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Old 10-23-2012, 11:52 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by Dan Lobb View Post
Compared to the time that Bedard emerged, the change is astronomical.
Bedard, born 1931, did not pick up a raquet until age 15. He received only one year of coaching, in southern California, in 1952, age 21.
He only played two years on the international circuit in his entire career. There was no support of any kind from the Canadian tennis establishment.
Yet, this man would go on to win three Canadian Opens, and beat many top players in important matches such as Emerson, Krishnan, Whitney Reed, Rafael Osuna, to mention a few.
He is currently undefeated this year at 8 wins 0 defeats at age 81.
impressive. i guess many national federations have become more professional over the last decades, with the increasing prize money in tennis, resulting in the sport to become more international
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