Originally Posted by BobbyOne
NatF, As Joe McCauley wrote: Laver was a quick learner. He improved immensely in the first 6 months of 1963.
Laver played private matches against Rosewall and Hoad in 1962 to prepare himself for the pro tour.
It was known by end of October 1962 at the latest that Laver would tour against Rosewall and Hoad, as this was when Hoad went into training for the Laver tour.
Laver looked good early in January 1963 against Rosewall and Hoad, beating Rosewall in the most important match of the Australian tour at Kooyong on television, and the night before pushing Hoad to 6-3 in the fifth set.