Originally Posted by Mustard
The only negative on Vines was his drop in form in his last year as an amateur in 1933, losing one of the greatest Wimbledon finals of all time against Jack Crawford, and having a shocking Round of 16 loss at the 1933 US Championships against Bryan Grant.
He was also the favorite at the Australian Championships, and lost in the quarters to Vivian McGrath. In Davis Cup against England, he lost to Bunny Austin 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 (arguably his biggest loss of the year, though no longer his best remembered).
He played poorly throughout 1933. I think Kramer said that Vines played well only in one match in 1933, the Wimbledon final.