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There are some gaps in the poll.Public poll would be better in future OP.
I think the boom was in the 70s. With the boom maybe continuing into the early-80s and then tennis beginning a long, steady slide down. At least in the US in terms of people playing the sport (and perhaps TV audience as well).80's. Nothing else comes close. ... The booming popularity of the game. ..
In terms of money, tennis reached peak success relative to other sports in the late fifties, tennis players were the highest earning athletes in the world.Of the Open era, it's the 1980's, the strongest and most fascinating decade overall imo, the decade of Borg, McEnroe, Connors, Lendl, Wilander, Becker and Edberg, with a strong supporting cast at various times, of Vilas, Gerulaitis, Clerc, Noah, Cash, Curren, Kriek, Mecir, Leconte and with young Agassi and Chang breaking through towards the end.
The 1970's were great also.
I liked the 2000's overall and 2010's, but didn't find the 1990's that interesting.
I would agree with you.80s was best imo. Great start (Borg, JMac, nascent Lendl, still strong Connors), solid middle, great finish (Lendl, Wilander peak season, Becker and Edberg steadily maturing). The 90s were going nicely but rather collapsed towards the end, as Becker, Edberg, Courier were not replaced by an equally great roster and Agassi lost three years to personal issues, leaving Sampras alone even as he was struggling with consistency for much of 1996 and 1998.
I don't remember the late fifties, Dan, so I would bow to your superior knowledge there.In terms of money, tennis reached peak success relative to other sports in the late fifties, tennis players were the highest earning athletes in the world.
Not so today.
Rock Stars in the 70s were like rock stars too.I chose 70's. Tennis popularity peaked in the U.S. With 30 million rec players. Then the decline started in the 80's with the technology. Technology also killed the sport of bowling starting in the 80's. Pro tennis players in the 70's were like rock stars.
This!For me the golden era of tennis is clearly the mid/late 80s early/to mid 90s. You simply had so many legends from different eras competing in this time period. Plus, in terms of style I think tennis never looked cooler than in those days. And I think Tennis has never been as popular as in those days.
I would not put consistent and Nalbandian in the same sentence. I wouldn't call him a baseliner either. He was consistent from the baseline when on, sure.