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The Golden Age of Tennis

1970s
4 (22.2%)
1980s
9 (50%)
1990s
1 (5.6%)
2000s
4 (22.2%)

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Voting closed: April 03, 2007, 09:41:11 AM

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Offline Babblelot

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« on: April 03, 2007, 09:41:11 AM »
The Golden Age of Tennis: Official Results[/size][/color]

1970s..........0
1980s..........4
1990s..........0
2000s..........0
null...........8


This thought came to me following a discussion with a friend about Tiger and Roger.

I told him that during the Open Era (huh? golf fans are equally pompous and ignorant), there have only been three "dynasties" (his term) in tennis: Borg (70s), Sampras (90s) and Federer (00s).

Then I made the claim that, arguably, the 80s was tennis' "Golden Age," with the likes of McEnroe, Connors, Lendl, Wilander and Edberg all spliting the pie into 5ths.

The 80s gets my vote as tennis' "Golden Age."

What you say? Please explain.
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2007, 02:36:41 PM »
I remember watching some good clashes between Chris Evert and Navratilova at Wimbledon as a young un' proly in the early 80's.   I followed tennis in the 90's a little closer but still not too much!   It wasn't until I got cable 2 Summers ago that I started to watch tennis about as much as they show and following on the computer and Tennis magazine and such!  For these reasons, it is the 00's for me!

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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2007, 03:53:31 PM »
Quote from: "OSU Buckeye"
I remember watching some good clashes between Chris Evert and Navratilova at Wimbledon as a young un' proly in the early 80's.   I followed tennis in the 90's a little closer but still not too much!   It wasn't until I got cable 2 Summers ago that I started to watch tennis about as much as they show and following on the computer and Tennis magazine and such!  For these reasons, it is the 00's for me!


So your vote is a reflection of when you began following tennis as opposed to identifying "The Golden Age" of tennis.

I suspect the anonymous arse-clown who voted with you did so for the same reason.
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2007, 03:55:27 PM »
Who else voted for the 80s and why?
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2007, 03:58:52 PM »
Quote from: "Babblelot"
Quote from: "OSU Buckeye"
I remember watching some good clashes between Chris Evert and Navratilova at Wimbledon as a young un' proly in the early 80's.   I followed tennis in the 90's a little closer but still not too much!   It wasn't until I got cable 2 Summers ago that I started to watch tennis about as much as they show and following on the computer and Tennis magazine and such!  For these reasons, it is the 00's for me!


So your vote is a reflection of when you began following tennis as opposed to identifying "The Golden Age" of tennis.

I suspect the anonymous arse-clown who voted with you did so for the same reason.



Sorry holmes!  I guess I shouldn't have voted because my experience doesn't run strong through different decades!

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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2007, 07:51:23 PM »
Quote from: "Babblelot"
The Golden Age of Tennis: Official Results[/size][/color]

1970s..........0
1980s..........1
1990s..........0
2000s..........0
null..............3


This thought came to me following a discussion with a friend about Tiger and Roger.

I told him that during the Open Era (huh? golf fans are equally pompous and ignorant), there have only been three "dynasties" (his term) in tennis: Borg (70s), Sampras (90s) and Federer (00s).

Then I made the claim that, arguably, the 80s was tennis' "Golden Age," with the likes of McEnroe, Connors, Lendl, Wilander and Edberg all spliting the pie into 5ths.

The 80s gets my vote as tennis' "Golden Age."

What you say? Please explain.


