Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
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.
Dan, I think that Geneva was played on clay because at that time in the summer clay was the dominant surface in Continental Europe.