Peter Bodo Ripped Me Off

bjsnider

Hall of Fame
#1
I say this half tongue-in-cheek. My post here appeared about two weeks before today's Bodo article on ESPN. My post:
https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/ind...-is-a-marketing-gimmick.636347/#post-13086170

Bodo's: http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/...-federer-goat-rafael-nadal-nor-novak-djokovic

Note that the story immediately below Bodo's in ESPN's feed is an article drumming up more fake news b.s. about Djokovic being the GOAT. Seriously, Bodo's article does contain a great insight by Paul Annacone about movement, something I had not considered: "It used to be you'd slide on clay; now guys are also sliding on hard, so how different can the movement really be?"
 
#2
Annacone has a point, these guys are a lot more athletic these days so they're obviously not as good as the old timers who couldn't slide like that on hardcourt. Also, Bodo's argument for Borg about the Australian Open not really being a big thing back then clashes with his argument at the end for Laver (how many of Laver's slams were at a then-terrible Aus Open?).
 
#4
Everyone is free to think whatever they want, but one thing won't ever change at least statistically! Three guys already surpassed the supposedly "unsurpassable" slam tally milestone set by Pete Sampras, when he retired! Take from that whatever you want. One thing is absolutely certain! Whether they are three GOATS in someone book or not - all three of them are ATGs at this point with plethora of records set and broken...
 

JMR

Professional
#5
Everyone is free to think whatever they want, but one thing won't ever change at least statistically! Three guys already surpassed the supposedly "unsurpassable" slam tally milestone set by Pete Sampras, when he retired.
That fact apparently annoys Bodo, who always seemed like a Sampras fan to me. It's hard not to detect the scent of sour grapes in his response: "Three players have already smashed Pete's slam record? Well, the slam record mustn't be very important after all!"
 
#6
Athletes are clearly better today and modern athletes will continue to improve and be better than the previous generation. With regards to sliding on hard courts, much of that ability comes from modern shoes. I don't see anybody sliding while wearing old-school rubber soled shoes.
 
#7
Athletes are clearly better today and modern athletes will continue to improve and be better than the previous generation. With regards to sliding on hard courts, much of that ability comes from modern shoes. I don't see anybody sliding while wearing old-school rubber soled shoes.
I don't know that athletes will continue to improve with each generation. Tennis is one of several sports where that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.
 
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