W. Don McNeill

W. DON McNEILL (U. S. A.)

Born: 30/4/1918 Died: 28/11/1996

French Open 1939

US Open 1940

William Donald McNeill was a baseliner who hit penetrating groundstrokes, which meant he rarely needed to come to the net to volley. His best shot was his topspin backhand. McNeill made his Grand Slam debut at the US Open in 1937, where he lost in the third round to Gottfried von Cramm. The following year he beat number four foreign seed Bernard Destremau in the opening round before losing in straight sets to Harry Hopman in the fourth round. At the 1939 French Open McNeill beat Elwood Cooke in the semis before a masterful straight sets triumph against Bobby Riggs in the final. At Wimbledon he lost in the second round to Franco Kukuljevic. At the US Open McNeill beat Bill Talbert in the fourth round before losing in five sets to Joe Hunt in the quarters. At the US Open in 1940 McNeill beat Elwood Cooke in the quarters and Jack Kramer in the semis. In the final he faced Bobby Riggs. McNeill took advantage of some dodgy calls that all went his way and battled his way back from two sets to love down to take his first US title. Defending his title the following year, McNeill beat Wayne Sabin in the quarters before losing to Frank Kovacs in the semis. In the 1944 US McNeill lost in the semis to Frank Parker in four sets. He made the quarters in 1946 when he lost to Kramer in four sets. In 1950 McNeill beat fourth foreign seed Ken McGregor in the first round before losing in the second round to Bill Talbert. He made his final appearance two years later, when he lost in the opening round to Edward Dailey in straight sets. McNeill died in 1996 at the age of 78.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: J.Hunt 0-1, J.Kramer 1-1, K.McGregor 1-0, F.Parker 0-1, B.Riggs 2-0, G.von Cramm 0-1

W. Don McNeill's Grand Slam record

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