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Eric Osbaldiston Pockley (1876 – 11 November 1956) was an Australian tennis player and doctor.

Eric Pockley
Full nameEric Osbaldiston Pockley
Country (sports) Australia
Killara, New South Wales, Australia
Died11 November 1956 (aged 80)
Avalon, New South Wales, Australia
Turned pro1900 (amateur tour)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1919)
Wimbledon3R (1911)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1919)
WimbledonSF (1911)

Pockley finished runner-up to Algernon Kingscote at the singles event of the 1919 Australasian Championships, the future Australian Open.[1] He also reached the semifinals in 1907 and 1908, and took part in the 1905 Australasian Championships, the inaugural edition of the tournament. He received a bye in the first round and defeated E Robertson in the second round in five sets. In the quarterfinal he was defeated by A Curtis in four sets.[2]

Pockley participated in the singles and doubles events at the 1910 and 1911 Wimbledon Championships. His best performance was reaching the third round in the singles and the semifinal in the doubles, both in 1911.[3]

Pockley, who was born in 1876, used to travel in a dogcart from his home in Killara to Sydney, where he was among the first 12 pupils at the Church of England Grammar School. After graduating from the University of Sydney and serving as resident doctor at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, he also studied at Oxford University and in Vienna. Pockley travelled extensively during his life, showing interest in bird behaviour.[4][5]


Grand Slam finalsEdit


Runner-up (1)Edit

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1919 Australasian Championships Grass   Algernon Kingscote 4–6, 0–6, 3–6


  1. ^ "History of the Australian Open – the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific". Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Australian Open results archive – 1905 men's singles". Tennis Australia.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Eric Pockley". AELTC.
  4. ^ "Obituary - Dr. Eric Pockley" (PDF). 27 March 1957. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Dr. Eric Pockley". The Sydney Morning Herald. 17 November 1956. p. 17.