Did the ruling bodies make a mistake by not regulating the size and content of tennis rackets? In the late 60's and early 70's nobody had ever thought of using anything other than wood for playing tennis. So when Connors strolled on with a metal racket, the regulatory bodies did not know what to do as there was no rule against it.
But were they too slow to react? Have we lost some of the skill and artistry of the game and sacrificed it to the skill of the manufacturer, where technology advancement has turned the game too much into a first serve and baseline smashing contest, dominated by the kind of topspin that would have been impossible with a wooden racket.
The real pity is that we can no longer compare the greats of yesteryear with the heroes of today because it has evolved into such a different game.
The Tennis Emporium