Spencer Gore vs. Serena

Who would win?


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Firstservingman

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Say Spencer Gore played Serena Williams. (The actual Gore, not our friend on here ;) )

Let's say he's in the form from when he won Wimbledon, but modern setting for the match to handicap him a bit more.
And let's give him a year to practice with modern equipment and modern rules/conditions first. Sounds like a long time but it takes absolutely ages to get used to new equipment at that level.

Who would win? Three set match. Grass at Wimbledon.

Basically, what kind of level were Gore and his peers at compared to modern times? Would he be Top 700 with practice, as per McEnroe's relevant comments?
 

Firstservingman

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As a follow-up Q, especially for those who think Serena would win, would a modern 5.0 male be able to go toe-to-toe with Spencer? 5.5?
 

Sudacafan

Talk Tennis Guru
Say Spencer Gore played Serena Williams. (The actual Gore, not our friend on here ;) )

Let's say he's in the form from when he won Wimbledon, but modern setting for the match to handicap him a bit more.
And let's give him a year to practice with modern equipment and modern rules/conditions first. Sounds like a long time but it takes absolutely ages to get used to new equipment at that level.

Who would win? Three set match. Grass at Wimbledon.

Basically, what kind of level were Gore and his peers at compared to modern times? Would he be Top 700 with practice, as per McEnroe's relevant comments?
If you could send me some Wimbledon videos of Spencer Gore, I could give you an honest answer.
 

Sudacafan

Talk Tennis Guru
Actually I think they had just began moving pictures then. Silent films though so we can't hear Gore swearing or his old man grunts.
Did tennis players grunt or shriek in the 19th century? I thought people of that time had much better manners than today’s players.
 

Sudacafan

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Spencer Gore is from a time when roughly 37 people in the entire world played tennis and you were drinking whiskey and smoking between games. Get real. Serena would thrash him in a tennis match and eat him for lunch afterwards.
LOL at booze and smoke at changeovers. Those were the best of times!
 
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