Love the Legends of Tennis
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Sydney, Australia
Well said Sam... So Maria Bueno (3 time Wimbledon Singles Champ + French & US Titles), Billie-Jean King (6 x Wimbledon Singles titles as well as French & US Titles) Evonne Goolagong (numerous Grand Slam singles titles), Darlene Hard (multiple Grand Slam winner) - all of whom Margaret dominated throughout her career were not tough competition? And then there was Lesley Turner (dual French Open champion and World #2 for several years who Margaret completely dominated), and the others she dominated included Rosie Casals, Anne Jones (Wimbledon champion), Judy Tegart, Nancy Richey (US & French Champion and ranked higher than Billie-Jean King in the USA for many years). And then after having a child, Margaret still comes back and beats Chris Evert in the French Open Final of 73. And still has wins over Navratilova, Goolagong and just about everyone else around after having 2 children and in her 30s...
I suggest you research your tennis history before you come out with such outrageous and blinkered statements such as the one above.
The competition in Margaret Court's era was tremendous, there is no doubt. Only after the top 10 did it drop off and was there less depth. But those players that made the top 10 in the 60s and 70s were all top quality players and many champions littered the rankings: Hard, Bueno, King, Goolagong, Evert, Navratilova and just below that rung was an exeptional supporting cast comprised of Turner, Wade, Jones, Casals, Tegart, Melville-Reid to name just a few.