Love the Legends of Tennis
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Sydney, Australia
I think a better question would be how would today's players go against her with wooden rackets and on a fast court eg. indoor or grass. Evonne was one of the best players in the world from 1971-1980 and in addition to her 2 Wimbledon titles, French Open and 5? Aussie Open titles she was runner up at the USO Open for 4 consecutive years 1973-1976. She also won the end of year championships. I don't have my books in front of me, but all I am saying is that Evonne was a wonderful player, and she was able to handle the best in the world during her era.
I don't know if Evonne's style would lend itself to today's brand of tennis. Today's larger rackets better suit the brutally struck baseline shots - with topspin. Evonne relied more on feathery shotmaking with a heavily sliced backhand and cutting volleys. I would suggest she would have to completely change her style to adjust to the new rackets, as would most of the players from the pre-graphite era eg. Evert, Wade, King, Durr, etc. It's all too difficult. Plus the court surfaces make a difference. In Goolagong's day the courts were either grass or clay with a hardcourt just starting to take over in America. But today hardcourt predominates and therefore topspin is the most suited shot. Just too difficult to compare the players and their styles. I think a champion from any era would adjust to the conditions they found themselves in and do well.