Bandabou, i don't think Margaret Court doesn't see that today's players have enormous talent; you'd have to be blind not to see it. Since the tennis boom, more and more 'potential' tennis players have been drawn to the sport who may otherwise have gone toward skiing and, or god forbid, softball. As Father Williams said of hs girls, "I saw Chris Evert win 100,000 for a tournament and i brought my girls out to the tennis court that day." Today's players were all very inspired by what they saw in yesterday's players.
Court's objection (and some of ours) is that we are not being allowed to find out just how talented they may be! If the current technology makes it so easy to one-two punch your way to victory, you never get stretched to have to use alternative ways of winning...using a lob, drop-shotting, having to endure 20 rallies back and forth to see whose concentration will crack first. that's a lot more pressure on the player than hitting 3 balls and going for a winner; point over, win or lose, but its all very quick. So she would love to see, what is clearly a remarkable field of talented players, get tested FURTHER by not having it so easy with the racquets. It's not like having training wheels on a bicycle, but it is somewhere in that direction.
I am upset sometimes when I see today's matches because I feel I'm being robbed of seeing how far the players would have to dig for their talent, and that's when they would surprise us with what they come up with! It would be so much more of a struggle, not that they are not struggling as it is. But it would just be different.
the other issue is that this style of play is SO power-heavy, it is taking its toll on the player's bodies...it will shorten their careers, they will grow into their post-tennis lives with injuries, and it is the reason we don't have the full-on rivalries..this never used to happen. Sure, someone would get injured once in a while, but not often, and certainly not so MANY players, so OFTEN. This is not only questionable, therefore, for the quality of the tennis we see, but for these women (and the men) as people. Why should someone who was so much on the rise, like serena, get sidelined all this time? It's not fair. It totally interrupts the flow, and its not automatic that it just comes back. certainly venus would not have lost to lisa raymond, for instance, under any kind of normal circumstances. But these racquets ARE the reason these things are happening. Too much pressure being put on our delicate human frame.
I also dont agree that the racquet companies could not make money just as they do now...there is still racquet technology in different types of wood and lighter graphite-composite racquets; plenty of competition as to how to make the best racquet...there always was that competition. They would all have to out-do each other in making the most effective racquets, with certain size and weight restrictions. It's not that big a deal.
And if we care about the dynamic nature of the sport, and we care about the people playing the sport at the top, then we have to consider whether the tools they're using is a poison to both quality and players.