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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Larsson's Player Forum
Re: What's most important when it comes to ranking GREATNESS?
The problem with putting to much emphasis on ANY one of the above--especially slams, IMHO, but any of them--is that it assumes they're a constant. Which they aren't.
Slams are especially prone to fluctuate, because FO and AO from the '70s and '80s tended to attract some extremely weak fields (and some of the fields were also smaller). The level of play on the tour, at tournaments, at slams, etc. can fluctuate enormously from year to year. They change the points and the way rankings are calculated all the time.
So yes, while it's pretty damn clear that somebody with double digit slams is pretty darned good, especially if they have a winning percentage over .800 and 100 titles and blah, blah, blah, you're eventually reduced to mere speculation. Career wins and lifetime winning percentages do the most to level out the variables because they track the longest time frame. Major slam winners, who have long track records of winning multiple slams also help factor out the variables over their career.
But it's just not possible to compare apples to apples unless comparing players from the same era. And even then, I'm afraid I have to agree with JJ. Sometimes, you do just get lucky for a couple of weeks.
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