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Open Era : Those Who Revolutionized the Sport and Shaped Its Future

who are some of the players who truly recolutionized the sport during the open era?

the floor is at your disposal. have at it.

and have a blast talking about this. give us a healthy list of those who you believe improved the sport for the better and truly revolutionized it and shaped its future.

all valuable, reasonable thoughts and comments are welcome.


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1. connors
2. agassi
3. borg
4. vilas
5. lendl
7. muster
8. nadal
9. fed

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Id say recently, Agassi

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Id say recently, Agassi


a related up question would be HOW?

how was agassi able to shape the game`s future?

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Re: Open Era : Those Who Revolutionized the Sport and Shaped Its Future

Well I'd say Sampras deserves a spot on the list, just for dominating grass court tennis with his style of play.

I wouldn't say Hewitt revolutionized the sport, just because he didn't bring anything new to the table. Apart from his grit, heart and determination, a lot of players have the talent that he has.

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I don't really see how Lendl or Nadal changed the game. No one really emulated their games.

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Re: Open Era : Those Who Revolutionized the Sport and Shaped Its Future

Agassi in my view, was the most serious in the recent years. Basically everyone has to incorporate an Agassi like game today in order to be succesful, meaning taking the ball as early as possible, playing the percentages. Agassi was the master of taking time and space from the opponent around a tennis court from the baseline. Of course that is not something new to tennis, but agassi epidemized and standarized the efficiency of playing from the baseline.

Of course that is still several styles from the baseline, but in nearly every player you can see agassi's touch. From Federer to Nadal.
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Nadal in order to win the U.S open had to play a more Agssi like game. Taking time away hitting more inside the court etc...
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a related up question would be HOW?

how was agassi able to shape the game`s future?
Care to give us your thoughts on your own picks, old sport?
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Re: Open Era : Those Who Revolutionized the Sport

in my estimation, borg, connors, and agassi changed the game forever.

fed and nadal just took it a step further and showed how you can play aggressive, assault-minded tennis from the backcourt.

agassi showed that one needed finishing power off not just one wing--like a forehand---but both wings.

borg showed how a bullet proof ground game based on tremendous athletic ability and a solid, driven, and focused mind could move mountains.

more later. stay tuned.

i will have to agree with H = L. sampras deseves a spot on that list.

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i dont see what sampras did... no one has played like him since.

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I don't really see how Lendl or Nadal changed the game. No one really emulated their games.
Are you serious?

Lendl set the tone for most 90's players. Big hitting, incredible fitness.

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