Mustard, I must strongly contradict. Rosewall was clearly the best amateur in the second half of 1956: He won the US Championships over Hoad, he won many tournaments, twice beating Hoad in Australia while Hoad could not beat Rosewall. Muscles won eight tournaments in that period and Hoad won two.
Of course if we consider the whole year Hoad was better. But we discuss the actual strength when Rosewall turned pro.
Lew Hoad struggled in the latter part of 1956 he had to pull out of NSW championships with injury however made a big effort to play in the Davis Cup, playing superlative tennis. Harry Hopman said he would have beaten anyone in the World.TomWill