Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Under Carlos Moya
Hi Robert, most of the journalists writing in the 60s and 70s saw the German Nationals/Open, as one of the big three European Clay Court events along with Paris and Rome but it was always #3. This was because Rome and Paris took place close to each other in the tennis year whereas the German Open was held in August, at the end of the European Clay Court season and before the US Open. It was the last major European outdoor event of the year. Because of its timing, it often lacked the top Americans who had long since returned to the US for the US Clay season and many of the other top players who went to the states to play the US GC circuit events before the US Open. It was supported by all the European clay court players and those overseas players who chose to tour Europe rather than play in the states. By the time it switched dates to before the French Open, the combined effects of the Virginia Slims tour and World team Tennis meant that many of the top stars weren't playing the European Clay Court season at all and the german Open went the way of Rome and Paris.
Martina's record in 88/9 was 3 slam finals, all lost in 3 sets from 7 events played and 1 slims final lost from 2 played. In 90/1, she had two slam finals, 1 won, from 4 events played and 1 slims final from 1 event played. IMO, there's not really much difference in her achievements in absolute terms but the fact that in 88/9 Steffi was way ahead whereas in 90/1 there were several players vying for the top changes our perception.
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