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Malcolm James Anderson MBE(C) (born 3 March 1935) is a former tennis player from Australia who was active from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. He won the singles title at the 1957 U.S. National Championships and achieved his highest ranking of No. 2 in 1957.

Mal Anderson
Mal Anderson (1972).jpg
Mal Anderson (1972)
Country (sports)Australia Australia
Born (1935-03-03) 3 March 1935 (age 84)
Theodore, Queensland, Australia
Turned pro1958 (amateur tour from 1952)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF2000 (member page)
Career record473-384 (55.1%) [1]
Career titles17 [1]
Highest rankingNo. 2 (1957, Adrian Quist)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1958, 1972)
French Open2R (1957)
WimbledonQF (1956, 1958)
US OpenW (1957)
Other tournaments
TOCQF (1959)
Professional majors
US ProQF (1959, 1965, 1966)
Wembley ProW (1959)
French ProSF (1962, 1965)
Career record53–28
Career titles4



A right-hander, Anderson started playing tennis when he was 8 and became serious about the sport at 16.

Playing careerEdit

His two best seasons were 1957 and 1958 when, as an amateur, he twice achieved a ranking of World No. 2.[2][3]

In 1957, Anderson won the US Championships as an unseeded player. Earlier that year, Anderson had reached the semifinals of the Australian Championships and won the French Championship doubles, partnering with Ashley Cooper, the man he went on to defeat in the final of the 1957 US Championships.

In 1958, Anderson was a finalist at both the Australian Championships and US Championships, losing both times to Cooper. Anderson turned professional in late 1958 and went on to win the Wembley Championship in 1959, with a five-set victory over former three-time US Pro champion, Pancho Segura. Anderson did not appear in another major final until 1972, when at age 36, he was a finalist at the Australian Open, losing to Ken Rosewall. In 1973, he captured the Australian Open doubles title along with John Newcombe.

Anderson played on four Australian Davis Cup teams, in 1957, 1958, 1972 and 1973, the team winning twice (1957 and 1973).

On 3 June 1972, Anderson was named a Member of Order of the British Empire "in recognition of service to lawn tennis".[4] On the 6/1/2016 Mal Anderson was named as an Icon of Queensland Tennis,, and induced into the Brisbane Tennis Trail, December 2017,at Tennis Av. Park Tennis Av, Ashgrove, by the placement of a Park Bench in Tennis Av. Park in his honour.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (1 title, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1957 U.S. Championships Grass   Ashley Cooper 10–8, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 1958 Australian Championships Grass   Ashley Cooper 5–7, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1958 U.S. Championships Grass   Ashley Cooper 2–6, 6–3, 6–4, 8–10, 6–8
Runner-up 1972 Australian Open Grass   Ken Rosewall 6–7(2–7), 3–6, 5–7

Men's doubles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1957 Australian Championships Grass   Ashley Cooper   Lew Hoad
  Neale Fraser
3–6, 6–8, 4–6
Winner 1957 French Championships Clay   Ashley Cooper   Don Candy
  Mervyn Rose
6–3, 6–0, 6–3
Winner 1973 Australian Open Grass   John Newcombe   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
6–3, 6–4, 7–6

Mixed doubles (1 titles)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1957 Australian Championships Grass   Fay Muller   Jill Langley
  Billy Knight
7–5, 3–6, 6–1

Pro Slam finals (1 title)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1959 Wembley Pro Indoor   Pancho Segura 4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 8–6


Anderson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000.[5] On 23 August 2000, he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his achievements in tennis.[6]

In 2001 Anderson was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.[5] In 2009 he was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.[7]


  1. ^ a b Garcia, Gabriel. "Mal Anderson: Career Match Record". Madrid: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Times Have Changed, Says Adrian Quist", The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 October 1957.
  3. ^ "Former Champ Martina Honoured", New Straits Times, 27 January 2000.
  4. ^ "Malcolm James Anderson MBE(C)". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Malcolm Anderson - Player profiles". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Malcolm James Anderson". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Mr Mal Anderson MBE". Queensland Sport Hall of Fame. Retrieved 19 January 2014.

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