ALGY KINGSCOTE(GREAT BRITAIN)
Born: 3/12/1888 Died: 21/12/1964
Australian Open 1919
Algernon Robert Fitzhardinge Kingscote (or Algy Kingscote for short) made his debut at Wimbledon in 1914, where he lost in the second round. Though he was a fluid stroke maker, Kingscote had a weak temperament and lost many matches when he had big leads. During the First World War Kingscote was a Lieutenant-Colonel. At Wimbledon in 1919 Kingscote reached the All comers final where he lost to Gerald Patterson. After being on the British side that lost the 1919 Davis Cup challenge round, Kingscote stayed on to compete in the Australian Open, which actually got underway in January 1920. Kingscote was suffering from a slight arm strain and offered to forfeit his opening match but was prevailed upon to accept a postponement. He came through that match in straight sets. He made it through to the semis where he faced James Anderson. Kingscote began slowly and Anderson had two set points for two sets to love lead. Kingscote fought back and took the set 7-5 and went on to win in four sets. In the final he played Eric Pockley. Kingscote was dominant and after taking the first set 6-4, took the second set 6-0 in just 10 minutes before winning the third set 6-3 for the title. No player has held a Grand Slam title for such a short period of time. By the time Kingscote arrived back in Britain in March 1920 he was no longer the reigning champion of Australia.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: J.Anderson 1-0, A.Gore 0-1, W.Laurentz 1-0, G.Lowe 1-0, P.O'Hara Wood 1-0, G.Patterson 0-2, B.Tilden 0-1, A.Wilding 0-1, R.Williams 0-1
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