1954 Wimbledon Championships – Men's Singles

In the 1954 Wimbledon Championships – Gentlemen's Singles competition, Jaroslav Drobný defeated Ken Rosewall in the final, 13–11, 4–6, 6–2, 9–7 to take the Gentlemen's Singles tennis title.[1] It was Drobný's third singles final and second win at Wimbledon. Vic Seixas was the defending champion, but lost in the quarterfinals to Budge Patty.

Men's Singles
1954 Wimbledon Championships
ChampionEgypt Jaroslav Drobný
Runner-upAustralia Ken Rosewall
Final score13–11, 4–6, 6–2, 9–7
Details
Draw128 (10Q)
Seeds12
Events
Singles men women
Doubles men women mixed
← 1953 · Wimbledon Championships · 1955 →

It was the first of 19-year-old Rosewall's Wimbledon singles finals, all of which he lost. This resulted in Rosewall being considered by many to be the greatest player never to win Wimbledon.[2]

Progress of the competitionEdit

Jaroslav Drobný, who was 32 at the time of the competition, was Czech-born but was said to play "like an Englishman".[3] Drobný was extremely popular with British tennis fans, and no British player had made it to the 1954 quarterfinals, the longest-surviving home player in the men's singles being 18-year-old Mike Davies, who was knocked out in the fourth round by Budge Patty. The Daily Herald reported that nearly everyone wanted to see Drobný win the title.[3] No unseeded players made it to the quarterfinals, the stage at which second-seeded Lew Hoad was knocked out in straight sets by Drobný. Top seed Tony Trabert was defeated in the semifinal by Rosewall.

SeedsEdit

01.     Tony Trabert (Semifinals)
02.     Lew Hoad (Quarterfinals)
03.     Ken Rosewall (Final)
04.     Vic Seixas (Quarterfinals)
05.     Mervyn Rose (Quarterfinals)
06.     Art Larsen (Third round)
07.     Budge Patty (Semifinals)
08.     Rex Hartwig (Quarterfinals)
09.     Sven Davidson (Fourth round)
10.     Kurt Nielsen (Fourth round)
11.     Jaroslav Drobný (Champion)
12.     Gardnar Mulloy (Fourth round)

Click on the seed number of a player to go to their draw section.

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

FinalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                     
2   Lew Hoad 4 3 3
11   Jaroslav Drobný 6 6 6
11   Jaroslav Drobný 6 6 4 9
7   Budge Patty 2 4 6 7
4   Vic Seixas 5 6 3 2
7   Budge Patty 7 4 6 6
11   Jaroslav Drobný 13 4 6 9
3   Ken Rosewall 11 6 2 7
8   Rex Hartwig 3 6 6 3 1
3   Ken Rosewall 6 3 3 6 6
3   Ken Rosewall 3 6 4 6 6
1   Tony Trabert 6 3 6 1 1
5   Mervyn Rose 2 2 5
1   Tony Trabert 6 6 7

Top halfEdit

Top halfEdit

Section 1Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
2   Lew Hoad 6 6 7
  Giorgio Fachini 3 2 5 2   L Hoad 6 6 6
Q   Wayne Van Voorhees 2 7 6   I Tłoczyński 0 3 1
  Ignacy Tłoczyński 6 9 8 2   L Hoad 6 6 1 6
  Robert Bédard 6 7 6 6   R Bédard 3 0 6 1
Q   Gordon Forbes 3 9 1 3   R Bédard 6 6 6
  Cyril Kemp 3 1 3   E Argon 2 4 3
  Eduardo Argon 6 6 6 2   L Hoad 4 6 7 6
12   Gardnar Mulloy 6 6 7 12   G Mulloy 6 0 5 3
  Tim Lewis 4 0 5 12   G Mulloy 6 6 6
  Bernard Crouch   B Crouch 2 4 1
  Sima Nikolić w/o 12   G Mulloy 6 10 8
  Ivor Warwick 8 6 2 6   P Molloy 4 8 6
  Alain Lemyze 6 3 6 1   I Warwick 4 6 5 4
  Peter Molloy 4 6 6 6   P Molloy 6 0 7 6
  Ilija Panajotović 6 1 1 2

