Frank Sedgman

Francis "Frank" Arthur Sedgman, AO (born 29 October 1927) is a retired World No. 1 amateur tennis champion. In his 1979 autobiography Jack Kramer, the long-time tennis promoter and player, included Sedgman in his list of the 21 greatest players of all time.[4] Sedgman is one of only five tennis players all-time to win a multiple slam set in two disciplines, matching Margaret Court, Roy Emerson, Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams. In 1951 he and Ken McGregor won the men's doubles Grand Slam. Sedgman turned professional in 1953.

Frank Sedgman
AO
Full nameFrancis Arthur Sedgman
Country (sports) Australia
Born (1927-10-29) 29 October 1927
Mont Albert, Victoria, Australia
Turned pro1953 (amateur tour from 1945)
Retired1976
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1979 (member page)
Singles
Career record765-452 (62.8%) [1]
Career titles49 [2]
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1951, Pierre Gillou)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1949, 1950)
French OpenF (1952)
WimbledonW (1952)
US OpenW (1951, 1952)
Other tournaments
TOCF ( 1957 Sydney, 1957 Forest Hills)
Professional majors
US ProF (1954, 1961)
Wembley ProW (1953, 1958)
French ProW (1953)
Doubles
Career record5–13
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1951, 1952)
French OpenW (1951, 1952)
WimbledonW (1948, 1951, 1952)
US OpenW (1950, 1951)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1949, 1950)
French OpenW (1951, 1952)
WimbledonW (1951, 1952)
US OpenW (1951, 1952)

Career

Sedgman led the Australian Davis Cup team to victory in 1950, 1951, and 1952. In a five-year span from 1948 through 1952 Sedgman won 22 Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Sedgman and his partner Ken McGregor were the only men's doubles team to ever win the Grand Slam in a single year—they won all four majors in 1951. The following year they also won the first three majors, then, at Forest Hills, were upset by a pick-up team of another Australian, Mervyn Rose, and an American Vic Seixas, denying them 8 consecutive Grand Slam victories. According to Rose in a 2005 interview, Harry Hopman, the coach of the Australian team, would not talk to him for two months afterwards.[5]

Sedgman was a 5'11" (1.80 m) right-hander who played the serve-and-volley game that had just been popularised by Jack Kramer. He was one of a number of Australian players who used the Continental grip in which the racquet is held the same way for both the forehand and the backhand. He was particularly known for his volleying and speed at the net. When asked in 2005 who was the best player he had ever faced, Mervyn Rose replied, "Hopman's pet, Sedgie."[5]

In late 1951, Sedgman was tempted to turn professional for 1952. Harry Hopman, however, led a fund-raising drive via his newspaper column in the Melbourne Herald to keep Sedgman an amateur. Enough money was raised to purchase a gasoline station in the name of Sedgman's future bride.[6] Sedgman remained an amateur for another year but finally turned professional from the start of 1953. Sedgman lost the 1953 World Series tour to Jack Kramer 54 matches to 41. Sedgman was the winner of two major titles in professional tennis, which were the Wembley Pro titles of 1953 and 1958, defeating Gonzales in both tournaments. Sedgman was also the runner-up in four more pro majors in the years before Open tennis.

In 1958, Sedgman won his richest tournament, the Sydney Masters, with prize money of 21,000 USD.[7] Sedgman defeated both Gonzales and Trabert in five set matches to win.[8] Kramer designated the Sydney Masters of 1958 as one of the four major professional tournaments.[9] Sedgman also won the Melbourne event in the Ampol world series in January 1959, defeating Gonzales in the final in three straight sets. The match was played outdoors on a fast wooden court.[10] Sedgman won the Grand Prix de Europe tour in 1959, finishing ahead of Rosewall, Hoad, and Trabert.[11] He continued to play professionally until his 1976 retirement. His last appearance in the Australian Championships men's singles in 1976 was 30 years after his first appearance (a record span at Australian championships men's singles).[12]

Honours

Sedgman was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1979; in 1985 he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.[13][14] He received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000.[15] Sedgman was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours for "distinguished service to tennis as a player at the national and international level, and as a role model for young sportspersons".[16]

In his 1979 autobiography Jack Kramer, the long-time tennis promoter and player, included Sedgman in his list of the 21 greatest players of all time.[17]

Major finals

Grand Slam tournaments

Singles: 8 (5 titles, 3 runners-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win1949Australian ChampionshipsGrass John Bromwich6–3, 6–2, 6–2
Win1950Australian ChampionshipsGrass Ken McGregor6–3, 6–4, 4–6, 6–1
Loss1950Wimbledon ChampionshipsGrass Budge Patty1–6, 10–8, 2–6, 3–6
Win1951US ChampionshipsGrass Vic Seixas6–4, 6–1, 6–1
Loss1952Australian ChampionshipsGrass Ken McGregor5–7, 10–12, 6–2, 2–6
Loss1952French ChampionshipsClay Jaroslav Drobný2–6, 0–6, 6–3, 4–6
Win1952Wimbledon ChampionshipsGrass Jaroslav Drobný4–6, 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
Win1952US ChampionshipsGrass Gardnar Mulloy6–1, 6–2, 6–3

