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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Is Steffi one of the top 10 best athletes in sports ever?

If they make a list of top 10 best athletes ever (with Bubka, Jordan etc), should Steffi be included in that?
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post #2 of 52 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 10:07 PM
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Yes she should...
She is one of the best ever....
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Men and women together, maybe, she might get in, ten's an awfully low number for a lot of sports, that's all. Women only, absolutely.

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post #4 of 52 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 10:21 PM
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Also the greatest female tennis player ever.
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If it's a mixed men's and women's list, it's going to be hard for any tennis player to get on it. There's realistically one spot for a male or female tennis player, one maximum, and while Steffi had an amazing career, I can't really say that like 4-5 other men and women in tennis didn't have comparable or arguably as good or better careers. With a list of 10 and 10 only, you need one person from any given sport that is so far and away better than anyone else in their sport that they get on the list. I don't see Steffi being considered far and away and inarguably better than like Martina or Margaret Court, or some of the leading guys like Rod Laver or Pete.


A list of 10, mixed men and women, is just too short, imo, to really include any tennis player on it. None of these people are like so far and away better than the others as to merit inclusion to the exclusion of the others, which is what this list would require.

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post #6 of 52 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 10:50 PM
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ok let's make alist with the 10 best women in sports

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post #7 of 52 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 11:41 PM
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10 best women in sport - Sprinter Merlene Ottey should be up there 8 Olympic medals, 14 World Outdoor medals, 6 world indoor medals and she's still going strong at 46.

RIP Elena Baltacha, thank you for dedicating your life to a sport we all love. You'll be missed but never forgotten.
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post #8 of 52 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 11:42 PM
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Here's my list of best tennis players ever

1.Martina Nav
2.Monica Seles
3.Steffi Graf

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post #9 of 52 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 11:44 PM
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i hope so but martina would get in before steffi i guess, not that i agree, its like my bf saying last nite madonna is more talented than kate bush ha ha ha ha
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post #10 of 52 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 2006, 12:07 AM
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Originally Posted by borisy
If they make a list of top 10 best athletes ever (with Bubka, Jordan etc), should Steffi be included in that?


SI did an Overrated/Underrated cover story a few years ago, and put Steffi Graf down in the former category.
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post #11 of 52 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 2006, 12:09 AM
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Here's my list of best tennis players ever

1.Martina Nav
2.Monica Seles
3.Steffi Graf

1. Navratilova
2. Evert
3. Seles - except she was stabbed in the back.
4. Graf

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Yes, and Navratilova too



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post #13 of 52 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 2006, 12:52 AM
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Of the great players I would say that Navratilova, Graf and Court were probably the finest athletes in women^s tennis. There probably are or were others who were great natural athletes, but not great tennis players.
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Of the great players I would say that Navratilova, Graf and Court were probably the finest athletes in women^s tennis. There probably are or were others who were great natural athletes, but not great tennis players.
It has already been proven in the 90s on how the SUPERIOR SHOTMAKER prevailed over the BETTER ATHLETE.

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post #15 of 52 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 2006, 01:07 AM
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Some people tend to confuse athleticism with being an athlete. Just because you are very "athletic" does not necessarily mean that you are a great "athlete".
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