He's is waaaaaaaaay before my time. But as an analyst/commentator, I used to like him. He's never biased towards any certain player and he can pronounce just about every name. But lately, he's been giving the wrong score and attributes stats and such to the wrong player. He doesn't realize he's doing these thing til a couple of change overs later.
I'd like to know more about him as a player though. I know he is the only player to ever play with a glove. He did make a good point about that, concerning blisters.
Wow, I didn't know he subscribed to the freaky practice of glove-wearing.
This bit is from wikipedia: During his career, Drysdale captured five singles titles and six doubles titles including winning the 1972 U.S. Open doubles crown. Drysdale changed his nationality from South African to American after retiring as a player.
Here's a pic of a Cliff later in his carrer (darn, no glove here):
That backhand just doesn't look that sound. Damn, it looks like mine! And notice where Cliffy's eyes are... not on the ball like Fed. I think a lot of the pros form the 80s would hold a candle to the current bunch.
I think they bash him because sometimes he acts like a dummy when it is obvious he is not. But I think those people do not understand the concept of the straight man and the color commentator. Cliffy is great. I know many people bash Pmac but I like him too and his brother ofcourse.
i dont know about great, but he was was one of the early guys to play the newly formed pro tour and his, uh, popularity with the ladies (gasp!) didnt exactly hurt the popularity of the sport. Looks like he won the US Open doubles once - see what else he did here: http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/titles.asp?pla...
he and fred stolle in the 80s (and early 90s?) were a good on-air team. now, it seems he and patrick mcenroe kinda bicker at each other. as if they dont get along off-camera and it's showing on-air. it's sometimes a little uncomfortable. knowledgeable guy, sure.
I don't know about him as a player either, but I like him as a commentator. I think he's a good middle man between more provocative personalities like Mary Carillo and or absolute dummies like that "Bill" guy, whose name I can't remember. And he's able to get a good discussion going between less seasoned commentators like Pam Shriver or Mary Joe or Patrick McEnroe.