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Old 01-22-2013, 03:58 PM   #768
Dan Lobb
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Originally Posted by Dan Lobb View Post
Hoad's "summit" moments (best ever):

1) Davis Cup 1953 df. Seixas and Trabert at Kooyong

2) Davis Cup 1955 df. Trabert and Seixas at Forest Hills

These two Davis Cup ties literally put tennis into the forefront of sports in the fifties, the first mass television audience for the game. (10 million, first sports broadcast by NBC in color.)

3) 1956 Wimbledon df. Rosewall
Hoad became the first player since WWII to follow his first slam win by a second and third. (Only Budge did this also.)

4) 1957 Wimbledon df. Cooper
The Queen broke her longstanding antipathy to Wimbledon to witness this event.

5) 1958 world tournament championship, 5 tournaments, Hoad won on points and money, including wins against Gonzales at Kooyong, Forest Hills, and Roland Garros.
Players include Hoad, Gonzales, Rosewall, Sedgman, Segura, Trabert.

6) 1959 world tournament championship, 14 tournaments, Hoad won 6 tournaments to Gonzales' 4, top points and money, including a 6 to 2 record against Rosewall (including wins at Kooyong, Forest Hills, and Roland Garros).
Players include Hoad, Gonzales, Rosewall, Sedgman, Trabert, Anderson, Segura, Cooper, Giammalva, Hartwig, Rose, McGregor. The strongest field ever assembled.

7) 1961 Kramer Cup (pro Davis Cup) df. Trabert in decider.
Hoad's last display of top form. Trabert had beaten Rosewall.
Also, the 1962 Kramer Cup df. Olmedo in a display of hot form.

9) 1963 Hoad/Laver tour
Whitewashes Laver, including Kooyong televised match at 6-3 in fifth set.
Laver defeats Rosewall in 4 sets next day at Kooyong.

I do not see a comparable set of summit accomplishments for other players, partly because the equivalent opposition for other great players was weaker.
I should add that the closest set of summit achievements to Hoad's belongs to Budge, who won a classic Davis Cup match in 1937, two Wimbledons, won a great head-to-head against Vines, also against Perry and Riggs, a Wembley final against Nusslein, a Forest Hills Pro final against Riggs.

After WWII, Budge, like Hoad after 1960, experienced lack of conditioning and extra weight problems, and, according to Kramer, a propensity for the bottle and the brew (again similar to reports about Hoad). As a result, he had the same trouble with Riggs that Hoad had with Rosewall after 1960. No surprise.

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