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Adrian Karl Quist (23 January 1913[3] – 17 November 1991) was an Australian tennis player.

Adrian Quist
Adrian Quist 02.jpg
Full nameAdrian Karl Quist
Country (sports) Australia
Born(1913-01-23)23 January 1913
Medindie, South Australia
Died17 November 1991(1991-11-17) (aged 78)
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Turned pro1930 (amateur tour)
Retired1955
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1984 (member page)
Singles
Career record517–147 (77.8%) [1]
Career titles46
Highest rankingNo. 3 (1939, Gordon Lowe)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1936, 1940, 1948)
French Open4R (1935)
WimbledonQF (1936)
US OpenQF (1933)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950)
French OpenW (1935)
WimbledonW (1935, 1950)
US OpenW (1939)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1939)

BiographyEdit

Adrian Quist was born in Medindie, South Australia. His father was Karl Quist, who had been a noted interstate cricketer, and owned a sporting goods store at the time of his son's birth.[4] Quist grew up in Adelaide and once played Harry Hopman, but lost, having given Hopman a head start. He was a three-time Australian Championships men's singles champion but is primarily remembered today as a great doubles player. He won 10 consecutive Australian doubles titles between 1936 and 1950, the last eight together with John Bromwich and he was also one of the winners of a "Career Doubles Slam". Quist was ranked World No. 3 in singles in 1939 and World No. 4 in 1936.[2][5]

In his 1979 autobiography tennis great Jack Kramer writes that in doubles "Quist played the backhand court. He had a dink backhand that was better for doubles than singles, and a classic forehand drive with a natural sink. He was also fine at the net, volley and forehand."

After retiring from playing the game, Quist became a journalist, best known for his articles in The Sydney Morning Herald.[6]

Quist was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1984.

Adrian Quist also held the most Davis Cup victories by any Australian until Lleyton Hewitt surpassed that record on 18 September 2010 in Cairns.

He died in Sydney, New South Wales in 1991, aged 78.[7]

Adrian Quist is the uncle of fashion designer Neville Quist, founding director of Saville Row.

 
Adrian Quist hitting a low volley in the 1930s

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (3 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1936 Australian Championships Grass   Jack Crawford 6–2, 6–3, 4–6, 3–6, 9–7
Runner-up 1939 Australian Championships Grass   John Bromwich 4–6, 1–6, 3–6
Winner 1940 Australian Championships Grass   Jack Crawford 6–3, 6–1, 6–2
Winner 1948 Australian Championships Grass   John Bromwich 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 2–6, 6–3

Doubles: (14 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1933 French Championships Clay   Vivian McGrath   Pat Hughes
  Fred Perry
2–6, 4–6, 6–2, 5–7
Runner-up 1934 Australian Championships Grass   Don Turnbull   Pat Hughes
  Fred Perry
8–6, 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 1935 French Championships Clay   Jack Crawford   Donald Turnbull
  Vivian McGrath
6–1, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 1935 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Jack Crawford   Wilmer Allison
  John Van Ryn
6–3, 5–7, 6–2, 5–7, 7–5
Winner 1936 Australian Championships Grass   Don Turnbull   Jack Crawford
  Vivian McGrath
6–8, 6–2, 6–1, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 1937 Australian Championships Grass   Don Turnbull   John Bromwich
  Jack Harper
6–2, 9–7, 1–6, 6–8, 6–4
Winner 1938 Australian Championships Grass   John Bromwich   Gottfried von Cramm
  Henner Henkel
7–5, 6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 1938 U.S. Championships Grass   John Bromwich   Don Budge
  Gene Mako
3–6, 2–6, 1–6
Winner 1939 Australian Championships Grass   John Bromwich   Colin Long
  Don Turnbull
6–4, 7–5, 6–2
Winner 1939 U.S. Championships Grass   John Bromwich   Jack Crawford
  Harry Hopman
8–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 1940 Australian Championships Grass   John Bromwich   Jack Crawford
  Vivian McGrath
6–3, 7–5, 6–1
Winner 1946 Australian Championships Grass   John Bromwich   Max Newcombe
  Leonard Schwartz
6–3, 6–1, 9–7
Winner 1947 Australian Championships Grass   John Bromwich   Frank Sedgman
  George Worthington
6–1, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 1948 Australian Championships Grass   John Bromwich   Frank Sedgman
  Colin Long
1–6, 6–8, 9–7, 6–3, 8–6
Winner 1949 Australian Championships Grass   John Bromwich   Geoffrey Brown
  Bill Sidwell
1–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 1950 Australian Championships Grass   John Bromwich   Jaroslav Drobný
  Eric Sturgess
6–3, 5–7, 4–6, 6–3, 8–6
Winner 1950 Wimbledon Championships Grass   John Bromwich   Geoff Brown
  Bill Sidwell
7–5, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–2
Runner-up 1951 Australian Championships Grass   John Bromwich   Frank Sedgman
  Ken McGregor
9–11, 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 3–6

Mixed Doubles: (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1934 French Championships Clay   Elizabeth Ryan   Colette Rosambert
  Jean Borotra
2–6, 4–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Adrian Quist: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 425.
  3. ^ Davis Cup, Australian Open Archived 2 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Note: The birthdate 4 August 1913 appears in some sources.
  4. ^ Victor Richardson - Cricket, Baseball, Australian Football, Golf, Tennis – Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  5. ^ "World tennis players". The Age. 24 September 1936 – via Google News Archive.
  6. ^ "Adrian Quist". www.tennis.co.nf.
  7. ^ "Adrian Quist, 78, Tennis Champion" (PDF). The New York Times. 20 November 1991.

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