Re: Margaret Court...
It seems that many people in the tennis fraternity really have it in for Margaret Court.
I may not necessarily agree with some of her personal views but she is entitled to her own opinion.
As far as we are concerned, IMO, it should really only be her tennis exploits which tax us.
I don't know whether she did anything else at the presentation rather than be on stage when the trophies were presented but contrary to jamesuk I was just thinking how, similar to Ann Jones, as neither of them would in any way be considered beauties when they were playing! how gracefully and elegantly she had aged.
If it were solely a numbers game then I think those who point out that the general standard of the Aussie pre-1980s compared to other Slams and by today's standards (for some reason it seems to me that Billie-Jean King's fans more than anyone else get hyper over this) can be questioned do have a valid point.
However, when you're getting into the high teens in numbers of Slam wins you have to consider the whole picture.
You can't change history and the nature of the game was that many top players did not go to Australia. Yes, tennisvideos is right when he says Margaret did have to beat some of the world's leading players in taking her 11 titles but when more often than not half or less of the world's top 10 was in the field and an even lower ratio further down it cannot stand scrutiny as a Slam in the same class as Wimbledon, Forest Hills or Roland Garros.
Based on the evidence of her victory in 1965 which had the strongest field pre-1980's I would agree with Serena-lover that there is every likelihood Margaret would have won most of the titles even in a full field.
You have to accept the game for what it was then and just look at her record in the other Slams which did have most of the leading players of the era.
Yes, she "only" won 3 Wimbledons (incidentally so did Chris Evert) but if you think about it there aren't that many players post WWII who actually won more! Taking into account the fact that Margaret won 3 of the 4 Slams in 1962, 1965, 1969 and 1973 it is just blind ignorance to belittle her achievements. It is also quite amazing that she was able to be out of the game for several long periods and then be able to return and win more Slams. In some years she only lost a handful of matches the whole season.
This doesn't even include her doubles record which is truly sensational although personally to me it's a team and cannot be considered in tandem with the singles record.
Margaret Thatcher - Michele Bachmann two strong women of our time.