Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
Just to repeat for 1953 Amateur Rankings:
1) Hoad 2) Trabert 3) Rosewall 4) Seixas
Hoad held a 2 to 0 edge against Trabert and a 5 to 0 edge against Rosewall, won five important tournaments, won two Davis Cup final matches (the most important tennis event of the year), and was the only amateur offered a pro contract by Kramer for the 1954 pro tour.
That looks like number one for the year.
1954 Amateur Rankings:
1) Drobny 2) Seixas 3) Trabert 4) Hoad 5) Rosewall
1955 Amateur Rankings:
1) Trabert 2) Hoad 3) Rosewall
This ranking reflects the classic Davis Cup final match between Hoad and Trabert which drew over 10 million viewers and was NBC's first ever color broadcast
1956 Amateur Rankings:
1) Hoad 2) Rosewall 3) Davidson 4) Anderson 5) Cooper
1957 Pro Rankings:
1) Gonzales 2) Rosewall 3) Sedgman 4) Trabert
1958 Pro Rankings:
1) Hoad 2) Gonzales 3) Rosewall 4) Sedgman 5) Trabert 6) Segura
This reflects Hoad's ranking as the number one money-winner, Ampol world championship, winner of the greatest match ever at Kooyong, and apparent edge against Gonzales when healthy.
1959 Pro Rankings:
1) Hoad 2) Gonzales 3) Rosewall 4) Sedgman 5) Trabert
1960 Pro Rankings:
1) Gonzales 2) Rosewall 3) Hoad 4) Olmedo
1961 Pro Rankings:
1) Rosewall 2) Gonzales 3) Hoad 4) Gimeno
1962 Pro Rankings:
1) Rosewall 2) Hoad 3) Gimeno
1963 Pro Rankings:
1) Rosewall 2) Hoad 3) Laver 4) Gimeno
This ranking reflects Hoad's head-to-head edge against Laver.
1964 Pro Rankings:
1) Laver 2) Rosewall 3) Hoad 4) Gimeno
This ranking reflects Hoad's win of the New Zealand Tour in February against Laver, Rosewall, and Anderson.
Funny Dan, your rankings become strange more and more. You have a selected view on the players' records: You only consider those Hoad results that are positive for your God, pardon GOAT. You neglect totally other players' achievements, especially Rosewall's.
You rank Hoad ahead of Rosewall for all years from 1953 to 1956 even though the facts and experts contradict totally with the exception of 1956!
In 1953 Rosewall won two majors, reached SFs at FH, reached QFs of Wimbledon, won the PSW tournament ("the fifth major") and won the deciding Davis Cup match. No way of ranking him behind Hoad.
In 1954 Rosewall reached the final of Wimbledon (great match against Drobny), reached SFs at the Australian Champs., lost in five and reached SFs of US Champ.s. By the way, Tingay ranked Hoad only seventh...
For 1960 you rank Olmedo fourth!?!? Maybe because he lost 0-6,0-6,3-6 to Rosewall at Wembley? I rank him eighth.
Hoad in 1964 third? It's your masterpiece, of course! Your explanation is very revealing: Because Hoad won a small 4 man tour. Gonzalez and Gimeno were much stronger than Lew that year. Hoad finished sixth in the world tour...
You rank Hoad first or second for most years from 1953 to 1963. It's really funny. Thanks a lot!
Facit: Dan Lobb at his best...
P.S.: Joe McCauley was busy to give a reasonable picture of the pro scene, but you distort his records as you also distort the amateur records, just to push your darling. You and TMF could be a genial double of misinterpreting tennis history!