General Rex Noel
Hartwig
Male
Australia
1929-09-02
Cilcain, NSW, Scotland


About

Rex Hartwig was born in Culcairn, Australia. Both parents played tennis and at age 10 Hartwig played and won in a local tournament with his father. When he was 13 he began competing in afternoon competitions and took a job managing tennis courts in Albury. He formed a doubles team with Allan Kendall jr. and the team won the NSW, Victorian and Australian Junior titles.

He won the doubles in Wimbledon twice: In 1954 with Mervyn Rose and in 1955 with Lew Hoad.

In 1953 Australian championships he also won the doubles with Mervyn Rose and the mixed doubles with Julia Sampson Hayward. In 1954 he again won the mixed doubles title in Melbourne, this time partnering Thelma Coyne Long.

In 1953 he won the doubles title at the US Championships with Mervyn Rose, defeating Gardnar Mulloy and Bill Talbert in the final that lasted 77 minutes.Playing singles he made the final in 1954 but lost to Vic Seixas.

Hartwig was member of the Australian Davis Cup team in 1953, 1954 and 1955. In 1953 he played the doubles match with Lew Hoad in the Challenge Round against the USA and lost to Vic Seixas and Tony Trabert. This would turn out to be Hartwig's only Davis Cup defeat. In 1954 he defeated Seixas in the Challenge Round that Australia lost to the USA. In 1955 he made a significant contribution towards Australia's Cup win, playing 11 matches in six ties and winning all of them. He compiled a 12–1 win–loss record in the Davis Cup (6–0 singles, 6–1 doubles).

In November 1954 Hartwig won the singles title at the New South Wales Championships in Sydney. In the final he defeated countryman Mervyn Rose in three straight sets.

In November 1955 Hartwig turned professional by signing a contract with tennis promoter Jack Kramer for a fixed amount of $30,000 plus a percentage of the gate receipts of the professional tour.

Hartwig was known for his well-timed groundstrokes and his crisp and accurate volleys. Australian tennis player and coach Harry Hopman characterized Hartwig as a great stylist.



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Archive statistics 1947 - 1962
14
239
169


Tournament wins 1955 - Western Australia Championships (Open)
1954 - Bordeaux Tournament (Amateur)
1954 - Deauville (Open)
1954 - New South Wales Championships (Amateur)
1953 - Swiss International Championships (Amateur)
1953 - Albury Easter Tournament (Amateur)
1952 - Western Australia Championships (Open)
1952 - South Australian Championships ()
1952 - Benalla New Years Tournament (Amateur)
1952 - Wangaratta Australia Day (Amateur)
1951 - Albury Easter Tournament (Amateur)
1951 - Ballarat Christmas (Amateur)
1951 - Yallourn New Year ()
1950 - North Coast Championships (Open)


Tournaments Adelaide Professional Championships - 1962 World Professional Indoors - 1960 Australian Professionals - 1960 New South Wales Pro Championships - 1959 South Australia Pros - 1959 Australian Professionals - 1957 French Professional Championship - 1956 World Professional Tournament - 1956 Trophy of Champions - 1956 London Professional Championships - 1956 Geneva Pro - 1956 Australian Open - 1955 Wimbledon - 1955 US Open - 1955 Queens Club Tournament - 1955 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1955 Queensland Championships - 1955 Western Australia Championships - 1955 Australian Open - 1954 Wimbledon - 1954 South Australian Championships - 1954 Roland Garros - 1954 US Open - 1954 Victorian Championships - 1954 New South Wales Championships - 1954 Newport Casino Tournament - 1954 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1954 Queens Club Tournament - 1954 Bordeaux Tournament - 1954 Queensland Championships - 1954 Deauville - 1954 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1954 Tasmanian Championships - 1954 Bastad - 1954 International Club Matches - USA - 1954 New South Wales vs. Victoria - 1954 Australian Open - 1953 Wimbledon - 1953 South Australian Championships - 1953 Roland Garros - 1953 US Open - 1953 Victorian Championships - 1953 New South Wales Championships - 1953 Canadian International Championships - 1953 Swiss International Championships - 1953 Newport Casino Tournament - 1953 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1953 Queens Club Tournament - 1953 Italian International Championships - 1953 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1953 Queensland Championships - 1953 Australian Hard Courts Championship - 1953 International Club Matches - USA - 1953 Albury Easter Tournament - 1953 Riverina - 1953 Australian Open - 1952 South Australian Championships - 1952 Victorian Championships - 1952 New South Wales Championships - 1952 Queensland Championships - 1952 Western Australia Championships - 1952 Brisbane Exhibition - 1952 Benalla New Years Tournament - 1952 Wangaratta Australia Day - 1952 Australian Open - 1951 Victorian Championships - 1951 New South Wales Championships - 1951 Albury Easter Tournament - 1951 Ballarat Christmas - 1951 Yallourn New Year - 1951 Wangaratta Australia Day - 1951 Australian Open - 1950 Victorian Championships - 1950 New South Wales Championships - 1950 North Coast Championships - 1950 Royal South Yarra - 1950 Benalla New Years Tournament - 1950 Wangaratta Australia Day - 1950 Victorian Championships - 1949 Nice 2nd Meeting - 1949 San Remo - 1949 Wengen - 1949 New South Wales Championships - 1948 St. Moritz - 1948 Benalla New Years Tournament - 1948 Albury Easter Tournament - 1947

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