J. Cecil Parke

J. CECIL PARKE (IRELAND)

Born: 26/7/1881 Died: 27/2/1946

Australian Open 1912

J. Cecil Parke was a great all round sportsman. He played for Ireland twenty times at rugby, three times as captain between 1903 and 1909. He was also a noted sprinter, a fine cricketer and a scratch golfer. At tennis, Parke was a baseliner famed for his running forehand down the line. Parke's tennis career reached its peak in 1912, when he won both his singles rubbers for the British Isles in the Davis Cup Challenge round against Australia in Melbourne. Then Parke travelled to Hastings, New Zealand to play in the Australian Open. He made it through to the final where he faced Alfred Beamish. Parke won in five sets to take his first and only Grand Slam title. At Wimbledon Parke reached the semis in 1910, when he was easily beaten by Anthony Wilding and in 1913, when McLoughlin swept him aside. During the First World War Parke was wounded at Gallipoli and rose to the rank of Major with the Essex Regiment. In 1920, the 38 year old Parke caused a huge upset by beating reigning U.S. champion Bill Johnston in the second round at Wimbledon. After retiring from tennis in the early 1920s Parke settled in North Wales and indulged his passion for golf. He died in 1946 aged 64.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: O.Froitzheim 0-1, B.Johnston 1-0, G.Lowe 1-0, M.McLoughlin 0-1, B.Tilden 0-1, A.Wilding 0-1

J. Cecil Parke's Grand Slam record

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