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Re: What were the biggest tournaments outside the Slams during the 1970s/1980s?
Eastbourne always had a pretty good field, but it wasn't light years ahead of events such as Colgate/Toyota grasscourt events in Melbourne and Sydney.
For most years of this era, I think you have to look at the tournament on a case-by-case basis.
Eastbourne used to be a fantastic event - it was a 64 player draw and you'd get matches going on past 8pm, sometimes till it started to get dark.
Sadly they reduced it to a 28 player draw some years ago which also meant that the Top 4 seeds didn't play first round matches.
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