Over the past 15 years, the GOAT analysis in tennis has got, many a tennis fan’s, writer’s and even player’s goat. The most recent goat-gotten victim of GOAT analysis is none other than one of my favourite tennis writer, Steve Tignor. Most people take the easiest path out : “There is no GOAT”. That is such a bad cop-out. Of course there is a GOAT. As Yann Martel – one of the GOAT writers, IMO, elucidates so beautifully in his master-piece “Life of Pi” – it is all about which story you want to believe. Do you want to believe the boring story where there is no GOAT [or tiger in Mr. Martel’s story] or the more exciting version where there is a Tiger, an orangutan, hyena and ofcourse the ubiquitous GOAT! If you are going to choose the boring version, let me bid you adios my dear friends. Let us not journey any further into this thrilling and exciting journey of GOAT, a statistical and logical analysis, replete with tennis knowledge and history. My fellow brethren who live life on the edge, like I do, let us foray further into this wonderful world, my dear friends, tennis fans and GOATians…..
Without much beating around the bush, let me lay-out our 1st step into this analysis. For the past 15years, the primary criteria for GOAT rating has been the total number of Grandslams. As Federer and Nadal started showing up Sampras’ relatively poor results on clay, it was obvious one has to factor in performances across the slams as a starting point for the GOAT analysis. Our team at Sportz Cosmos has done so and computed a weighted sum for the performances of GOAT contenders across all slams. For this purpose, we assigned 2000 points for each GS win, 1200 for a final, 720 for the semi-final and so on, using the same points that ATP awards for players during a GS tournament. Please find below the results of such an anlysis for some of the players who figure in GOAT discussions on a consistent basis. The idea is to include more parameters into this analysis to make it more comprehensive tool in the pursuit of that
mythical creature called GOAT.