PAT O'HARA WOOD(AUSTRALIA)
Born: 30/4/1891 Died: 3/12/1961
Australian Open 1920,1923
Pat O' Hara Wood followed in his brother Arthur's footsteps in winning the Australian Open. Pat was quick around the court and had text book groundstrokes, sharp volleys and a solid serve. He had lost to Englishman Arthur Lowe in the 1919 championships just two months before and with the British players no longer in the country, eased his way through to the final of the 1920 championships. There he faced Ron Thomas. Thomas led two sets to one when a rain delay forced them off court for 20 minutes. After the break O' Hara Wood was revitalised and went on to win the fourth and fifth sets 6-1,6-3 to take his first Australian Open title. In 1923 O' Hara Wood retained his title, coming through a mediocre field to beat Cuthbert St John in the final for the loss of just five games. In 1925 O' Hara Wood lost in the semis to James Anderson and lost to Anderson the following year in the quarters. After reaching the quarters again in 1929, where he lost to Harry Hopman, O' Hara Wood turned professional. For many years O' Hara Wood ran a sports store in Melbourne and died in 1961.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: J.Anderson 0-3, R.Gemmell 1-0, A.Kingscote 0-1, R.Lacoste 1-0, B.Tilden 0-1
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