FRED ALEXANDER(U. S. A.)
Born: 14/8/1880 Died: 3/3/1969
Australian Open 1908
Fred Alexander was the first non-Australasian to win the Australian Open. He made his first trip down under in 1908 when he was selected in the US team for the Davis Cup challenge round at Melbourne. After losing the Davis Cup for the U.S. in the fifth rubber, Alexander travelled to Sydney to compete in the Australian Open. He made his way into the final where he faced Alf Dunlop. Alexander got off to a bad start as Dunlop took a two sets to love lead. Then Dunlop made a tactical error by resting in the third set, which Alexander took 6-0. Dunlop could not rediscover his earlier form in the fourth and fifth sets which Alexander took 6-2, 6-3 to win the title. In his native America, Alexander competed in many U.S. championships between 1900 and 1920. His best result was in 1908, when he reached the All Comers Final where he lost to Beals Wright. Alexander was a popular player and a good sportsman who did much to popularise the game in Australia during his visit in 1908. Alexander turned pro in the late 1920s to become tennis instructor at the Los Angeles Tennis Club. Alexander was elected to the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1961 and died in 1969.
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