Horrie Rice

HORRIE RICE (AUSTRALIA)

Born: 5/9/1872 Died: 18/1/1950

Australian Open 1907

Horrie Rice was one of the most popular players of his era. A short determined little fellow who played in knickerbockers and long black socks, Rice made his debut in the inaugural Australian championships in 1905. In 1907 he took the title, beating Harry Parker in the final. Though Parker had a greater weight of shot, Rice ran down every ball and took his chances and won in straight sets. In 1910 he made it through to the final but lost to Rodney Heath. The following year he was runner up to Norman Brookes. In 1913 he travelled to Europe and made his debut at Wimbledon, where he lost in the second round. Two years later he lost in the final of the Australian to F. Gordon Lowe. After the war Rice made it through to the semis of the Australian in 1920, where he lost to Ron Thomas. Three years later the 51 year old Rice made it to the Australian semis again but went out to Cuthbert St John in four sets.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: N.Brookes 0-1, R.Heath 0-2, G.Lowe 0-1, A.O'Hara Wood 1-0

Horrie Rice's Grand Slam record

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