Originally Posted by BobbyOne
It's just curious with you: Every time when your idol lost a match or a tournament, he had a crisis of confidence, was in confusion, was injured or suffered from that terrible Wembley smoke which always handicapped Hoad and never his conquerors, especially Rosewall.
You should concede that Hoad was not that superhuman you make out of him...
I have no idols, my friend.
As far as indoors, yes, it appears that Hoad never won an indoor tournament, despite appearing in many finals.
He won plenty of indoor matches on the 4-man tour in the late fifties, but these were best-of-three affairs.
His big wins were in outdoor tournaments. Hoad's style of play was super-aggressive and required lots of oxygen. In the indoor smoke dens of Wembley, Melbourne Arena (where Rosewall outlasted him in 1960), Cleveland Arena, MSG (although he won a three-set marathon classic against Gonzales in 1959), Stade Coubertin, etc., the lack of exygen was a handicap in a long match.