Worshipping the bangs
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Larsson's Player Forum
Re: Defining 'Dominant': 13 Slam Finals in a Row
Defining "Frustrating" Three straight Slam semis, and NO finals. But I digress.
Sure, the competition in the Pre-Open era wasn't as good as in the Open era. The players didn't have the time, the equipment, the training techniques or the financial resources to prepare the way pros do. For that matter, neither did the players of the '70s and '80s compared to the players of today.
Still, they were playing the best competitors they could. Winning one of the slams was the gateway to having a "pro" career (such as it was in those days). My old man still insist Don Budge could beat anybody playing today*--and Budge was ranked #1 as both an amatuer and a pro. And he wasn't the only one (Bobby Riggs succeeded him in both categories, as I recall).
Give the old-timers their props. Given what they were up against, winning majors was just as hard as it is for the modern players. Send Serena back in time--we'll hypothetically assume that racism is not an issue--she'd succeed. Bring Helen Wills Moody forward, put her on a modern regimen, etc., she'd succeed. Because they have the hearts and minds of champions.
(*of course, he insist Sammy Baugh is the greatest quarterback, Nagurski and Motley the best backs, etc. etc.)
Pass the duct tape and super glue. Lena's done broke my heart one last time.
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