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Oswald William Thomas Sidwell (born 16 April 1920) is an Australian former tennis player.

Bill Sidwell
Full nameOswald William Thomas Sidwell
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceSydney, Australia
Born (1920-04-16) 16 April 1920 (age 99)
Goulburn, NSW
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Retired1951
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Highest rankingNo. 10 (1949, John Olliff)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1948, 1949, 1950)
Wimbledon4R (1950)
US Open3R (1947, 1948)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1949)
French OpenF (1947)
WimbledonF (1947, 1950)
US OpenW (1949)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1948)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (1948Ch, 1949Ch)

Sidwell reached five Grand Slam doubles finals, winning once, at the 1949 U.S. National Championships with compatriot John Bromwich. He also played in the Davis Cup in 1948 and 1949 where Australia lost to the United States both years in the Challenge Round. As a junior, he won the Australian Open boys' singles event in 1939. Sidwell is now playing golf regularly in place of tennis.

He was ranked World No. 10 for 1949 by John Olliff.[1] As of December 2008, Sidwell was still organising golf events at the age of 88.[2]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles (1 title, 4 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1947 French Championships Clay   Tom Brown   Eustace Fannin
  Eric Sturgess
4–6, 6–4, 4–6, 3–6
Loss 1947 Wimbledon Grass   Tony Mottram   Bob Falkenburg
  Jack Kramer
6–8, 3–6, 3–6
Loss 1949 Australian Championships Grass   Geoff Brown   John Bromwich
  Adrian Quist
6–1, 5–7, 2–6, 3–6
Win 1949 US National Championships Grass   John Bromwich   Frank Sedgman
  George Worthington
6–4, 6–0, 6–1
Loss 1950 Wimbledon Grass   Geoff Brown   John Bromwich
  Adrian Quist
5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 2–6

Mixed doubles (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1948 Australian Championships Grass   Thelma Coyne Long   Nancye Wynne Bolton
  Colin Long
5–7, 6–4, 6–8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 426.
  2. ^ tennishistory.com.au: Bill Sidwell

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