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Best generation?

  • Before 70's - Court, Bueno, Conolly, Lenglen and many many others...

    Votes: 2 2.3%
  • 70's - King, Casals, Wade, Goolagong, Evert, Navratilova

    Votes: 5 5.8%
  • 80's - Navratilova, Evert, Austin, Mandlikova, Shriver, Jaeger, Sukova...

    Votes: 4 4.7%
  • late 80's early 90's - Graf, Seles, ASV, Sabatini, Conchita, Novotna, Mary Joe, Zvereva, Maleevas...

    Votes: 33 38.4%
  • late 90's - Hingis, Venus, Davenport, Serena, Kournikova, Mauresmo...

    Votes: 22 25.6%
  • Newest generation: the girls above + Kim, Henin, Dokic and all the new girls

    Votes: 20 23.3%

  • Total voters
    86
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Well, It's been quite a hard work coz there are some players like Navratilova who were on tour for 3 decades (70's 80's & 90's)

I also didn't know what to do with players like Jennifer Capriati... I think she should be include in the early 90's? And please forgive me coz I really have no idea about tennis before 70's!
 

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As a point of clarification, you might want to note that Monica Seles is in fact still playing, and playing better than several of your "current" generation.
 

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I'm sorry DH, but I just named a few players... Notice that I didnt even name players like Pierce, Huber, Coetzer, Tauziat, Turnbull etc, all of them very good players.

I know Seles is still a very good player, but I dont think she can be considered in the "justine-kim-etc" generation. Another example is Graf, included in the late 80's early 90's. She won a GS title in 1999, obviusly she was still a great player. I just want you to note that it's very difficult to especify which generation a player belongs to.

I also included Court in the "before 70's" but of course she was still an awesome player in the early 70's! In fact she was still world number one in 1974, but she played most of her tennis in the 60's.
 

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You forgot to add in Martina Navratilova and Jennifer Capriati in the late 80's early 90's. :)
 

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I think TOT was just listing names to give you an idea of what era he's talking about and not a comprehensive list of the best players of the time.

Pre-70's - because tennis dresses and wood rackets are cool :)
 

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i love Hingis era post 97 pre 00....:)
and Monica domination was a lotta fun to see too,
i missed 80's era, it's probably a lotta fun too,
seeing Steffi doing great was good too..
seeing that she could still play at 30's
 

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late 90's and the new. That's all I've seen :eek:
 

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late 80's early 90's but then I didn't see the generations before
 

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1973

1973 is widely regarded as the best year in women's tennis by tennis historians. Margaret Court, Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong, Virginia Wade, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Olga Morozova were all playing world-class tennis and winning titles against each other. With the notable exception of Chris Evert, all the players had all-court games at a time when 3 of the 4 majors were on grass- MARGARET COURT WON EVERY MAJOR EXCEPT WIMBLEDON in 1973. She also won 8 majors in the 70s (many more than Navratilova during the same decade)
 

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Court and Lenglen from the same generation? :eek:
 

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The Venus/ Serena generation if only because finally there are some african-american players dominating a white sport!! :) :)
 

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The latest generation, i didn't see a lot of players before
 

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The Venus/ Serena generation if only because finally there are some african-american players dominating a white sport!! :) :)
Where is Jimmy the Greek when you need him?!? LOL
 

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late 90s
 

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Court and Lenglen from the same generation? :eek:
My sentiments too- it disturbs me how "Open Tennis" has replaced The History of Tennis. It's the lack of mention that hurts- Althea Gibson, Shirley Fry, Margaret Osborne duPont, Pauline Betz Addie, Helen Jacobs, and ALICE MARBLE- WHY DOESN'T ANYONE EVER TALK ABOUT ALICE MARBLE?!!!!???
 

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I think back in the day of ASV, Seles and Graf stick out in my mind. Even though you could predict the usual suspects at each tournament, the matches beforehand would be absolutely amazing.

Courtesy of Eurosport, I got to see some classic matches and the game plans used then were great, and moreso the contrast in styles (especially of the No. 1s Graf, ASV and Seles, they were all so diverse).

But I like the 90s - 00s too coz Jen won her Slams and Elena D emerged. Its just that the No. 1s during this time (barring Hingis) were all power baseliners, which shows how the game has moved forward today.

All exciting times!! :)
 

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Agree with Alfajeffster - The 70s.

1973 in particular - Court, King, Evert, Goolagong, Wade, Navratilova, Richey (Gunter), Morozova, Casals, Durr, Stove etc.
 
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