He was born in Tasmania in 1892 and didn\'t start playing tennis until 1911. In 1915 he won the Tasmanian Singles and Doubles Championship playing with W. Sheehan of Alexander Tennis Racket fame (down the track). He joined the war effort and spent much time in India where he became Captain. He then went onto play the Riviera in 1920 winning the BEAU SITE (Cannes) 1920 singles cup, being the first Australian to do so, Brookes was beaten by NZ Wilding. He is fine company with others who did win. In 1922, he captained the Indian Davis Cup Team. In 1925 he made the 3rd round in the Wimbledon doubles and the 4th round in singles being beaten by eventual finalist Jean Borotra. Having now decided to stay on in the UK he won the British Hard Court Championships with UK Davis Cup player C.Kingsley and was ranked in the top 12 UK players and played for the UK in some international matches. He is listed as a Brit in the Wimbledon records but like Randolph Lycett really is an Australian.
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