General Henry Christian (Harry)
Hopman
Male
Australia
1906-08-12
Glebe, Australia
1985-12-27
Largo, Florida, United States of America


About

Harry Hopman was universally regarded as the greatest Davis Cup captain in tennis history. The placid Australian was at courtside while his country’s teams won the Cup 16 times between 1939 and 1967. An adroit doubles player, he won four Australian Championship Mixed doubles crowns and he captured the U.S. Nationals mixed title once in 1939 with Alice Marble. He moved to the United States in the 1970s, continuing to mold youthful aspirants into stars. Among those he influenced during that period was none other than John McEnroe.

Hopman was born in Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, before his family moved to Parramatta, a city adjoining Sydney and now effectively a suburb of the metropolis.
Harry Hopman was born as the third child of John Henry Hopman, schoolteacher, and Jennie Siberteen, née Glad. He started playing tennis at the age of 13 and, playing barefoot, won an open singles tournament on a court in the playground of Rosehill Public School, where his father was headmaster and later at Parramatta High School, where he played tennis and cricket.

Hopman was the successful captain-coach of 22 Australian Davis Cup teams from 1939 to 1967. With players such as Frank Sedgman, Ken McGregor, Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Rod Laver, Neale Fraser, John Newcombe, Fred Stolle, Tony Roche, Roy Emerson, Ashley Cooper, Rex Hartwig, Mervyn Rose, and Mal Anderson, he won the cup an unmatched 16 times.

In late 1951, when it appeared that Davis Cup player Frank Sedgman was about to turn professional, Hopman used his column in the Melbourne Herald to lead a fundraising campaign designed to keep Sedgman in the amateur ranks. Enough money was raised to purchase a gasoline station in the name of Sedgman's wife-to-be and Sedgman remained an amateur for one more year. As Joe McCauley writes in The History of Professional Tennis, "For some reason, the pious Hopman, a strong opponent of the paid game, did not regard this as an infringement of Sedgman's amateur status.

Hopman was also a journalist, joining the Melbourne Herald in 1933 as a sportswriter. He provided sporting commentary. After World War II, this became his focus until he was once again coaxed into tennis coaching. As an example of Hopman's journalism, Kramer writes that Sedgman, by then a successful touring professional, once "volunteered to help train the Aussie Davis Cup team. Hopman accepted the offer, and then he took Sedg aside and told him that what Hoad and Rosewall needed was confidence. So he told Sedg to go easy on them, which he gladly did. After a few days, Hopman wrote an exclusive in his newspaper column revealing how his kids could whip Sedgman and how this proved once again that amateurs were better than the pros."

The Hopman Cup is named in his honour. His widow, Lucy Hopman, travels to Perth, Western Australia in January each year for the tournament.

Hopman was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1978.

Tennis great Jack Kramer, who was also a successful promoter of the professional tour, writes in his 1979 autobiography that Hopman "always knew exactly what was going on with all his amateurs. He had no children, no hobbies, and tennis was everything to him. Hopman always said he hated the pros, and he battled open tennis to the bitter end, but as early as the time when Sedgman and McGregor signed, Hopman was trying to get himself included in the deal so he could get a job with pro tennis in America."

Kramer, who admits that Hopman "has never been my favorite guy", goes on to say "The minute one of his stars would turn pro, Hopman would turn on him. No matter how close he'd been to a player, as soon as he was out of Hopman's control, the guy was an outcast. 'It was as if we'd never existed' Rosewall said once."



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Archive statistics 1926 - 1953
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486
341


Tournament wins 1938 - Pacific Coast Championship (Amateur)
1938 - Geelong Easter Tournament (Amateur)
1938 - Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament (Amateur)
1937 - Victorian Hardcourt Championships ()
1937 - Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament (Amateur)
1936 - City of Sydney Championships (Amateur)
1936 - Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament (Amateur)
1936 - Victorian Hardcourt Championships ()
1934 - North of England Championships (Open)
1933 - South Australian Championships ()
1933 - Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament (Amateur)
1932 - Formby (Amateur)
1932 - South Australian Championships ()
1932 - Thüringen Championships (Amateur)
1932 - Homburg (Amateur)
1932 - Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament (Amateur)
1931 - Western Australia Championships (Open)
1931 - New South Wales Hard Court Championships (Amateur)
1931 - Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament (Amateur)
1931 - County of Cumberland (Amateur)
1931 - South Australian Championships ()
1930 - Homburg (Amateur)
1930 - Sydney Metropolitan Grasscourt Championships (Amateur)
1930 - County of Cumberland (Amateur)
1929 - City of Sydney Championships (Amateur)
1928 - Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament (Open)
1927 - New South Wales Hard Court Championships (Amateur)


