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Harry Hopman

1906 – 1985

Harry Hopman (1906-1985), tennis professional, won seven major Australian titles in the 1930s, notably four mixed doubles with his first wife, Nell Hall. He reached the quarter-finals of the US Championships in 1938 before turning to coaching. Between 1939 and 1967 he drove Australia to 16 Davis Cup wins, emphasising super fitness and pride in Australia as a motivation to win. After his last loss as Davis Cup Captain in 1969 he emigrated to the US, where he coached many champions, including Vitas Gerulaitis and John McEnroe, at the Port Washington Tennis Academy. He subsequently opened his own Hopman Tennis Academy in Florida. The Hopman Cup, a mixed teams event, is held every January in Perth. A fact of incidental interest is that Hopman was four times Australian squash champion - but he was defeated in the final of the South Australian Squash Championships of 1934 by Don Bradman.

Updated 2018