William Bowrey

WILLIAM BOWREY (AUSTRALIA)

Born: 25/12/1943

Australian Open 1968

Bill Bowrey is famous for being the last Grand Slam champion before the game went open. Bowrey reached the quarters of the Australian Open in 1965 (losing to Newcombe), 1966 (losing to Emerson) and 1967 (losing to Emerson) and the US Open quarters in 1966 (losing to Santana). John Newcombe, Roy Emerson and Tony Roche had all signed professional contracts at the end of 1967, which left the amateur game devoid of talent. A poor quality field lined up for the 1968 Australian championships. Bowrey was the top seed. In the semis Bowrey’s all court play was too much for Barry Phillips-Moore. In the final Bowrey met the Spaniard Juan Gisbert. Bowrey was struggling when he trailed 4-0 in the third set at one set all but his backhand started to hit its mark and Bowrey went on to take the set 9-7. He took the fourth set 6-4 to take his first Grand Slam title. A month after his Australian triumph Bowrey wedded the women’s player Lesley Turner. The game went open in April and at the first Open Wimbledon Bowrey lost in the second round to Andres Gimeno. Defending his Australian title the following year Bowrey blew a two sets to love lead in the quarters against Ray Ruffels. Bowrey went into semi-retirement in 1972 at the age of just 28 and became a coach.

© GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: M.Anderson 0-1, A.Ashe 0-1, R.Emerson 0-3, A.Gimeno 0-1, P.Gonzales 1-0, N.Pietrangeli 0-1, J.Newcombe 0-2, M.Santana 0-1, F.Sedgman 1-0, S.Smith 0-1, F.Stolle 0-1

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