I was wondering which year in tennis had the greatest competition and strength, in terms of the field of players. This is clearly a question it is hard to quantify with numbers as it is very hard to compare the strength of fields accross all the decades in which tennis has experienced much development and change. However I endevour to highlight years that stuck out to me as particularly tough. Some contenders: 1968- The first open-era year of tennis. This combined the strength from the likes of Laver and Rosewall (from the professional tour) with the likes of Ash and Newcombe (from the amateur tour) made a tough field at all the grand slam events. This is reflected by each of the 3 main grand slams (AO was still amateur this year) being won by 3 different great champions (Rosewall the FO, Laver SW19, and Ash the USO). The depth on grass particualry has arguably never been greater than the early open-era years. 1981- I consider this year to be a cross over of champions. With Borg still near full strength (despite his abrupt retirment) and McEnroe hitting form this alone makes this a tough year. Consider that Connors was lurking and, although ageing, was still deadly. His improved serve made him very much a force to reckon with. Lendl, though still just 20, made a real impact winning 10 tournaments this year and pushing Borg to 5 sets at the FO. Wilander was also just appearing on the scene. An ageing Vilas still picked up several clay court titles and on the dirt reached many more finals. 1995- This year was the year I really believe both Agassi and Sampras hit their best form. Agassi complied a career best win-loss record of 72-10, Agassi also compiled a career best winning streak of 26 consecutive matches and spent much of the year at number 1 after winning an AO title on his debut at the event. Sampras won back to back Wimbledon-US Open titles for what was the second (and would be last) time of his career. Sampras also ended year number 1. The clay court season was dominated by a peak form Muster who took the FO with ease and compiled 12 tournaments over the year. With Agassi winning on rebound ace, Muster on clay, and Sampras on grass and deco-turf these champions are undoubtably some of the best ever on their respective surfaces. Becker proved he was still a force be winning the Masters Cup in straight sets against Chang.