Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
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.
I donīt know but it makes sense.OTOH, Hoad left a very highly regarded memory to all of those who knew him and his wife.He was worshipped in Spain and Gonzales ( yes, the SOB Gonzales), Rosewall and Laver were really fond of him.
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