Originally Posted by BobbyOne
Dan, You insinuate that Hoad did not have a professional attitude in not trying in "lesser" events. Perrier was the preparation for the French Pro. Why should he tank matches?
The world tour ended in April. Perrier started in August. The second "tour" consisted of only five or six tournaments. Please give me better arguments!
How often will you tell me that Hoad was 7:2 in tournaments on clay (I doubt if you have the correct number, see Geneva, 1962)?. I'm sure that Perrier was more important than a few of those tournaments f i. Australian Hardcourts...
Geneva on clay? How do we know?
Hoad's record was below average for the 1958 and 1959 European tour, except for Roland Garros which was part of the Ampol series.
The five tournaments of the 1958 Ampol series were the most prestigious of the year.
Hoad played much more tennis than anyone in 1958 and 1959, putting his best efforts into the big money championships.
As I stated earlier, he won about $10 million in today's dollars from about 400 matches between July 1957 and January 1, 1960, by far the most of the pre-open generation of players. His back would not allow a 100% effort in every event.