Lew Hoad

Born:
November 23, 1934
Died:
July 03, 1994
Place of Birth:
Sydney, Australia
Citizenship:
Australia
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:
1980
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 1

A dazzling shotmaker who knew no bounds with his explosive game, Lew Hoad came within one match of winning the Grand Slam in 1956 before his doubles partner Ken Rosewall upended him in the final at Forest Hills. After taking his second straight Wimbledon singles title in 1957, he turned pro, but after suffering from serious back pain in a tour against Pancho Gonzales in 1958 he was never quite the same force again. Nevertheless, many authorities believe that Hoad in top flight was as good as anyone who has ever picked up a racquet.

Grand Slam Record

Australian Championship

  • Singles Champion 1956
  • Doubles Champion 1953, 1956-57

French Open

  • Singles Champion 1956
  • Doubles Champion 1953
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1954

Wimbledon

  • Singles Champion 1956-57
  • Doubles Champion 1953, 1955-56

US National Championship

  • Doubles Champion 1956

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1953-56