General Thomas Pollok (Tom)
Brown
Male
United States of America
1922-09-26
San Francisco, United States of America
2011-10-27
Castro Valley,Alameda City,CA., United States of America


About

Thomas P. "Tom" Brown, Jr. was one of the top amateur tennis players in the world in the 1940s and a consistent winner in veterans' and seniors' competitions. He was the son of Thomas P. Brown, a newspaper correspondent, later public relations director for a railroad, and Hilda Jane Fisher, who became a schoolteacher when Tom was a boy. Though born in Washington, D.C., Tom was considered a San Franciscan all his life, having been brought west by his parents (both native Californians) at the age of two.

Tom Brown, Jr. got his start playing tennis at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park where on weekends his parents would play and Tom would tag along. He quickly became intrigued with the sport, was soon beating his parents and winning citywide children’s championships. Growing up, he was captain of the tennis teams at both Lowell High School and the University of California-Berkeley.

For one for whom tennis was never the main event in life, he had a successful record in the sport, before devoting himself to a law practice and raising a family. At his best he had wins over top players of his era. As Private First Class Tom Brown he won the October 1945 singles title of the prestigious Pacific Coast Championships, the second oldest tennis tournament in the U.S., now known as the SAP Open. Brown won it four times, twice in singles, twice in doubles. Then, fresh out of an Army uniform after WWII, he waltzed easily into the 1946 Wimbledon semi finals, in which he led that year's eventual champion, France's Yvon Petra, by two sets before losing. Brown had his revenge the following year when he unseated reigning champion Petra in straight sets to reach the 1947 Wimbledon singles semi-finals, in which he defeated Budge Patty (who would win the French and Wimbledon singles titles in 1950) in straight sets to reach the final. In the final he lost in straight sets to Jack Kramer.

In demand as a doubles partner amongst the world's best, both men and women, Brown, with Jack Kramer, won the 1946 Wimbledon doubles against Australia's Geoff Brown and Dinny Pails. Tom also won its mixed doubles, teamed with Louise Brough, against Dorothy (Dodo) Bundy and Geoff Brown. That same year, at the French, he played the mixed finals with "Dodo". And at the U.S. Nationals he reached the Men's Singles finals by eliminating Fred Kovaleski, Tom Falkenburg, Bitsy Grant, Herbie Flam, Frank Parker and Gardnar Mulloy, before finally being defeated by Kramer.

In 1947 at Wimbledon, he played the singles finals against Kramer, and at the French was in the Men's Doubles finals with Billy Sidwell of Australia.[2]

In 1948 at Wimbledon, he teamed with Gardnar Mulloy, losing the men's finals to the Australian duo, John Bromwich and Frank Sedgman. Brown also took the U.S. mixed doubles title with his favorite partner, Louise Brough.

It would be 16 years before Tom gave Wimbledon another shot. In both 1964 and '65 he was put out in the second round of the men's singles; in '65 by John Newcombe who, several years later, would become a 3-time Wimbledon champion. He played Men's Doubles those years, also, with (respectively) Hugh Stewart and Gene Scott. Both were first round losses, the '64 event lost to Arthur Ashe and partner.

Kramer wrote in his 1979 autobiography "The Game, My 40 Years in Tennis", that Brown "was known as 'The Frisco Flailer' (we had nicknames like that in those days), and he was strong off the ground with an excellent running forehand, but he was always my pigeon." Kramer was the only player who "owned" Brown, beating him nine straight matches without the loss of a set. But every other top man Brown faced was unable to escape without a knock-down, drag-out dogfight no matter who won it.

Brown was also on three U.S. Davis Cup teams, and in 1950, against Australia, playing his second Challenge Round singles, he won the U.S.'s only point in five hard-fought sets, defeating Ken McGregor, who would become the 1951 Wimbledon singles finalist and the 1952 Australian singles champion.