Me i go for the 80s,McEnroe @ the time was my fav player.When he beat Borg i was over the moon.That final was as good as iv ever seen.For me that was the Golden Age in tennis as Bab says,the players were so close.Hmmmm then thay change the rackets with new strings.Then tennis became smash & grab,points won on service all the time.
sid :)

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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2007, 08:20:29 PM »
Quote from: "sid"
Me i go for the 80s,McEnroe @ the time was my fav player.When he beat Borg i was over the moon.That final was as good as iv ever seen.For me that was the Golden Age in tennis as Bab says,the players were so close.Hmmmm then thay change the rackets with new strings.Then tennis became smash & grab,points won on service all the time.
sid :)


Wow! ditto here!!! IIRC, that occurred on July 4, 1981. I held on to the newspaper for a long while--wish I had it today.
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late 70`s tennis explosion
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2007, 08:18:17 PM »
hi babbelot , yes i seen laver , s smith, nastase, connors ,ashe, borg , started i think late seventies wood racquet era ,( wilson  s smith , davis  imperial, spalding ,dunlop ) racquets
 white tennis balls?  some great matches , than 80`s tennis came around the bad boys of tennis , nastase started it  jimmy connors, big mac, was entertaining especially tv tennis
 announcer  bud collins too, the game grew  from there and technology with racquets
 came about optic orange tennis balls for indoor carpet matches and roscoe tanner  hitting
 150 mph + serves and he volleyed  the whole stadium would say wow  then fruwitt and mc millian ruled doubles  than mc enroe and pete flemming than  tennis slowed down a few years in late late 80`s the 90`s  came about younger players more tv coverage ,etc

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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2007, 09:54:44 PM »
Quote from: "netskimmer"
hi babbelot , yes i seen laver , s smith, nastase, connors ,ashe, borg , started i think late seventies wood racquet era ,( wilson  s smith , davis  imperial, spalding ,dunlop ) racquets
 white tennis balls?  some great matches , than 80`s tennis came around the bad boys of tennis , nastase started it  jimmy connors, big mac, was entertaining especially tv tennis
 announcer  bud collins too, the game grew  from there and technology with racquets
 came about optic orange tennis balls for indoor carpet matches and roscoe tanner  hitting
 150 mph + serves and he volleyed  the whole stadium would say wow  then fruwitt and mc millian ruled doubles  than mc enroe and pete flemming than  tennis slowed down a few years in late late 80`s the 90`s  came about younger players more tv coverage ,etc


The first racquet I ever used (my father's) was an autographed Stan Smith woodie.  lol
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2007, 04:14:16 AM »
I though iut was the 1970but no on else voted....

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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2007, 07:46:50 AM »
Quote from: "netskimmer"
hi babbelot , yes i seen laver , s smith, nastase, connors ,ashe, borg , started i think late seventies wood racquet era ,( wilson  s smith , davis  imperial, spalding ,dunlop ) racquets
 white tennis balls?  some great matches , than 80`s tennis came around the bad boys of tennis , nastase started it  jimmy connors, big mac, was entertaining especially tv tennis
 announcer  bud collins too, the game grew  from there and technology with racquets
 came about optic orange tennis balls for indoor carpet matches and roscoe tanner  hitting
 150 mph + serves
and he volleyed  the whole stadium would say wow  then fruwitt and mc millian ruled doubles  than mc enroe and pete flemming than  tennis slowed down a few years in late late 80`s the 90`s  came about younger players more tv coverage ,etc


WTF????????????   Is this a typo or was it something with the balls?   And, did they track serve speed then???

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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2007, 07:49:19 AM »
I just thought of something to add here.  Wasn't tennis so popular in the 80's in the U.S., I think, that is was always on PBS or some other regular T.V. channels like every week.  I think this was about Mcenroe's time when this happened.  I seem to remember reading about this.

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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2007, 09:32:29 AM »
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I just thought of something to add here.  Wasn't tennis so popular in the 80's in the U.S., I think, that is was always on PBS or some other regular T.V. channels like every week.  I think this was about Mcenroe's time when this happened.  I seem to remember reading about this.


I'd change "so popular here" to "most popular here."

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« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2007, 09:36:29 AM »
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I though iut was the 1970but no on else voted....


And that's just a punched button with 6 incoherent words.
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« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2007, 09:41:11 AM »
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I though iut was the 1970but no on else voted....


And that's just a punched button with 6 incoherent words.



True!      

