Mal Anderson


Born: 5/3/1935

US Open 1957

British Pro 1959

Mal Anderson came from nowhere to win the US Open. Anderson was a steady if unspectacular player who let opponents beat themselves. He made his Grand Slam debut in the Australian Open in 1955, where he lost early. At the Australian Open in 1956, Anderson reached the quarters, where he lost to Ken Rosewall in four sets. At Wimbledon he beat Nicola Pietrangeli in five sets in the fourth round before losing to the number one seed Lew Hoad in the quarters in four sets. At the Australian Open in 1957, Anderson beat Pietrangeli in straight sets in the quarters before losing to Ashley Cooper in straight sets in the semis. At the US Open Anderson was unseeded but a dangerous floater. In the fourth round he beat second seed Dick Savitt in straight sets, in the quarters he beat unseeded Luis Ayala in straight sets and in the semis he outlasted reigning French Open champion and third seed Sven Davidson in five sets. In the final he beat the number one seed Ashley Cooper in straight sets to take his first Grand Slam title. At the Australian Open in 1958, Anderson beat Merv Rose in four sets in the semis before losing to Cooper in straight sets in the final. He was seeded two at Wimbledon and beat Andres Gimeno in the second round and Jaroslav Drobny in the fourth round before losing to sixth seed Kurt Nielsen in the quarters. Top seeded at the US Open, Anderson beat eighth seed Savitt in the quarters and Ulf Schmidt in the semis. In the final he met Cooper and led two sets to one before losing in five sets. Anderson and Cooper both turned professional at the end of the year. Anderson won the British Pro in 1959, saving two match points in a five set final against Pancho Segura. It proved to be his only major success in nine years in the pro ranks. Playing his first Grand Slam event for ten years, Anderson lost to Pancho Gonzales in the third round of the 1968 US Open. Seeded 8 at the 1972 Australian Open, Anderson dropped just six games in despatching Neale Fraser in the third round and outlasted top seed John Newcombe 9-7 in the fifth set in the quarters before an easy win over fourth seed Alex Metreveli in the semis. In the final Anderson was no match for number two seed Ken Rosewall. He made his last Grand Slam appearance at the Australian Open in December 1977 aged 42 and had to retire in his first round match.


HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: B.Bowrey 1-0, A.Cooper 1-3, S.Davidson 1-0, J.Drobny 1-0, N.Fraser 1-1, A.Gimeno 1-0, P.Gonzales 0-1, L.Hoad 0-1, J.Newcombe 1-1, N.Pietrangeli 3-0, T.Roche 0-1, M.Rose 1-0, K.Rosewall 0-2, D.Savitt 2-0, V.Seixas 0-2, T.Trabert 0-1

PRO SLAM HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Gimeno 1-2, P.Gonzales 0-1, R.Laver 0-1, A.Olmedo 1-2, K.Rosewall 1-9, F.Sedgman 1-0, P.Segura 2-1, T.Trabert 1-1

Mal Anderson's Grand Slam record
Mal Anderson's Pro Slam record