The greatest decade in tennis open era history?

The greatest decade in tennis open history

  • 70s

    Votes: 5 8.9%
  • 80s

    Votes: 30 53.6%
  • 90s

    Votes: 10 17.9%
  • 00s

    Votes: 6 10.7%
  • 10s

    Votes: 5 8.9%

  • Total voters
    56
I feel like the period from about 89 to 92 was the absolute peak of pro tennis.

The 1992 Year-End Top-10 has 50 grand slam singles titles by my quick count, with every single guy on the list with at least one slam. The only time in history that was true. This Top-10 snapshot has 6 guys who reached #1 plus another 3 who reached #2. This list doesn't even count Johnny Mac, who reached Wimby semi that year.
 
Last edited:
I feel like the period from about 89 to 92 was the absolute peak of pro tennis.

The 1992 Year-End Top-10 has 50 grand slam singles titles by my quick count, with every single guy on the list with at least one slam. The only time in history that was true. This Top-10 snapshot has 6 guys who reached #1 plus another 3 who reached #2. This list doesn't even count Johnny Mac, who reached Wimby semi that year.
Also, the Year-End Top-20 snapshot for 1992 contains 14 out of 20 guys with at least one slam, with 61 total singles slams! And the short list of 6 guys without a slam includes career-high #5 guys Ferreira and Forget.
 

tonylg

Semi-Pro
I voted 70s, but reading the posts and thinking about it, the 80s were top shelf. You started off with Connors, Lendl, McEnroe, and Borg - transitioned to Edberg, Becker, Wilander and finished off with Sampras & Agassi.

It doesn't get much better than that.
Look at that mixture of styles. Tennis in the 80s truly had everything.

Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
 

Flash O'Groove

Hall of Fame
I'm gonna get called out for recency bias but I don't see how it isn't the most recent one. When have we ever seen 3 guys chase history against each other all at the same time
I voted for the 80's. I didn't see any of it but from what I can gather it was the best decade by far.

From what I saw, I would say in hindsight that the 2000's were overall not the best decade, at all, although being a Federer fan I enjoyed it a lot. Also all of my favorite second tier players are from the 2000's. It had fantastic matches between Nadal and Federer but still their domination was too great. The first half was a bit of a mess, with far too many top players declining too soon: Rafter, Kafelnikov, Rios, Hewitt, Safin, Ferrero, Coria, Nalbandian, Johansson, etc. Sampras and Agassi are actually the only 90's players who kept form in the early 2000's.

The 2010's were great at the beginning with Nadal and Djokovic at the top, the same kind of epic matches we saw with Federer-Nadal but with more uncertainty in regard to the outcome. Federer still great, and good supporting cast of Murray, Ferrer, Berdych, Tsonga, Del Potro and a lot of exciting hot prospects.

Sadly, none of the hot prospect delivered; they even failed to appear in any epic match that I could remember. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic haven't been in top form at the same time for several years. Ferrer, Berdych, Tsonga, etc. have declined and they have yet to be replacer by a supporting cast of the same quality. The only good point of the last few years have been the rise of Wawrinka and the ability of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic to continue to play epic matches against each others. The race to goathood add more stakes in these matches.

I guess the 90's were pretty similar. Outstanding start but derailed in the second part. The rise of Kuerten and Rafter still cool though.

The 70's, maybe hurt by the mess that was the tour(s) back then. Australian Open really not a serious slam for most of it, strikes at Wimbledon, Borg and Connors missing some Roland Garros, etc.
 

BGod

Legend
The 80s no doubt. A ton of variety, some dominant seasons by players but not too skewed where one player ran the tables for several years. Lot of epic matches.

The 2010s are such garbage by comparison.
 

BGod

Legend
To prove my points, although 5 setters are not the end all be all but:

Slam Finals
1980s: 9
2010s: 7

Slam Semifinals
1980s: 23
2010s: 16
 
Top