1957 four-man tours (Rosewall, Hoad, Kramer, Segura)

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  1. krosero

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    Below are the results, as far as we have them, of the worldwide tour of '57. This was known as Hoad's "warmup" tour because its purpose, according to Kramer, was to introduce Hoad to the pro game and get him ready for a showdown with Pancho Gonzalez in '58.

    So this tour was not for the world championship; Pancho Gonzalez was the world champion but he was involved in a contractual dispute with Kramer and did not participate. He did come over, however, for the tournament at Wembley (listed below).

    Nevertheless despite being called a "warmup" tour it was a long and interesting one, spanning five continents in the space of six months.

    (The only populated continent the tour did not reach was South America -- and yet Rosewall, Kramer and Segura, along with Dinny Pails, had recently finished their own tour of that continent in June. So these players really covered the world in '57.)

    [Edit: there were no tour stops in North America. Kramer held events there, but those were tournaments, not stops on the four-man tour, which formally began in Europe.]

    Andrew Tas found the vast majority of the results listed below. To those I have added some matches I found recently (for example Dhahran).

    I will list all the matches chronologically, loosely divided in geographical regions in separate posts.

    I will add, as I have time, links to articles I've found.
     
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  2. krosero

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    [Edit: there were actually no tour stops in North America, though the players who participated in the upcoming four-man tours -- along with other Kramer pros like Trabert and Pails -- participated in tournaments in Forest Hills, Los Angeles and Memphis. That last event was scheduled over two days, with semifinals on Aug. 13: Hoad d. Rosewall (straight sets) and Segura d. Trabert. The final, scheduled for Aug. 14, was washed out and cancelled permanently.]
     
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    Europe/Saudi Arabia/Scandinavia

    Vittel, France
    Professional Team Cup
    (USA, Australia, Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, Pakistan all were represented. USA and Australia, represented by the four Kramer pros, were entered directly into the semifinals.)

    August 17 - semifinals

    Australia d. France 3-0
    Hoad defeated Iemetti 62 68 64
    Rosewall defeated R Colin 62 64
    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Iemetti/Colin 62 64

    USA d. Italy 3-0
    Kramer defeated Del Bello 62 60
    Segura defeated Cucelli 57 61 63
    Kramer/Segura defeated Del Bello/Cucelli 61 63

    August 18 - final

    USA d. Australia 2-1
    Kramer d. Hoad 63 108
    Rosewall d. Segura 64 63
    Kramer/Segura defeated Hoad/Rosewall 64 26 64
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    August 21
    Cannes
    Gallia Tennis Club
    Evening matches, outdoors
    Rosewall d. Kramer 75 36 60
    Segura d. Hoad 61 63

    Kramer/Segura defeated Rosewall/Hoad 63 26 75
    ("The [doubles] victory gave the United States a 2-1 advantage over Australia in this International Tournament which is held here in the center of the Riviera annually.")

    August 22
    Cannes/Nice?
    Evening matches, outdoors
    Hoad d. Kramer 62 63
    Rosewall d. Segura 68 63 1210

    "The total score in the tourney was 3-2 [Australia d. U.S.] The Americans were leading 2-1 the previous day, when Rosewall beat Kramer, Segura beat Hoad and the Americans beat the Australians in a doubles match." With four singles and a doubles, this was essentially a Davis Cup format.

    August 24
    Hossegor
    Sporting Casino
    Segura d. Rosewall 62 64
    Hoad d. Kramer 46 75 63

    August 25
    Hossegor
    Sporting Casino
    Segura d. Kramer 61 86
    Rosewall d. Hoad 62 63

    Hoad/Segura defeated Rosewall/Kramer 61 75

    September 2
    La Baule
    Segura d. Rosewall 64 64
    Kramer d. Hoad 61 63

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 62 62

    September 3
    La Baule
    Hoad d. Segura 97 86
    Rosewall d. Kramer 46 61 63

    Hoad/Segura defeated Rosewall/Kramer 64 75 61 [best of five]

    September 7
    Scheveningen, The Hague
    Hoad d. Segura 86 26 62
    Rosewall d. Kramer 62 63

    Hoad/Segura defeated Rosewall/Kramer 26 61 63

    September 8
    Scheveningen, The Hague
    Segura d. Kramer 46 64 63
    Hoad d. Rosewall 64 36 68 97 86 [expanded by Kramer to best of 5 at request of local organizers]

    [doubles cancelled due to length of second singles]

    September 12
    Dhahran
    Grass-tex synthetic turf
    Kramer d. Segura 63 64
    Hoad and Rosewall split sets before match was called; match completed two days later

    Kramer/Segura defeated Hoad/Rosewall 62

    September 13
    Dhahran
    Grass-tex synthetic turf
    Hoad d. Kramer 62 62
    Segura d. Rosewall 63 64

    Kramer/Rosewall defeated Segura/Hoad 62 36 63

    September 14
    Dhahran
    Grass-tex synthetic turf
    Rosewall d. Hoad 36 1412 86

    Kramer/Segura defeated Taylor/Sutherland 81
    Taylor/Segura defeated Kramer/Sutherland 64
    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 86

    September 18
    Geneva
    Pavillon des Sports, evening
    Segura d. Rosewall 46 64 62
    Hoad d. Kramer 63 64

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 75 86

    September 19
    Geneva
    Pavillon des Sports, evening
    Segura d. Hoad 63 64
    Rosewall d. Kramer 1513

    Kramer/Rosewall defeated Hoad/Segura 86 06 64

    September 20
    Zurich
    Kramer d. Rosewall 46 63 75
    Hoad d. Segura 64 61

    Segura/Rosewall defeated Hoad/Kramer 61 75

    September 22
    Tours
    Kramer d. Hoad 61 46 86
    Rosewall d. Segura 75 63

    September 23
    Tours
    Rosewall d. Kramer 57 64 1210
    Segura d. Hoad 75 36 62

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    September 25-28 1957
    London Pro Indoor Champs Wembley

    1R Rosewall defeated Iemetti 61 61
    QF Kramer d. Hoad 61 108
    QF Rosewall defeated Cawthorn 62 61
    SF Segura defeated Gonzalez 119 1210 64
    SF Rosewall d. Kramer 61 63 62
    F Rosewall d. Segura 16 63 64 36 64

    #3 Kramer defeated Gonzalez 16 64 64

    DF Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 36 68 62 61 62

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    (Tour continued)

    September 29
    Milan (“patterned after the Davis Cup matches”: Australia d. USA 4-1)
    Kramer d. Rosewall 36 86 62
    Hoad d. Segura 46 60 64

    September 30
    Milan
    Rosewall d. Segura 86 63
    Hoad d. Kramer 75 62

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Segura/Kramer 64 60

    October 1
    Bologna
    Hoad d. Kramer 64 63 62 [best of five]
    Segura d. Rosewall 63 64 46 64 [best of five]

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 62 64

    October 4
    Lyon
    Hoad d. Kramer 75 62
    Rosewall d. Segura 64 61

    Rosewall/Hoad defeated Kramer/Segura 63 57 62

    October 5
    Lyon
    Hoad d. Rosewall 64 62
    Kramer d. Segura 62 108

    Kramer/Hoad defeated Segura/Rosewall 62 64

    October 6
    Paris
    Rosewall d. Hoad 64 63
    Kramer d. Segura 63 75
    Segura d. Rosewall 62 63
    Kramer d. Hoad 26 64 64

    October 7
    Copenhagen
    Segura d. Hoad 64 64
    Rosewall d. Kramer 63 64

    October 8
    Copenhagen
    Rosewall d. Segura 75 63
    Kramer d. Hoad 75 63

    October 9
    Stockholm
    Royal Hall, on wood
    Rosewall d. Kramer 86 62
    Segura d. Hoad 61 62

    October 10
    Stockholm
    Royal Hall, on wood
    Rosewall d. Segura 75 63
    Hoad d. Kramer 68 63 64

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Segura/Kramer 62 64
    (that was reported to be the only doubles match of the stop, in which “Australia defeated the United States 4-1”, presumably following the Davis Cup format)
     
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    Africa

    October 12
    Casablanca
    Rosewall d. Segura 64 46 75
    Kramer d. Hoad 46 62 61

    Hoad/Segura defeated Kramer/Rosewall 62 86

    October 13
    Casablanca
    Rosewall d. Kramer 86 75
    Hoad d. Segura 64 36 108

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 64 86

    This stop, too, featured the Davis Cup format. “Australia beat the United States, 4-1, in the North African stop of Jack Kramer’s traveling professional tennis troupe” -- not counting the doubles match on the first day which featured teams of mixed nationalities and was referred to, unusually, as an "exhibition doubles match."

