Originally Posted by YaoPau
Budge dominated Perry before and after 1941, and I'm not sure they even played each other in 1941, so very hard to prove Perry was the better player.
They did play at least once; it was an easy victory for Perry but even he admitted that Budge had been off his game since falling down a flight of stairs and undergoing surgery for a broken nose in the first week of May: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...4091%2C2641342
Budge had also been hospitalized in October 1940 for scarlet fever and strep throat. He returned to competitive play in January 1941, for the Tilden tour, which ended in May, shortly after Budge's fall.