Brown had a lifelong passion for travel, a wanderlust he said he acquired as a two-year-old when he and his mother took a train ride out west from Washington, D.C. to Merced, California to join his father. The family then settled in San Francisco. During his law-practice years, whenever he got the chance to travel to a tennis tournament he took it, and well into his 30s he was still beating the world’s top amateur competition. During and well beyond his active playing career, Brown was ranked in the U.S. top 10 eight times between 1946 and '58, reaching as high as No. 3 in 1946.[3] He was ranked World No. 7 for 1946 by Pierre Gillou and for 1947 by both John Olliff and Harry Hopman.

At ages 47 and 48, Brown won the National Men's 45-and-over Hard Court singles. He also took the U.S.National Doubles 45-and-over three times, once with Art Larsen, twice with Tony Trabert. Upon retirement from his law practice, he fully embraced senior tennis, and at the age of 65 in 1987, won the USTA National Grand Slam in the 65-and-over singles, triumphing on hard, clay, grass and indoor surfaces, an almost unique accomplishment in the annals of U.S. veterans’ tennis. In 1988, the International Tennis Federation named him Outstanding Veterans Player in the world.

Brown won numerous national titles as a senior player; 24 singles and 11 doubles, pairing with Bobby Riggs 3 times, Fred Kovaleski 8 times. Brown’s last national title was in 1998. In 2007 he published his memoirs titled "As Tom Goes By".



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Archive statistics 1939 - 1975
68
731
547


Tournament wins 1973 - Bay Counties Championship (Open)
1971 - Northern California Sectionals (Open)
1970 - Mountain View (Open)
1969 - Northern California Championships (Open)
1969 - Bay Counties Championship (Open)
1968 - San Francisco City (Open)
1967 - Golden Gate Classic (Amateur)
1966 - Modesto Swim & R.C. Invitation (Open)
1966 - Northern California Championships (Open)
1966 - San Francisco City (Open)
1964 - Modesto Swim & R.C. Invitation (Open)
1964 - Northern California Championships (Open)
1964 - San Francisco Class (Open)
1963 - Central California Championships (Open)
1962 - Pebble Beach Invitation (Amateur)
1962 - Terrace Swim and Tennis Club Invitaion (Amateur)
1962 - San Francisco City (Open)
1962 - Menlo Circus Club (Amateur)
1961 - Bay Counties Championship (Open)
1960 - Thunderbird Invitation (Amateur)
1960 - Bay Counties Championship (Open)
1960 - Pebble Beach Invitation (Amateur)
1960 - San Francisco City (Open)
1958 - Pebble Beach Invitation (Amateur)
1958 - US Hard Courts (Open)
1958 - California State Championship (Open)
1958 - Menlo Circus Club (Amateur)
1958 - San Francisco City (Open)
1957 - Sugar Bowl (Open)
1957 - San Francisco City (Open)
1957 - Marin County (Amateur)
1957 - Palm Desert Invitation (Amateur)
1956 - Claremont Country Club Invitation (Amateur)
1956 - New Orleans Championship (Amateur)
1956 - Thunderbird Invitation (Amateur)
1956 - San Joaquin Valley (Open)
1956 - Colombia International (Amateur)
1956 - Panama Championships (Amateur)
1956 - Sugar Bowl (Open)
1956 - Central California Championships (Open)
1955 - Mill Valley Invitation (Amateur)
1955 - San Joaquin Valley (Open)
1955 - Bay Counties Championship (Open)
1955 - San Francisco City (Open)
1955 - California State Championship (Open)
1955 - Utah State Championships (Amateur)
1955 - Central California Championships (Open)
1954 - La Jolla Tournament (Amateur)
1954 - Golden Gate Classic (Amateur)
1954 - Bay Counties Championship (Open)
1954 - Pebble Beach Invitation (Amateur)
1954 - Hotel de Coronado (Amateur)
1954 - Southern Championships (Open)
1954 - Central California Championships (Open)
1954 - Utah State Championships (Amateur)
1954 - San Francisco City (Open)
1953 - Sugar Bowl (Open)
1953 - Marin County (Amateur)
1952 - Bay Counties Championship (Open)
1952 - La Jolla Tournament (Amateur)
1951 - Riverside (Amateur)
1950 - Southern California Championship (Open)
1950 - California State Championship (Open)
1947 - Manly Seaside Tournament (Open)
1946 - La Jolla Tournament (Amateur)
1945 - Pacific Coast Championship (Amateur)
1943 - California State Championship (Open)
1942 - Pacific Coast Championship (Amateur)


