Is Serena Williams the most dominant athlete of this generation?

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  1. sportschump

    sportschump Well-Known Member SportsChump.net

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    Definitely the most dominant mens tennis player in a while.
     
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    Somehow I knew that was coming.
     
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    is serena the best athlete of this generation?...
    yes... and no
    to me comparing athletes from different sports is impossible and completely subjective
    tiger was by far the best golfer of his time... but does anybody remember him taking bp at that braves game :giggle:
    or how about mike tyson throwing out the first pitch like a girl?
    and sometimes it's impossible to distinguish within the same sport...
    how do you say who the better ballplayer was when they played completely different positions?
    was koufax a better baseball player than mantle?
    was joe montana better than walter payton?
    and so on
    and how does one define what is and is not a sport?...
    because if horse racing is a sport, then american pharoah deserves some serious recognition
    but back to the original question, to which i will say this...
    serena is the best women's tennis player i have ever seen, by a longshot
    secretariat, the best horse
    ali, the best boxer
    montana, the best qb
    payton, the best rb
    koufax, the best pitcher
    mantle, the best ballplayer
    jack, the best golfer

    funny, but i just remembered a quote from ted williams, when asked which was tougher -- baseball or golf
    "golf... because you have to play your foul balls."

    p.s. btw, if mike tyson happens to read this post, it was chumpy who said you threw like a girl
     
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    I'll take Martina Navratilova in terms of overall dominance (176 titles to serena's 67)...hard to compare directly since the game has changed so much though.
     
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    and steffi graf was pretty impressive as well
    and that's a good point about the game changing...
    if often wondered how guys like jack, arnie, seve, hogan et al would play with today's equipment :dreamy:
     
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    That's a fun question to think about. I think most of the guys you mentioned were such great ball strikers and competitors, that if you give them modern equipment and modern training, they'll hit the ball just like the guys that play today.
     
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    Tennis is a bit of a different story. The new racquets and strings (and to a lesser extent the courts) have changed tennis from a shot making sport to a fitness sport.

    No way John McEnroe succeedes in modern tennis.
     
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    Yea, Craig, but he'd be entertaining as hell to watch.
     
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