Doubles: 14 (9 titles, 5 runner-ups)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss1947Australian ChampionshipsGrass George Worthington John Bromwich
Adrian Quist
1–6, 3–6, 1–6
Loss1948Australian ChampionshipsGrass Colin Long John Bromwich
Adrian Quist
6–1, 8–6, 7–9, 3–6, 6–8
Loss1948French ChampionshipsClay Harry Hopman Lennart Bergelin
Jaroslav Drobný
6–8, 1–6, 10–12
Winner1948WimbledonGrass John Bromwich Tom Brown
Gardnar Mulloy
5–7, 7–5, 7–5, 9–7
Loss1949U.S. ChampionshipsGrass George Worthington John Bromwich
Bill Sidwell
4–6, 0–6, 1–6
Win1950U.S. ChampionshipsGrass John Bromwich Gardnar Mulloy
Bill Talbert
7–5, 8–6, 3–6, 6–1
Win1951Australian ChampionshipsGrass Ken McGregor John Bromwich
Adrian Quist
11–9, 2–6, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Win1951French ChampionshipsClay Ken McGregor Gardnar Mulloy
Dick Savitt
6–2, 2–6, 9–7, 7–5
Winner1951WimbledonGrass Ken McGregor Jaroslav Drobný
Eric Sturgess
3–6, 6–2, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Win1951U.S. ChampionshipsGrass Ken McGregor Don Candy
Mervyn Rose
10–8, 6–4, 4–6, 7–5
Win1952Australian ChampionshipsGrass Ken McGregor Don Candy
Mervyn Rose
6–4, 7–5, 6–3
Win1952French ChampionshipsClay Ken McGregor Gardnar Mulloy
Dick Savitt
6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Winner1952WimbledonGrass Ken McGregor Vic Seixas
Eric Sturgess
6–3, 7–5, 6–4
Loss1952U.S. ChampionshipsGrass Ken McGregor Mervyn Rose
Vic Seixas
6–3, 8–10, 8–10, 8–6, 6–8

Pro Slam tournaments

Singles: 9 (3 titles, 6 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Opponent Score
Win1953Wembley Pro Pancho Gonzales6–1, 6–2, 6–2
Win1953French Pro Championship Pancho Gonzales
Loss1954US Pro Championship Pancho Gonzales3–6, 7–9, 6–3, 2–6
Loss1956Wembley Pro Pancho Gonzales6–4, 9–11, 9–11, 7–9
Loss1957Tournament of Champions Pancho Gonzales7–5, 5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Win1958Wembley Pro Tony Trabert6–4, 6–3, 6–4
Loss1959French Pro Championship Tony Trabert4–6, 4–6, 4–6
Loss1961US Pro Championship Pancho Gonzales3–6, 5–7

Singles performance timeline

Sedgman joined the professional tennis circuit in 1953 and as a consequence was banned from competing in the amateur Grand Slams until the start of the Open Era at the 1968 French Open.

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
1946194719481949195019511952195319541955195619571958195919601961196219631964196519661967196819691970197119721973197419751976 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments5 / 3184–2676.4
Australian Open 3R 1R QF W W SF F not eligible A 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2 / 14 25–12 67.6
French Open A A 4R A 4R SF F not eligible A A A 1R A A A A A 0 / 5 13–5 72.2
Wimbledon A A 3R QF F QF W not eligible A A A 3R A 1R A A A 1 / 7 26–6 81.3
US Open A A 4R QF 3R W W not eligible A A A A A A A A A 2 / 5 20–3 87.0
Pro Slam tournaments2 / 1827–1662.8
U.S. Pro A A A A A A A A F A A A A A A F A A A 1R A A 0 / 3 3–3 50.0
French Pro not held SF NH SF F SF A A SF QF QF A A 0 / 7 11–7 61.1
Wembley Pro not held A A A A W NH NH F A W QF SF A A 1R SF SF A A 2 / 8 13–6 68.4
Win–Loss 1–1 0–1 9–4 12–2 14–3 17–3 23–2 4–0 2–1 0–0 3–2 0–0 5–1 4–2 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–3 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 7 / 49 111–42 72.6

The results of the Pro Tours are not listed here.

See also

Notes

  1. Garcia, Gabriel. "Frank Sedgman: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  2. Garcia, Gabriel. "Frank Sedgman: Career tournament results". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  3. United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 426.
  4. Writing in 1979, Kramer considered the best player ever to have been either Don Budge (for consistent play) or Ellsworth Vines (at the height of his game). The next four best were, chronologically, Bill Tilden, Fred Perry, Bobby Riggs, and Pancho Gonzales. After these six came the "second echelon" of Rod Laver, Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Gottfried von Cramm, Ted Schroeder, Jack Crawford, Pancho Segura, Frank Sedgman, Tony Trabert, John Newcombe, Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, Björn Borg, and Jimmy Connors. He felt unable to rank Henri Cochet and René Lacoste accurately but felt they were among the very best.
  5. Interview with tennis historian Rich Hillway in 2005 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
  6. The History of Professional Tennis, Joe McCauley, page 58
  7. Sydney Morning Herald, February 5, 1958
  8. McCauley, p. 208
  9. World Tennis, November 1958
  10. McCauley p. 211
  11. McCauley, p. 214
  12. "GRAND SLAM TENNIS STATISTICS What are the men's singles Grand Slam records?". www.tennis.co.nf.
  13. "Sedgman, Francis Arthur, AM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  14. "Frank Sedgman AM". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  15. "Sedgman, Frank: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  16. "Francis Arthur Sedgman AM". honours.pmc.gov.au. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  17. Writing in 1979, Kramer considered the best player ever to have been either Don Budge (for consistent play) or Ellsworth Vines (at the height of his game). The next four best were, chronologically, Bill Tilden, Fred Perry, Bobby Riggs, and Pancho Gonzales. After these six came the "second echelon" of Rod Laver, Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Gottfried von Cramm, Ted Schroeder, Jack Crawford, Pancho Segura, Frank Sedgman, Tony Trabert, John Newcombe, Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, Björn Borg, and Jimmy Connors. He felt unable to rank Henri Cochet and René Lacoste accurately but felt they were among the very best.

References

  • The Game, My 40 Years in Tennis (1979), Jack Kramer with Frank Deford (ISBN 0-399-12336-9)
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