Re: Tennis today versus yesterday??
People just don't get how big a sport tennis was in the 60's and 70's. For Americans, I have the perfect comparison. Tennis was bigger than the NBA. Bigger than the NFL (American football). Basically, the only two bigger sports in the USA were baseball and .... boxing.
1975 offers the perfect example. 'Love Doubles'. 1975. A mixed doubles EXHIBITION match was on network television. These days, mixed is played four times a year, and can't even get three honest sets.
As much as it's impossible to understand if you weren't around then, Chris Evert was Anna Kournikova. Only she won like ... Chris Evert. When you imagine what Maria Sharapova would be as a sports icon if she won like Serena, that's what Chris Evert actually was, in 1970's terms.
But, back to the thread subject ....
I might not have ever fallen in love with tennis if coverage was 25 hours a day like it is now. I used to LOVE American football. And baseball. I know so much about baseball I don't watch it anymore. I know too much about how money influences wins and losses. Most pro sports are NOT a fair fight.
(It's dishonest of course, but tennis is so right to keep it's financials under wraps.)
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.