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Wandering around general messages from time to time I get the impression a lot of people there think the game before 1968 (or even 1998!) was just pat ball fluff.

Tap, tap, hit ball and stroll on over. Maybe break a mild sweat.

Being contrarian by nature, and old to boot, I want to affirm how tough many of these women were.

Are today's female pros tough customers? Sure they are. But in many ways they have it easy. A Sharapova or Williams would wilt at what many of these ladies put up with.

This is for the grand dames, divas, and tough as nails broads.
 

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Alan Trengrove on how the Australian event was run in the 1950s.

http://static.booktopia.com.au/pdf/9780980466744-1.pdf


Payers were forbidden to sit down at a change of ends, as they do now. Nor could they use any type of umbrella to protect
themselves from the blazing sun. Some stood, quaffing copious amounts of water, with a wet towel draped over their head, and
clinging to any shade caste by the umpire, who sat above them in an elevated umpire’s chair. It would have all been good training for
the Kokoda Trail.

.......Among the problems that referees and umpires had to adjudicate 50 years ago were cases of players cramping, a
frequent occurrence in Australia’s hot and steamy summer. Any player so afflicted could not receive medical treatment on court unless he or she defaulted. Some defied their pain and would writhe helplessly until obliged to give up. [This was true as late as 1965. In the final Maria Bueno's cries of pain on the ground due to cramps brought screams from a helpless crowd pleading for someone to step in. Officilas dared not touch her-as this brought an immediate default].
 

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did some internet and youtube videos digging and i believe 1975 was the 1st year that wimby used chairs, i didn't see any chairs being used before then...
 

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Certainly the sports medicine aspect --or lack thereof-- would have left so many modern players with much less of their careers. E.g., some of the treatments BJK had for her knees made the problems worse.
 
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