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Old 04-04-2013, 11:35 AM   #278
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Originally Posted by Dan Lobb View Post
The Cleveland was a joke. Never attracted a strong field.
The best players took a pass on Cleveland, and it was simply used as a route-stop for the 4-man tour.
Budge was how old when he played Gonzales in the 1953 final? Was it 37? For Budge, that was late.
At the US Pros in Cleveland:

1952 had Segura, Gonzales, Budge and Kovacs
1953 had Gonzales, Budge, Riggs and Kovacs
1954 had Gonzales, Sedgman, Segura, Budge, Kovacs and Riggs
1955 had Gonzales, Segura, Kovacs, Riggs, Parker, Budge and Perry
1956 had Gonzales, Segura, Trabert, Hartwig, Parker and Kovacs
1957 had Gonzales, Segura, Rosewall, Trabert, Riggs, Parker and Kovacs
1958 had Gonzales, Hoad, Segura, Trabert, Riggs and Parker
1959 had Gonzales, Hoad, Segura, Cooper, Anderson, Riggs and Parker
1960 had Olmedo, Trabert, Segura, Cooper and Parker
1961 had Gonzales, Sedgman, Gimeno and MacKay
1962 had Buchholz, Segura and MacKay

Originally Posted by Dan Lobb View Post
The 1954 tour was a true round-robin, where every player played each other the same number of times.

In 1959, Hoad and Gonzales played each other 28 times, Cooper and Anderson played each other 27 times (they played one match less than the two veteran headliners), but Hoad played Cooper only 20 times, and Gonzales played Anderson 20 times, Hoad played Anderson only 14 times and Gonzales played Cooper 14 times.
Thus, each stop on the tour was provided with a Hoad/Gonzales match which headlined the stop, and gave the impression of a head-to-head between the top two players in the world.
The 1959 World Pro Tour was a 4-man tour, and Gonzales won it.

Results of the 1959 World Pro Tour
1. Pancho Gonzales 47-15
2. Lew Hoad 42-20
3. Ashley Cooper 21-40
4. Mal Anderson 13-48
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