    October 14
    Dakar
    Evening match outdoors, under floodlights
    Hoad d. Rosewall 26 64 61
    Segura d. Kramer 86 62

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    South Africa Tour

    October 17
    Pretoria
    Loftus Versfeld
    Kramer d. Segura 63 62
    Hoad d. Rosewall 57 62 63

    Kramer/Segura defeated Hoad/Rosewall 63 64

    October 19
    Johannesburg
    Ellis Park, afternoon, cement
    Rosewall d. Kramer 68 60 62
    Segura d. Hoad 62 62

    Kramer/Segura defeated Hoad/Rosewall 64 63

    October 20
    Salisbury
    Hoad d. Kramer 63 16 97
    Segura d. Rosewall 62 46 64

    October 21
    Bulawayo
    Segura d. Kramer 75 64
    Hoad d. Rosewall 63 75

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 63 46 75

    Ooctober 23
    Benoni
    Rosewall d. Kramer 26 62 61
    Hoad d. Segura 36 64 62

    October 24
    Durban
    Evening matches
    Segura d. Hoad 57 62 64
    Rosewall d. Kramer 57 62 64
    (The same score was reported for both matches).

    October 25
    Durban
    Rosewall d. Hoad 75 64
    Kramer d. Segura 97 63

    Kramer/Segura vs. Hoad/Rosewall 1311 26 unfinished

    October 27
    East London
    Kramer d. Segura 63 63
    Hoad d. Rosewall 36 97 62

    Kramer/Segura defeated Hoad/Rosewall 64 63

    October 28
    Queenstown
    Kramer d. Hoad 62 57 63
    Rosewall d. Segura 63 26 1210

    October 29
    Graaff-Reinet
    Urquhart courts
    Segura d. Rosewall 61 61
    Kramer d. Hoad 61 86

    Kramer/Segura defeated Hoad/Rosewall 64 36 64

    October 30
    Port Elizabeth
    Rosewall d. Hoad 63 46 86
    Segura d. Kramer 62 62

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 26 64 86

    October 31
    Port Elizabeth
    Rosewall d. Segura 63 75
    Kramer d. Hoad 61 26 63

    Kramer/Segura defeated Hoad/Rosewall 64 62

    November 2 [Rosewall's 23rd birthday]
    Rondebosch
    Afternoon, outdoors, on clay
    Kramer d. Segura 119 62
    Hoad d. Rosewall 62 46 64

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 62 63

    November 6
    Bloemfontein
    Rosewall d. Hoad 86 75
    Kramer d. Segura 62 64

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 63 62

    November 7
    Kimberley
    Rosewall d. Kramer 61 79 63
    Hoad d. Segura 64 63

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 75 64

    November 9
    Johannesburg
    Ellis Park, evening matches, cement
    Hoad d. Rosewall 63 36 63
    Segura d. Kramer 64 63

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 61 1311

    November 10
    Lourenço Marques
    Indoors in Estadio do Malhangalene
    Program starting at 8 pm, finishing after midnight
    Segura d. Rosewall 1412 62
    Hoad d. Kramer 64 75

    Kramer/Segura defeated Rosewall/Hoad 75 46 62 (but a second report in the same newspaper had a score of 64 62)

    November 11
    Johannesburg
    Ellis Park, under lights, cement
    Kramer d. Segura 60 46 63
    Rosewall d. Hoad 61 62

    London Times:

    PRIZE OF £500 FOR ROSEWALL
    K.R. Rosewall (Australia) has won a £500 sterling prize as the most successful singles player on J. Kramer’s professional lawn tennis troupe’s tour of South Africa. Rosewall beat a fellow Australian, L. Hoad, by 6-1, 6-2 for his tenth win in 18 matches, at Johannesburg on Monday night.​

    Final standings for the South Africa tour:

    Rosewall 10-8 (vs Hoad 4-5, vs Kramer 4-0, vs Segura 2-3)
    Kramer 9-9 (vs Hoad 3-2, vs Segura 6-3)
    Hoad 9-9 (vs Segura 2-2)
    Segura 8-10

    Kramer, as reported in the Cape Times, technically finished alone in second place, above Hoad, due to a better record in sets won/lost.

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    November 12
    Nairobi
    Unknown results

    November 13
    Nairobi
    Unknown results
     
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    Asia

    November 14
    Karachi
    Outdoors at the Karachi Gymkhana on “the fast and slippery Gymkhana hard court”
    Segura d. Kramer 86 86
    Hoad d. Rosewall 119 64

    Hoad/Rosewall 62 46 Kramer/Segura, called off due to bad light

    November 15
    Lahore
    Hoad d. Rosewall 64 61
    Kramer d. Segura 63 75

    November 16
    Calcutta
    South Club on grass
    Rosewall d. Hoad 63 63
    Segura d. Kramer 64 75

    Kramer/Segura defeated Hoad/Rosewall 64 64

    November 17
    Calcutta
    South Club on grass
    Rosewall d. Segura 75 75
    Kramer d. Hoad 63 26 63

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 62 16 63

    November 18
    Bangkok
    Royal Bangkok Sports Club
    2:30 pm outdoors
    Rosewall d. Hoad 64 62
    Kramer d. Segura 63 62

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 75 68 75

    November 19
    Hong Kong
    Hong Kong Cricket Club, on grass
    Kramer d. Segura 64 64
    Hoad d. Rosewall 36 63 75

    Rosewall/Hoad leading Kramer/Segura 61 42 when play was halted due to darkness

    November 20
    Hong Kong
    Hong Kong Cricket Club, on grass
    Two draws
    Hoad 75 26 Kramer
    Rosewall 86 79 Segura

    November 22
    Manila
    Rizal Coliseum
    Indoor clay
    6 pm, ending 11 pm
    Hoad d. Kramer 75 86
    Segura d. Rosewall 61 26 86

    Rosewall/Segura defeated Kramer/Hoad 75 62

    November 23 [Hoad’s 23rd birthday]
    Manila
    Rizal Coliseum at 6 pm
    Indoor clay
    Segura d. Hoad 810 64 64
    Rosewall d. Kramer 61 61

    Rosewall/Kramer defeated Segura/Hoad 61 64

    November 24
    Manila
    Rizal Coliseum at 5:30 pm
    Indoor clay
    Segura d. Kramer 61 75
    Hoad d. Rosewall 57 75 63 (second set was 8-6 per another report)

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Kramer/Segura 62 63
     
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    Australia Tour
    (Sedgman took Kramer's place)

    November 29
    White City Sydney
    Night matches, outdoors, probably on grass
    Rosewall d. Segura 63 46 63
    Hoad d. Sedgman 1715 62

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 86 63

    November 30
    White City Sydney
    Night matches, outdoors, probably on grass
    Sedgman d. Rosewall 61 46 63
    Hoad d. Segura 46 64 63

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 62 64

    December 1
    White City Sydney
    Daytime matches, outdoors, probably on grass
    Rosewall d. Hoad 16 1210 62
    Sedgman d. Segura 36 63 61

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 63 64

    December 3
    Townsville QLD
    Matches finishing after midnight
    Rosewall d. Hoad 810 63 62
    Segura d. Sedgman 46 60 62

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 62 62

    December 4
    Rockhampton QLD
    Outdoors “in intense heat”
    Rosewall d. Sedgman 86 16 97
    Hoad d. Segura 75 63

