Gordon Lowe

Sir Francis Gordon Lowe, 2nd Baronet (21 June 1884 – 17 May 1972) was a British male tennis player.[3]

Sir Gordon Lowe
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Full nameSir Francis Gordon Lowe, 2nd Baronet
Country (sports)United Kingdom
Born(1884-06-21)21 June 1884
Edgbaston, Great Britain
Died17 May 1972(1972-05-17) (aged 87)
London, Great Britain
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record672–176 (79.2%)[1]
Career titles82 [1]
Highest rankingNo. 8 (1914, A. Wallis Myers)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1915)
WimbledonSF (1911, 1923)
US OpenQF (1921)
Other tournaments
WHCC3R (1914)
WCCCW (1920)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1912, 1915)
WimbledonF (1921)

Lowe is best remembered for winning the Australasian Championships in 1915 (where he beat champion Horace Rice in the final).[4] and for winning the World Covered Court Championships (Indoor) in 1920. Lowe also won Queen's Club in 1912, 1913 and 1925. His father, Sir Francis Lowe, 1st Baronet, was a Member of Parliament, representing Birmingham Edgbaston. In 1929 Lowe became Sir Gordon Lowe, succeeding his father to the baronetcy. Gordon's brother Arthur Lowe was also a tennis player and another brother, John, played first-class cricket.

He was ranked World No. 8 in 1914 by A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph.[2]

In 1910 he won the singles title at the British Covered Court Championships, played at the Queen's Club in London, defeating his brother Arthur in the final in three straight sets. He won the singles title at Monte Carlo three times, in 1920, 1921, 1923 and the South of France Championships in 1923. He also competed at the 1912 Summer Olympics and the 1920 Summer Olympics.[5]

From 1932 to 1936 he was the editor of the Lowe's Lawn Tennis Annual.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

 
Lowe (left) at Cannes, 1914

Singles (1 title)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1915 Australasian Championships Grass   Horace Rice 4–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4

Doubles (3 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1912 Australasian Championships Grass   Alfred Beamish   James Cecil Parke
  Charles Dixon
4–6, 4–6, 2–6
Loss 1915 Australasian Championships Grass   Bert St. John   Horace Rice
  Clarence V. Todd
6–8, 4–6, 9–7, 3–6
Loss 1921 Wimbledon Grass   Arthur Lowe   Randolph Lycett
  Max Woosnam
3–6, 0–6, 5–7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Gordon Francis Lowe: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 422.
  3. ^ "Gordon Lowe". Olympedia. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Australasian Open 1915". www.tennis.co.nf. Archived from the original on 2017-09-10. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  5. ^ "Gordon Lowe Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2013-05-15.

External linksEdit

Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis Lowe
Baronet
(of Edgbaston)
1929–1972
Succeeded by
Francis Lowe