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Question Golden Age of Tennis?

When do you think was the Golden Age of tennis? Or do you think we're going through it now? --> Unless you're a new fan of tennis, I hardly think that anyone would agree it's now.

Some say that the Golden Age was the 70's with the beginings of the women's tennis tour and with stars like: Court, King, Evert, Navratilova, Goologong. A lot of people say that these were the years of most competitive tennis. But is this also true in the men's? We had Borg, Connors, McEnroe. So perhaps the 70's were the Golden Age of tennis.

What do you think? Any other era that could be classified as this?

I think early 90's could be another one. The women's side still had Navratilova, Graf, Seles, Capriati, Sabatini, and the men's side had Courier, Agassi, Sampras, McEnroe, Becker, Edberg etc...

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I choose 1990's!!! the beginning and the end of it. Though not much during mid 90's.

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I'll go with the following:
1971-5 with the four queens - Chrissie Evonne BJK and Margaret Court.
1979-82 - Chrissie Evonne Martina Tracy and Hana all winning slams (+ Andrea Jaeger)
1985-87 - Chrissie Martina Hana Steffi and Gaby
1990-92: Monica Steffi Martina Gaby and Arantxa.
1998-02 Martina Lindsay Venus Serena and Jenny (+ Mary Pierce) (though a bit less than the others)

The changing of the guard periods, when the next generation challenges the supremacy of the previous one are always the best.

Right now we should be having a golden period if only everyone were fit and healthy.

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I'll go with the following:
1971-5 with the four queens - Chrissie Evonne BJK and Margaret Court.
1979-82 - Chrissie Evonne Martina Tracy and Hana all winning slams (+ Andrea Jaeger)
1985-87 - Chrissie Martina Hana Steffi and Gaby
1990-92: Monica Steffi Martina Gaby and Arantxa.
1998-02 Martina Lindsay Venus Serena and Jenny (+ Mary Pierce) (though a bit less than the others)

The changing of the guard periods, when the next generation challenges the supremacy of the previous one are always the best.

Right now we should be having a golden period if only everyone were fit and healthy.
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I would hazard a guess that .The golden-age would be each fans own generation, when their favourites were playing. Although today’s fans seem more interested in the players than the tennis. Well the ones on this board are
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This year could herald a new "golden age". If the Sisters both get healthy, and the Belgians are able to at least trade off wins with them, we'll have four players dueling for the Slams for the foreseeable future ... something which has never been really sustained for very long.
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What do you think? Any other era that could be classified as this?

I think early 90's could be another one. The women's side still had Navratilova, Graf, Seles, Capriati, Sabatini, and the men's side had Courier, Agassi, Sampras, McEnroe, Becker, Edberg etc...
I agree with you, the early 90's were a hot-bed of talent. Then again, *any*
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I'll go with the following:
1971-5 with the four queens - Chrissie Evonne BJK and Margaret Court.
1979-82 - Chrissie Evonne Martina Tracy and Hana all winning slams (+ Andrea Jaeger)
1985-87 - Chrissie Martina Hana Steffi and Gaby
1990-92: Monica Steffi Martina Gaby and Arantxa.
1998-02 Martina Lindsay Venus Serena and Jenny (+ Mary Pierce) (though a bit less than the others)

The changing of the guard periods, when the next generation challenges the supremacy of the previous one are always the best.

Right now we should be having a golden period if only everyone were fit and healthy.
Good choices. I would also add perhaps 63-66 with Court, Bueno, King, Richey, Turner, Jones et all. My fave period would have been the early 70s tho.
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I'll go with the following:
1971-5 with the four queens - Chrissie Evonne BJK and Margaret Court.
1979-82 - Chrissie Evonne Martina Tracy and Hana all winning slams (+ Andrea Jaeger)
1985-87 - Chrissie Martina Hana Steffi and Gaby
1990-92: Monica Steffi Martina Gaby and Arantxa.
1998-02 Martina Lindsay Venus Serena and Jenny (+ Mary Pierce) (though a bit less than the others)

The changing of the guard periods, when the next generation challenges the supremacy of the previous one are always the best.

Right now we should be having a golden period if only everyone were fit and healthy.
Good choices....man the ´98- ´02 era was SOOOOOOOOOO good! I think ´99 had the best GS-matches I´ve seen.

