Ken McGregor

KEN McGREGOR (AUSTRALIA)

Born: 2/6/1929 Died: 1/12/2007

Australian Open 1952

Ken McGregor emerged onto the scene in the late 1940s. His father had been an Aussie Rule footballer and it was expected that Ken would follow in his footsteps. As well as Aussie rules and tennis McGregor was also a fine cricket and lacrosse player as well. After Harry Hopman urged McGregor that he had a big future in tennis, the 19 year old McGregor moved to Melbourne to receive coaching from Hopman. At the 1950 Australian Open he beat Jaroslav Drobny in the second round before losing to compatriot Sedgman in the final. At the Australian the following year he beat former champion Adrian Quist in the quarters and Arthur Larsen in the semis before losing to Dick Savitt in the final. He then reached the semis of the French and at Wimbledon lost in the final to Savitt. At the 1952 Australian Open McGregor made his way through to the semis, where he faced Savitt. Savitt lost his cool when the referee allowed McGregor to wear spikes after a rain delay in the fourth set and this was enough for McGregor to snatch victory in four sets. In the final he met his doubles partner Frank Sedgman. McGregor came from 5-2 down to win the first set 7-5. In the second set McGregor came from 5-2 down again to win the set 12-10. Though he dropped the third set 6-2 McGregor took the fourth set 6-2 to take his first Grand Slam title. At the French he reached the semis where he lost to Drobny and lost to Drobny again in the Wimbledon quarters. At the end of the year McGregor turned professional along with Sedgman. After a disastrous head to head tour against Pancho Segura in 1953, McGregor returned to his Aussie rules football career and had a successful season with the West Adelaide Club. McGregor died in 2007 aged 78.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: J.Drobny 1-3, A.Larsen 1-0, D.McNeill 0-1, A.Quist 1-0, D.Savitt 1-2, F.Sedgman 1-1, V.Seixas 0-2

Ken McGregor's Grand Slam record

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