Originally Posted by bandabou
I have one question.....how was the level back then when Evonne played? sometimes on general messages you read the most amazing things: Tennis before the ´80´ies, specifically before ´88, was socialite level, the top 10 back then wouldn´t even make top 100 today, etc...
So what do you think? Would the Evonne´s, BJk´s, Courts, etc be a factor in the modern game, say from Steffi and onwards?
I believe in the popular general opinion that a champion is a champion no matter what era. The talent, determination, and work ethic wouldn't change - only the technology. But I would wholeheartedly disagree with your assessment of tennis pre-1988. I would put the top 10 of 1978 or 1988 up against the top 10 of 1998 or 2004. I don't even think it would be that close.
IMO, in terms of being actual tennis players rather than ball bashers with thundersticks for racquets, the top 10 of the 80's would easily beat the top 10 of the 90's or anything this decade has yet to produce. I used to feel the same way about 70's tennis that you feel about tennis pre 1988. But after watching more tennis from that era, I have a total new found respect for it.
I believe players like BJK, Evonne, and Court would have their hands full with Steffi or Monica. But there's no one else from the 90's or the present day that I would even put close to those three greats. I think that tennis got worse since 1988, not better.
I fully believe that the reason why Martina can continue to play competitively with many in today's top 50 is that today's players don't know any strategy. It's first strike tennis plain and simple. If everything were equal, I think players like BJK or Chris would take apart the Williams sisters or JenCap. Perhaps Henin would fare better.