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View Pete53's Profile Pete53 Flag Hassocks 07 Jul 20 4.27pm Send a Private Message to Pete53 Add Pete53 as a friend

The tennis and not AFC Wimbledon's or MK Don's greatest moments (thankfully).

I've just been watching the Ann Jones v Billie Jean King 1969 final. How things change. As expected the female game ( and no doubt the male version too)didn't have the power and athleticism of the modern day game.

However, it was the general demeanour and feel of the whole occasion that sat in stark relief to tennis today.

The crowd were very restrained and clapped politely at points won, although there was little applause for points won from unforced errors.There was virtually no cheering except for when Ann Jones struck the Championship winning point, and even then it was fairly muted.

The crowd, of which there were no close-ups unlike today, appeared to predominantly women of a certain age bedecked in their garden fete hats, or showing coiffured hairstyles - very Middle England. In reality most of them were probably 10 years younger than they looked. A reminder that in the 60s England didn't swing for more than a fairly small section of the population,

And to cap it we had a "ooh I say" from Dan Maskell.

 

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Originally posted by Pete53

The tennis and not AFC Wimbledon's or MK Don's greatest moments (thankfully).

I've just been watching the Ann Jones v Billie Jean King 1969 final. How things change. As expected the female game ( and no doubt the male version too)didn't have the power and athleticism of the modern day game.

However, it was the general demeanour and feel of the whole occasion that sat in stark relief to tennis today.

The crowd were very restrained and clapped politely at points won, although there was little applause for points won from unforced errors.There was virtually no cheering except for when Ann Jones struck the Championship winning point, and even then it was fairly muted.

The crowd, of which there were no close-ups unlike today, appeared to predominantly women of a certain age bedecked in their garden fete hats, or showing coiffured hairstyles - very Middle England. In reality most of them were probably 10 years younger than they looked. A reminder that in the 60s England didn't swing for more than a fairly small section of the population,

And to cap it we had a "ooh I say" from Dan Maskell.

I have lost all interest in Tennis and Golf they both suffer from the same failing. Due to equipment improvements and fitter players it is all about power now.

Thy really should row back on the equipment to level the playing field as they did with Javelin Throwing.

If they don't make it more entertaining then both these sports will suffer as people lose interest. Wimbledon will always sell out but then so does Henley they are the exception.

 


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