General Allan Crawford
Kendall
Male
Australia
1928-09-29
Orange, New South Wales, Australia
2013-12-17
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


About

Nephew of fellow tennis player Jack Crawford. Allan Kendall entered Sydney University in 1947 to study medicine, but later abandoned that subject for the arts. Also an amateur actor, director, teacher, journalist, broadcaster and author.

Tennis was in the family. Allan was proud to be the nephew of the famous
Australian tennis player and 1933 Wimbledon champion, Jack Crawford, who was his mother’s brother. In 1939 Allan’s father built grass tennis courts in Albury, NSW, and ran a club where many future champions played, including Margaret Smith (later Court) and Rex Hartwig (Allan’s very successful doubles partner). Kendall and Hartwig were the first country pair to win the national junior doubles title, and eventually won 38 doubles titles together.
Allan was coached by his father, although he used to declare that he was “uncoachable” with his unusual slices and chops on both forehand and backhand.
His father was also a musician, performing in cinema orchestras, and obviously passed on some musical genes to his son. When he was 15, during the Second World War, Allan came to Sydney to attend The Scots’ College, and lived in his
Uncle Jack Crawford’s home in Bondi. In tennis, Allan won the 1946 NSW Schoolboy’s Singles Championship. In 1947 he had a magnificent final year in the juniors, winning the Australian, NSW and Victorian junior doubles titles with
Rex Hartwig. A new chapter in Allan’s life began when he went to the University of Sydney. Allan loved personalities, little expecting that he would himself become one in the course of time, but even then, he moved among the university elite with grace and wit. He had emerged from his earlier, not so happy, university experience as a Medical student, to being what he was naturally, a student of the Humanities. Literature and History were his chosen favorites. Allan joined the Sydney Dramatic Society (SUDS) in 1947, and later appeared in a production of Amphytrion 38 with the lovely Trish Connolly, today an established figure on the American stage. Theatre gradually became the centre of his life, perhaps even overtaking his dedication to sport. One of his greatest attributes was his ability to
persuade, so those of his friends who were not already addicted were quickly recruited, if not as actors, as stage crew or dress makers or administrators.
Allan was a triple blue, receiving the award for Lawn Tennis for the years 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1951, and for both Squash and Table Tennis in 1951. He captained the Sydney University tennis team which won the Inter-varsity at
Brisbane in 1949. David Crane and John Cheadle were also members of that team. He was in the Sydney team which won the Inter-varsity in Hobart in 1950. He won the Sydney University Singles Championship eight times. The table tennis team won the Inter-varsity in Melbourne, defeating Adelaide, the previous champions, by eleven rubbers to nil in the final. After the match Allan Kendall collected his cups and flew off to Adelaide to perform in “Pygmalion” before flying to Western Australia to represent New South Wales at squash. Allan has endowed scholarships bearing his name for sport and drama at Sydney University and his old college, St Andrew’s.

Allan had a long association with tennis at White City, winning the singles championship in 1957, the doubles three times with his uncle Jack Crawford, and the mixed doubles four times with Norma Marsh. He played regularly there until 2009, when he was in his eighties.

His funeral to be held in The Camellia Chapel of Macquarie Park Crematorium, Cnr Plassey and Delhi Roads Macquarie Park, Sydney on December 20, 2013.



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Archive statistics 1946 - 1977
2
180
67


Tournament wins 1963 - Geneva International Championship (Amateur)
1958 - Trier (Amateur)


Tournaments AMEX - Bretton Woods - 1977 Menton - 1971 St. Moritz - 1970 Swiss International Championships - 1970 Queens Club Tournament - 1970 Aix-en-Provence - 1970 Dewar Cup Fourth Leg - 1970 Locarno International - 1970 Cannes Championships - 1968 Menton - 1968 South of France Championships - 1967 Beaulieu - 1965 Nice - 1965 Aix-en-Provence - 1965 Victorian Championships - 1964 St. Moritz - 1964 Swiss International Championships - 1964 Cannes Championships - 1964 Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1964 Italian International Championships - 1964 Kent Championships - 1964 Cap d 'Antibes - 1964 Menton - 1964 Wimbledon Qualifying - 1964 Aix-en-Provence - 1964 Napoli - 1964 Bavarian International Championships - 1964 Nancy - 1964 Nice Mediterranean T.C. - 1964 Leverkusen International - 1964 Villars - 1964 Wimbledon - 1963 Monte Carlo - 1963 Geneva International Championship - 1963 Cannes Carlton - 1963 Cannes Championships - 1963 Queens Club Tournament - 1963 Italian International Championships - 1963 Montana-Vermala - 1963 Kent Championships - 1963 Le Touquet July Meeting - 1963 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1963 Aix-en-Provence - 1963 Gstaad - 1963 Freudenstadt - 1963 Oberstdorf - 1963 Australian Open - 1962 Wimbledon - 1962 Victorian Championships - 1962 Geneva International Championship - 1962 Swiss International Championships - 1962 Cannes Championships - 1962 Italian International Championships - 1962 Kent Championships - 1962 Wimbledon Qualifying - 1962 Aix-en-Provence - 1962 Stuttgart - 1962 Coupe Marcel Poree - 1962 Leverkusen International - 1962 Bielefeld - 1962 Adelboden - 1962 Freiburg - 1962 Monte Carlo - 1961 Cannes Carlton - 1961 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1961 International Championships of Egypt-Alexandria - 1961 Israel Spring Championships - 1961 Adelboden - 1960 Bad Nauheim - 1960 Freudenstadt - 1960 Wimbledon - 1959 Monte Carlo - 1959 Roland Garros - 1959 Swiss International Championships - 1959 Beaulieu - 1959 Cannes Carlton - 1959 Cannes Championships - 1959 Nice - 1959 Italian International Championships - 1959 Nice 2nd Meeting - 1959 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1959 Lausanne - 1959 Viareggio - 1959 Antwerpen International - 1959 Nice Mediterranean T.C. - 1959 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - 1959 Darmstadt - 1959 Wimbledon - 1958 South of France Championships - 1958 German International Championships - 1958 Championships of Berlin - 1958 North of England Championships - 1958 Cannes Gallia - 1958 Cap d 'Antibes - 1958 Baden-Baden - 1958 Menton - 1958 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1958 Napoli - 1958 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1958 Cologne International - 1958 Brussel Racing Club - 1958 Trier - 1958 Australian Open - 1957 Australian Open - 1953 Australian Hard Courts Championship - 1953 Benalla New Years Tournament - 1953 Benalla New Years Tournament - 1952 Yallourn New Year - 1951 Australian Open - 1950 Victorian Championships - 1950 Royal South Yarra - 1950 Benalla New Years Tournament - 1950 Victorian Championships - 1949 New South Wales Championships - 1949 Sydney Metropolitan Grasscourt Championships - 1946 Albury Easter Tournament - 1946

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