Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
Hoad had difficulty playing a full year without interruption due to injury or back trouble (he was playing after 1953 with two ruptured discs!).
This would have made it difficult for him to win a calendar grand slam.
One player who should have won the calendar grand slam was Crawford in 1933, when he led Perry in the Forest Hills final two sets to one, and could not play further.
His friends had, without his awareness, plyed him with alcoholic drinks during the match, in the mistaken belief that his minor asthma would be helped by it. He was inebriated and unable to play further.
Always liked Crawford
Don' t ask me why but I did
He beat Vines in an all time classic
" And when the bullied american saved his three death penalties, the steeled arm of the young swede began to shiver like it never did before"