Tournaments Roland Garros - 1953 Swiss International Championships - 1953 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1953 Wimbledon - 1952 Roland Garros - 1952 Belgian International Championships - 1952 Bastad - 1952 Australian Open - 1951 South Australian Championships - 1951 Queensland Championships - 1951 Australian Hard Courts Championship - 1951 Tasmanian Championships - 1951 Australian Open - 1950 Wimbledon - 1950 South Australian Championships - 1950 Roland Garros - 1950 US Open - 1950 Victorian Championships - 1950 New South Wales Championships - 1950 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1950 Queensland Championships - 1950 Australian Hard Courts Championship - 1950 Australian Open - 1949 South Australian Championships - 1949 Victorian Championships - 1949 New South Wales Championships - 1949 Australian Hard Courts Championship - 1949 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1949 Australian Open - 1948 Wimbledon - 1948 South Australian Championships - 1948 Roland Garros - 1948 US Open - 1948 Victorian Championships - 1948 New South Wales Championships - 1948 Australian Open - 1947 South Australian Championships - 1947 Victorian Championships - 1947 New South Wales Championships - 1947 Victorian Hardcourt Championships - 1947 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1947 Australian Open - 1946 Wimbledon - 1946 US Open - 1946 Victorian Championships - 1946 New South Wales Championships - 1946 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1946 Kent Championships - 1946 International Club Matches - FRA - 1946 Bastad - 1946 Victorian Championships - 1945 New South Wales Championships - 1945 Victorian Championships - 1941 Australian Open - 1940 South Australian Championships - 1940 Victorian Championships - 1940 Australian Hard Courts Championship - 1940 Tasmanian Championships - 1940 Australian Open - 1939 South Australian Championships - 1939 US Open - 1939 Victorian Championships - 1939 New South Wales Championships - 1939 Pacific Coast Championship - 1939 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1939 Western Canada Grass Court Championships - 1939 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1939 Australian Open - 1938 US Open - 1938 Victorian Championships - 1938 New South Wales Championships - 1938 Pacific Coast Championship - 1938 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1938 Auckland Exhibition - 1938 Geelong Easter Tournament - 1938 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1938 Australian Open - 1937 Victorian Championships - 1937 New South Wales Championships - 1937 Victorian Hardcourt Championships - 1937 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1937 Australian Open - 1936 Victorian Championships - 1936 New South Wales Championships - 1936 City of Sydney Championships - 1936 Victorian Hardcourt Championships - 1936 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1936 Australian Open - 1935 Wimbledon - 1935 Roland Garros - 1935 Victorian Championships - 1935 New South Wales Championships - 1935 Italian International Championships - 1935 Netherlands International Championships - 1935 Monte Carlo Easter Tournament - 1935 Australian Open - 1934 Wimbledon - 1934 Roland Garros - 1934 Victorian Championships - 1934 New South Wales Championships - 1934 German International Championships - 1934 North of England Championships - 1934 Great Britain vs. Australia Test Match 4 - 1934 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1934 Australian Open - 1933 South Australian Championships - 1933 Victorian Championships - 1933 New South Wales Championships - 1933 Great Britain vs. Australia Test Match 1 - 1933 Great Britain vs. Australia Test Match 2 - 1933 Great Britain vs. Australia Test Match 3 - 1933 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1933 Australian Open - 1932 Wimbledon - 1932 South Australian Championships - 1932 Victorian Championships - 1932 Queens Club Tournament - 1932 German International Championships - 1932 Homburg - 1932 Japan vs. Australia Test Matches - 1932 Blau-Weiss Club - 1932 Thüringen Championships - 1932 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1932 Formby - 1932 Australian Open - 1931 South Australian Championships - 1931 Victorian Championships - 1931 New South Wales Championships - 1931 Queensland Championships - 1931 New South Wales Hard Court Championships - 1931 Western Australia Championships - 1931 County of Cumberland - 1931 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1931 Australian Open - 1930 Wimbledon - 1930 Roland Garros - 1930 Victorian Championships - 1930 New South Wales Championships - 1930 German International Championships - 1930 French Switzerland Championships - 1930 Homburg - 1930 Sydney Metropolitan Grasscourt Championships - 1930 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 1930 Blau-Weiss Club - 1930 County of Cumberland - 1930 Lac Léman Championships (Grand Hotel) - 1930 Australian Open - 1929 Victorian Championships - 1929 New South Wales Championships - 1929 Queensland Championships - 1929 City of Sydney Championships - 1929 New South Wales Hard Court Championships - 1929 County of Cumberland - 1929 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1929 Australian Open - 1928 Wimbledon - 1928 Roland Garros - 1928 US Open - 1928 Victorian Championships - 1928 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1928 County of Cumberland - 1928 R.C. Canottieri Roma - 1928 Australian Open - 1927 Victorian Championships - 1927 New South Wales Championships - 1927 Queensland Championships - 1927 City of Sydney Championships - 1927 Sydney Metropolitan Grasscourt Championships - 1927 New South Wales Hard Court Championships - 1927 Australian Open - 1926 New South Wales Championships - 1926

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