General Gerald Leighton
Patterson
Male
Australia
1895-12-17
Melbourne, Australia
1967-06-13
Melbourne, Australia


About

A player who shaped the future of Australian tennis in many ways with the potency of his game, Gerald Patterson won three Grand Slam singles championships, played Davis Cup regularly for his country and was part of the winning team in 1919. Gerald played Davis cup 1920, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1928 and finally as captain in 1946. He was a player ahead of his time, playing with a steel racquet strung with wire in 1925.

His shots were best described with forceful adjectives-lethal forehand, mighty overhead smash, and a tremendous, overpowering serve, plus a weird loop-the-loop backhand.
He was a muscular, tall well-built man whose grace a foot and crisp volleys and tremendous will to win made him difficult to beat. An authentic sportsman, his indomitable spirit was enhanced by his dignity and composure. He won at the old (1919) and at the new (1922) Wimbledon as well.

He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1989 and then the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in August 1997.



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Archive statistics 1912 - 1928
28
208
183


Tournament wins 1927 - Australian Open (Grandslam)
1927 - Victorian Championships (Amateur)
1926 - Geelong Easter Tournament (Amateur)
1926 - Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament (Amateur)
1926 - Victorian Championships (Amateur)
1925 - Longwood Bowl (Amateur)
1924 - Victorian Championships (Amateur)
1924 - Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament (Amateur)
1924 - Geelong Easter Tournament (Amateur)
1924 - New York Metropolitan Grass Court Championships (Amateur)
1924 - New South Wales Championships (Amateur)
1923 - South Australian Championships ()
1923 - Geelong Easter Tournament (Amateur)
1923 - Victorian Championships (Amateur)
1922 - South Australian Championships ()
1922 - Wimbledon (Grandslam)
1922 - Victorian Championships (Amateur)
1922 - Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament (Amateur)
1921 - Victorian Championships (Amateur)
1921 - New South Wales Championships (Amateur)
1921 - Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament (Amateur)
1921 - South Australian Championships ()
1920 - Victorian Championships (Amateur)
1920 - Geelong Easter Tournament (Amateur)
1919 - Victorian Championships (Amateur)
1919 - Surrey Hard Court Championships (Open)
1919 - Wimbledon (Grandslam)
1919 - Surrey Championships (Amateur)


Tournaments Australian Open - 1928 Wimbledon - 1928 Roland Garros - 1928 R.C. Canottieri Roma - 1928 Australian Open - 1927 Victorian Championships - 1927 Geelong Easter Tournament - 1927 Australian Open - 1926 Victorian Championships - 1926 Geelong Easter Tournament - 1926 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1926 Australian Open - 1925 South Australian Championships - 1925 Victorian Championships - 1925 Longwood Bowl - 1925 Seabright Invitational - 1925 Geelong Easter Tournament - 1925 Australian Open - 1924 US Open - 1924 Victorian Championships - 1924 New South Wales Championships - 1924 Geelong Easter Tournament - 1924 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1924 New York Metropolitan Grass Court Championships - 1924 South Australian Championships - 1923 Victorian Championships - 1923 Geelong Easter Tournament - 1923 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1923 Australian Open - 1922 Wimbledon - 1922 South Australian Championships - 1922 US Open - 1922 Victorian Championships - 1922 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1922 South Australian Championships - 1921 Victorian Championships - 1921 New South Wales Championships - 1921 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1921 Wimbledon - 1920 Victorian Championships - 1920 New Zealand Championships - 1920 Geelong Easter Tournament - 1920 Australian Open - 1919 Wimbledon - 1919 US Open - 1919 Victorian Championships - 1919 Surrey Championships - 1919 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1919 Davis Cup - Challenge Round - 1919 Australian Open - 1914 Victorian Championships - 1914 New South Wales Championships - 1914 Victorian Championships - 1913 Victorian Championships - 1912

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