Richard Gonzales:
The Greatest Ever, Period


David Hernandez


Richard Gonzales: the real record shows his greatness.

Is Roger Federer the greatest player of all time, or is it Rafael Nadal ,or was it really Pete Sampras? Or Rod Laver? Or someone else? The argument will continue indefinitely. But an unbiased examination of the actual history of the game shows that player was Richard Gonzales.

What are the criteria for determining historical greatness? Most pundits start with Slam titles. Whenever the name of Richard "Pancho" Gonzales comes up in that discussion, he is dismissed because he only won two, the US Nationals in 1948 and 1949.

In some polls, Gonzales doesnít even make the twenty greatest of all time. Jack Kramer, who had an agenda regarding his own greatness, said this about Gonzalesís history: "You look up the records, they donít show anything."

But the quality of pre-open tennis is completely misunderstood and therefore the validity of the Slam criteria. Why? Because of the vast difference in levels between the amateurs who played the Slams and the pros who could not.

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David Hernandez, PhD, is a musician, a poet, a writer, a teacher and a tennis player, who happens to have been born in 1928, the same year as Richard Gonzales. He is the author of 10 books, including Hispanic Profiles of Great Figures Little Known in America, and The Greatest Story Ever Forged: The Curse of the Christ Myth. The genesis of this article was a meeting, arranged through a mutual friend, with Greg Gonzales, nephew of Richard, the greatest player in tennis history. David lives in Carrolton, Texas.

Contact David at david_h7500765@yahoo.com!


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