Jack Crawford

JACK CRAWFORD (AUSTRALIA)

Born: 22/3/1908 Died: 10/9/1991

Australian Open 1931,1932,1933,1935

French Open 1933

Wimbledon 1933

‘Gentleman’ Jack Crawford was a throwback to the Edwardian game of tennis. He had his shirts buttoned at the wrists and even played with a flat-topped racquet. Crawford's first Grand Slam title came in 1931 at the Australian Open. He beat Harry Hopman in final with his passing shots doing most of the damage. The following year Crawford again faced Hopman in the final. Hopman led by two sets to one as they took the 20-minute interval after third set. Crawford had a 10-minute sleep in the dressing room and upon the resumption he raced through the fourth and fifth sets 6-3,6-1. Going for a hat trick of titles in 1933, Crawford beat Wilmer Allison in the semis, having been two sets to one down. In the final against Keith Gledhill, Crawford began slowly, failing to find enough depth on his groundstrokes. He dropped the first set but after edging the second set 7-5 went on to win in four sets. At the French Open Crawford beat Henri Cochet in the final to become the first overseas player to win the title. At Wimbledon Crawford was involved in a great final with Ellsworth Vines. In a match which many onlookers believed was the greatest Wimbledon final of all time, Crawford won 4-6,11-9,6-2,2-6,6-4. At the US Open, Crawford led Fred Perry two sets to one, just one set away from becoming the first player ever to win the Grand Slam, but Perry went on to win in five sets. Perry beat Crawford again in straight sets in the 1934 Australian Open final to deny Crawford a fourth consecutive title. In the 1935 Australian final Crawford’s depth of shot was too much for a below par Perry at the net. Crawford won in 4 sets. In 1936 Crawford was in the final again but Adrian Quist beat him in five long sets 9-7 in the fifth. In 1940 Crawford had a great victory over Bromwich in semis in straight sets before losing to Quist in the final. Crawford continued to play in the Australian championships, making his last appearance in 1951, where he lost in first round aged 42.

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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: W.Allison 1-0, M.Bernard 1-0, J.Borotra 0-2, J.Bromwich 1-1, H.Cochet 1-0, C.Gregory 2-1, J.Hawkes 1-0, H.Henkel 1-0, J.Hunt 0-1, R.Lacoste 0-1, G.Moon 2-2, F.Perry 2-5, A.Quist 2-3, F.Sedgman 0-1, E.Vines 1-1, G.von Cramm 0-3, S.Wood 3-0

Jack Crawford's Grand Slam record

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