Re: "Every generation is better than the previous one. The game is always evolving"
This is the best post of the thread - very well reasoned.
FWIW - just some thoughts I have on this subject:
- I think the period in the early 2000's as being the best is overrated somewhat and the period nowadays is underrated somewhat. I often see a list of players reeled off in the early 2000's but at any one time - most of the players in that list would be a shadow of themselves or out injured. Yes there were some great players and sure - we haven't seen better since Serena 2002 - 2003. But the idea that there were a whole load of great players playing well then who would beat the current crop is opinion and greatly exaggereated.
- No-one has mentioned anything about the depth in the game. A "generation" comprises all the players - not just the few at the top. And there is definitely far more depth in the game. In particular there are a lot of players now who can play a game that is very dangerous for a top seed. These players have a few brilliant matches (commentators will say she looks top 10 and if you look at the players - who would you think is the higher seed). But they lack the consistency to become top players themselves. But there's more of them around than in previous eras. Top players used to have an easier passage througth the early rounds because there wasn't much depth.
- It is just a matter of opinion to say who is the better of two great players who played in different time periods. Different equipment, different access to facilties, training. Different amount of money. There is no right or wrong. I think if you put any champion of the past into today's game - she would be good but would struggle against the best players. But why is that the test? Why is it always that way? How would the top players today fare if they were wisked back in time to when the great player of the past being compared with played and with the equipment, facilities and money back then. When comparing - I think it's only fair and honest to imagine the scenario both ways.
Great post. I think the second point made hasn't been raised yet in this thread, yet its very important in raising the point that the games evolved!!
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