Jack Hawkes

JACK HAWKES (AUSTRALIA)

Born: 7/6/1899 Died: 31/3/1990

Australian Open 1926

Jack Hawkes, the lefthander from Geelong, emerged onto the tennis scene in the 1920s. He reached the semis of the Australian in 1922, where he lost in five sets to Gerald Patterson. Four years later Hawkes made it to the semis again, where he faced James Anderson. Hawkes exploited Anderson's weak backhand mercilessly and won in four sets. In the final Hawkes beat Jim Willard for the loss of just five games to take his first and only Grand Slam title. Defending his title the following year, Hawkes reached the final, where he faced Patterson. Leading by two sets to one, Hawkes had five championship points in a marathon fourth set before losing it 18-16. Patterson took the fifth set 6-2 to rob Hawkes of his title. In 1928 Hawkes lost in the quarters to Jack Crawford. Later in the year he toured overseas and reached the semis of the French Open, where he lost to Rene Lacoste. Lacoste beat him again in the second round at Wimbledon. After that Hawkes began spending more and more time on his business interests and less and less time on his tennis. He died in 1990 aged 90.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: J.Anderson 1-1, J.Crawford 0-1, C.Gregory 1-0, R.Lacoste 0-2, G.Patterson 0-2

Jack Hawkes' Grand Slam record

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