Originally Posted by TennisFan1984
From those of us who are currently actively following tennis it is easy to gage the ability of a number of players who have not performed up to their potential whether due to lack of motivation, injury or illness. 20 years from now, however, those looking back on these years will largely rely on mere numbers (similar to how we judge players like Navratilova, Evert, Court and Graf today). In light of this "objective" criteria—and without extensive knowledge of qualitative criteria— how will the current crop of players stack up?
Whose legacy benefit the most from a statistics analysis as opposed to a qualitative one?
Will Serena's legacy be tainted by her recent lack of form/injury?
Will Justine's 2005 be viewed in the context of her illness/injury?
I think that 20 years from now today's player will be almost forgotten.
Today will be seen as a transition time between Seles/Graf and new stars which will dominate the sport like those two did in the 90ies. Fans will say that in between there were same players like Davenport, Hingis, Serena, Venus, Henin (and Sharapova?) with 3-7 slams who didn't make it to the all-time greats list because she were good only for for 3 of 4 years.
And no, injuries etc. will be even less mentioned in 20 years.