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 64 61

    December 5
    Bundaberg QLD
    Segura d. Rosewall 62 62
    Hoad d. Sedgman 63 46 64

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 62 64

    December 6
    Toowoomba QLD
    Sedgman d. Rosewall 64 63
    Hoad d. Segura 64 63

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 75 75

    December 7
    Southport QLD
    Rosewall d. Segura 64 62
    Sedgman d. Hoad 36 75 64

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 64 61

    December 8
    Strathfield Sydney
    Outdoors at Strathfield Recreation Club
    Rosewall d. Hoad 57 63 62
    Sedgman d. Segura 64 63

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 62 64

    December 9
    Newcastle NSW
    Evening matches
    Rosewall d. Hoad 61 63
    Segura d. Sedgman 26 63 64

    Sedgman/Segura defeated Hoad/Rosewall 75 63

    December 10
    Bathurst NSW
    Rosewall d. Segura 63 61
    Hoad d. Sedgman 26 63 64

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 64 61

    December 11
    Goulburn NSW
    Hoad d. Segura 64 86
    Rosewall d. Sedgman 62 63

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 63 62

    December 12
    Wollongong NSW
    Rosewall d. Segura 79 108 62
    Sedgman d. Hoad 63 16 62

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 85

    December 13
    Launceston TAS
    Rosewall d. Sedgman 75 64
    Hoad d. Segura 46 63 63

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 26 62 97

    December 14
    Hobart
    Rosewall d. Hoad 64 36 64
    Sedgman d. Segura 64 63

    Sedgman/Segura defeated Hoad/Rosewall 64 75

    December 16
    Broken Hill NSW
    Rosewall d. Sedgman 62 75
    Hoad d. Segura 63 64

    December 17
    Adelaide
    Rosewall d. Segura 16 63 62 (Rosewall clinched the Australian tour with this win)
    Hoad d. Sedgman 1210 62

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 75 63

    December 18
    Adelaide
    Sedgman d. Segura 62 62
    Hoad d. Rosewall 75 75 (Rosewall had won 10 straight matches in singles)

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 1210 61

    December 19
    Adelaide
    Rosewall d. Sedgman 64 46 75
    Segura d. Hoad 06 63 64

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/McGregor 61 64

    December 21
    Canberra
    On grass on Manuka Oval in the afternoon
    Hoad d. Rosewall 75 46 63
    Segura d. Sedgman 64 64

    Hoad/Rosewall defeated Sedgman/Segura 97 36 63

    Win/loss records for Australia tour:

    Rosewall 15-5 (vs. Hoad 5-2, vs. Sedgman 5-2, vs. Segura 5-1)
    Hoad 12-8 (vs. Sedgman 4-2, vs. Segura 6-1)
    Sedgman 8-12 (vs. Segura 4-3)
    Segura 5-15
     
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  7. urban

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    Fine overview with new findings and insights, thanks Krosero. I will try to integrate the results into my calculations. Kramer, coming out of retirement, did quite well, especially against Hoad. Does any one know, who Iemetti was? I also found his name in recent studies.
     
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    krosero, A great Thank You, also to Andrew Tas, for researching and compiling all those results. It helps to get a better view on the 1957 pro scene.

    I only missed the Wembley match for third place where Kramer beat Gonzalez 1-6,6-4,6-4.
     
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    urban, Jacques Iemetti was possibly a French Davis Cup player who turned pro probably in 1954. He was No.6 in the 1954 European pro rankings. I believe a good player only on clay. He lost in the 1958 French Pro to Hoad only by 6-8,5-7,5-7!
     
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    Brillant examples of the old pro tour of 50's
    Two veteran americans and two young aussies
    Those guys probably spent more time traveling than playing,and they overplayed themshelves.
    And planes and cars weren' t nearly as fast and as comfortable as today
     
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    Thanks Bobby. Cucelli i know from the Clerici book, was a small, a bit rounded around the belly Italian clay courter, not as good as Merlo or Pietrangeli. Seems that the pros tried to fill up the ranks with some Europeans, to get a local hero into play, they did that with Haillet and later with Barthes. Also Kurt Nielsen became pro late in his career.
     
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    Krosero, thank a lot for that thread and the work you put into it:)
    two quick questions.
    some of the results,as you say, are unknown, but are you sure you have all the tour stops. or could there have been additional events?
    where there any other pro tournaments or tours in that year 1957, with other players or other organizers? or is this it, as far as pro tennis was concerned
     
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    urban , I agree. By the way, Cucelli once lost to 39 years old von Cramm when the Italian was a strong claycourter and won three tournaments on clay that year 1948 including a win against Drobny. At Geneve von Cramm won 6-2,6-2,6-2!!! Imagine how strong von Cramm (and Nüsslein, by the way) must have been in the 1930s...
     
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    Very informative, krosero, thank you.

    It is fascinating how a small troupe of pros travelled so much back in the 1950s when it was much harder to do so. And then competed often as well, of course...

    Sorry for one pedantic point: why in post No 3 did you write "Europe/Saudi Arabia/Scandinavia"? The latter is of course part of Europe.
     
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    We know that we’re missing 4 days of play in South Africa (cities/dates unknown); I’ve gone back and put in a note to clarify.

    From South Africa through the end of the Australia tour all the days are accounted for; any “open” days on the calendar were days in which the troupe was in transit between stops, as I confirmed in news reports that followed the troupe.

    Before South Africa is more uncertain. I think that we probably have all the stops, but we can’t be sure.

    An itinerary was published on Aug. 15: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ZpQhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=epkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2772,2696632

    The problem with an itinerary put together so far in advance is that these tours often underwent last-minute changes – which you can see by comparing the dates/stops.

    Andrew Tas found a news article, dated Aug. 27 from Biarritz, France, reporting that the stops in Portugal and Spain had all been cancelled. In fact at least some of the players (Kramer and Hoad) went to London on Aug. 26 for a 5-day break, which is why you see a gap there in the matches.

    Kramer left London on Aug. 30, planning to join the troupe in Biarritz the next day. I did not find any reports of matches in Biarritz, though it’s possible they played there.

    The itinerary lists some stops for which I’ve found nothing (Genoa on Oct. 4-5; Rome on Oct. 8 and 10; Rabat, Morocco on Oct. 11). Again, those stops may have been played, cancelled, or changed; or the itinerary may be mistaken.

    As for the rest of the pro season, there were definitely other events, too many to list (maybe someone else could field this one).
     
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    As far as Rosewall's win/loss for the year, this is how Andrew broke it down:

    13-11 in tournaments (including 3rd Place matches)
    26-50 in world championship tour vs. Gonzales
    Unknown results for South America tour
    2-0 at Vittel (team competition so a separate category)
    16-9 in four-man tour between Vittel and South Africa (excluding Wembley)
    10-8 in South Africa tour
    3-4 in four-man tour between South Africa and Australia
    15-5 in Australia tour

    85-87 for the year

    The numbers for South Africa and Australia are published figures from final standings, so they're fixed. The 3-4 figure for all dates between those two tours will change if and when we find the missing results (we're missing 2 days in Nairobi, 1 day in Lahore, 1 in Bangkok).

    For the tour stops before South Africa, Andrew got 16-9 by adding up Rosewall's H2H tallies against his three troupe-mates as published in mid-October, just before the South Africa tour began: 3-3 vs. Hoad; 8-2 vs. Kramer; 5-4 vs. Segura.

    I have almost exactly the same H2H figures if I count up individually all of the matches Andrew and I have documented in the period between Vittel and South Africa (excluding Wembley). The only difference is that I have 6-6 vs. Segura .

    So the yearly numbers above would hardly change: the 16-9 changes to 17-11.

    The two days in Memphis also need to be added. Presumably Rosewall played both days, but we only know of the one loss to Hoad.
     
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    Surfaces

    Not a lot of information on surfaces in the news reports back then, but there were a few.