Section 2Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
6   Art Larsen 6 6 10
  Clive Bernstein 2 4 8 6   A Larsen 7 6 6
  Narendra Nath 4 3 6 6 6   N Nath 5 3 3
  Bob Howe 6 6 3 4 2 6   A Larsen 12 5 2 7
  Jean-Claude Molinari 3 6 6 8 0   P Washer 10 7 6 9
  Ip Koon-Hong 6 1 4 10 6   K-H Ip 7 2 7 1
  Finn Søhol 1 2 3   P Washer 9 6 5 6
  Philippe Washer 6 6 6   P Washer 6 8 3
11   Jaroslav Drobný 6 6 6 11   J Drobný 8 10 6
  Jack Arkinstall 3 3 3 11   J Drobný 6 6 6
  Billy Knight 6 4 6 2 1   T Ulrich 2 0 4
  Torben Ulrich 2 6 3 6 6 11   J Drobný 6 6 6
  Franz Saiko 3 1 6 1   L Bergelin 4 2 2
  Czesław Spychała 6 6 3 6   C Spychała 1 2 2
  Lennart Bergelin 6 6 6   L Bergelin 6 6 6
  Pedro Guimarães 1 2 1

Section 3Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
4   Vic Seixas 6 6 6
Q   Geoff Cass 1 0 1 4   V Seixas 6 6 6
  Nicola Pietrangeli 6 9 6   N Pietrangeli 3 4 1
  Matthew Murphy 2 7 0 4   V Seixas 6 6 9
  Laurie Proctor 3 1 6 3   M Otway 3 4 7
  Basil Katz 6 6 4 6   B Katz 6 9 1 1 4
  Mark Otway 6 6 6   M Otway 3 7 6 6 6
  Christian Grandet 1 4 2 4   V Seixas 6 7 6 5 6
  Jacques Brichant 6 6 12   J Brichant 8 5 2 7 2
  Julius Heldman 1 4 10   J Brichant 6 6 6
  Geoffrey Paish 6 8 6   G Paish 1 3 2
Q   Robin Kipping 2 6 2   J Brichant 7 6 6
  Arnaldo Moreira 1 1 4   S Stockenberg 5 1 1
  Staffan Stockenberg 6 6 6   S Stockenberg 7 9 3 6
  David Samaai 6 6 6   D Samaai 5 7 6 3
  Rupert Huber 2 1 2

Section 4Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
7   Budge Patty 6 6 6
  Basil Bucknell 1 0 0 7   J Patty 10 4 6 6
  Hugh Stewart 6 6 6   H Stewart 8 6 3 4
  Leon Norgarb 4 3 1 7   J Patty 6 6 6
  Bruce Robinson 0 0 3   N Kumar 1 3 4
  Naresh Kumar 6 6 6   N Kumar 6 6 6
  Josip Palada 6 4 6 4 6   J Palada 4 4 0
  Tony Pickard 4 6 2 6 1 7   J Patty 7 6 7
  Eric Bulmer 4 2 1   M Davies 5 1 5
  Mike Davies 6 6 6   M Davies 4 7 10 6
Q   John Ward 6 6 6 Q   J Ward 6 5 8 1
  Claude Lister 0 4 3   M Davies 4 6 6 6
  Erwin Balestra 0 1 3   R Becker 6 4 1 3
  Roger Becker 6 6 6   R Becker 6 6 6
  Francis Nys 6 6 6   F Nys 3 0 2
Q   Philip Wooldridge 2 0 2

Bottom halfEdit

Section 5Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
  Colin Hannam 1 3 6
  Gilbert Shea 6 6 8   G Shea 4 4 6 6 6
  Orlando Sirola 4 7 9 4   G Oakley 6 6 1 4 4
  Gerry Oakley 6 9 7 6   G Shea 6 7 5 1 6
  Henry Billington 2 3 2   L Main 1 5 7 6 1
  Lorne Main 6 6 6   L Main 6 6 7 7
  Jeff Robson 3 6 6 3 4   A Hammersley 1 3 9 5
  Andrés Hammersley 6 4 2 6 6   G Shea 4 6 1 4
  Howard Walton 6 6 0 3 3 8   R Hartwig 6 1 6 6
  John Ager 4 3 6 6 6   J Ager 4 6 2 3
  Geoff Ward 4 6 4   H Burrows 6 3 6 6
  Hal Burrows 6 8 6   H Burrows 3 4 3
  Matthew Mohtadi 3 3 4 8   R Hartwig 6 6 6
  Edwin Tsai 6 6 6   E Tsai 1 5 3
  Hans Redl 0 1 3 8   R Hartwig 6 7 6
8   Rex Hartwig 6 6 6

