Also played competitive cricket. Brother of cricketing legend Lindsay Hassett.
He was the eldest boy of a large family. The boys were very sporting types and Lindsay Hassett went onto captain Australia. Harry, opted to play tennis constantly hitting against a brick wall on their farm. He joined the Geelong Lawn Tennis Club and played pennant. He soon made the A Grade side and was playing some seasons without losing a match.
In 1930 he was invited to the Davis Cup trials with the likes of Willard, Moon, Hopman and Crawford....apparently he played well and in the waiting period for team selection cracked a bone in his elbow while playing football at home with his brothers, which meant he was excluded.
Famous DC player from Geelong Jack Hawkes was young Harry's mentor and as you can see from the Geelong Easter Tournament the big names of Melbourne tennis came down for the event. He won this 8 years straight. Absolutely a top class player.
In 1932, Harry was aiming higher and took Hopman to 5 sets in a DC trials match. In the showers after the match he slipped and sprained his ankle which again put him out of contention for the Davis Cup and out of the Australian Championships in Adelaide.
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