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Old 05-16-2012, 08:50 AM   #833
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Originally Posted by Dan Lobb View Post
Exactly, the French Pro was only at RG in 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968.
It moved to an indoor smoke-house in 1963 known as Stade Coubertin, another oxygen-deprived gas chamber, and no fit location for a major anything.
Why the move? Because the pros wanted to breathe some deep fumes?
No, because Stade Coubertin was cheaper than Roland Garros, and the pro game hit a financial dead zone after Gonzales and Hoad semi-retired. These guys WERE the pro game.
Why Wembley? Because the pros wanted to play in dense smoke?
No, because Wimbledon would not allow the pros to use their premises until 1967.
So, the best players were forced to play in third-rate facilities. Third-rate facilities do not qualify as a major.
Originally Posted by hoodjem View Post
Oxygen? Fumes? Smoke? Facilities?

Are we talking about a tennis tournament or a health spa?
That' interesting. I've read players saying very negative things about the US Open and the Australian and yet they remain majors.
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