    Roy McKelvie in The Daily Mail on the eve of Wembley:

    In recent weeks Kramer and Hoad have met nine times: Hoad leads 5-4, but Kramer has the edge by 2-1 in matches played indoors.​

    Hoad was interviewed for the same story and said, referring to his new life as a pro, “One of the main difficulties I find is the constant change of court surface.”

    Not sure which of the Hoad/Kramer matches up to then would have been indoors. Maybe Tours and Paris? Memphis is another possibility, if they met there.

    A lot of the reports about Wembley emphasize the "fast wooden boards" there.

    Calcutta was on grass:

    UP—Ken Rosewall beat Lew Hoad, 6-3, 6-3 today during an exhibition professional tennis program which promoter Jack Kramer admitted showed his players were rusty on grass court play.​

    Hong Kong was also on grass (at the Hong Kong Cricket Club).
     
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    Scandinavia is a part of Europe, I listed it that way just to be more specific about the geographical regions the troupe was passing through. Their last stops in Europe were in Scandinavia, just before making a long hop to Morocco.

    The organizers of these tours, whether Kramer or others before him like Jack Harris, generally tried to book cities that were near each other, so that time on the road (or in the air) would be short. But sometimes they ended up having to double-back and make a long trip to the next stop.

    But Kramer put this tour together very well, geographically speaking.

    This was actually in Kramer's obituary in the New York Times:

    In a 12-day period in 1957, Kramer’s entourage made 11 appearances in 8 cities, from South Africa to the Philippines.​
     
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    All true, but surprisingly they didn't seem overplayed. Rosewall played particularly well at the end, in Australia. Hoad was still fresh -- at least enough to start off strong against Gonzales in the next few weeks.
     
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    what new tennis fans will be unable to cope is how top stars like Laver and Gonzales lived under so extremely hard conditions to make less money than any modern player coming off ajet will over the last decades.

    I mean, can you imagine a Nadal-Fed match being called off last minute because the owner of the gym or the facility and the tournament´s promoter hadn´t reach a last minute agreement on the comission% over the sold tickets? that happened often, after those guys had driven like hell from the previous city and, when reached the city of the next tournament...there was none ( and this even under the best organization of that time¡¡¡)

    Some of the 1960´s troop had to play on parkings, boxing gyms, HIGHWAYS, yes highways taken by the army of a latinamerican country because there had been a recent Coup d´Etat and little things like those, and still gave their best effort because they understood that they served the public and not the other way round.


    ... and all of this while the snob people of the amateur establishment refused to accept them in their only white clubs or tourneys and treated them like, either a public thread or mere outlawers.

    wouldn´t it be higienic for all the open era players to endure, at least a full year tested like that, and making the relative money?
     
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    krosero, I don't think that there were other events besides of that mysterious South American tour and maybe very few small events,

    Rosewall said that he played from January 15 to December 21, by the way.
     
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    I haven't looked into that tour at all.

    Apologies for the late replies; I've been traveling.

    Probably this was just a reference to his win at the LA Masters, their most recent meeting. I can't imagine where else they could have met since then.
     
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    I've added another result to the original posts:

    October 4
    Lyon
    Hoad d. Kramer 7-5, 6-2
    Rosewall d. Segura 6-4, 6-1
    Rosewall/Hoad defeated Kramer/Segura 6-3, 5-7, 6-2

    I found those results at Acervo Folha (http://acervo.folha.com.br/busca_detalhada/), in the October 5 edition of the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paolo:

    LYONS, Franca, 4 (U.P.)—Os australianos Ken Rosewall e Lew Hoad derrotaram os norte-americanos Pancho Segura e Jack Kramer, em suas partidas de tenis profissional.

    Hoad venceu Kramer por 7-5 e 6-2, e Rosewall derrotou Segura por 6-4 e 6-1 em partidas individuals. Os australianos tambem venceram em duplas, por 6-3, 5-7 e 6-2.​
    It might seem strange that a result from the European tour would be reported in a Brazilian newspaper and not be found in archives of local papers. But my guess is that this is simply due to the fact that countless newspapers have yet to be archived online.

    I'm also researching the 1939 tour of Europe by Budge, Vines, Tilden and Stoefen, and the same thing happened there. I could find nothing in European or American reports about the matches in Marseilles, but I found the results and scores unexpectedly in the same Brazilian newspaper I've been using for 1957.

    Some countries have done a better job than others of archiving their newspapers. French papers, so far, are relatively hard to find/search -- hence the problems with Lyon and Marseilles.
     
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    krosero, I think I have confused 1957 with 1958. In late 1958 Rosewall had a few wins against Gonzalez.
     
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    I've added many new results -- including complete results for South Africa.

    I found new stands in Queenstown (where Rosewall beat Segura 12-10 in the third), Durban and Lourenco Marques -- along with new results and scores in Salisbury, Bloemfontein and the final stand in Johannesburg.

    I've also found the results for Lahore and Bangkok.

    And I've added new information about the Memphis event, which turns out not to have been a tour stop.

    Finally, for numerous stands throughout the year I've added the surface. Often the surface is unknown but I've also put in information about whether the match took place indoors or outdoors, and whether it was played during the day or at night.

    Many stands turn out to have been played indoors. That was especially true on weeknights, because matches were scheduled during the evening in order to draw the best crowds.

    I'll be posting excerpts from news reports.

    I learned that Rosewall lost match points in Manila to both Segura and Hoad.

    Maybe the most remarkable thing I found concerns Rosewall's final meeting with Hoad in South Africa. The result of that match was already known: Rosewall ran away with it, 6-1, 6-2, which gave Ken the best win/loss record among all his troupe-mates; so he was awarded the £500 top prize for the South Africa tour. But it turns out that this final match was essentially a tiebreaker between Ken and Lew, each of whom came into it holding a win/loss record of 9-8 for the South Africa tour.

    And their match was not originally scheduled to take place. Rosewall had already faced Hoad on the previous night in Johannesburg, so on the final evening Ken would normally have paired off against another one of the troupe members. Instead, Rosewall challenged Hoad to one last match -- so they faced off again, under the lights of Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
     
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    Cape Times (Oct. 18 ):

    BULLY BOY HOADS BEATS ROSEWALL

    Cape Times Correspondent

    JOHANNESBURG—“Bully Boy” Lew Hoad, the 1956/57 Wimbledon champion, showed us here yesterday just why Jack Kramer paid him £40,000 to turn professional.

    He treated the indoor professional champion Ken Rosewall very shabbily to beat him 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria. The match lasted 1 1/2 hours.

    This was the opening match of Jack Kramer’s six-week professional tour of the Union. I doubt whether it will be bettered in the coming six weeks for thrills, superlative tennis and tantrums.

    CALLOUS WAY

    Why do I call Hoad the “bully boy” of tennis? It is because of the callous way he crushes all opposition.

    I saw Hoad behave in exactly the same way when he won the Wimbledon title this year. He was never popular with the crowds, but the tennis connoisseur could not suppress a gasp of admiration for his brilliant game.

    Hoad struts about the court with the arrogance of a **** storm-trooper. He grins fiendishly when he hits a winner.

    “SADISTIC”

    And he slams the ball with the same sadistic satisfaction of the school bully twisting the unfortunate “fat’s” arm.​
     
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    Cape Times (Oct. 20):

    JOHANNESBURG—A superlative first set of tennis between Jack Kramer and Ken Rosewall dominated the afternoon’s play when Kramer’s professional troupe gave their second exhibition at Ellis Park, Johannesburg, on Saturday.

    Although Rosewall went on to win the match, 6-8, 6-0, 6-2, it was against a badly-tiring Kramer, and the quality of play in the first set was such that the result did not matter.

    It was a set full of brilliant rallies in which every classical stroke in the game was played by one or other of the players.

    At times the crowd began to applaud an apparent winner only to find the defender score a winner himself, and at others spontaneous applause broke out in the middle of a rally.

    Kramer’s more decisive service, as much as a change in tactics, which saw him using the net when he found Rosewall outplaying him from the baseline, earned him the first set.

