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Lew Hoad
, 1954

by Ern McQuillan

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 40.5 cm x 30.3 cm)

Lew Hoad (1934-1994), tennis champion, was born in Sydney. He played his first Davis Cup competition in 1952 and helped the Australian team to victory with a thrilling win over Tony Trabert. This photograph shows him playing in the Davis Cup at White City in 1954. In 1956, he won the Wimbledon, French and Australian singles titles, but was prevented from winning the Grand Slam by his compatriot and 'tennis twin' Ken Rosewall in the final of the US Open. He won the Wimbledon doubles titles in 1953, 1955 and 1956 and the singles title again in 1957. Between 1953 and 1956 he won 13 Grand Slam titles, 10 out of 12 Davis Cup singles for Australia and seven out of nine doubles. He later became a successful coach on Spain's Costa del Sol. In a 1999 article naming the Sportsman of the Century for the Guardian newspaper, Frank Keating described his complete absence of 'gamesmanship, meanness or sly endeavour'. Hoad, he wrote, was the very best player at tennis as well, simultaneously, as the very best sportsman at sportsmanship'.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2003
Accession number: 2003.115