Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by Indio, Feb 9, 2013.
...prior to Borg and Connors, going back no farther than the 1950s?
OK. I'll settle for just "successful".
Tons of them. Tennis was mainly a baseline game for decades. Here's a few, Rosewall, Lacoste, Tilden, Riggs, Budge, Vines, Perry, Nusslein, the Doherty's, Bill Johnston etc. Henri Cochet was mainly a baseliner who approached the net often. Segura and Kramer were very good at the baseline. Gonzalez was pretty good also. There are many others I haven't mentioned.
and to take your question the other way, Connors was not strictly a baseliner but Jimmy would often come in on any chance he could in order to knock off the point. He wasn't afraid of the net as many seem to think today.
True enough. If people check some of Connors matches he would approach the net more times in one match than many other would seem to approach in a year.
Check this out.
Thanks for the responses. You're right about Connors, and an excellent example of that on Youtube is the tiebreaker in his match with Borg at the 1976 US. If you haven't seen it before, you'll be stunned by the clarity of the video.
I respect Connors immensely. He was always trying to take advantage of any opportunity to approach and put the ball away. I gave the link to the 1982 US Open final because I recall Connors approach the net quite often in that match.
He wasn't a serve and volleyer but he was a very aggressive player.
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