    In the last two Rosewall’s superb condition and almost fantastic speed about the court were too much for Kramer, who was too exhausted to chase balls which in the first set he would have retrieved comfortably.

    Lew Hoad, the 1956 and 1957 Wimbledon champion, was sadly out of touch with his game and went down 2-6, 2-6 to Pancho Segura. He improved considerably in the doubles, in which he and Rosewall beat Kramer and Segura 6-4, 6-3.​
     
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    After beating Rosewall in a tight match in East London, Hoad's win/loss record was 5-3, giving him the lead over his troupe-mates. But that was the last time that he would hold sole possession of the lead (as measured in matches won/lost). He lost to Kramer at the next stop (Queensland), while Rosewall barely got past Segura 12-10 in the third, leaving Ken and Lew tied each at 5-4.

    At that point the Cape Times published this:

    LEVEL-PEGGING KEN AND LEW CLASH HERE ON SATURDAY

    WIMBLEDON champion Lew Hoad meets professional indoor title holder Ken Rosewall in one of the two singles matches when Jack Kramer’s professional tennis troupe plays at Rondebosch on Saturday.

    In the other one Kramer meets Pancho Segura. There is close pegging on the “log” at the moment with Hoad and Rosewall, each having won five matches and lost four, and Kramer and Segura [each] having won four and lost five.

    Rosewall keeps technical top place because he has won 13 sets and lost 12, while Hoad has won and lost 12.

    Each player has beaten and lost to every other one, with the exception that Kramer has yet to beat Rosewall.

    Rosewall has beaten Hoad once and lost to him three times.​
    But there were still a few more stands to play in the meantime. The next stand was in Graaff-Reinet, where Hoad and Rosewall both lost in straight sets (Ken quite badly) to Kramer and Segura respectively.

    That left all four men each with a win/loss record of 5-5, the only time that there was a four-way tie.

    Then Rosewall had one of his closest-ever wins over Hoad, 6-3, 4-6, 8-6 in Port Elizabeth. Unfortunately I've found nothing about that match.

    But the scorelines themselves tell a story: in late October Rosewall pulled off razor-thin victories over each of his troupe-mates, starting with Kramer in Durban, then Segura in Queenstown, and finally Hoad in Port Elizabeth.

    Those were key efforts in his ultimate victory in the tour.
     
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    Next up was the stand in Rondebosch previewed above.

    Another preview in the Cape Times:

    SPORTS LIMELIGHT
    BY DICK STENT

    Why the Tennis Stars Are All Out To-day

    How hard do the Kramer tennis troupe boys try to beat each other? This is the question I passed on to former Springbok Davis Cup player Leon Norgarb, who has been looking after them for part of the tour which reaches its midway point here to-day.

    And the answer was: “As hard as they can. They try to win every point.”

    Leon further explained: “The result of every one of the troupe’s singles games are tallied up at the end of the year and the chances are that the man at the bottom will have to drop out to make way for someone new.

    “These chaps know that they have only a limited time in the big money. When they start losing, the public loses interest—and so does the promoter.

    “It is a question of uneasy lies the head . . . I envy them the spendulicks but they can have the anxiety and the tension!”

    Up 15 Points

    HERE are some other observations:

    • The fact that each player has beaten the other in turn is because the standard is uniformly high. There is very little between them.

    • At that, Rosewall and Hoad have “improved their amateur play by fifteen points” (per game), an “inevitable sequel to the intensely tough day-to-day competition.”

    • The players are not (and could not afford to be) party-minded. They have to concentrate on keeping a peak fitness for their matches.

    • Jack Kramer, former Wimbledon champion, went through a training routine more rigorous than a boxer’s, when he re-entered the circus. With roadwork, skipping and a “killing schedule” he took off fifteen pounds in two months….

    Ambition

    Kramer, incidentally, is reputed to have made about £1,000,000 out of promoting and playing tennis in the last seven years.

    “But, like many top tennis players, he wants to be a star golfer. And he has got down to a six handicap,” says Norgarb, who, of course, is himself a representative golfer.

    Ellsworth Vines was another Wimbledon champion with such an ambition, and when he put away his racket he had won several big money tournaments as a golf professional. Kramer says: “I don’t quite aspire to that, but I would like to take a dollar off Norgarb when we play here this weekend.”

    120 mph Service

    We should, incidentally, see some of the best tennis technique in the world to-day, if what Leon says is true.

    He stated:

    • Hoad has the fastest service (estimated by Segura at 120 miles an hour, two miles a minute, 60 yards a second) in the world to-day and the best volley. (Drobny: “Also, he is the one man in the world who can storm anyone off the court.”)

    • Kramer has the best forehand in the world.

    • Segura has the best return of service in the world.

    • Rosewall has the best backhand in the world.

    So there is going to be muchest of the bestest tennis at Rondebosch to-day.
     
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    And the report of the Rondebosch stand, in the Cape Times:

    HOAD WORTH EVERY PENNY OF £40,000
    By PETER HARRIS

    Every penny of the £40,000 Jack Kramer paid for the Wimbledon tennis champion Lew Hoad was money well spent. That is a fair inference from Hoad’s performance at Rondebosch on Saturday, when the blond Australian seemed to stand, if not quite head and shoulders, then at least an inch or two higher than his three companions of the tour.

    Consistency, of course, counts for much in these arduous, intensive moneymaking tours. It must be easy to get stale—tired of living in a suitcase. Only time will tell whether Hoad is temperamentally adaptable to this sort of life.

    But there is no “tennis reason” why he should disappoint as a professional. If he maintains his form he may prove himself the best professional in the world, as he proved himself the best amateur.

    In beating his fellow-countryman Ken Rosewall by the odd set in a three-set match, he gave an astonishing display of serving and volleying power. I didn’t have any apparatus for measuring the reputed 120 m.p.h. speed of his first service, but got the impression he was shooting it out of a gun hidden away somewhere. He reaped a good crop of aces even from this slow court. His volleying had to be seen to be believed: he clove the ball out of the air to such effect that many a stroke he took at shoulder or at waist-height was as hard to return as a smash.

    STYLE CONTRAST

    Rosewall, who kept slipping on a court which was drying unevenly, is a less forceful player than Hoad, inferior in service and volley but superior in ground-strokes and court-craft.

    The contrast of styles raises the old question. Will the top-notch ground-stroke player and strategist beat the superlative server and net-stormer? On Saturday the answer was in the negative, but it is not always so. I would judge these two Australians most equally matched—but not quite. Other things being equal, Hoad should beat Rosewall more often over a long period than he loses to him.

    The earlier encounter between Jack Kramer and Pancho Segura, which Kramer won in two sets after a long struggle for the first, was notable for more baseline play than we are accustomed to in this class of tennis. That is not to say that neither player came to the net; both did, and often. But there was enough of the other sort of tennis to recall the days when long rallies were the rule rather than the exception, as they have become in this day of “sudden-death” tactics.

    PANCHO THE JOLLY

    Pancho Segura has a jolly court personality (though what a man can find to smile about so often when he has to play as much tennis as these fellows do, I can’t fathom). He also has an interesting style. He hits his forehand two-handed except for an occasional wide ball, though his backhand is more orthodox.

    It is astonishing that this forehand, which would handicap most players through loss of balance and manoeuverability, is so effective and well-angled (any coaches who may still try to make every young player conform to orthodox style, please note!) Kramer, who appeared to be strong in every aspect of the game, beat Segura mainly because his service was better.

    A light-hearted doubles exhibition, which was good in patches and which the Australian won, rounded off the afternoon’s tennis. If better tennis has been played at Rondebosch, it must have been a long time ago. Kramer and company brought not only their skill, but a keenness which the previous professional troupe seemed to lack.​
    The article included a photo of Hoad and Rosewall shaking hands, with trees and open sky behind them. I think it was probably a clay court, since the court was said to be drying unevenly, and described as a slow court.