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I would say the Hingis, Davenport, Venus, Serena, Pierce, Steffi, Monica, and Kournikova era.

In the men's....the early 90's with Sampras, Agassi, McEnroe, Courier, Chang, Lendel, Edberg.
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I'd have to say from reading the books that the first golden age for the women was 1920-1928, when Helen Wills Moody, Suzanne Lenglen, Molla Mallory, and Hazel Hotchkiss Whitman were all dazzling the world's tennis stage during a wild and impetuous flapper era. In the words of Norma Desmond: "they had faces then".

Bill Tilden and the Four Musketeers were all the rage at the same time, and tennis was in vogue. It was very much a rich man's game, however, wealthy jazz babies were all most people clamored about during that decade. Think Great Gatsby.

After that, for the women, my vote goes for the great tennis boom of the mid-1970s. There was a stretch between 1970-1975 when Court, King, Goolagong, Navratilova, Evert, Wade, and many other greats were all playing arguably the best tennis women have ever played.

For the men, my vote goes with 1954-1962, when the Australian Dynasty ruled. I've said it before, and am only saying it from having seen precious few film clips, but I don't think any man has ever played tennis as well as Lew Hoad when he was on. Couple that with the great Ken Rosewall, Frank Sedgman, Neale Fraser, the pro talents of Pancho Gonzalez, and the emergence of Rod Laver (not to mention Americans Tony Trabert, Vic Seixas, and Jack Kramer).

There is nothing more beautiful than Evonne Goolagong in full flight moving across a tennis court.
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I'd have to say from reading the books that the first golden age for the women was 1920-1928, when Helen Wills Moody, Suzanne Lenglen, Molla Mallory, and Hazel Hotchkiss Whitman were all dazzling the world's tennis stage during a wild and impetuous flapper era. In the words of Norma Desmond: "they had faces then".

Bill Tilden and the Four Musketeers were all the rage at the same time, and tennis was in vogue. It was very much a rich man's game, however, wealthy jazz babies were all most people clamored about during that decade. Think Great Gatsby.

After that, for the women, my vote goes for the great tennis boom of the mid-1970s. There was a stretch between 1970-1975 when Court, King, Goolagong, Navratilova, Evert, Wade, and many other greats were all playing arguably the best tennis women have ever played.

For the men, my vote goes with 1954-1962, when the Australian Dynasty ruled. I've said it before, and am only saying it from having seen precious few film clips, but I don't think any man has ever played tennis as well as Lew Hoad when he was on. Couple that with the great Ken Rosewall, Frank Sedgman, Neale Fraser, the pro talents of Pancho Gonzalez, and the emergence of Rod Laver (not to mention Americans Tony Trabert, Vic Seixas, and Jack Kramer).
And those are all matches/ players you actually saw playing?!

Can´t imagine calling a period golden age just by watching some black and white clips of it.

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And those are all matches/ players you actually saw playing?!

Can´t imagine calling a period golden age just by watching some black and white clips of it.
Tennis first began in the 1800s in Europe as Court Tennis- a sport of Kings. The game as we knew it (until the mid 1980s bastardization of racquet size, but that's another thread) remained virtually unchanged from WWI until just the past 10-15 years. I can't imagine someone dismissing 90 years of automobiles in favor of being able to "see" the current production model.

Close your eyes for a minute and use all of your imagination. Then open your eyes for a minute and grab a good book on the history of this great game. Read what other players who were there and who did play the greats have to say. Evaluate the whole of tennis history for yourself- the tennis world is your oyster, bandabou!

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Tennis first began in the 1800s in Europe as Court Tennis- a sport of Kings. The game as we knew it (until the mid 1980s bastardization of racquet size, but that's another thread) remained virtually unchanged from WWI until just the past 10-15 years. I can't imagine someone dismissing 90 years of automobiles in favor of being able to "see" the current production model.

Close your eyes for a minute and use all of your imagination. Then open your eyes for a minute and grab a good book on the history of this great game. Read what other players who were there and who did play the greats have to say. Evaluate the whole of tennis history for yourself- the tennis world is your oyster, bandabou!
I know, I know...the past is also important( maybe even more important than the now?)

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