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Greatest ever player? « on: February 27, 2006, 06:55 PM »
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OK, this is male players only. I've never seen Laver play, but he has to rank pretty high for doing the Grand Slam (all four majors in one year) twice. I saw Borg and McEnroe as I was growing up - Mac had too short a career to be considered the best, and Borg never cracked the US.

So, here's my vote, and why.

For me, the greatest player was Andre Agassi. Why? Because he has a UNIQUE place in history. While he won only 8 Slams, he's the only player to win all four Grand Slams in the modern era. But this is the key: he's the only player in history to have won all four Slams on different surfaces. With Laver's Slams, correct me if I'm wrong, three of them were on grass.
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Greatest ever player? « Reply #1 on: February 27, 2006, 07:00 PM »
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I'm not sure... I want to say John McEnroe, first of all for his behaviour and temperament, incredible!
And second of all, Big Mac had
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Greatest ever player? « Reply #2 on: February 27, 2006, 07:09 PM »
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I'm not sure... I want to say John McEnroe, first of all for his behaviour and temperament, incredible!
And second of all, Big Mac had
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If he'd won that French final against Lendl, he'd have a shout. But he didn't. Like Borg, he won only two of the four different Grand Slams, and his career lasted only five years, really.
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Greatest ever player? « Reply #3 on: February 27, 2006, 07:11 PM »
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Well, I don't look at the opportunity's he missed, I look at the ones he took. And the way he took them wub
I'm just saying, you need to look at the whole package.
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Greatest ever player? « Reply #4 on: February 27, 2006, 07:14 PM »
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Well, I don't look at the opportunity's he missed, I look at the ones he took. And the way he took them wub
I'm just saying, you need to look at the whole package.


I take your point - brilliant player. Probably the most naturally gifted ever. But Mac won seven Grand Slam titles on two surfaces; Agassi won eight on all four.

Incidentally, don't get me started on Sampras. He was nowhere near the French, and my Aunty Edna had a better backhand.
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Greatest ever player? « Reply #5 on: February 27, 2006, 07:24 PM »
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If Auntie Edna has a better backhand, she missed her calling Wink
But I see where you're coming from, you're right about Agassi but I stand by my point... Mac deserves that title as much as he does.
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Greatest ever player? « Reply #6 on: February 27, 2006, 07:55 PM »
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Sampras was sooooooo dull to watch as well. I guess I have something against serve and volleyers - if tennis is a beautiful conversation, a volley is a full-stop. That's why I like AA.
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Greatest ever player? « Reply #7 on: February 27, 2006, 07:56 PM »
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I don't like to watch serve and volleyers all the time... I do like watching Henman, but I much prefer the beautiful long rally's from behind the baseline.
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Greatest ever player? « Reply #8 on: February 27, 2006, 07:59 PM »
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I don't like to watch serve and volleyers all the time... I do like watching Henman, but I much prefer the beautiful long rally's from behind the baseline.


With you all the way on that one. And much better live than on telly.
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Greatest ever player? « Reply #9 on: February 27, 2006, 08:01 PM »
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Live, you can really see how fast and hard the balls go, it's unbelievable... But I've never seen a men's match live Crying or Very sad But to see something like that live, is amazing, the atmosphere is indescribable and the ball changes go so fast.
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Greatest ever player? « Reply #10 on: February 27, 2006, 08:40 PM »
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Dont laugh but according to me the greatest ever is Fred Perry. His greatness is shown by the fact that he picked up tennis at the age of 18! Till then he was a supreme table tennis player. In the year 1929 aged twenty he became World Champ in table tennis, breaking years of Hungarian hegemony. That same year he entered Wimbly and reached the third round. He quit table tennis to focus on tennis and won 7 Grand Slams in only 6 active years. But his greatest feat was holding all four titles simultaneously although not in the same year. His record of winning all four Slams by the age of 26 still stands!

Truly this man is the best!
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Greatest ever player? « Reply #11 on: February 27, 2006, 08:46 PM »
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Dont laugh but according to me the greatest ever is Fred Perry. His greatness is shown by the fact that he picked up tennis at the age of 18! Till then he was a supreme table tennis player. In the year 1929 aged twenty he became World Champ in table tennis, breaking years of Hungarian hegemony. That same year he entered Wimbly and reached the third round. He quit table tennis to focus on tennis and won 7 Grand Slams in only 6 active years. But his greatest feat was holding all four titles simultaneously although not in the same year. His record of winning all four Slams by the age of 26 still stands!

Truly this man is the best!


Good shout, Arka. Nobody ever considers ol' Fred.
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Greatest ever player? « Reply #12 on: February 27, 2006, 08:51 PM »
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Most people ignore him but for me he is the greatest as he took up tennis more as a challenge.
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Greatest ever player? « Reply #13 on: February 27, 2006, 09:02 PM »
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Coming from quite a young generation compared to some people here, i can't say much about Mac and his generation of tennis stars. In fact.. i only just caught the last couple of years of Sampras' carrear so that shows how little i can relete to the eariler (possibly greater) generation of players.
For me... i think, Andy Roddick will always be a great. notworthy I know everyone has their own opinions about him and i respect that - even if they're very negative Frown ..still. Andy Roddick is someone who got me into tennis and made me understand the game fully at quite an early age. For me - he is the Connors of my time. Both in the talent and personality categories.
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Greatest ever player? « Reply #14 on: February 27, 2006, 09:07 PM »
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You know I also must mention Andy Murray as he is the reason I started watching tennis this June.
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