Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
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.
Please explain me why Rod Laver, who also played super-aggressive, did much better than Hoad indoors (4 Wembley majors. 1 French Pro and many other tough indoor titles). Where did he get extra oxygen from??