Tournaments Marshall Ward Invitational - 1975 Oakland City - 1974 California State - Qualifying - 1974 Camellia Festival Invitation - 1974 Bay Counties Championship - 1973 San Jose All-comers - 1973 Golden Gate Classic - 1973 Mountain View - 1973 Los Gatos - 1973 Northern California Sectionals - 1973 California State Championship - 1972 Pacific Coast Championship - 1972 Bay Counties Championship - 1972 US Open Qualifying - 1972 Modesto Swim & R.C. Invitation - 1972 US Hard Courts - 1972 Lodi Indoors - 1972 Santa Cruz County - 1972 California State - Qualifying - 1972 California State Championship - 1971 Pacific Coast Championship - 1971 Bay Counties Championship - 1971 Wimbledon Qualifying - 1971 Modesto Swim & R.C. Invitation - 1971 San Jose All-comers - 1971 Mountain View - 1971 Los Gatos - 1971 Santa Clara County - 1971 San Francisco Class - 1971 Northern California Sectionals - 1971 Carling Black Label Invitation - 1971 California State Championship - 1970 Pacific Coast Championship - 1970 Bay Counties Championship - 1970 Modesto Swim & R.C. Invitation - 1970 Oakland City - 1970 Mountain View - 1970 Santa Clara County - 1970 Pacific Southwest Qualifying - 1970 San Francisco Class - 1970 California State Championship - 1969 San Francisco City - 1969 Bay Counties Championship - 1969 Modesto Swim & R.C. Invitation - 1969 Golden Gate Classic - 1969 US Hard Courts - 1969 Oakland City - 1969 Northern California Championships - 1969 Ampex Invitation - 1969 Northwestern Invitation - 1969 Pacific Coast Championship - Qualifying - 1969 California State Championship - 1968 San Francisco City - 1968 Central California Championships - 1968 Modesto Swim & R.C. Invitation - 1968 Golden Gate Classic - 1968 San Francisco City - 1967 Modesto Swim & R.C. Invitation - 1967 Golden Gate Classic - 1967 Mountain View - 1967 California State Championship - 1966 San Francisco City - 1966 Modesto Swim & R.C. Invitation - 1966 Northern California Championships - 1966 Wimbledon - 1965 California State Championship - 1965 Pacific Coast Championship - 1965 Bay Counties Championship - 1965 East of England Championships - 1965 US Hard Courts - 1965 Northern California Championships - 1965 Wimbledon - 1964 California State Championship - 1964 Pacific Coast Championship - 1964 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1964 Modesto Swim & R.C. Invitation - 1964 US Hard Courts - 1964 Northern California Championships - 1964 San Francisco Class - 1964 Canadian International Championships - 1963 California State Championship - 1963 Central California Championships - 1963 Northern California Championships - 1963 California State Championship - 1962 San Francisco City - 1962 Bay Counties Championship - 1962 Central California Championships - 1962 Pebble Beach Invitation - 1962 Menlo Circus Club - 1962 Terrace Swim and Tennis Club Invitaion - 1962 Pacific Coast Championship - 1961 Bay Counties Championship - 1961 Thunderbird Invitation - 1961 US Hard Courts - 1961 Pebble Beach Invitation - 1961 California State Championship - 1960 San Francisco City - 1960 Bay Counties Championship - 1960 Thunderbird Invitation - 1960 Pebble Beach Invitation - 1960 Pacific Coast Championship - 1959 Sugar Bowl - 1959 Thunderbird Invitation - 1959 California State Championship - 1958 San Francisco City - 1958 Bay Counties Championship - 1958 US Hard Courts - 1958 Marin County - 1958 Pebble Beach Invitation - 1958 Menlo Circus Club - 1958 Pacific Coast Championship - 1957 San Francisco City - 1957 Sugar Bowl - 1957 San Joaquin Valley - 1957 Caribe Hilton Championships - 1957 Marin County - 1957 Northern California Championships - 1957 Menlo Circus Club - 1957 Palm Desert Invitation - 1957 Southern California Championship - 1956 Sugar Bowl - 1956 River Oaks Tournament - 1956 Central California Championships - 1956 Palm Beach Invitation - 1956 Triple A - 1956 San Joaquin Valley - 1956 Colombia International - 1956 