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View Poll Results: Which was or is the Best Era in Recent tennis History?
The 50s and 60s having the Likes of Laver,Rosewall,Gonzales 2 14.29%
The Late 70s to Early 80s having the likes of Laver,Connor,McEnroe 3 21.43%
Late 80s to Early 90s having the likes of Becker,Edberg,Agassi,Sampras 6 42.86%
Late 90s to Early 2000s having the likes of Peak Agassi,Safin,Kuerton,Hewitt 2 14.29%
Mid 2000s with Federer dominating 3 21.43%
Late 2000s with Djokovic emerging along with the likes of Federer,Nadal and Murray 5 35.71%
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post #1 of 169 (permalink) Old 06-10-2006, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Which was/is Best Era in Tennis

What do people think about this. I read a few articles saying how we're having the best rivalry and how tennis has chaged and its much more competetive than before bla bla. Unfortunately, i was too young to understand sampras, agassi and graff etc and never wathed the other legends play. Is this the bet era? We have a lot of 20 and unders in the top 100, will they step up a notch and show us GOOD QUALITY tennis? What was tennis like before?

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Re: The best era??

great question, I want to know too
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Re: The best era??

You should post some type of poll. And the only people who can answer that question are the ones who have been watching tennis for a long time (20 yrs +) and even then the answers will be subjective.

Besides, it appears hitchiker beat you to it.

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You should post some type of poll. And the only people who can answer that question are the ones who have been watching tennis for a long time (20 yrs +) and even then the answers will be subjective.

Besides, it appears hitchiker beat you to it.
Can y tell me what options to put in the poll?? Im not too sure who was in what era. Thanks

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Re: The best era??

The Sampras, Agassi, Courier, Chang era in the nineties, and the McEnroe, Lendl, Becker era in the 80s were both much more competitive than today's. Even when Sampras was dominating, he was only winning 5 or 6 tournaments a year on average - there were so many great players in both those generations, so made the game much more appealing than today's!
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Re: The best era??

I really am enjoying the tennis being played today, and love the Rafa-Fed rivalry.

But I think the other eras that I've watched were more competitive. The Borg/Connors/Mac and especially the Agassi/Sampras/Courier eras.

Now we have Fed on all surfaces as a threat to win every tournament he enters. The only one that can compete against him is Rafa who seems to have his number. But Fed definitely is a much better overall player. And then there's a huge drop in talent after both of them. Yes, Fed and Rafa can be beaten by these other players - but only when they are having a bad day - or their opponent is having a miracle day which never will be repeated.

Personalities though have been fun throughout. Even though I love what happens on the court, the personalities of the players bring an added dimension to the sport.
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Yes, tennis LOOKED more competitive before. BUT: it's because Federer made modern tennis look less competitive. Without him, it would probably look even more competitive than ever.

It's interesting to remember what Andy Roddick thought about competitiveness on tour in the beggining of 2004: "I don't think there will be a dominant no.1 in future. It will rotate, because modern tennis is too competitive" (or something like this). And this was a common view-point - no one dreamed that domination such as Roger's is possible today! So I think we already forgot what a wonder Roger Federer is. Maybe he would make any other era look similarly uncompetitive?

Anyway, I clearly remember that some time ago tennis had more charm and emotion. My first memory is Becker-Edberg Wimbledon final (Edberg winning from two sets down, if I remember well) and it was deffinitely very different - in a positive way. It was not better quality-wise - on the contrary, it was slower, more amateurish etc. But it was somehow more classy. I mean, a few players had that SOMETHING that no one seem to have today. Things were looking somehow more mature and more serious - while there was more show on the court... Also, tennis was more "in" than today. Wimbledon finals were important even to people who are not tennis fans.

But then again, I never saw better player then Federer. When I watched him for the first time in 2003, I immediately thought: this guy is the best player ever! And I became interested for tennis again after a long, long pause (since mid 90-ies). So my answer would be: tennis as a whole was certainly better before, but in modern tennis we can watch the most complete, most subtle, most incredible player ever.

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Re: The best era??

Definitely the sampras/agassi era.

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the era when Connors, Agassi, Courier, Sampas, Becker were all playing at the same time
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McEnroe, Lendl, etc.


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The Sampras, Agassi, Courier, Chang era in the nineties, and the McEnroe, Lendl, Becker era in the 80s were both much more competitive than today's. Even when Sampras was dominating, he was only winning 5 or 6 tournaments a year on average - there were so many great players in both those generations, so made the game much more appealing than today's!
Sampras peaked in 1994, when he won 10 tournaments. And he actually lost more to relative journeymen than his peers. Sampras actually suffered from lack of consistent rivals, much like Fed - Courier faded after 1993, and Agassi was consistently threat to Sampras only in 94-95.
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Re: The best era??

The 90s was more competitive with more multiple Grand Slam champions. Sampras, Agassi, Becker, Edberg, Courier and Bruguera were all playing at the same time in the early 90s. All 6 of them were tennis legends.

Now-a-days, the world's top 10 is filled with players like Nalbandian, Ljubicic, Davydenko, Robredo, Blake and Gonzalez most of whom have never even come close to winning a slam. Federer is currently the only multiple slam winner, although Nadal and Roddick will probably win more slams.

I think players back then were able to spread out their success over longer periods of time. For instance, Becker won his first slam in 85 and his last in 96. Agassi won his first slam in 92 and his last in 03. Sampras won his first in 90 and his last in 02. Edberg won his first slam in 85 and his last in 92.

Safin and Hewitt look like they're not going to win any more slams. Ferrero didn't keep up the potential of winning more slams. So currently we're stuck with only two tennis legends in the top 10.
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Re: The best era??

I think it's odd to say that Roddick will "probably" win more slams. There's a chance he might, but I wouldn't go with "probably." Especially not with Federer, Nadal, and a few others players that I see as being more talented.

There was definitely a lot more competition in the past than there is now. I just wish there were at least 5 guys that could challenge for majors. Oh well.


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