Section 6Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
  Ashley Cooper 6 6 6
  Ivan Plećević 0 2 4   A Cooper 6 6 6
  Roy Emerson 6 6 8   R Emerson 1 1 3
  Malcolm Fox 1 3 6   A Cooper 6 7 11
  Tony Vincent 6 6 3 6   A Vincent 3 5 9
  Ivan Devroe 2 4 6 3   A Vincent 6 6 6
  Norman Kitovitz 6 6 6   N Kitovitz 4 2 3
Q   Martin Hime 2 2 3   A Cooper 2 3 6 8
  Ralph Oliver 0 2 2 3   K Rosewall 6 6 4 10
  Paul Rémy 6 6 6   P Rémy 4 4 6
  Beppo Pottinger 4 4 1   R Falkenburg 6 6 8
  Bob Falkenburg 6 6 6   R Falkenburg 2 6 1 4
  Herbie Flam 6 6 8 3   K Rosewall 6 4 6 6
  Darrell Shaw 4 3 6   H Flam 2 6 4
  Abe Segal 5 6 6 6 3   K Rosewall 6 8 6
3   Ken Rosewall 7 4 8 8

Section 7Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
  Jaime Bartrolí 0 2 4
  Dawson Hamilton 6 6 6   D Hamilton 6 2 4 6 1
  Doug Reid 0 2 7   J Barrett 4 6 6 4 6
  John Barrett 6 6 9   J Barrett 6 3 4 4
  Andy Paton 8 7 6 4 6 10   K Nielsen 4 6 6 6
Q   Peter Moys 6 9 3 6 3   A Paton 3 10 6 6 4
  Fred Dehnert 3 4 4 10   K Nielsen 6 12 4 4 6
10   Kurt Nielsen 6 6 6 10   K Nielsen 6 3 7 4
  Don Butler 1 6 6 3 5   M Rose 4 6 9 6
  Doug Scharenguivel 6 8 3 6   D Scharenguivel 2 3 2
  Ramanathan Krishnan 6 6 6   R Krishnan 6 6 6
  Gene Garrett 3 3 2   R Krishnan 3 1 3
  Bob Lee 2 3 3 5   M Rose 6 6 6
  Neale Fraser 6 6 6   N Fraser 6 3 1
  Tony Mottram 1 2 3 5   M Rose 8 6 6
5   Mervyn Rose 6 6 6

Section 8Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
  Robin Condy 6 4 6 4 4
Q   Geoff Pryor 3 6 1 6 6 Q   G Pryor 6 5 4 6
  Guy Jackson 4 4 10 6 5   J-N Grinda 0 7 6 8
  Jean-Noël Grinda 6 6 8 3 7   J-N Grinda 1 2 4
  Don Black 3 6 3 0r 9   S Davidson 6 6 6
  Jacques Peten 6 2 6 0   J Peten 4 1 2
  Ian McDonald 2 5 3 9   S Davidson 6 6 6
9   Sven Davidson 6 7 6 9   S Davidson 6 10 0 9 3
  Armando Vieira 7 3 6 6 1   A Trabert 3 12 6 7 6
  John Barry 5 6 4 1   A Vieira 5 3 3
  Bobby Wilson 6 6 6   R Wilson 7 6 6
  Vladimir Petrović 4 3 1   R Wilson 8 6 2
  Philippe Chatrier 4 0 3 1   A Trabert 10 8 6
  Owen Williams 6 6 6   O Williams 5 2 5
Q   Peter Wooller 0 2 2 1   A Trabert 7 6 7
1   Tony Trabert 6 6 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Barrett, John (2014). Wimbledon: The Official History (4th ed.). Vision Sports Publishing. ISBN 9-781909-534230.
  2. ^ Paul Snowdon (4 July 2009). "Why Ken Rosewall was Wimbledon's greatest ever loser". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b Robert J. Lake (3 October 2014). A Social History of Tennis in Britain. Routledge. pp. 188–. ISBN 978-1-134-44557-8.

External linksEdit

  • [1] Source for the draw at Wimbledon.com