Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
I would say that Wembley was the world championship in 1949, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1961, 1962, 1964 when the top two players squared off in the final.
Sedgman himself gets my top ranking for 1953 based on his Wembley win over Gonzales.
But in 1958 and 1959, the top two guys squared off at Kooyong and Forest Hills.
Wembley's importance was weakened in 1950 and 1951 by the absence of Kramer.
Wembley was not held in 1954 and 1955.
In 1957, 1958, and 1959 Wembley was overshadowed by the Forest Hills Tournament of Champions and the creation of a world tournament championship which included Forest Hills, Roland Garros, Kooyong, White City, the L.A. Masters, but did not include Wembley or Cleveland.
Wembley and Cleveland were not managed by the Kramer tour, and were not a part of the series.
The outdoor grass events at Kooyong in 1960, Forest Hills in 1963, Longwood in 1965 and 1966, Wimbledon in 1967 all had greater prestige than the Wembley venue, and featured the top two players in the final.
The 1964 Wembley final was a pivotal matchup between Laver and Rosewall, and has a special status greater than the inaugural U.S. Pro at Longwood that year.