Former Australian Amateur No 1 Tennis Player Fred Sedgman

Fred Sedgman

Former Amateur No.1 Frank Arthur Sedgman was born on 29th of Oct 1927, in Mont Albert, Melbourne. Sedgman turned pro in 1952 and announced retirement in 1976, he was inducted I the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979. He reached his career high of World’s No.1 in 1952 and won 22 grand slam titles including single doubles and mixed doubles titles in a span of 5 years from 1948 to 1952. He was also the player who is taken as the major force which drove Australia to its initial three year domination of the Davis Cup in which Australia won 15 times out of the total 18 times from the year 1950 to 1967.

In Sedgman’s times Doubles matches were considered as more important from spectator point of view than today, he was considered as an expert Doubles player at that time. Sedgman paired with his partner Ken McGregor were the only doubles team of men to win all Grand Slam titles in a year. They successfully won all four major Grand Slam events in 1951. The nest year too they won three Grand Slam Doubles titles but lost the fourth to their fellow Australian players Rose and Seixas. He won the Australian Open Singles in 1949 and 1950, the Wimbledon in 1952, the US Open in 1951 and 1952 and was the finalist in the French Open in 1952. For the Doubles category he won the Australian Open in 1951, 1952, the French open in 1951 and 1952, the Wimbledon in 1948, 1951 and 1952 and the US Open in 1950 and 1951.

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