No, Bobby, for YOU Hoad's achievements were not top ten. For these guys, Hoad's achievements were sufficient to be number one all-time, or as Bedard said simply, "Hoad was the greatest player." Simple enough. Bedard's list pre-WWII Tilden post-WWII Hoad recent Sampras Three different eras, three different players. Bedard played Hoad many times, especially in majors, and took a set off Hoad in the 1954 Wimbledon. It was at that Wimbledon that Fred Perry declared Bedard to be "the greatest natural athlete in the Wimbledon field".