Originally Posted by Mustard
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.
Bad fortune all around. As far as tennis, he was unfortunate to be playing during the prime years of Perry and Budge -- though he did beat Perry once at Roland Garros.