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Old 12-18-2012, 02:15 PM   #1007
Dan Lobb
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Originally Posted by Dan Lobb View Post
Apparently the Queen attended the 1957 final and watched Hoad beat Cooper from the stands, Prince Philip presenting the trophy.
Her aversion to Wimbledon is known to stem from the 1926 men's doubles, in which her father competed, and insisted on not receiving any special treatment by the other players. He became the "target" in a one-sided beating, and I think that the other players should have ignored his advice, and given him some room to shine. Better business.
The Queen avoided Wimbledon like the plague until 1957, when the presence of Hoad in the final was too much of an attraction to stay away any longer.
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