When people speak of the modern era what do they mean?
Also lets say we wanted to decide on a GOAT for the open era and a GOAT before the open era, because that would make things a lot simpler. Where does that leave Laver? He won 6 slams before the open era and 5 after. That would mean he cant be the GOAT of the modern era cos he only won 5 slams, even though it was the calender slam. Or can he?
I dont think there can be one GOAT, but if we devide it into two eras, one where Laver is and one where he is not, it will make it at least easier to decide on a GOAT(one in each era).
So where did the modern era start, if indeed there is such a thing?