Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
It's about time.
For too many years, tennis in Canada was viewed as a gentleman's game, an amateur pastime for wealthy people in private clubs, not as a high-level professional sport.
I think that Bob Bedard was never properly developed, never had top-level training, and learned by tough experience against more "full-time" players, such as Hoad and Rosewall.
He was a muscular, hard-hitting player, but had trouble with players such as Herb Flam, who had more developed skills.
Bedard once reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the Italian.
He never was a fulltime player, but split his time as a college teacher. In 1955, he played 40 weeks, his most active year. He concentrated on the Canadian "Open" (actually, the Canadian International Championships) where he beat some top players in defending his title in 1955, 1957, 1958 (including Krishnan and Whitney Reed, both #1 players for their countries.)
Currently Bedard is an active senior player at age 81, with a career senior record of 42 wins and 4 defeats, and 8 wins and 0 defeats in 2012.