Born: 3/12/1904 Died: 26/5/1976
Australian Open 1930
Edgar Forest Moon was a very talented player who never fully lived up to his potential. He was tall, lean and strong and had a fine technique. Unfortunately he lacked commitment and dedication, rarely trained and didn't seem to have the drive to win tennis titles. He began playing tennis at an early age on the court at his farm but never had a tennis lesson. In 1927 he made it to the semis of the Australian Open, beating Jack Crawford in an epic quarter final before losing to Gerald Patterson. The following year he toured overseas and reached the fourth round at Wimbledon. At the Australian Open in 1929, Moon beat pre-tournament favourite Bunny Austin in the quarters before going out to Colin Gregory in the semis. At the Australian Open in 1930 Moon made it through to the semis, where he faced Jack Crawford. Moon was on form, his groundstrokes and volleys were too much for the great Crawford as he won in four sets. In the final Moon totally outclassed Harry Hopman for the loss of just seven games to take his first Grand Slam title. Later in the year he reached the quarters of the French. Though Moon reached the quarters of the Australian in 1931, 1934, 1935 and 1936 his form ebbed away and he retired in the late 1930s, having never fulfilled his potential. He ran his farm and disappeared from the public eye.
© GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE
HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: W.Allison 0-3, J.Bromwich 1-1, J.Crawford 2-2, R.Gemmell 1-0, C.Gregory 0-1, V.McGrath 0-1, G.Patterson 1-1, A.Quist 1-2
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