Gilbert Nunns married fellow tennis player Beatrice Symons on 7 September 1933. Their daughter, Brenda Nunns (later Mrs Shoemaker; b. 1945) would also become a tennis player, while Brenda’s son, David Shoemaker, works in the administrative side of the sport.
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Gilbert Nunns was born in Leeds, England, but his family moved to Nova Scotia, Canada, when he was a child. As a young man, Nunns was given the opportunity to compete at Wimbledon, but he was not able to attend because he would have lost his full-time job in Toronto. He attended the University of Toronto and played for their tennis team for four years. He was the intramural singles and doubles champion in 1926 and a member of the team when the University of Toronto won the championship title in 1927 and 1928.
Nunns was very successful provincially and nationally in Canada, and was the Ontario, Quebec and Canadian junior singles champion in 1924 and 1925. From 1929-1931, Nunns competed in senior events and won five Ontario singles and doubles titles during that time.
Gilbert Nunns was a Davis Cup team member in 1927 when he, Dr Jack Wright, Willard Crocker and Dr Arthur Ham beat Cuba 3-2 in first-round play in the Americas Zone. In 1933, the Canadian Davis Cup team came up against Cuba again in the Americas Zone, when Nunns captured both his singles matches as Canada scored an overall 4-1 win. Nunns competed in one more Davis Cup tie, in 1934, as playing captain.
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