Originally Posted by krosero
Those losses in the majors and in Davis Cup are not really signs of underachievement. He did the best he could at those events. The other stuff is true though. He underachieved due to external circumstances.
I suppose we could say he had a lot of bad luck. He either ran into an on fire Fred Perry, was jailed just as his rivalry with Budge was heating up and then got discriminated against by the authorities for that homosexual activity conviction just when his chances of big success seemed stronger than ever in 1939 with Budge having moved on to the professional game.