Originally Posted by Mustard
Of course, if there had been open fields, then we don't know how the amateur players would have responded to playing in the same field as the professionals. They might have been inspired, and that would have changed things.
What we've done above is take the years as they actually happened, i.e. when the top professional players were better, and predict the winners as it stood.
Mustard, you have ignored the actual results for the major venues, where Hoad led Gonzales 6 to 3.
Further, the "amateurs" would not have existed, and would have matured sooner, so I think that Gonzales would have faced a mature Hoad from 1956. But don't let me spoil your fun.