Lewis Alan Hoad (23 November 1934 – 3 July 1994) was an Australian world No.
1 tennis player whose career lasted from the early 1950s until the early 1970s.
Hoad won four Grand Slam tournaments as an amateur (Australian, French and twice Wimbledon).
He was a member of the Australian team that won the Davis Cup four times between 1952 and 1956.
Hoad turned professional in July 1957 and won the Forest Hills Tournament of Champions event in 1959.
He also won the Ampol Tournament of Champions at Kooyong in 1958, the richest tournament of the era.
He won the Ampol World Tournament Championship Tour in 1959–1960.
During his career his main competitors were his longtime tennis teammate Ken Rosewall and, during his professional career, Pancho Gonzales.
Hoad was ranked in the world top 10 for amateurs from 1952 until 1957, reaching the world No.
1 spot in 1956.
He was ranked the World No.
1 professional in Kramer's official 1959–1960 Ampol ranking of all the contract professionals.
He was ranked the world No.
1 tennis player, professional or amateur, for 1962 in a poll of 85 U.S.
Hoad became the first professional tennis player to earn over GBP 350,000 or about $1 million.
Serious back problems plagued Hoad throughout his career, probably caused by a weight-lifting exercise he devised in 1954, particularly after he turned professional, and led to his effective retirement from tennis in 1967 although he made sporadic comebacks, enticed by the advent of the open era in 1968.
In his autobiography, Jack Kramer, the professional tennis promoter and former player, rated Hoad as one of the 21 best players of all time.
Rod Laver in 2012 rated Hoad as the greatest player of the 'past champions' era of tennis and stated that power, volleying and explosiveness were his strengths.
Following his retirement in 1972 Hoad and his wife Jenny operated a tennis resort, Lew Hoad's Campo de Tenis in Fuengirola, Spain, near Málaga.