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Old 04-11-2012, 10:27 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by BeHappy View Post
Those were exhibitions, if Budge won every match people would have stopped buying tickets.
I doubt the players took these tours as exhibitions, or that they were even referred to as exhibitions. Here is a newspaper article from the summer of 1939 announcing a "Professional Tour" in Australia involving Tilden, Budge and Vines.,2263591

If it were true that people would stop buying tickets unless Tilden won, then they would have done so, since Budge won the vast majority of the matches in that tour (about 46-7 according to the Wikipedia article). I don't think players viewed those tours as they view exhibitions today.
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