Thunderbird Invitation - 1956 New Orleans Championship - 1956 US Hard Courts - 1956 Dallas Invitation - 1956 Claremont Country Club Invitation - 1956 Shadow Mountain - 1956 Mill Valley Invitation - 1956 Panama Championships - 1956 US Open - 1955 California State Championship - 1955 Pacific Coast Championship - 1955 San Francisco City - 1955 Southern California Championship - 1955 Southern Championships - 1955 Sugar Bowl - 1955 Utah State Championships - 1955 River Oaks Tournament - 1955 Bay Counties Championship - 1955 Central California Championships - 1955 Palm Beach Invitation - 1955 Triple A - 1955 San Joaquin Valley - 1955 Colombia International - 1955 Golden Gate Classic - 1955 US Hard Courts - 1955 Dallas Invitation - 1955 Shadow Mountain - 1955 Mill Valley Invitation - 1955 US Open - 1954 California State Championship - 1954 Nassau Bowl - 1954 Pacific Coast Championship - 1954 San Francisco City - 1954 Southern California Championship - 1954 Southern Championships - 1954 Sugar Bowl - 1954 Utah State Championships - 1954 River Oaks Tournament - 1954 Bay Counties Championship - 1954 Central California Championships - 1954 Hotel de Coronado - 1954 La Jolla Tournament - 1954 Palm Springs - 1954 Thunderbird Invitation - 1954 Golden Gate Classic - 1954 Pebble Beach Invitation - 1954 US Open - 1953 Sugar Bowl - 1953 Hotel de Coronado - 1953 La Jolla Tournament - 1953 US vs. Australia exhibitions - 1953 Palm Springs - 1953 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1953 US Hard Courts - 1953 Marin County - 1953 California State Championship - 1952 Pacific Coast Championship - 1952 Southern California Championship - 1952 Sugar Bowl - 1952 Bay Counties Championship - 1952 La Jolla Tournament - 1952 California State Championship - 1951 Sugar Bowl - 1951 Riverside - 1951 US Open - 1950 California State Championship - 1950 Colorado Championship - 1950 Pacific Coast Championship - 1950 Southern California Championship - 1950 Utah State Championships - 1950 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1950 River Oaks Tournament - 1950 Palm Springs - 1950 Pan American Championships - 1950 Good Neighbor Tournament - 1950 US Hard Courts - 1950 Argentina International Championships - 1949 South American Championship - 1949 Sao Paulo International - 1949 Peru International Championships - 1949 Wimbledon - 1948 US Open - 1948 Pacific Coast Championship - 1948 Seabright Invitational - 1948 Southern California Championship - 1948 Spring Lake Invitation Tournament - 1948 US Clay Courts - 1948 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1948 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1948 Australian Open - 1947 Wimbledon - 1947 Roland Garros - 1947 US Open - 1947 Newport Casino Tournament - 1947 Pacific Coast Championship - 1947 Irish Championships - 1947 Czechoslovakian International Championships - 1947 Manly Seaside Tournament - 1947 Wimbledon - 1946 Roland Garros - 1946 US Open - 1946 Victorian Championships - 1946 California State Championship - 1946 Newport Casino Tournament - 1946 Pacific Coast Championship - 1946 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1946 Southern California Championship - 1946 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1946 La Jolla Tournament - 1946 US vs. Australia exhibitions - 1946 Beverly Hills - 1946 U.S. vs. Sweden Exhibition - 1946 Pan American Championships - 1946 Pacific Coast Championship - 1945 US Open - 1944 California State Championship - 1943 US Open - 1942 California State Championship - 1942 Newport Casino Tournament - 1942 Pacific Coast Championship - 1942 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1942 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1940 Cincinnati - 1940 Western States Championships - 1940 British Columbia Championship - 1939 Central California Championships - 1939 California Mid-Winter - 1939

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