Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by pc1, Sep 17, 2012.
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It appears that there is an annual senior's tournament named after Hoad,
There are...the doubles final is available on British Pathe, and a brief clip of the Laver/Rosewall final was on youtube for a while...it is now pulled.
Apparently, the Queen enjoyed Hoad's performance in the final...she offered him a Knighthood if he would remain an amateur....of course, he accepted $125,00 of Kramer's gold, and turned pro instead.
An intelligent decision. I wonder how much knighthood pays. Lol.
If Hoad had remained amateur,....how many Wimbledon's would he have won? Perhaps...every year from 1956 to 1963, and the amateurs were making more money than the pros by the mid-1960's, which Hoad could have benefitted from.
Yes, Hoad would have probably won far more classic majors but I doubt if he would have reached the high level of play that he attained in real life because he played competition like the great Pancho Gonzalez. I think overall you would have preferred what actually happened.
Yes, I think that winning the pro tournament bonus pools in 1958 and 1959 represented a much greater achievement for Hoad than anything in amateur tennis, or, indeed, in the later open years with lesser fields.
Here is an objective assessment of Hoad's stature.
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