Australian Championship

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The Australian Championship is a tennis tournament which is held in Australia. It is usually the last grand slam of the year and is remote from Europeans.

History[edit | edit source]

Pre WW1[edit | edit source]

The first Australian Championship was played in Melbourne on November 1905 with seventeen tennis players playing in the first tournament which included British player, Randolph Lycett who made it to the semi-finals of the tournament. In the final it was, Rodney Heath who would take out the singles title as he defeated Alfred Dunlop in four sets. The following year would see the tournament go outside of Australia for the only time with Anthony Wilding winning the singles title in New Zealand.

In 1908, Fred Alexander made history by becoming the first player not from Oceania to make it to the men's singles final as he would fall short as he would go to lose to Alfred Dunlop in five sets. But he would create history by winning the doubles tournament and becoming the first player from outside of the Australasian area to win the grand slam. In the following year, Wilding became the first person to win the single's twice as he defeated Ernie Parker in straight sets. Heath would than win his second Australian Open title at the 1910 edition, smashing Fred Wyllie in straight sets.

The 1911 saw another straight sets victory before the first non Australasian won in 1912 when Arthur Lowe took out the single's title defeating fellow Brit, Charles Dixon in five sets in what was the first final that two overseas players competed in. The following years, saw only Australian and New Zealand players play in the tournament up until the first World War where all sport stopped.

Inter-war years[edit | edit source]

After the war, the 1919 tournament was played in January 1920 and with the following edition being held only two months prior this meant that it was the first year to have two Australasian Championships. It was that edition that saw history being made with Pat O'Hara Wood and Ronald Thomas becoming the first champions to defend their title as they defeated Horace Rice and singles champion Roy Taylor who had retired after his singles victory.

Champions[edit | edit source]

Men's Singles[edit | edit source]

Year Champion Runner-up Score in the final
1905 Australia Rodney Heath Australia Alfred Dunlop 3–6, 7–5, 8–6, 6–3
1906 New Zealand Anthony Wilding Australia Rodney Heath 6–2, 6–4, 6–1
1907 Australia Horace Rice New Zealand Harry Parker 7–5, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
1908 Australia Alfred Dunlop United States Fred Alexander 6–4, 7–5, 0–6, 3–6, 6–4
1909 New Zealand Anthony Wilding Australia Ernie Parker 6–1, 6–3, 6–2
1910 Australia Rodney Heath Australia Fred Wyllie 6–1, 6–1, 6–2
1911 Australia Norman Brookes Australia Arthur O'Hara Wood 6–2, 6–4, 6–3
1912 United Kingdom Arthur Lowe United Kingdom Charles Dixon 6–4, 4–6, 1–6, 6–2, 9–7
1913 Australia Ernie Parker New Zealand Harry Parker 2–6, 6–3, 8–6, 6–4
1914 Australia Arthur O'Hara Wood Australia Gerald Patterson 5–7, 6–2, 9–7, 6–1
1915 Australia Clarence Todd Australia Bert St. John 4–6, 6–3, 1–6, 7–5, 6–4
1919 Australia James Anderson Australia Eric Pockley 6–2, 4–6, 6–2, 6–1
1920 Australia Horace Rice Australia Pat O'Hara Wood 6–2, 6–3, 7–9, 4–6, 6–4
1921 Australia Rice Gemmell Australia Alfred Hedeman 7–5, 6–1, 6–4
1962 Australia Rod Laver Australia Roy Emerson 10–8, 0–6, 7–5, 6–4
1963 Australia Roy Emerson Australia Ken Fletcher 6–2, 6–2, 6–3
1964 Australia Roy Emerson Australia Bob Hewitt 6–4, 6–2, 6–1

Women's singles[edit | edit source]

Year Champion Runner-up Score in the final
1962 Australia Margaret Smith Australia Lesley Turner 6–1, 6–3
1963 Australia Margaret Smith Australia Lesley Turner 6–4, 6–3
1964 Australia Margaret Smith Australia Lesley Turner 7–5, 6–2

