Born: 4/3/1921 Died: 22/11/1986
Australian Open 1947
Dinny Pails’ career in amateur tennis was short lived but it included a Grand Slam title. Pails began playing tennis at the age of 13 on the ant-bed courts in his back yard in Sydney. He was a natural and despite having received very little coaching entered the Australian Open just two years later. In the 1940 Australian Pails made the quarters, where he lost to John Bromwich. Then Pails was robbed of the best years of his career by the advent of war, in which he worked in an aeroplane factory. In the 1946 Australian Open Pails beat Adrian Quist in the semis before losing to John Bromwich in the final. At Wimbledon that year he lost in the quarters to Yvon Petra. In 1947 Pails made the final of the Australian where he faced Bromwich. Bromwich led by a set and 4-1 but Pails fought back to level at 1 set all. They shared the next two sets and at 6-5 in the fifth Bromwich had a championship point. Pails saved it with an ace and the wheels seemed to come off Bromwich’s challenge as Pails took the set 8-6 to take his first Grand Slam title. At Wimbledon Pails lost in the semis to Jack Kramer and after reaching the fourth round of the U.S. Open he turned professional. Though Pails performed well on the pro circuit, his weakness, according to Bobby Riggs, was his lack of the killer instinct. After retirement Pails became a coach and died in 1986 at the age of 65.
© GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE
HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: J.Bromwich 1-2, B.Falkenburg 1-0, H.Henkel 0-1, J.Kramer 0-1, B.Patty 1-0, Y.Petra 0-1, A.Quist 1-1, P.Segura 0-2
PRO SLAM HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: D.Budge 0-2, P.Segura 0-1
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