Originally Posted by kishnabe
Didn't Laver say he could not compete with the pro\s in t he first few years.
First few months, not years. Laver really struggled with Hoad and Rosewall in those opening months as a professional. By the end of 1963 (Laver's first year as a professional), he had risen to be the second best pro behind Rosewall, overtaking Gimeno and Hoad. And in 1964, Gonzales returned and did a full-time schedule, with Laver becoming the best pro in 1964, ahead of Rosewall and Gonzales.