Born: 17/9/1894 Died: 22/12/1973
Australian Open 1922,1924,1925
James Anderson emerged as one of Australia's top players in the 1920s. Nicknamed Jo because his initials were J.O., Anderson was the youngest of six brothers. Anderson's best shot was his forehand drive, which he hit with very little topspin. Norman Brookes said that it was one of the greatest forehands he'd ever seen. Anderson emerged after the First World War, reaching the semis of the 1919 Australian Open, where he lost to Algy Kingscote. After reaching the semis of the U.S. Open in 1921, Anderson reached the semis at Wimbledon the following year, where he faced Gerald Patterson. Patterson and Anderson did not get on and there was a fair degree of needle for the match, which Patterson won in five sets. Later that year the two faced up again in the final of the Australian Open. Anderson had beaten reigning champion Rice Gemmell in the second round and only dropped two sets en route to the final. Patterson, meanwhile, had had a long five set epic against Jack Hawkes in the semis. In a classic encounter Patterson, who was suffering from a slight wrist injury, took a two sets to one lead but Anderson raised his level, constantly catching Patterson in mid court on his way to the net. Anderson won 6-0,3-6,3-6,6-3,6-2 to take his first Grand Slam title. Two years later Anderson made it to the final again, where he faced Bob Schlesinger. Anderson looked on course for victory when he led by two sets to love but Schlesinger fought back to level at two sets all before Anderson's experience told as he took his second title. Defending his title the following year, Anderson got off to the best possible start by whitewashing T.G.Moon in his opening match. In the final he faced his great rival Patterson. Patterson's serve was off form and Anderson took advantage by winning in four sets. Later in the year at Wimbledon, Anderson reached the semis, where he lost to Rene Lacoste. Defending his Australian title in 1926, Anderson made it to the semis, where he lost to Jack Hawkes. Anderson turned pro at the end of the year and died in 1973.
© GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE
HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: H.Cochet 1-0, R.Gemmell 2-0, J.Hawkes 1-1, B.Johnston 0-1, A.Kingscote 0-1, R.Lacoste 0-1, P.O'Hara Wood 3-0, G.Patterson 2-1, R.Williams 1-0
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