Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by juanparty, Aug 20, 2011.
anyone have videos of Raul Ramirez the Mexica GOAT.
Only in my memories!
I just remembered there some short footage of him in this video from the 1975 WCT Finals in Dallas, originally posted by CyBorg.
Is Raul Ramirez really the Mexican GOAT?
How about Rafael Osuna?
Highest rank; RO= #1. RR= #4
Slam titles in singles: RO=1 RR= 0
RO= won Mexico's only gold medal in tennis (doubles 1968 ), Led Mexico to its only Davis Cup final
Only Mexican player in the HoF.
Jose Luis Clerc is GOATable.
Clerc is Argentinian!
Strung his set of 6 rackets in 1978 at the TransAm in SanFrancisco.
Kinda soft spoken, hit with a messaging motion like Mecir and Gilbert, was surprising he was sooo good, given his easy going slow moving nature. I think I messed up one of the VS jobs, running the crosses thru too quickly, so the strings turned white, but he only looked closely and said nothing. He didn't break any strings in his 3 rounds of play.
Raul Ramirez was a fine player and an outstanding doubles player with Brian Gottfried but I have to agree that Rafael Osuna is Mexico's greatest player. He not only won a grand slam singles title, he also won a grand slam doubles with Tony Palafox. It should be noted though that tennis was only a demonstration sport at the 1968 Olympics, so it wasn't an official gold medal.
Pelón Osuna is the gMoat for sure... I did not see him play,but everyone around here that saw him, say the same, he had catlike reflexes, he was smart, and had cunning tactics and he was brave aswell...
thats the word around here.
Wasn't it Raul Ramirez who singlehandedly took apart the US in Davis Cup one year?
I remember a speedy, smooth, attacking and yet varied game. There's just no due respect out there - I only found one clip on You tube ( and i suspect that was there because of Vilas) including Raul... Why so little attention comes his way?
"... hit with a messaging motion like Mecir and Gilbert, was surprising he was sooo good, given his easy going slow moving nature. :
Not in my memory. He had a semi-western forehand. He would take it back right away and smack it with heavy topspin. That was his big weapon. He hit with a fill-eastern backhand when he was hitting "over the ball" as they used to say back then.
He wasn't exactly obscure. He used to play those exos I think they were at Sea Pine Plantation on ABC on the Har-Tru. Remember those ?
great video thanks for posting it.
Semi-final French 77 :
Ramirez was a great double player, but also a great single player : 1/2 F in the French and in Wimbledon, 1/4 F in US Open, won 19 tournaments, was in the top ten ...
I loved Ramirez, a great player to watch altough could be pretty erratic, too.He beat all the great players of his generation and was a top 10 for 5 years.Loved his doubles combination with Gottfried...do you know when and where did they meet? I think it was during their time at the NCAA, in California, right?
BTW, some could say that Osuna, 1962 US Champion, was the mexican GOAT...or, for that matter, Pancho Gonzales, the classical " chicano"
How smooth Ashe´s games was...uncredible backswing at the slice, perfect text book volley...the definition of talent.
And Laver, at 37, still putting Borg against the ropes, making the most amazing and unexpected shots.
Great tennis, Golden era.
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