Really Martina?

Ripper

Hall of Fame
Hey, but we can re-discuss it ;)

Edit: Martina is just getting old; look at this contradiction:

1) She said: "Hit the ball as hard as you can, it will still go in."

2) She said the new rackets are too powerful for the game and have essentially eliminated the need to volley...

So, are these new raquets intelligent? They know when to be powerful and when not to be? Come on, it still takes loads of skill to play at the top of today's tennis; It's just that the skills that are requiered today are different... and she just can't get over the fact that she'd not be as succesful in today's game had she been playing in these times... blablabla...
 

GS

Professional
Sorry, but I'm getting tired of Martina. Being a lefty doubles player, I admired her in the past, and in the present when she came out of retirement to win 2 mixed doubles Slams awhile back. But she's mouthed off about America not being a "free" country a few years ago, probably complained about not quickly finding a buyer for her $15 million Aspen ranch when she tried to sell it, writes terrible tennis "mystery" novels which haven't sold, etc. etc. Years ago, she was sued by her former lesbian lover, for big money---they went to court, and a video deposition was shown where she had agreed to split her money down the middle in case of a split-up. (Nice goin'.) I ran into her 10 years ago at a tournament and saw her refuse to sign autographs or pose for pictures. Then later, when she played her match, her coach sat next to me and illegally coached her during the whole thing. Now she wants to run for public office. Yeah, she'd be perfect for politics---a rich millionaire trying to what, ease her guilt? She's better off opening her dream tennis academy in Florida, since she's "the greatest volleyer of all time......." Good luck, Marty, but no one volleys much these days. Better make it a doubles-only academy.......
 

Tchocky

Hall of Fame
Definitely on the women's side....McEnroe might dispute that claim. She rushed the net more often than most female players because her backhand was very weak for most of her early years.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
I will just reply with what I wrote in my recap of my US Open trip last week:

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=117906

"Martina Navratilova is the greatest women’s volleyer of all time! As if her 9 Wimbledon titles didn’t speak for her already, we watched Navratilova on the practice court and came away with two big impressions. First, she looks about 29, not 49… a real testament to how proper nutrition and exercise can take years off of a person. And second, she was standing at various positions around the service box and having two male pros hit balls at her as hard as they could. Time after time, they would hit huge forehands right at her feet and she would deftly volley them back wherever she was aiming. Buttery touch and lightening fast hands that were amazing to watch. With the “modern” style of baseline play we have today, we may never see another female player like her ever again."
 

araghava

Rookie
Martina is clearly the greatest womens S&V player ever. I don't think there much dispute about that. Her greater point is that racquet and string technology have unfairly biased the game towards the baseline. Basically skill level should be rewarded whether is baseline skill or volleying skill. Given 2 players who are equally skilled, the baseliner is much more likely to have success in the modern game.
 

oberyn

Professional
araghava said:
Martina is clearly the greatest womens S&V player ever. I don't think there much dispute about that. Her greater point is that racquet and string technology have unfairly biased the game towards the baseline. Basically skill level should be rewarded whether is baseline skill or volleying skill. Given 2 players who are equally skilled, the baseliner is much more likely to have success in the modern game.
I agree that people are missing her broader point and focusing on her comment about being the best volleyer in the history of the game.

I've read posts from people on this board making the same point about racquet technology, etc. that Navratilova makes here.

Also, whether you agree with her statement about her own S&V skills and/or think the statement's arrogant, it's not like she's some hack.

I mean, if Rusedski starts an interview on the same subject calling himself the greatest volleyer who ever lived, I can understand people giving him an incredibly hard time over it. Martina, not so much.
 
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