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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