As the 1954
matches approach, Hoad is no problem regardless of what is said in the press.
Rosewall is a harder quantity to gauge. Generally, he has been no match for
Trabert, his lack of pace on service putting him at a tremendous disadvantage
against Trabert's ability to advance to the net. But Rosewall has lost only
once to Seixas, while beating him six times.
equally enigmatic. Never the favorite in a big international tournament, he is
"the man most feared" by those who are expected to reach the final. He
has the finest assortment of strokes in the game today, but his temperament is
unreliable. Seixas has the edge on Rex, but Hartwig has beaten Trabert
decisively in the last two meetings. Picking the right man to share singles
with Hoad is almost impossible.
Australian National singles champion, always has a strong band of supporters
ever eager to claim he is crucified by selectors?and by me?when he fails to
gain a place in the Australian Davis Cup singles line-up. Early this season,
Pails extolled "Rosie's" virtues in the press, finding practically all
else wrong with Australian tennis. But Rose will need a lot of unexpected
support to be chosen for singles. The memory of his failures against Seixas and
Ted Schroeder in the Challenge Round of 1951 is strong evidence against him and
there were matches overseas in 1954 when his strong left arm suddenly lost its
potency at critical stages.
In doubles, Rose
and Hartwig, winners at Wimbledon this year, have heavy claim to playing the
Davis Cup, especially as they defeated Seixas-Trabert convincingly in the
Wimbledon final. But the Sydney "twins"?Rosewall and Hoad?have also
performed well. Our doubles pair will probably be the combination in best form
at the time. There is little between them.
I see the outcome
this way. Hoad will again defeat both Trabert and Seixas, and Rosewall will
beat Seixas. At the same time I certainly don't concede the Rosewall-Trabert
encounter. It is generally agreed that in 1953 Trabert played brilliantly and
Rosewall had nerves on opening day.
That is not such
a wide margin that it could not be reversed, but I cannot see Seixas winning
one of his singles. I see the singles going Australia's way 3-1, but at the
very worst 2-all and with the possibility of 4-0. Trabert and Seixas won the
doubles last year?but what a start Australia's selectors gave them! I say
without hesitation that this year, having two of the three world's best doubles
combinations on our side, the odds are Australia's way for that often vital
It all adds up to
an Australian win. The United States will be sending a team out to challenge us
in 1955! Why not?