Rice Gemmell

RICE GEMMELL (AUSTRALIA)

Born: 4/3/1896 Died: 10/5/1972

Australian Open 1921

Rice Gemmell was virtually unknown when he took the 1921 Australian Open. The tournament was held at Perth that year at a time when Gemmell was emerging as West Australia's leading player. Because of its' isolation from the rest of the country, few players have emerged from Western Australia over the years; Ernie Parker and Gemmell were the most successful. Though he had a competent net game and good backhand drive, he lacked determination and confidence in his own ability. Gemmell was fortunate that many of the top players of the time did not enter that year and he cruised through to the final where he met Al Hedeman. Gemmell was the more aggressive and more willing to take the net than his opponent. He won in straight sets to capture his first and only Grand Slam title. Gemmell disappeared back into obscurity very quickly and turned professional in 1927. In 1932 he became a gold miner. Gemmell survived a car crash in 1940 in which the driver of the car died. Gemmell died in 1972 aged 76.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: J.Anderson 0-2, G.Moon 0-1, P.O'Hara Wood 0-1

GRAND SLAM RECORD
1921 Australian 8 1922 Australian 2 1925 Australian 2 1926 Australian 3 1927 Australian 3


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