Kafelnikov was not random, he was in the top 5 in the rankings at Sydney 2000, he was runner up in Australia that year and US Open semi finalist less than 12 months before his gold. And also won nearly 30 titles in his career, how many players today have near 15 let alone near 30.Massu and Rosset were kinda random, and Kafelnikov is one of the worst Slam champions ever even if he won two. Agree about the women but I don't think male players cared that much before 2008, for some reason. Well, Federer did but he choked in both 2004 and 2008.
Agassi won Gold before 2008 so he cared. I guess Massu and Rosset would have been close to favs but they are hardly in Puig's randomness league imo.