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Open Era Generations, Part Six: Gen 4 (1949-53) – It’s Jimmy’s Show

Open Era Generations, Part Six: Gen 4 (1949-53) – It’s Jimmy’s Show

Open Era Natives Once we get to the generation of players born from 1949 to 1953, we are firmly in the Open Era. The oldest players of this generation were still teenagers when the Open Era began. Take generation elder ...

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Open Era Generations, Part Five: Gen 3 (1944-48) – Newcombe and the Class of ’46

Open Era Generations, Part Five: Gen 3 (1944-48) – Newcombe and the Class of ’46

A Transitional Generation The generation born between 1944 and 1948 began establishing itself in the mid-60s but was in peak form during the early years of the Open Era. This was the last generation that saw some players with a ...

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Historical Smash Shots 1: Generational Diversity in the 1974-75 Rankings

Historical Smash Shots 1: Generational Diversity in the 1974-75 Rankings

While researching Part Five in my Open Era Generations series (coming later this week), I ran across an interesting little tidbit that I wanted to share (and in so doing decided to start a new segment for this blog, with ...

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Open Era Generations, Part Four: Gen 2 (1939-43) – Arthur Ashe and…Who?

Open Era Generations, Part Four: Gen 2 (1939-43) – Arthur Ashe and…Who?

After the Glory, the Fall After the greatest tennis generation came arguably the worst, with only one true standout player in Arthur Ashe who, while being an excellent player, is more historically important as a pioneering black tennis player, still ...

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Open Era Generations, Part Three: Gen 1 (1934-38) – Dominance from Down Under

Open Era Generations, Part Three: Gen 1 (1934-38) – Dominance from Down Under

The Great Australians The generation of players born between 1934 and 1938 was, in a way, more accurately the last generation before the Open Era as it peaked in the 1960s. Yet it was also the generation that was “in ...

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Tennis Generations, Part Two: Before the Open Era

Tennis Generations, Part Two: Before the Open Era

If we were to look at each tennis generation as a player with a count of Major titles—either pro, amateur, or Open Era Grand Slams—by far the greatest would be the generation born from 1934 to 1938, mainly on account ...

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Open Era Generations, Part One: Introduction

Open Era Generations, Part One: Introduction

  Preamble While I’ve followed tennis in a very casual way going back to vague memories of Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, it is only in the last half decade or so that I’ve become a serious fan. I mark ...

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National Tennis Careers – Part Six: Summing Up

National Tennis Careers – Part Six: Summing Up

After surveying Open Era tennis through the five nations with the highest Slam totals, we’re left with a few questions and unexplored areas which I’ll try to tackle in this concluding segment. Click here to discuss National Tennis Careers – ...

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National Tennis Careers – Part Five: Switzerland

National Tennis Careers – Part Five: Switzerland

The Maestro, Stan, and Some Other Guys When I began this series I was curious about Swiss tennis before Roger Federer took the tennis world by storm; I wondered whether there was some hidden jewel in the past who went ...

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National Tennis Careers – Part Four: Australia

National Tennis Careers – Part Four: Australia

A Long Time Ago, Down Under… Of the five nations discussed, Australia peaked the earliest. Truly, Australia dominated men’s tennis in the late 1950s to the early 1970s led by two of the very greatest players of all time: Rod ...

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