Adrian Quist


Born: 4/8/1913 Died: 17/11/1991

Australian Open 1936,1940,1948

Adrian Quist was one of the top Australian players in the late 1930s and 1940s. Though he was short in height, he was strong and sturdy. Quist excelled at doubles, and held the Australian doubles continuously from 1936 until 1950. He emerged on the scene in 1933 when he made the quarters of the Australian and U.S. Opens. In the 1934 Australian Quist beat former champion Gar Moon before losing to defending champion Jack Crawford in the semis. Crawford beat him at the same stage of the tournament the following year, though on this occasion Quist pushed him to five sets. In 1936 Quist beat John Bromwich in the quarters and Harry Hopman in the semis before facing Crawford in the final. In an epic match Quist resisted his usual net rushing tactics and instead won many points with his groundstrokes and took a two sets to love lead. With typical tenacity Crawford fought back to level at two sets all. The final set was an epic, which Quist ended up winning 9-7 to take his first Grand Slam title. Quist made the quarters of Wimbledon that year and defending his Australian title the following year he lost in the quarters to Hopman. Quist reached the Australian semis in 1938 but was outplayed by Don Budge. In 1939 he beat Crawford in the semis before losing to Bromwich in the final. The Second World War had already got underway when Quist took his second Australian title in 1940. He thrashed the ageing Crawford in the final, mercilessly exploiting his backhand. Shortly afterwards Quist was called up to serve in the Allied forces. After the war was over Quist showed that he was still a force to be reckoned with by reaching the semis of the 1946 Australian, where he lost to Dinny Pails. After losing in the quarters the following year, Quist made it to the final in 1948 where he faced his old rival Bromwich. In a match played in sweltering heat, Quist finally came through 6-3 in the fifth set to take his third Australian title, twelve years after his first. Defending his title the following year 35 year old Quist lost to 21 year old Frank Sedgman and it seemed to signal the end of an era. After retirement Quist went into tennis journalism and was an incisive columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald for many years. He died in 1991.


HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: W.Allison 1-1, J.Bromwich 2-1, D.Budge 0-3, J.Crawford 3-2, J.Doeg 1-0, V.McGrath 1-0, K.McGregor 0-1, G.Moon 2-1, D.Pails 1-1, F.Perry 0-2, M.Rose 0-1, F.Sedgman 0-1

Adrian Quist's Grand Slam record