Originally Posted by pc1
Question for Dan Lobb and this is important. If Hoad won the tour against Gonzalez in 1959, why wasn't he invited to defend his "World Title" in 1960 which Gonzalez won over Rosewall, Segura and Olmedo?
My reasoning is if Hoad was considered to be World Champion wouldn't logic dictate that he be invited back to defend his World Title?
For the record Gonzalez was fabulous in 1960 in winning the tour with an exceptional 49-8 record, with Rosewall far behind at 32-25, Segura at 22-28 and Olmedo at 11-44.
The New York Times and London Times report in late 1959 about Kramer's attempts to sign Hoad for the 1960 season, and how Hoad responded that he had won ove $250,000 since turning pro, and wanted to spend more time with his family.
He TURNED IT DOWN, and Kramer had to ask Rosewall to fill Hoad's spot, with the result that the 1960 tour was a financial failure.
Hoad did not defend his 1959 Ampol championship because IT NO LONGER EXISTED. When Hoad semi-retired in Jan. 1960, Ampol apparently severed its relationship with the Kramer tour, and the Ampol series was not renewed.
Ampol came on board in 1957 when Hoad turned pro, and left in 1960 when Hoad pulled out of the tour.