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Old 09-03-2012, 06:58 PM   #624
Dan Lobb
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Originally Posted by Mustard View Post
Kramer retired too early in the decade (in early 1954, I believe), and only returned for brief tours against Hoad and Rosewall a few years later. Hoad didn't start on the professional tour until late 1957. Rosewall's best years were in the 1960s, and Segura was certainly better than Trabert.

The Pails vs. Segura tour was in 1948, on the undercard of the Kramer vs. Riggs tour. Kramer, Pails and Segura all turned professional in late 1947 with this very tour all planned out. Pails won the tour 41-31, but Segura struggled with the fast indoor surfaces back then and wasn't yet the Segura of a few years later.
Kramer claimed that Segura had no real strategy until Kramer taught him how to think in the 1950-51 tour.
In the 1958 tour, Trabert defeated Segura 34 to 31, and this was on the cruddy indoor mess the travelling pros carried with them, which Segura was well accustomed to.
Rosewall's best years were from 1956 to 1965. He had the misfortune to be overshadowed by the two greatest players ever (in Rosewall's own estimation) in the late 1950's, Hoad and Gonzales, and by Laver from 1964 (Rosewall's pick as #3 all-time).
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