The 1953 Davis Cup Challenge Round: Australia 3, United States 2

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  1. kiki

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    Yes, Gorman had great results and was rock solid and quite of a complete player, very adaptable as well.But he lacked the serve of Smith or the return of Connors, or the athleticism of Ashe.

    The WCT Aetna WC was a big event those years, quit like the women´s Wightman Cup, which was essentially the very same thing.Only that changing Australia for the United Kingdom.
     
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    If Connors had played at Cleveland, it was (?) rubber, his best surface...could have won two matches, but Australia wins it 3 to 2.
     
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    Yes, that is right...Queen Mary was the grandmother of the present queen, and thus the physical similarity.

    Not sure about the new arrival...the royal women have a certain family likeness.
     
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    As recognition of last week's special royal event, here are the current Queen's appearances at Wimbledon in 1957 and 1962.

    In 1957, she watched Hoad win the men's final, and presented the women's trophy to Althea Gibson.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EJCqBsh2Dk

    In 1962, she presented the men's trophy to Laver.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGAo4oyBkMo
     
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    It was carpet but was it a rubberized carpet? I don't know.
     
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    The Harry Hopman legend began in 1939, when he "captained" or coached a remarkable upset win for Australia against a powerful U.S. squad in the Davis Cup final.

    Here is the final match in the comeback win, an ambidextrous Bromwich defeating a Frankie Parker looking like he was just off the beach at a California resort.

    http://www.britishpathe.com/video/davis-cup-tennis-2/query/davis+cup
     
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    Hopman was, strangely, not in charge of Australian Davis Cup again until 1950, with his next win,

     
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    The great strength of the Australian teams in Davis Cup was their ability to play on any surface, including clay.

    Here is the 1960 Davis Cup final against Italy. The Italian team has difficulty with the Australian grass.



    In the 1964 final, played in Cleveland on clay, the Aussies scored the last two singles wins, Stolle edging Ralston in five sets, and Emerson winning the final against McKinley.

     
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    It was a risky strategy for the Americans to choose a clay venue, betting that Stolle could not play well on clay. Had grass been chosen, Ralston stood a better chance of a singles win against Stolle.
     
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    True enough. Even John Newcombe who was renown for his great grass court play was excellent on clay. He beat Rosewall in the 1968 French Pro, perhaps the strongest French Pro of all time on clay before losing to Laver in the final. He also won 1971 Canadian Open over Okker which is now known as the Rogers Cup. Same with Emerson.
     
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    Here are the two new clips in great video and sound of the 1953 Hoad/Trabert Davis Cup match.
     

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