Sedgman - underrated giant of the fifties

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  1. BobbyOne

    BobbyOne Banned

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    hoodjem, Thanks a lot for this list. An impressive list!

    I only would omit the 1957 and 1958 Australian Pro and add the US Pro those years as the latter ones had more prestige.

    I also would maybe omit Milano 1965 and add Reston 1965 which also was played on (green) clay.
     
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  2. Drob

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    Does anyone have a contemporary written account of the great 1956 Wembley final between Gonzalez and Sedgman, or of their deciding match of the (1957?) Tournament of Champions, or know where such might be found?
     
  3. urban

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    The match 1956 was called the "Night of the long walk home", because it finished long after midnight and many of the 4000 spectators missed their last tube and bus. I have an account by Norman Giller, The book of Tennis lists, 1984, p. 141-142. I think, David Gray may have made a description in his book "Shades of Gray", also about the 1958 Wembley Version, which Sedgman won. About the 1957 Forest Hills tournament i read an account in an excerpt by Lew Hoad in Carryl Phillipps, The Tennis set.
     
  4. Drob

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    Giller. Thanks.
     
  5. Dan L

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    The 1956 Wembley final was televised, and was notorious for keeping TV fans up late at night.
     
  6. kiki

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    Some tend to forget that, likewise Mc Enroe and Newcombe, he was also one of the all time greats in doubles.
     

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