Thank you!   :)

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« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2007, 09:42:10 AM »
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Quote from: "netskimmer"
hi babbelot , yes i seen laver , s smith, nastase, connors ,ashe, borg , started i think late seventies wood racquet era ,( wilson  s smith , davis  imperial, spalding ,dunlop ) racquets
 white tennis balls?  some great matches , than 80`s tennis came around the bad boys of tennis , nastase started it  jimmy connors, big mac, was entertaining especially tv tennis
 announcer  bud collins too, the game grew  from there and technology with racquets
 came about optic orange tennis balls for indoor carpet matches and roscoe tanner  hitting
 150 mph + serves
and he volleyed  the whole stadium would say wow  then fruwitt and mc millian ruled doubles  than mc enroe and pete flemming than  tennis slowed down a few years in late late 80`s the 90`s  came about younger players more tv coverage ,etc


WTF????????????   Is this a typo or was it something with the balls?   And, did they track serve speed then???


It's speculated that Tanner's serve approached 140. I don't know how reliable those timing mechanisms were back then, as technology today is better than it was even 20 years ago, or whether that's what he served during a match or an expo...?????
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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2007, 09:48:22 AM »
Quote from: "Babblelot"
Quote from: "OSU Buckeye"
Quote from: "netskimmer"
hi babbelot , yes i seen laver , s smith, nastase, connors ,ashe, borg , started i think late seventies wood racquet era ,( wilson  s smith , davis  imperial, spalding ,dunlop ) racquets
 white tennis balls?  some great matches , than 80`s tennis came around the bad boys of tennis , nastase started it  jimmy connors, big mac, was entertaining especially tv tennis
 announcer  bud collins too, the game grew  from there and technology with racquets
 came about optic orange tennis balls for indoor carpet matches and roscoe tanner  hitting
 150 mph + serves
and he volleyed  the whole stadium would say wow  then fruwitt and mc millian ruled doubles  than mc enroe and pete flemming than  tennis slowed down a few years in late late 80`s the 90`s  came about younger players more tv coverage ,etc


WTF????????????   Is this a typo or was it something with the balls?   And, did they track serve speed then???


It's speculated that Tanner's serve approached 140. I don't know how reliable those timing mechanisms were back then, as technology today is better than it was even 20 years ago, or whether that's what he served during a match or an expo...?????



Interesting!   Thats nuts though as 140's is the range of the fastest now????????????????????????????

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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2007, 10:09:07 AM »
Quote from: "OSU Buckeye"
Quote from: "Babblelot"
Quote from: "[size=18px
John Mcenroe[/size]"]I though iut was the 1970but no on else voted....


And that's just a punched button with 6 incoherent words.



True!      

Thank you!   :)


Not just 6 incoherent words, but in the form of a question, not an explanation. And I know for a fact you can do better than that, dude. I read the random, asinine PM you sent me. Then, you could muster up two complete sentences.

Anyone see where this is going...???  :whistle:
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« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2007, 10:11:57 AM »
Quote from: "Babblelot"
Quote from: "OSU Buckeye"
Quote from: "Babblelot"
Quote from: "John Mcenroe"
I though iut was the 1970but no on else voted....


And that's just a punched button with 6 incoherent words.



True!      

Thank you!   :)


Not just 6 incoherent words, but in the form of a question, not an explanation. And I know for a fact you can do better than that, dude. I read the random, asinine PM you sent me. Then, you could muster up two complete sentences.

Anyone see where this is going...???  :whistle:



It leads to a new nickname for the lot of them!   "Scott's young guns"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2007, 10:47:46 AM »
Quote from: "OSU Buckeye"
Quote from: "Babblelot"

Not just 6 incoherent words, but in the form of a question, not an explanation. And I know for a fact you can do better than that, dude. I read the random, asinine PM you sent me. Then, you could muster up two complete sentences.

Anyone see where this is going...???  :whistle:



It leads to a new nickname for the lot of them!   "Scott's young guns"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Frickin hilarious!!!   :lol-sign:
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