General Frank Andrew
Parker
Male
United States of America
1916-01-31
Milwaukee, United States of America
1997-07-24
San Diego, Ca., United States of America


About

Frank "Frankie" Andrew Parker, born as Franciszek Andrzej Pajkowski who was a former World No. 1 American male tennis player of Polish immigrant parents who was active in the 1930s and 1940s. He won four Grand Slam singles titles as well as three doubles titles. He was coached by Mercer Beasley.
A cunning competitor with an outstanding ground game, Parker lasted longer at the top level of American tennis than just about anyone else. From 1933 to 1949-a remarkable span of 17 years-he was a member of the American top ten.

Parker was born in Milwaukee as Franciszek Andrzej Pajkowski and had three brothers and a sister. He learnt to play tennis at age 10, hitting discarded tennis balls at the Milwaukee Town Club. There he was discovered by the club coach Mercer Beasley who noticed his quickness and accuracy.
Aged 12 he won his first national title, the boys' indoor championship played at the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York. At age 15 Paikowski become the national boys' champion in singles, defeating Gene Mako in the final, and a year later, aged 16, he won the national junior singles title as well as the singles title at the Canadian National Championships. In 1933, when he was 17 he won the singles title at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, defeating Gene Mako in the final in straight sets.

Parker is one of the few Americans to win both the French Championships (1948, 1949) and the U.S. Championships (1944, 1945).

Parker became the singles champion at Cincinnati, then called the Tri–State Tennis Tournament in 1941 and was a four-time singles finalist (1932, 1933, 1938, 1939). He won the Canadian title in 1938. He was ranked World No. 1 in 1948 by John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph.

On March 17, 1938 Parker married Audrey Beasley who had previously divorced Parker's coach Mercer Beasley. She became his adviser and tailored his tennis wardrobe. His wife died in 1971 and in 1979 Parker retired from his position of salesman for a corrugated box company.

Writing about Parker in his 1949 autobiography, Bobby Riggs, who had played Parker many times, says "Parker is a tough man to get past. Equipped with a wonderful all-court game, he plays intently and with classic form. His footwork is marvelous. You never see Frankie hitting the ball from an awkward position."
Jack Kramer, however, writing in his own autobiography, says "...even as a boy [Parker] had this wonderful slightly overspin forehand drive. Clean and hard. Then for some reason, Frankie's coach, Mercer Beasley, decided to change this stroke into a chop. It was obscene." It also impaired his game, particularly in preventing him from getting to the net, and Parker dropped in the rankings. A few years later, however, he worked hard to regain his original forehand and, according to Kramer, did indeed greatly improve his stroke. But it was never again as good as it had once been.

Between 1937 and 1948 Parker took part in seven Davis Cup ties with the US team and won the Davis Cup in 1937 and 1948. He compiled a Davis Cup record of 12 wins and two losses.

In October 1949 Parker signed a one-year contract with Bobby Riggs to become a professional tennis player.

Parker was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1960.

Parker was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1966 and into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

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Archive statistics 1931 - 1968
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Tournament wins 1949 - Stockholm International (Open)
1949 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
1949 - International Championships of Egypt - Cairo (Open)
1949 - International Championships of Egypt-Alexandria (Open)
1949 - French Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1949 - Lyon invitation (Amateur)
1949 - Pan American Championships (Amateur)
1949 - Spring Lake Invitation Tournament (Amateur)
1949 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
1949 - Cairo Championships (Amateur)
1948 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
1948 - Eastern Grass Court Championships (Amateur)
1948 - Belgian International Championships ()
1948 - River Oaks Tournament (WCT Circuit)
1948 - Eastern Clay Court Championships (Open)
1947 - Southern Championships (Open)
1947 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1947 - Heart of America (Open)
1947 - Kentucky State Tournament (Amateur)
1947 - Argentina International Championships (Open)
1946 - Heart of America (Open)
1946 - Eastern Clay Court Championships (Open)
1946 - Pan American Championships (Amateur)
1946 - Spring Lake Invitation Tournament (Amateur)
1946 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1945 - La Jolla Tournament (Amateur)
1945 - Pan American Championships (Amateur)
1945 - US Open (Grandslam)
1945 - Pacific Southwest Championships (Open)
1944 - US Open (Grandslam)
1944 - Pacific Southwest Championships (Open)
1942 - Pacific Southwest Championships (Open)
1941 - Southern California Championship (Open)
1941 - Pacific Southwest Championships (Open)
1941 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1941 - New York State Championships (Open)
1941 - Cincinnati (ATP)
1941 - Triple A (Amateur)
1941 - California State Championship (Open)
1941 - Spring Lake Invitation Tournament (Amateur)
1940 - Spring Lake Invitation Tournament (Amateur)
1940 - Eastern Clay Court Championships (Open)
1940 - Heart of America (Open)
1939 - Spring Lake Invitation Tournament (Amateur)
1939 - Southern California Championship (Open)
1939 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1939 - Heart of America (Open)
1939 - Triple A (Amateur)
1939 - Seabright Invitational (Amateur)
1939 - Kentucky State Tournament (Amateur)
1938 - Spring Lake Invitation Tournament (Amateur)
1938 - Canadian International Championships ()
1937 - Seigniory Club Tournament (Amateur)
1937 - US International Indoor Championships (Amateur)
1937 - Bermuda Championships (Amateur)
1936 - Southampton Invitation (Long Island) (Amateur)
1936 - Wisconsin State Championships (Amateur)
1936 - Sugar Bowl (Open)
1936 - Spring Lake Invitation Tournament (Amateur)
1936 - Longwood Bowl (Amateur)
1935 - Southampton Invitation (Long Island) (Amateur)
1935 - Spring Lake Invitation Tournament (Amateur)
1934 - Seigniory Club Tournament (Amateur)
1934 - Southampton Invitation (Long Island) (Amateur)
1934 - Eastern Grass Court Championships (Amateur)
1934 - Spring Lake Invitation Tournament (Amateur)
1934 - Kentucky State Tournament (Amateur)
1933 - Spring Lake Invitation Tournament (Amateur)
1933 - River Oaks Tournament (WCT Circuit)
1933 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1932 - North Carolina State Championship (Amateur)
1932 - Canadian International Championships ()
1932 - Western States Championships (Open)


