back then with several years having no 5 set finals. But at least they were mostly Bo5 finals obviously some were Bo3 but even then a lot of straight setters. The WTF was fairly good though and of course Bo5 back then.

Overall as some have said, early 90s is pretty damn great, 90-93 is jam packed with quality stuff but the mid to late part of the decade leaves a lot to be desired.
 

skaj

Legend
It was pretty poor (if you ask me). Legends retiring, Davenport and Hingis falling off, Seles falling further, Serena and Venus on a limited schedule, baseline bashing walls like Capriati and Sharapova winning slams and future stars like Clijsters not yet having developed until midway through the decade. The 90s era was the best for women, minus 93-94, and the later 80s to early 90s for the men.
More like Mauresmo's serve and volleying, Hingis’s tactical brilliance, Henin’s all-court excellence, Davenport’s clean ball-striking, Kim’s spectacular splits, Sharapova’s steel mentality, Venus’s elegant athleticism, Serena’s amazing comebacks, Francesca’s improvisations, Jelena’s unbelievable defense...

Both the toughest and most entertaining WTA era.
 

Graf1stClass

Semi-Pro
More like Mauresmo's serve and volleying, Hingis’s tactical brilliance, Henin’s all-court excellence, Davenport’s clean ball-striking, Kim’s spectacular splits, Sharapova’s steel mentality, Venus’s elegant athleticism, Serena’s amazing comebacks, Francesca’s improvisations, Jelena’s unbelievable defense...

Both the toughest and most entertaining WTA era.
None of these players hit their strides hit their strides alongside each other if you ask me, other than Davenport and Hingis who had already declined. I may be doing Sharapova a disserve, but I could not stand to see her play. No one I knew could. Not to mention the enhancers.

Was too young to catch the 90s lol. Wish I had been watching then. I loved women's tennis in the 00s though, so much better than now
Luckily a good deal of that era is saved on tapes...and the early aughts. Things were somewhat still competitive in 2000. In 2001, the transitionary players began to decline along with Venus, to an extent, compared to Serena. Tennis became the Serena show other than Henin (cheater) and Sharapova (another cheater).
 

Sport

G.O.A.T.
1976-1985. I wasn't even born in that decade, but there is something magical about the Wimbledon 1980 final and its inherently appealing playstyle. Fire vs. Ice. Serve and volley vs. baseline touch. McEnroe and Borg represent the paradigm of styles' contrast, both on the court and off the court. In fact, they were more than tennis players: they were artists. I also love the long rallies between Borg and Villas in their classic Roland-Garros meetings.
 
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mavsman149

Hall of Fame
Yeah who cares about Pete, Andre, Goran, Rafter, Kuerten, Safin, Hewitt, Federer, Roddick, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and del Potro.

All I remember from the 2000s was Marcos.
I loved Marcos!

I really can’t decide between the 2000’s and 2010’s, wasn’t a fan before then so I can’t comment
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
1975-1985. I wasn't even born in that decade, but there is something magical about the Wimbledon 1980 final and its inherently appealing playstyle. Fire vs. Ice. Serve and volley vs. baseline touch. McEnroe and Borg represent the paradigm of styles' contrast, both on the court and off the court. In fact, they were more than tennis players: they were artists. I also love the long rallies between Borg and Villas in their classic Roland-Garros meetings.
@Sport You're best-ever post. Thank you for understanding and admitting tennis existed before you were born and was 100 times greater than it is now. Well done!

 

Third Serve

G.O.A.T.
Based on my earlier tennis memories, the 2000's for sure. Don't have much knowledge of anything prior to that decade so I can't say for sure. I think I'd have liked the 80's and early 90's. Early 2010's were epic as well but the second half really bogs it down for me.
 
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