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Donald MacPhail (1910 – 1997) was a Scottish tennis player in the years before and after World War 2.

Donald MacPhail
Full nameDonald MacPhail
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born25 December 1910
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
DiedFebruary 1997 (aged 86)
Essex, United Kingdom [1]
Turned pro1932 (amateur tour)
Career record139-60 (69.9%) [2]
Career titles6 [3]
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonQF (1938)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonQF (1939)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon3R (1936, 1937, 1939)

MacPhail won the Scottish Championships men's singles four times (1933, 1936, 1939 and 1946) on grass.[4] and he won the Scottish Hard Court Championships singles title two times (1937-38) on clay. He was a quarter finalist at Wimbledon in 1938, where he beat third seed Roderich Menzel when Menzel retired at the end of the second set.[5] Although the match was marred by Menzel's retirement, according to The Glasgow Herald, "there is little doubt that the Scot would have won it anyway after securing the vital second set".[6] MacPhail was a Flight Lieutenant.[7] MacPhail competed in the Wimbledon men's singles from 1933 to 1946. In later life MacPhail moved to England and died in Essex in 1997 aged 86.


  1. ^ "Search results". Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Donald MacPhail: Career match record". Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  3. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Donald MacPhail: Career tournament results". Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Edition". Tennisarchives. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "WIMBLEDON 1938". Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  7. ^ Lee, C. (2015). HRH The Duke of Kent: A Life of Service. eBook Versions. ISBN 9781843963516. Retrieved September 5, 2017.