    A wet grass court can be described as slow, but on such a court it would have been very difficult to sustain long baseline rallies; and the article notes that there were more baseline rallies than you typically see in this class of tennis.

    In any case, the leader after this stand was none other than Kramer, who was tied with Rosewall at 7-6 in matches but had a slightly better record than Ken in sets.
     
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    Next was Bloemfontein.

    With a win there Hoad could have pulled into a 7-7 tie with Rosewall, though both men would have been behind Kramer’s record of 8-6.

    Cape Times:

    Ken Rosewall gave a display of unflagging steadiness and concentration to beat his fellow Australian Lew Hoad, 8-6, 7-5, in a tight match that lasted 80 minutes here yesterday.

    Hoad and Rosewall beat Kramer and Segura, 6-3, 6-2.

    Jack Kramer beat Pancho Segura, 6-2, 6-4.​
    That report ended with “THE LOG,” showing Kramer in the lead and Hoad in fourth place:

    Kramer – 8-6 (matches), 20-14 (sets), 172-157 (games)
    Rosewall – 8-6 (matches), 20-17 (sets), 189-186 (games)
    Segura – 6-8 (matches), 14-18 (sets), 159-158 (games)
    Hoad – 6-8 (matches), 16-21 (sets), 176-195 (games)

    Rosewall then took sole possession of the lead, with the tour's end drawing near, by beating Kramer in yet another three-set match in Kimberley.
     
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    On Nov. 9 the troupe played in Johannesburg. Rosewall took a three-set loss to Hoad, and Kramer lost to Segura.

    The standings then stood as:

    Rosewall 9-7
    Hoad 8-8
    Kramer 8-8
    Segura 7-9

    This was in the Cape Times on Monday, Nov. 11:

    JOHANNESBURG—Although beaten, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 by Lew Hoad on Saturday night, Ken Rosewall retained his lead in the Round-Robin tournament for the most successful singles player on the tour when Jack Kramer’s professional tennis troupe appeared at Ellis Park, Johannesburg.

    All the players have now taken part in 16 matches. Rosewall has won nine, Hoad and Kramer eight each and Segura seven.

    The troupe will play an extra exhibition match under floodlights at Ellis Park to-night.

    As Ken Rosewall has challenged Lew Hoad to another singles match, the pairings will be the same.​
    This report, though published on Monday morning, contained no information about Sunday night's matches in Lourenco Marques, in neighboring Mozambique. But those matches ended after midnight, so it's not surprising that the results would not make it into Monday morning's newspapers in South Africa. Even the local newspaper in Lourenco Marques, on Monday morning, reported that the matches had ended too late for a full report; they published the scores but left a full report for the next day's (Tuesday's) newspaper.
     
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    On Sunday the troupe made a quick detour to neighboring Mozambique, then a Portuguese colony. They played in Lourenco Marques, known today as Maputo.

    (It was not the troupe's only stop outside of South Africa's borders, during this tour. Bulawayo and Salisbury are both in Southern Rhodesia, then a British colony, now Zimbabwe.)

    The troupe played in the Estadio do Malhangalene, an indoor venue (“recinto coberto”, or “covered enclosure”) that also hosted ice hockey. They did not finish until past midnight.

    Segura d. Rosewall 14-12, 6-2
    Hoad d. Kramer 6-4, 7-5

    The standings now were:

    Rosewall 9-8
    Hoad 9-8
    Kramer 8-9
    Segura 8-9

    So Hoad, after holding an early lead in the tour but then dropping to fourth place, was now in a position to win the whole thing. He'd won his last three singles matches, not having lost since Bloemfontein.
     
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    The final stand unfortunately was anticlimactic.

    Cape Times (Nov. 12):

    LEW HOAD IS TROUNCED

    JOHANNESBURG—Ken Rosewall trounced a thoroughly dispirited Lew Hoad for the loss of only three games in the professional troupe’s final match here last night.

    When Rosewall won the first two games in the first set, Hoad seemed to lose all interest and Rosewall had to do little more than keep the ball in play to win points.

    Rosewall beat Hoad 6-1, 6-2.

    Jack Kramer gave a magnificent exhibition to beat Pancho Segura 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.​
    London Times:

    PRIZE OF £500 FOR ROSEWALL
    K.R. Rosewall (Australia) has won a £500 sterling prize as the most successful singles player on J. Kramer’s professional lawn tennis troupe’s tour of South Africa. Rosewall beat a fellow Australian, L. Hoad, by 6-1, 6-2 for his tenth win in 18 matches, at Johannesburg on Monday night.​
     
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    One remaining question I have about the South Africa tour is when the Nov. 11 stop in Johannesburg was added to the tour. A programme of the tour was published that included all the stands that the troupe eventually played, on the dates that they played them -- but the last stand listed in the programme was Lourenco Marques on Nov. 10.

    And the Cape Times refers to the final stand on Nov. 11 as "an extra exhibition match."

    Yet the November '57 edition of World Tennis (which covered events through the end of September) already reported that the troupe was scheduled to play in Johannesburg on Nov. 11.

    Whatever the case, the tour was interesting and extremely close, right down to the end.
     
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    Final standings for the South Africa tour:

    Rosewall 10-8 (vs Hoad 4-5, vs Kramer 4-0, vs Segura 2-3)
    Kramer 9-9 (vs Hoad 3-2, vs Segura 6-3)
    Hoad 9-9 (vs Segura 2-2)
    Segura 8-10

    Rosewall won this tour despite having personal H2H losses against both Hoad and Segura. He won because he had a perfect 4-0 record against Kramer.

    By the same token, Kramer had winning H2H records against both Hoad and Segura but lost the tour because he couldn’t beat Rosewall even once.
     
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    I have found nothing yet on the stop in Nairobi, Kenya. World Tennis reported that the troupe played there but offered no details. Kramer reports a stop there in his memoir. The China Mail reported that they played there on Nov. 12-13.
     
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    On November 14 they began what was sometimes referred to as the Asian portion of their tour, playing in Karachi, Pakistan.

    An excerpt from The Dawn (Pakistan):

    CLASS TENNIS BY WORLD PROFESSIONALS

    Thrills galore for Karachi fans

    By Dawn Sports Reporter

    Tennis bordering on the classical pattern was provided for the first time in the country yesterday by the world famous professional stars during their one-day exhibition matches at the Karachi Gymkhana.

    The top-ranking world professionals who thrilled the Karachi tennis fans by their forceful all-round display were the leader of the troupe, American Jack Kramer, Australian Lew Hoad, his compatriot Ken Rosewall and Pancho Segura of Ecuador.

    The crowd of about 2,000 which included Acting President Alhaj Abdul Wahab Khan, was fully satisfied by the grand display of tennis and enthusiastically applauded each brilliant stroke from the racket of the masters of the game.

    Later, the players were introduced to the Acting President who welcomed them to Pakistan, spoke highly of their game and finally distributed them souvenirs on behalf of the Karachi Lawn Tennis Association.

    Leaving aside the outcome of the matches, the visitors fully demonstrated how tennis of class is played in different styles. The four foreign stars in their approach to the game presented four distinct schools of play with varying modes of executing various strokes.

    Former world champion Jack Kramer approached every stroke in a manner that put him far above the rest as a complete player. Though not at his best now, Kramer’s execution of every possible stroke in the game gave full glimpses of his hay [sic] days and I for one failed to notice any weak spot on his side of the court. Throughout his match against Pancho Segura, Kramer followed his controlled spin services to the net thereby fully exhibiting how an attacking game is played.

    UNORTHODOX STROKES

    Segura on the other hand appeared to be the most interesting player for the crowd with his unorthodox double-fisted strokes from both sides. Though his services and backhand do not come up to the best in the world, his volleying was excellent while his forehand drives had their own beauty. Some of the short-crosses which Segura produced against the net-rushing Kramer, were like games of the highest quality. Other bright sparks of his display were his antics on the court which [won] the hearts of all those tennis fans.

