Frank Parker


Born: 31/1/1916 Died: 24/7/1997

French Open 1948,1949

US Open 1944,1945

Born Franciszek Paikowski in Milwaukee to Polish parents, Parker was adopted by his coach Mercer Beasley, who moulded his game. Parker was very focussed on court and had a deadpan persona. He worked hard to achieve success in the game of tennis. Parker lacked flair or power on his shots but rarely made mistakes. Parker was just 16 when he made his Grand Slam debut at the 1932 US Open, where he lost in the third round to George Lott in four sets. At the 1936 US Open he lost in straight sets to Don Budge in the semis. At Wimbledon 1937 Parker lost in four sets to Budge in the semis. At the US Open Parker came from two sets to love down to beat Wood in the fourth round but again found Budge too strong in the semis. At the 1942 US Parker lost in five sets to Ted Schroeder in the final. In the 1944 US, Parker beat Vic Seixas in the second round, Don McNeill in four sets in the semis and Bill Talbert in four sets in the final. He successfully defended his US title the following year beating Talbert in straight sets in the final. Parker lost in the quarters of the 1946 US Open to Tom Brown in five sets, failing to win a hat trick of titles. In the 1947 US Parker beat John Bromwich 8-6 in the fifth set in the semis. In the final the crowd were behind him as he led defending champion and hot favourite Kramer two sets to love before losing in five sets. The crowd gave Parker a standing ovation for his heroic effort. At the 1948 French Open Parker beat Eric Sturgess in straight sets in the semis and Jaroslav Drobny in four sets in the final. At the US Open he beat Frank Sedgman before losing to Pancho Gonzales in the quarters. At the 1949 French Open Parker beat Sturgess in the semis and Budge Patty in the final in four sets. At Wimbledon he lost in the quarters to Sturgess in five sets. At the US Open Parker reached the semis, where he lost in four sets to Gonzales. Then he turned professional. When the game went open in 1968 52 year old Parker made a guest appearance at the US Open. He lost his first match to Arthur Ashe thirty six years after making his debut in the event. Parker died in 1997 aged 81.


HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Ashe 0-1, J.Bromwich 1-1, D.Budge 0-3, J.Drobny 1-0, P.Gonzales 0-2, H.Henkel 1-0, J.Hunt 0-1, J.Kramer 0-2, D.McNeill 1-0, B.Patty 1-0, F.Perry 0-1, B.Riggs 0-1, T.Schroeder 0-1, F.Sedgman 1-0, P.Segura 2-0, V.Seixas 2-0, S.Wood 1-1

PRO SLAM HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Cooper 0-1, P.Gonzales 0-4, L.Hoad 0-1, J.Kramer 0-1, B.Riggs 0-1, P.Segura 0-1, T.Trabert 0-1

Frank Parker's Grand Slam record
Frank Parker's Pro Slam record