Re: Is the tennis of Navratilova era the same as now?
No this era is not the same as the 70's, 80's or even the early 90's and that’s due to a number of reasons such as increased professionalism, which has lead to higher levels athleticism throughout the entire game. Advancements in technology have also changed the game, due to racket technology shots with huge topspin are the most prevalent in this era and rightly so. In the past most players only hit with a little topspin, they hit more flat and even had some underspin, which was fine for that time. Some of the shots played with modern rackets would lead to wrist fractures with wooden or old style metal rackets. So most players in previous eras would find it difficult to compete in the modern game, but if they were raised in this era, their games too would be different.
That said, I believe that the ladies who were at the top of the game in their respective eras would be able to compete competently with the modern day players, especially Navratilova. Having seen her compete in doubles up until last year at her age gives credence to this. This also applies to Court (so powerful), BJK (amazing volleys), Evert (a mental giant, whose shots were more powerful than they appear) and Goolagong (genius, some of her shots were simply unbelievable) among others.
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