    The right-handed Rosewall, who was erroneously mentioned as left-handed in these columns, presented himself as one who could be [held] up as a model by students of the game. Whether on the base-line or over the net, Rosewall always appeared in a copy-book style with long swinging actions. He is more on the defensive side having stylish strokes on both hands from the base-line, but when pressed, produces elegant passing shots in a cool and calculated manner.

    When compared to Rosewall, Hoad presented a contrast. He is a follower of the hard-hitting school of play, always relishing in producing winners. He owns terrific service and overhead work, powerful drives on both hands in addition to fierce drive volleys. Hoad always follows his services to the net besides executing other strokes with a gay abandon. His entire display of yesterday could be easily termed as a display of fireworks from a tennis racket. The only drawbacks of the present world champion are his inconsistency and mood. He is more on the erratic side and gets perturbed at the very slightest disturbance from the crowd.

    The visitors could have given a far attractive display, but the fast and slippery Gymkhana hard court was not relished by them for moving fast from one end to the other while there were too many errors from the linesmen to put them off at short intervals.

    OPENING SINGLES

    In the opening singles, stocky Pancho Segura beat Jack Kramer 8-6, 8-6 after being down in both sets while Lew Hoad produced quite many outright winners to defeat the steady Ken Rosewall in the other, also in straight sets, 11-9, 6-4.

    The doubles between Kramer and Segura and Hoad and Rosewall was abandoned due to failing light after each pair had earned a set. The first set was won by Hoad and Rosewall at 6-2 and the second by Kramer and Segura at 6-4.

    As Kramer and Segura entered the court for the opening match, the former started dictating terms with his angled services backed by a net-rushing game and established a lead of 4-1 and then 5-2; Segura settled down at this stage and started producing attractive forehand drives which earned him many points in a row. Passing Kramer three times with his beautiful short-crosses from the forehand and by anticipating correctly twice over the net Segura drew level at 5-5. A titanic struggle for supremacy then followed between the two in which Segura came out successful to get the first set at 8-6 after having saved two set points when Kramer led 6-5.

    The second set was a repetition of the first. Kramer led again 3-0 and 4-1, but Segura came up from behind to share 4-4 and after Kramer had let again 5-4 and 6-5, the double-fisted player finally swung the balance in his favour at the identical score 8-6.

    INTERESTING DUEL

    Rosewall and Hoad, who presented the opposite of each other in the second match, put up a very interesting duel between patience and impatience. While Rosewall was coolness personified on one side of the court, Hoad produced all fire from the other. Rosewall mostly tended to remain on the baseline while Hoad never lost any opportunity to rush to the net. Rosewall most of the time earned points through his consistency, but Hoad achieved the same through outright winners from all sides of the court. At times when Rosewall was in possession of advantage points and very much needed the game, he lacked something in his armoury, to counter the service and over-head blasts of the world champion which always brought him on level terms with his countryman whenever he lagged behind.

    Rosewall relying on as many returns as possible and Hoad on brute force, the two went forward neck-and-neck till the latter claimed the first set at 11-9. They also went the same way in the second and Hoad having the advantage of his services, claimed it at 6-4.​
     
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    The next day (Nov. 15) they were in Lahore.

    The Dawn again:

    KRAMER BEATS SEGURA TO AVENGE DEFEAT

    World tennis pros thrill Lahore fans

    LAHORE, Nov. 15: The renowned Kramer Tennis troupe today provided an exhibition of a thrilling doubles match won by Ken Rosewall and Lewis Hoad.

    But for the doubles in which the Americans Jack Kramer and Pancho Segura lost a three-set battle to their youthful Australian opponents, the two singles matches were decided in straight sets.

    First Jack Kramer, a legendary figure in tennis, defeated Pancho Segura 6-3, 7-5 and thus avenging his Karachi defeat yesterday. Then Lewis Hoad, 1957 Wimbledon champion, swamped Ken Rosewall 6-4, 6-1.

    The doubles match, however, delighted the Lahore tennis fans who had come to watch the top-flight men in today’s tennis. The 80-minute duel which looked like ending tamely finished with a last-minute strong American challenge, which failed against more competently playing Australians.

    Trailing 2-1 in the first set, the Australians cashed on a double fault by Segura to level up at 4, after the deuce had been called five times.

    Both Hoad and Rosewall matched the brilliance of the Americans to snatch the set at 7-5. The Australians were again in the lead in the second set but with Segura demonstrating superb smashing and Kramer excelling with his angular shots went ahead to win the second set at 6-4.

    The Australians, however, surprised the Americans in the final set by [forging] a 5-0 lead as [they] invariably found a convenient gap to put the ball through. Hoad’s forceful services and Rosewall’s commendable countercraft had much to do with the Australian victory.

    Earlier Hoad, in his singles encounter against Rosewall, after being level at 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4, won two more games in a row to take the first set, and in the second, he eclipsed his compatriot completely with the result that Rosewall could collect just one game.

    Kramer proved too good for two-fisted Segura without being spectacular. Segura fought on gamely against Kramer who won the first set at 6-3. Segura led 5-4 in the second set but Kramer won three games in a row to win the match.​
     
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    Calcutta hosted the troupe on Nov. 16-17, on grass courts at the South Club:

    The Manila Times had this for the first day:

    CALCUTTA, India, Nov. 17 (UP)—Ken Rosewall beat Lew Hoad, 6-3, 6-3 Saturday during an exhibition professional tennis program which Promoter Jack Kramer admitted showed his players were rusty on grass court play.

    In other matches, Pancho Segura defeated Kramer, 6-4, 7-5, and in doubles Kramer and Segura defeated Hoad and Rosewall, 6-4, 6-4.

    “The players were out of practice for grass court play,” said Kramer, pointing out that most of the matches on the pro tennis tour have been played on indoor courts or clay courts. “The boys founds the ball bouncing faster and harder than they expected.”​
     
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    Bangkok was next on Nov. 18.

    Bangkok Post:

    RBSC Tennis Show

    Kramer, Rosewall Give Sparkling Displays

    (By M.I.)

    It was veteran Jack Kramer and classic player Ken Rosewall who dominated the tennis exhibition at the RBSC [Royal Bangkok Sports Club] tennis court yesterday!

    Kramer, king of the amateurs ten years ago, beat “Pancho” Segura 6-3, 6-2. Earlier, Rosewall humbled fellow Australian and 1957 Wimbledon champion Lew Hoad 6-4, 6-2.

    Rosewall, small of stature, displayed uncanny precision in his strokes, particulary the backhand. Time and again, he scored with a passing backhand shot as Hoad advanced to the net.

    Hoad appeared erratic yesterday. But had he been in top form, he might still have lost to Rosewall, who gave a near faultless exhibition in the singles match. Hoad’s forte was a “cannon-ball” service and overhead smash, which in tennis jargon are features of “the big game.”

    Rosewall, who unexpectedly beat “Pancho” Gonzales in the final of the professional tournament in England recently, looked and played like the winner yesterday. His crisp volleying and back-of-the-court lobs invariably upset Hoad’s forceful game.

    But it was Jack Kramer who somewhat stole the show yesterday. Although probably slower than he was in his peak years just following world war II Kramer had the best all-round game. His powerful services produced several “aces” against both Hoad and Rosewall, while he was equally good in backhand and forehand.

    The most exciting match of the evening was the doubles when the Australian “twins” Hoad and Rosewall, who were an unbeatable combination for many amateur years, beat Kramer and Segura in a very close struggle. The score was 7-5, 6-8, 7-5.

    Here again Kramer produced most of the winners on his side, although Segura, with his two-handed drives, showed glimpses of the form that carried him to Wimbledon honors several years back.

    A hot sun beat down on the court during most of the game. But this did not seem to dim the enthusiasm of the both tennis players and spectators alike.

    “Pancho” Segura, who was introduced as the “Little Pancho” and not the big one (meaning Gonzales) brought bursts of laughter from the crowd with his court humor. One jest which caused the most merriment was his shouting “Oh Yes” whenever he executed a stroke which he anticipated as a winner.​
     
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    Next was Hong Kong on Nov. 19-20. They played on grass at the Hong Kong Cricket Club.

