Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
You've got it backwards. If an event is super-important, the Queen or the Vice-President might show up to make it a public event.
The importance of the event makes it worthwhile for the public official to be there.
Also, NBC recognized the importance of the 1955 Davis Cup encounter between Hoad and Trabert by making it their first-ever color broadcast, which attracted over 10 million viewers in the U.S.A., the first ever mass TV audience for tennis. That shows how tennis was on the map.
The first NBC color broadcast ever was "The Colgate Comedy Hour" in 1953, followed by The Tournament of Roses Parade in 1954. Just another thing you are misrepresenting in your quest to make Hoad look better and better in your eyes.