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Lew Hoad

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad

Profession: Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion

Nationality:
Australia
Australian

Why Famous: Won four majors as an amateur, and won the 1959 Tournament of Champions as a professional. He has been ranked as the greatest player of the 'Past Champions' era of tennis.

Born: November 23, 1934
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: July 3, 1994 (aged 59)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1955-06-18 Former World No. 1 tennis player Lew Hoad (20) weds tennis player Jenny Staley (21) at St Mary's Church in Wimbledon, England

Events in the Life of Lew Hoad

  • 1955-01-31 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ken Rosewall wins his 2nd Australian title; beats Lew Hoad 9-7, 6-4, 6-4
  • 1956-01-30 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Lew Hoad beats fellow Australian Ken Rosewall 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 for his first Grand Slam title
  • 1956-05-26 French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Lew Hoad wins his first and only French title; beats Sven Davidson of Sweden 6-4, 8-6, 6-3
  • 1956-07-06 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian matchup Lew Hoad wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles crowns beating Ken Rosewall 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
  • 1956-09-09 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Ken Rosewall wins his first US singles title, beating Lew Hoad 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
  • 1957-07-05 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Lew Hoad successfully defends in crown beating fellow Australian Ashley Cooper 6-2, 6-1, 6-2

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