    The China Mail had this for the first day:

    ROSEWALL WAS AN IMMEDIATE HIT

    “Big Jack” And His Boys Waste No Time In Prolonged Rallies

    By “TOUCHWOOD”

    For sheer entertainment value there is nothing to beat the Kramer circus which captivated and enthralled a sell-out crowd at the Hongkong Cricket Club yesterday afternoon. With Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Pancho Segura and ‘Big Jack’ in person, this professional squad put up a real tennis treat which kept the fans glued to their seats from the moment Kramer and Segura started off the first of the two-day exhibition games.

    Kramer, Segura and Hoad are familiar faces in the Colony, having played here before. Ken Rosewall was an immediate hit as soon as he took to the court. Sydney-born Rosewall has the most timid look among Kramer’s troupe and he doesn’t immediately strike one as a top professional tennis star.

    I was particularly impressed with Rosewall’s easy-flowing strokes, so well and accurately executed. Not too big in build, Rosewall is steadiness personified. In his three-set match against his compatriot, Lew Hoad, Rosewall showed us his versatility and his booming service was something out of the ordinary. Hoad had the measure of Rosewall after they battled it out for three grueling sets, with Hoad winning 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

    Sustained and spontaneous applause was the order of the day in the three exhibition matches played. Though the doubles match between Hoad and Rosewall and Kramer and Segura ended abruptly due to failing light, the Australian combination proved too agile and quick for Big Jack and his partner. Hoad and Rosewall won the first set at 6-1 and were leading 4-2 in the second when the umpire halted play.

    Greatest Ever

    The Hoad versus Rosewall match will long be remembered as the finest, greatest and best fought out exhibition ever seen in Hongkong.

    There was a good measure of tension as both Hoad and Rosewall volleyed, smashed and parried for the winning shot with the minimum of labour. A striking feature of the games was the complete lack of base to base duels that was expected of these top professionals. In fact, I cannot record more than five prolonged rallies in the two singles and a doubles match.

    The reason is obvious. Today’s professionals score points with no waste of time and unlike their contemporaries in the amateur ranks, these pros combine artistry with entertainment thrown in whenever they take to the courts.

    Talking about entertainment, the Ecuadorian, Pancho Segura, kept spectators roaring with his clowning around the court. This diminutive player had the crowd cheering for him and his two-handed strokes were something to cheer about indeed. These were executed with such ease that this Segura stroke will be the talk in local tennis circles for a long time if not copied by the local players.

    Segura is a born entertainer and is as good a player as Hoad, Rosewall or Kramer. On the credit side, beside his clowning, is his ability to retrieve seemingly impossible shots from all angles.

    His concentration is so intense that he is easily irritated by those who move when he is about to serve. An example was in his match against Kramer when he repeatedly asked the umpire and linesmen to stop the ball boys moving around the court when play was in progress. Segura lost to Kramer, 4-6, 4-6.

    “Big Jack”

    What of ‘Big Jack’ himself? A spectator beside me remarked, “Gosh, I didn’t realise he is such a great player. I had expected to see a middle-aged cigar-smoking promoter.” For all his years in the amateur and professional ranks, Kramer’s tennis has mellowed with his competitive matches.

    ‘Stupendous’ is a very mild word to describe Kramer and Co and it would require other superlatives to adequately describe them.

    Twenty-three-year-old Lew Hoad looks likely to dominate the pro ranks in a year or two. What a different Hoad from the one Colony fans saw last year when he came to play here as an amateur.

    There is a tremendous improvement in his play and where once he was known as a lackadaisical player, he is certainly not any more. Hoad’s net-storming tactics against Rosewall were point-scorers. He moved around the court with cat-like agility and his victory over Rosewall was well earned.

    Hoad was a favourite with the schoolboys and girls. They cheered for him rather than Rosewall. When Hoad was leading 6-5 in the third and final set, the students yelled out, “How about winning, Lew?” Probably they were on Hoad’s side for the sake of familiarity, or was it because he was the underdog?​
     
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    Which tournament was that?
     
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    This is fascinating stuff. Too bad not everyone will pay attention.

    Thank you for this!
     
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    It seems interesting, that old Kramer (around 37 i suppose) still held it close in those tours. Coming out of retirement after a 3 year lay-off, he had struggled in the South American tour, but in the last part of 1957, he was very close to Hoad, Rosewall and Segura. It seems he honed himself into fine form again, and especially against Hoad he had some fine wins, including the Wembley win.
     
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    Kramer was so difficult to beat for Enrique Morea.
     
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    That was undoubtedly a reference to Wembley. Someone got their "Panchos" mixed up.
     
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    Yes in a 9-day stretch in late September which included Wembley, Kramer beat Rosewall twice, Hoad twice, and Pancho Gonzalez once. He was beaten quickly by Rosewall at Wembley but pushed him to 12-10 in the third set at Tours, France, during that stretch.

    Those two wins he had over Rosewall (Zurich and Milan) are the only ones he had all year AFAIK.
     
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    Here's a short video of the doubles match the troupe played on October 10 in Stockholm (go to 9:08 ): http://www.filmothek.bundesarchiv.de/video/586301

    (The "key frame" showing the women spectators goes directly to it.)

    It's one of rare videos showing Segura's forehand -- in this case a swinging two-handed forehand volley.
     
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    Next stop was Manila. The Manila Times on Nov. 17 reported the matchups scheduled for the first day, and added:

    Pairings for the other two playing days, Nov. 23 and 24, may be known upon the arrival of Kramer and his world-touring tennis professionals, from Hongkong on the 21st.

    Hoad, who turned pro only last summer after winning the Wimbledon singles championship, leads in his matches with Segura and Rosewall but is even with Kramer.

    Rosewall heads Kramer, is even with Segura but trails in his matches with Hoad. Kramer, who has regained form, leads Segura, is even with Hoad, but trails Rosewall.​
    On Nov. 22 the Manila Times published a full schedule of all three days, and added:

    Power tennis with the Jack Kramer and Co. trademark bares itself to class-hungry Manilans today and for the next two days at Rizal Coliseum.

    Back in Manila for the second time in three years, Promoter Kramer and his world champion professionals open their three-day benefit performance here at 6 o’clock this evening before an expected crowd of 10,000…

    Hoad, Kramer’s $125,000 “baby,” is leading their tour. Rosewall, who won the European tournament which was marked by Segura’s upset of Gonzales, rates a close second.

    Kramer admitted in a press conference last night he is preparing Hoad for a collision with world champion Pancho Gonzales next year. The match, according to him, will start in Brisbane, Australia, on Jan. 1.

    “Hoad has better chances when he plays Gonzales,” Kramer said. “By the time he meets Pancho he would already have a rich pro experience, unlike Rosewall and Tony Trabert who both played Gonzales with only their amateur experiences backing them up.”

    Kramer also considers physical condition as a decisive factor in the proposed Hoad-Gonzales match. “Gonzales lays off from play constantly and I personally believe he’ll have a hard time getting himself back in condition.”

    Commenting on Hoad, Segura, the troupe’s two-fisted “killer” said:

    “Lew is unbeatable when his timing is perfect. He has the most dangerous, deceptive passing shots I’ve ever seen.”

    About Rosewall, Segura said “he’s a much better player now than when he played Gonzales.”

    Kramer, who was heard to have planned of bringing along lady professionals tennisters, stated he considers Althea Gibson a good material.

    “But Althea has to have a good opponent and the only woman I could think of now who could really match her is little Maureen “Mo” Connolly.”

    Connolly, however, can not possibly play because she is still nursing a sprain, Kramer added.

    In a statement that was meant for Philippine tennis Kramer said the secret behind the power of Australians and the Americans in tennis lies in their constant play on grass courts.

    “Of course, size has also something to do with this monopoly,” Kramer said.
    Rizal Coliseum is an indoor venue according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rizal_Memorial_Coliseum. All the matches were played at night.
     
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