Pat O'Hara Wood

Hector "Pat" O'Hara Wood (30 April 1891 – 3 December 1961) was an Australian tennis player.

Pat O'Hara Wood
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Full nameHector O'Hara Wood
Country (sports) Australia
Born(1891-04-30)30 April 1891
Melbourne, Australia
Died3 December 1961(1961-12-03) (aged 70)[1]
Richmond, Australia
Turned pro1913 (amateur tour)
Retired1929
PlaysRight-handed (1-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record242-55 (81.4%)[2]
Career titles19 [3]
Highest rankingNo. 7 (1922, A. Wallis Myers)[4]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1920, 1923)
WimbledonQF (1919, 1922)
US Open4R (1922)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1919, 1920, 1923, 1925)
F (1924, 1926, 1927)
WimbledonW (1919)
F (1922)
US OpenF (1922, 1924)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonW (1922)
Team competitions
Davis CupF (1922Ch, 1923Ch, 1924Ch)

O'Hara Wood was born in St Kilda, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. He is best known for his two victories at the Australasian Championships (now the Australian Open) in 1920 and 1923.[5] Pat was quick around the court, had textbook groundstrokes, sharp volleys and a solid serve.[6] He died in 1961, aged seventy in Richmond, Australia. His brother Arthur O'Hara Wood (1890–1918) was also an Australian tennis player and won the 1914 Australasian Championships.

After attending Melbourne Grammar School, he entered Trinity College (University of Melbourne) in 1911, where he excelled at cricket as well as tennis,[7] leading the Trinity College team to a memorable victory against Ormond College in March 1911, where he made 167 not out.[8] In 1916, as a 23-year-old law student, he enlisted as an officer in the Australian Army. In 1919, as Captain Pat O'Hara-Wood, he and Bombadier Randolph Lycett won the doubles event at the Inter-Allied Games in Paris.

On 3 August 1923 he married Australian tennis player Meryl Waxman.[9][10]

Grand Slams finalsEdit

Singles: 2 titlesEdit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1920 Australasian Championships Grass   Ronald Thomas 6–3, 4–6, 6–8, 6–1, 6–3 [11]
Win 1923 Australasian Championships Grass   Bert St. John 6–1, 6–1, 6–3 [11]

Doubles: 11 (5 titles, 6 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1919 Australasian Championships Grass   Ronald Thomas   James Anderson
  Arthur Lowe
7–5, 6–1, 7–9, 3–6, 6–3 [12]
Win 1919 Wimbledon Grass   Ronald Thomas   Rodney Heath
  Randolph Lycett
6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 6–2 [13]
Win 1920 Australasian Championships Grass   Ronald Thomas   Horace Rice
  Roy Taylor
6–1, 6–0, 7–5 [14]
Loss 1922 Wimbledon Grass   Gerald Patterson   James Anderson
  Randolph Lycett
6–3, 9–7, 4–6, 3–6, 9–11 [13]
Loss 1922 U.S. National Championships Grass   Gerald Patterson   Vincent Richards
  Bill Tilden
6–4, 1–6, 3–6, 4–6 [15]
Win 1923 Australasian Championships Grass   Bert St. John   Dudley Bullough
  Horace Rice
6–4, 6–3, 3–6, 6–0 [12]
Loss 1924 Australasian Championships Grass   Gerald Patterson   James Anderson
  Norman Brookes
2–6, 4–6, 3–6 [12]
Loss 1924 U.S. National Championships Grass   Gerald Patterson   Howard Kinsey
  Robert Kinsey
5–7, 7–5, 9–7, 3–6, 4–6 [15]
Win 1925 Australasian Championships Grass   Gerald Patterson   James Anderson
  Fred Kalms
6–4, 8–6, 7–5 [12]
Loss 1926 Australasian Championships Grass   James Anderson   John Hawkes
  Gerald Patterson
1–6, 4–6, 2–6 [12]
Loss 1927 Australian Championships Grass   Ian McInnes   John Hawkes
  Gerald Patterson
6–8, 2–6, 1–6 [12]

Mixed Doubles: 1 titleEdit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1922 Wimbledon Grass   Suzanne Lenglen   Elizabeth Ryan
  Randolph Lycett
6–4, 6–3 [16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Age from Melbourne, Victoria, Page 1, December 4, 1961". www.newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Garcia, Gabriel (2018). "Pat O'Hara Wood: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SAL. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  3. ^ Garcia, Gabriel (2018). "Pat O'Hara Wood: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SAL. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Sports and Pastimes (Tennis: The Greatest Players)", Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLII, 2 November 1922.
  5. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 358. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  6. ^ "Pat O'Hara Wood". www.tennis.co.nf.
  7. ^ James Grant, Perspectives of a Century (Melbourne: Trinity College, 1972), pp. 147-49.
  8. ^ "Cricket—Trinity College Beats Ormond", The Argus, 31 Mar. 1911, p. 4.
  9. ^ "Family Notices". The Argus. Melbourne. 29 September 1923. p. 17 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "LAWN TENNIS". The Examiner (DAILY ed.). Launceston, Tasmania. 11 August 1923. p. 15 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ a b "Australian Open Results Archive / Men's Singles". Australian Open official website. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Australian Open Results Archive / Men's Doubles". Australian Open official website. Archived from the original on 21 September 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Wimbledon Rolls of Honour / Gentlemen's Doubles". Wimbledon official tournament website. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Australian Open Results Archive / 1920 Men's Doubles". Australian Open official website. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  15. ^ a b "U.S. Open Past Champions / Men's Doubles". US Open official website. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Wimbledon Rolls of Honour / Mixed Doubles". Wimbledon official tournament website. Retrieved 24 September 2015.

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