Men's Doubles[edit | edit source]

Year Champion Runner-up Score in the final
1905 Australia E.T. Barnard
Australia Basil Spence
United Kingdom Randolph Lycett
Australia Tom Tachell
9–11, 9–7, 6–1, 6–4
1906 Australia Rodney Heath
New Zealand Anthony Wilding
Australia Cecil C. Cox
New Zealand Harry Parker
6–2, 6–4, 6–2
1907 Australia William Gregg
New Zealand Harry Parker
Australia Horace Rice
Australia George Wright
6–2, 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
1908 United States Fred Alexander
Australia Alfred Dunlop
Australia Granville G. Sharp
New Zealand Anthony Wilding
6–3, 6–2, 6–1
1909 Australia Jean Paul Keane
Australia Ernie Parker
Australia Tom Crooks
New Zealand Anthony Wilding
1–6, 6–1, 6–1, 9–7
1910 Australia Ashley Campbell
Australia Horace Rice
Australia Rodney Heath
Australia James O'Day
6–3, 6–3, 6–2
1911 Australia Rodney Heath
United Kingdom Randolph Lycett
Australia John Addison
Australia Norman Brookes
6–2, 7–5, 6–0
1912 United Kingdom Charles Dixon
United Kingdom James Cecil Parke
United Kingdom Alfred Beamish
United Kingdom Gordon Lowe
6–4, 6–4, 6–2
1913 Australia Alf Hedeman
Australia Ernie Parker
New Zealand Harry Parker
Australia Roy Taylor
8–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
1914 Australia Ashley Campbell
Australia Gerald Patterson
Australia Rodney Heath
Australia Arthur O'Hara Wood
7–5, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
1915 Australia Horace Rice
Australia Clarence Todd
Australia Herbert Turner
Australia Bert St John
8–6, 6–4, 10–8
1919 Australia Pat O'Hara Wood
Australia Ronald Thomas
Australia James Anderson
Australia Arthur Lowe
7–5, 6–1, 10–8
1920 Australia Pat O'Hara Wood
Australia Ronald Thomas
Australia Horace Rice
Australia Roy Taylor
6–2, 6–1, 6–4
1921 Australia Stanley Eaton
Australia Rice Gemmell
Australia Nathan Brearley
Australia Edward Stokes
6–4, 6–3, 6–3
1962 Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Neale Fraser
Australia Bob Hewitt
Australia Fred Stolle
4–6, 4–6, 6–1, 6–4, 11–9
1963 Australia Bob Hewitt
Australia Fred Stolle
Australia Ken Fletcher
Australia John Newcombe
6–2, 1–6, 6–4, 5–7, 6–1
1964 Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Ken Fletcher
Australia Bob Hewitt
Australia Fred Stolle
4–6, 8–6, 6–3, 7–5

Women's doubles[edit | edit source]

Year Champion Runner-up Score in the final
1962 Australia Robyn Ebbern
Australia Margaret Smith
United States Darlene Hard
Australia Mary Carter Reitano
6–4, 6–4
1963 Australia Robyn Ebbern
Australia Margaret Smith
Australia Jan Lehane
Australia Lesley Turner
6–2, 6–2
1964 Australia Judy Tegart
Australia Lesley Turner
Australia Robyn Ebbern
Australia Margaret Smith
6–4, 6–3

Mixed doubles[edit | edit source]

Year Champion Runner-up Score in the final
1962 Australia Lesley Turner
Australia Fred Stolle
United States Darlene Hard
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
6–3, 9–7
1963 Australia Margaret Smith
Australia Ken Fletcher
Australia Lesley Turner
Australia Fred Stolle
6–4, 8–6
1964 Australia Margaret Smith
Australia Ken Fletcher
Australia Jan Lehane
United Kingdom Mike Sangster
6–2, 6–2

External Links[edit | edit source]

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