Friday, 10 December 2010

Advent calendar day 10 #16 Jack Crawford

Day 10 of the countdown to the best tennis player of all time.

16th Best Player of all time

Jack Crawford

Grand Slams won - 6
Grand Slam Finals lost - 5
Overall amount of singles titles won - ?
Overall Match Winning percentage - ?
Top rank - 1

Jack Crawford isn't very well known even though he had the chance to be great. In 1933 he won the first three Grand Slams of the season and made it to the final of the US Open, as well as winning 13 consecutive tournaments. He had the chance to be the first person to win a season Grand Slam, he was already the first to win 3 Grand Slams in a year. In the final he was up against Fred Perry. He lost the first set but took the next 2 sets and was in good form, looking to win the season Grand Slam. However, disaster came as his form plummeted and he lost 12 of the next 13 games to fail to be immortalised in the history of tennis. He would finish his career with 6 wins in 11 finals, which included a run of 6 consecutive Australian Open Finals and 3 consecutive wins at Australia. He never won the career Grand Slam either, missing the US Open. He also is second on the all time list in amount of consecutive Grand Slam Finals-7, this is behind Roger Federer, who surpassed him in consecutive finals twice-8 and 10. He was number 1 for 1933 and never regained this position, this is before ATP rankings. He even helped Australia to a Davis Cup in 1939. He was also a successful doubles player winning 3 of the four Grand Slams in mixed doubles and normal doubles, missing the US Open in both. His achievements are incredible as he had asthma. In September 1991 at the age of 83, he passed away.

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