Tournaments US Open - 1968 Milwaukee Pros - 1964 World Professional Tournament - 1961 World Professional Tournament - 1960 World Professional Tournament - 1959 World Professional Tournament - 1958 World Professional Tournament - 1957 World Professional Tournament - 1956 World Professional Tournament - 1955 Canadian Professional Championships - 1951 US Pro Championships - 1950 Philadelphia Pro Championships - 1950 Paris Pro Indoors - 1950 Wimbledon - 1949 Monte Carlo - 1949 Roland Garros - 1949 US Open - 1949 Paris International Championships - 1949 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1949 US Clay Courts - 1949 French Covered Court Championships - 1949 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1949 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1949 Cairo Championships - 1949 International Championships of Egypt-Alexandria - 1949 San Remo - 1949 Scandinavian Championships - 1949 Pan American Championships - 1949 Italy vs. US team match - 1949 Lyon invitation - 1949 Copenhagen Indoor Invitation - 1949 Stockholm International - 1949 Wimbledon - 1948 Roland Garros - 1948 US Open - 1948 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1948 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1948 Seabright Invitational - 1948 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1948 River Oaks Tournament - 1948 Belgian International Championships - 1948 Pan American Championships - 1948 US Open - 1947 Kentucky State Tournament - 1947 Seabright Invitational - 1947 Southern California Championship - 1947 Southern Championships - 1947 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1947 US Clay Courts - 1947 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1947 River Oaks Tournament - 1947 Argentina International Championships - 1947 Heart of America - 1947 Pan American Championships - 1947 Sao Paulo International - 1947 Rio De Janeiro International - 1947 US Open - 1946 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1946 Southern California Championship - 1946 Southern Championships - 1946 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1946 US Clay Courts - 1946 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1946 US vs. Australia exhibitions - 1946 Heart of America - 1946 Pan American Championships - 1946 US Open - 1945 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1945 La Jolla Tournament - 1945 Pan American Championships - 1945 US Open - 1944 Southern California Championship - 1944 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1944 US Open - 1943 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1943 US Open - 1942 Southern California Championship - 1942 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1942 US Open - 1941 California State Championship - 1941 Newport Casino Tournament - 1941 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1941 Seabright Invitational - 1941 Southern California Championship - 1941 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1941 Cincinnati - 1941 US Clay Courts - 1941 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1941 New York State Championships - 1941 Triple A - 1941 Heart of America - 1941 US Open - 1940 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1940 Illinois State Championship - 1940 Newport Casino Tournament - 1940 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1940 Seabright Invitational - 1940 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1940 US Clay Courts - 1940 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1940 Fox River Valley Championship - 1940 Triple A - 1940 Heart of America - 1940 US Open - 1939 Kentucky State Tournament - 1939 Pacific Coast Championship - 1939 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1939 Seabright Invitational - 1939 Southern California Championship - 1939 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1939 Cincinnati - 1939 US Clay Courts - 1939 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1939 Triple A - 1939 Heart of America - 1939 US Open - 1938 Canadian International Championships - 1938 Longwood Bowl - 1938 Newport Casino Tournament - 1938 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1938 Seabright Invitational - 1938 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1938 Cincinnati - 1938 US Clay Courts - 1938 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1938 Fox River Valley Championship - 1938 Wimbledon - 1937 US Open - 1937 Bermuda Championships - 1937 Miami-Biltmore Tournament - 1937 Newport Casino Tournament - 1937 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1937 Queens Club Tournament - 1937 US International Indoor Championships - 1937 Dixie Championships - 1937 Seigniory Club Tournament - 1937 Atlanta Round Robin - 1937 US Open - 1936 Bermuda Championships - 1936 Kentucky State Tournament - 1936 Longwood Bowl - 1936 Newport Casino Tournament - 1936 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1936 Seabright Invitational - 1936 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1936 Sugar Bowl - 1936 US Clay Courts - 1936 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1936 Wisconsin State Championships - 1936 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1936 US vs. France Exhibition #2 - 1936 US Open - 1935 Kentucky State Tournament - 1935 Newport Casino Tournament - 1935 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1935 Seabright Invitational - 1935 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1935 US Clay Courts - 1935 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1935 US Open - 1934 Kentucky State Tournament - 1934 Newport Casino Tournament - 1934 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1934 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1934 US Clay Courts - 1934 Seigniory Club Tournament - 1934 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1934 US Open - 1933 Seabright Invitational - 1933 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1933 Cincinnati - 1933 US Clay Courts - 1933 Western States Championships - 1933 River Oaks Tournament - 1933 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1933 US Open - 1932 Canadian International Championships - 1932 Cincinnati - 1932 Western States Championships - 1932 Ohio State Championships - 1932 North Carolina State Championship - 1932 Newport Casino Tournament - 1931 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1931

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