Ernie Parker

ERNIE PARKER (AUSTRALIA)

Born: 5/11/1883 Died: 2/5/1918

Australian Open 1913

Ernie Parker was one of the greatest players produced by Western Australia. Anthony Wilding once said of Parker that if he had concentrated solely on tennis and not played so much cricket, at which he excelled, he may have won more than his solitary Australian title. Parker also played hockey and golf to a good standard. In 1909 Parker made it to the final of the Australian Open, where he lost to Wilding. Four years later he faced his namesake Harry Parker in the final. Though Ernie started nervously and dropped the first set, he picked up his form in the second set and made many successful forays to the net. He won in four sets to take his only Grand Slam title. Parker never gained selection for the Davis Cup. Many observers attributed his lack of self-belief as a main contributory factor in him being ignored by the selectors. Parker served as a Gunner in the A.I.F. during the First World War and died in May 1918. He was eating dinner outside the hut his company was stationed at in Hazebrouck when a German shell landed. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Wilding 0-1

GRAND SLAM RECORD
1909 Australian 7 1913 Australian 8


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