J. COLIN GREGORY(GREAT BRITAIN)
Born: 28/7/1903 Died: 10/1/1959
Australian Open 1929
Colin Gregory was a highly respected and popular player who emerged onto the scene in the 1920s. Gregory was a good all round sportsman, being a competent cricketer, golfer, rugby player and squash player. Gregory had already been a Wimbledon quarter finalist in 1926, the same year that he became a regular in the British Davis Cup team. Touring Australia in 1929, Gregory eased his way into the semis of the Australian Open, where he faced Gar Moon. Gregory was the more aggressive and won in straight sets. In the final he faced Bob Schlesinger and after 4 tough sets, Gregory claimed victory on his third match point to take his first and only Grand Slam title. The following year, 1930, Gregory beat Jack Crawford in the French Open and made it to the quarters. At Wimbledon he beat Fred Perry before going out to Bill Tilden in the quarters. After retiring in the mid 1930s, Gregory became non-playing captain of the British Davis Cup team. In 1952, at the age of 48, Gregory made a comeback in a Davis Cup doubles against Yugoslavia when one of his players was struggling with injury. Gregory and his partner Tony Mottram won the rubber. In 1955 Gregory became chairman of the All England Club and was still chairman when he died four years later at the premature age of 55.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: J.Borotra 0-1, H.Cochet 0-2, J.Crawford 1-2, J.Hawkes 0-1, G.Moon 1-0, F.Perry 1-0, B.Tilden 0-1
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