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croat123
Apr 20th, 2004, 10:36 PM
For years it was Goran and Jana, but they both finally won their first slams after the age of 30. How about now?

For WTA, I'd say Coetzer
For ATP... Henman?? (altho I hate his style of play)

UDiTY
Apr 20th, 2004, 10:38 PM
Mary Joe Fernandez
Alex Corretja shoulda won a French

*Jool*
Apr 20th, 2004, 10:39 PM
Mauresmo for WTA and Corretja for ATP
Retired: I 'm so sad Lori McNeil never won Wimbledon...(she maybe not the best but one of the best)

croat123
Apr 20th, 2004, 10:40 PM
amelie still has time

let's focus on players who are running out of time... :) (otherwise i'd say sprem :p )

jonny84
Apr 20th, 2004, 10:42 PM
Els Callens!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mikey
Apr 20th, 2004, 10:42 PM
No idea about the ATP.

Good candidates for the WTA are Pam Shriver, Mary Joe Fernandez, and Helena Sukova. I would wait a couple years before I said that Kim Clijsters and Amelie Mauresmo deserve to be on that list - they do right now in terms of best current players to have never won a slam, but for all time, not yet ;)

fan911
Apr 20th, 2004, 10:42 PM
Probably Fernandez because she made 3 GS finals.

Of course, Kim Clijsters too, however in her case it's not over yet...

*Jool*
Apr 20th, 2004, 10:44 PM
You're right . Plus, maybe Kim is better than Amelie and I hadn'yt thought of her.
Well, running out of time can be Coetzer or Rubin.

Mikey
Apr 20th, 2004, 10:46 PM
Ooo, sentimental favorite to never win a slam goes to Nathalie Tauziat :p

raquel
Apr 20th, 2004, 10:48 PM
As for players still in their prime - Clijsters, Nalbandian, Coria, Mauresmo and Henman are obvious examples who could still win a Slam

I would loved to have seen Todd Martin win a Grand Slam. He just seems a really nice guy, but never quite made it. Wimbledon 1996 was a great chance but choked against MaliVai in the semis :sad:

Pam Shriver, Natasha Zvereva, Manuela Maleeva and Helena Sukova are all great players who never won a Slam either, not sure who the greatest it though.

- L i n a -
Apr 20th, 2004, 10:48 PM
Olga Morozova.

baleineau
Apr 20th, 2004, 10:50 PM
MJF on WTA - she was top 5-10 for about 6 years and made many finals and SFs

Corretja on ATP - was good enough to win Roland Garros and join Bruguera, Moya, Costa and Ferrero.

Kart
Apr 20th, 2004, 10:52 PM
Of the players I've seen I go for Mary Joe Fernandez - but that's only because I've only seen clips of Helena Sukova in singles, although I've seen her play doubles.

From what I understand from some of the BFTP forum members, she's a better choice.

brunof
Apr 20th, 2004, 11:01 PM
I think if Zvereva would have worked harder off court, she could have won a singles slam too. Damn cursed 1998 Wimbledon. :sad:

Task
Apr 20th, 2004, 11:06 PM
Best woman player to never win a slam is Zvereva.

Best man players, tough one, but I'll go with Henman. I figured he would have a least one wimbledon by now.

arcus
Apr 20th, 2004, 11:13 PM
miloslav mecir.... way too much talent to not have won a slam. I owuldnt say the same about Rios, but he played well for a slamless one. Todd martin maybe should have squeezed one slam out of his career.
Agree with Henman, in terms of talent, but he stinks up the slams so bad it is just not funny.

women. I would say shriver. Sukova was good too, and mjf.

Currently mauresmo and clijsters, but they have time.

MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 20th, 2004, 11:37 PM
On the WTA Tour, I'd have to say that Kim Clijsters is the best player not to have won a Grand Slam. Chanda Rubin ranks high on the list (but she play's streakily sometimes). On the list also are Mauresmo and Patty Schnyder. On the ATP..... hmmmm. Let's see. David Nalbandian, and Guillermo Coria (the South American players really get robbed at GS). Oh and no...."best to not win" list is complete without Tim Henman

Jakeev
Apr 20th, 2004, 11:45 PM
Well, since so many have already been mentioned I will add Sylvia Hanika to the list. She was Germany's top player until the rise of Steffi Graf and although she only won four titles in her career, one was huge; the Avon Championships over Martina Navratilova.

She had pretty much significant wins over every major top player of her day and lost to Hana Mandlikova in the 81 French Open final.

She was a finalist in all sorts of finals and even though I think many considered her a junk baller, I thought she had a great lefty forehand and I found her fun to watch.

Volcana
Apr 21st, 2004, 12:44 AM
Morozova, MJ Fernandez

MisterQ
Apr 21st, 2004, 12:51 AM
WTA: Clijsters
ATP: Rios, Mecir

All of the names you guys have said are contenders for this "title" also... :)

faboozadoo15
Apr 21st, 2004, 01:00 AM
what about andrea jaeger??? no one has mentioned her.
i've only seen her play is small clips and things, but theres no arguing with her potential and what she did in so little time...

Bright Red
Apr 21st, 2004, 01:02 AM
OMG! I was going to create a thread on this very topic yesterday (WTA only, though), but forgot to do it. Scary, very scary.

Bright Red
Apr 21st, 2004, 01:04 AM
To me, the obvious choice right now is Clijsters. Although I don't see her ending her career slamless.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Apr 21st, 2004, 01:07 AM
i would also have to say kim,tim,alex,amelie and russians

tennisIlove09
Apr 21st, 2004, 03:26 AM
WTA Retired:
Fernandez; Shriver (no really)

WTA Active:
Clijsters

disposablehero
Apr 21st, 2004, 03:30 AM
For years it was Goran and Jana, but they both finally won their first slams after the age of 30. How about now?

For WTA, I'd say Coetzer
For ATP... Henman?? (altho I hate his style of play)
Coetzer compared to Kim? I like Coetzer, but Kim has done three times as much in a third of the time. This is Kim, by a wide wide margin now.

arcus
Apr 21st, 2004, 03:53 AM
what about andrea jaeger??? no one has mentioned her.
i've only seen her play is small clips and things, but theres no arguing with her potential and what she did in so little time...

Thats a good point. She was phenom #2 after Tracy.
but only 7ish titles in her career. but a wimbledon and french final. so good effort. and a record that was not disimilar to sukova who I had mentioned.
andrea gets forgotten cos there were very similar players who were jsut more successful around the same time. Where is she now?..............:) :) :)

Jakeev
Apr 21st, 2004, 05:41 AM
Thats a good point. She was phenom #2 after Tracy.
but only 7ish titles in her career. but a wimbledon and french final. so good effort. and a record that was not disimilar to sukova who I had mentioned.
andrea gets forgotten cos there were very similar players who were jsut more successful around the same time. Where is she now?..............:) :) :)
She actually had 8 titles to her name and was a consistent Grand Slam performer in her all too brief career.

She was bratty and fiery on court but drove her opponents nuts. Not sure what her career would have been like if her shoulder hadn't practically disintegrated.

But she is one of the most respected former players out there today for her charity work and it just a shame she could not have at that one big title in her career.