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Old 05-19-2010, 09:15 PM   #17
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Default Wilding - 'The Man' when it comes to clay

Originally Posted by newmark401 View Post
"Great research! So, Nadal's winning streak on Clay should have a note at the end ('in the open era')."

Yes. I counted fifty wins in a row on clay for Tony Wilding in 1914 alone, as he won all eleven clay court singles events he took part in, starting with the Carlton Club (1st Meeting) in France at the beginning of January, and finishing at the World Hard Court Championships in Paris at the beginning of June.

At one point that year Wilding won seven clay court singles titles in seven weeks. Factor in his clay court tournament wins from the years 1911-13, when he also probably didn't lose on the surface, and you have a very long winning streak indeed.
Wow - his clay court prowess seems to be forgotten by all except a few on this forum. Given so many matches in 1914 - I wonder if that contributed to his lack lustre performance on Grass at Wimbledon that year. It sounds like he didn't do much to prepare for the tournament. Classic signs of being burnt out. Given the number of matches he played that year (7 tournaments in 7 weeks - and winning all the matches!) - it's not surprising.
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