HAWKES, Jack Bailey (1899-1990), Davis Cup tennis player was a day student of the Geelong College from 1909 to 1919. His parents were Tom Henry Southam Hawkes and Leila Maud nee Bailey. His brother Tom Bailey Hawkes (1898 ? 1948), also an outstanding athlete, also attended the School as a day student from 1909 to 1917. Jack Hawkes won the Geelong College Open Tennis Championship in 1914, 1917, and 1918, ran in the 1918 athletics team, also winning the College Cup for 1918. He excelled at many sports, was a member of the Football Team from 1915 to 1918 and cricket from 1914 to 1919 and Captain of the 1st Cricket XI for his last 4 years at the School. In a legendary day of bowling in 1916, Jack Hawkes was to claim 10 wickets in a match against Wesley College. Jack Hawkes was a School Prefect in 1917 becoming Head Prefect during 1918 and 1919.
In the 1920s, he gained fame as a tennis player while operating the Hawkes Brothers hardware business, a major supplier to the local building industry and farming community. He was a member of the Davis Cup teams which represented Australia in 1921, 1923 and 1925. His successes included the Singles Championship of Australia, 1926; Men?s Doubles Champioship of Australia (with G L Patterson), 1922, 1926, 1927; Mixed Doubles Championship of Australia (with E Boyd), 1922, 1926, 1927; American Mixed Doubles Championship (with K McKane), 1925; American Mixed Doubles Championship (with Helen Wills), 1928. He became a patron of the Davis Cup Foundation and the Lawn Tennis Association and was a former President of the Geelong Lawn Tennis Club. His mother was a dedicated benefactor of the College awarding the Open Tennis Cups for many years. She also presented the new Noble St Tennis Court to the School in 1912 after the removal of the original court on the site of Norman Morrison Hall.
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