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Old 09-01-2012, 11:54 AM   #571
Dan Lobb
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Originally Posted by kiki View Post
Rosewall himself has aknowledged that only windy conditions could prevent Hoad fron getting the grand Slam that 1956.He felt bad for his friend since he always recognized that " Lew, on his day, was not possible to beat"

He may be mean but he was a honest guy and a true gentleman
The recent Hodgson biography states that Hoad did not tell anyone about his back problem in the 1956 US final due to sportsmanship.
I would suggest that there were also commercial considerations, as Hoad was the subject of fierce offers from Kramer to turn pro. If Hoad was known to be damaged goods, this would impact his bargaining power.

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