Vernon Gordon 'Bob' Kirby (22 June 1911 – 27 September 1994) was a South African tennis player.
|Full name||Vernon Gordon Kirby|
|Country (sports)||South Africa|
|Born||22 June 1911|
Durban, South Africa
|Died||27 September 1994 (aged 83)|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Turned pro||1931 (amateur tour)|
|Highest ranking||No. 9 (1934, Literary Digest)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1935)|
|French Open||3R (1937)|
|US Open||SF (1934)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1935)|
|French Open||F (1931, 1937)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (1935)|
|Wimbledon||QF (1931, 1933)|
In May 1931 Kirby and his teammate and compatriot Norman Farquharson, were runners-up in the doubles final of the French Championships, losing in straight sets to the American pair George Lott and John Van Ryn. In July he won against George Lyttleton-Rogers in the final of the Wimbledon Plate, a tournament for players who were defeated in the first or second rounds of the singles competition at the Wimbledon Championships. Later in July Kirby beat his doubles partner in straight sets in the singles final of the Scottish Championships at Peebles. He also won the North of England Championships in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in singles and doubles.
In 1934 Kirby reached the singles quarterfinal of the Wimbledon Championships but lost in four sets to American Sidney Wood. Later that same year at the U.S. National Championships he defeated future Grand Slam winner Don Budge in the fourth round to reach the semifinal in which he lost to eventual champion Fred Perry in four sets. In 1935 he reached the mixed doubles final of the Australian Championships with the Australian Birdie Bond. They were defeated by Australian Louise Bickerton and Frenchman Christian Boussus in three sets.
Between 1931 and 1937 he played in ten ties for the South African Davis Cup team. The best team result was reaching the semifinal of the European Zone in 1935 against Czechoslovakia. Kirby had a Davis Cup match record of 16 wins vs. 8 losses and was more successful in doubles (7–1) than singles (9–7). Kirby died in September 1994 in Perth, Australia.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Doubles (2 runners-up)Edit
|Runner-up||1931||French Championships||Clay||Norman Farquharson|| George Lott
John Van Ryn
|4–6, 3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||1937||French Championships||Clay||Norman Farquharson|| Gottfried von Cramm
|4–6, 5–7, 6–3, 1–6|
Mixed doubles (1 runner-up)Edit
|Runner-up||1935||Australian Championships||Grass||Birdie Bond|| Louie Bickerton
|6–1, 3–6, 3–6|
- J. Brooks Fenno, Jr. (20 October 1934). "Ten at the Top in Tennis". The Literary Digest. New York City, United States: Funk & Wagnalls: 36. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
- "Lawn Tennis – Menzel and Kirby Disapprove Foot-fault Alteration". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 November 1934.
- "Kirby and Farquharson Bow to Lott and Van Ryn in Final of French Doubles". The New York Times.
- Béla Kehrling, ed. (1 October 1931). "Magyarország tenniszbajnokságai" [Hungarian Championships] (PDF). Tennisz és Golf (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Egyesült Kő-, Könyvnyomda, Könyv- és Lapkiadó Rt. III (18–19): 3–9. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- "Lawn Tennis – Peebles Finals – New Scottish Champions". The Glasgow Herald. 20 July 1931.
- The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884–1942), 11 August 1931, Page 13 – S. Africans Win Scottish Titles – Retrieved 11 September 2012
- J Buddell (17 February 2011). "Kent All-Comers' Championships" (PDF). beckenhamtennisclub.co.uk. Beckenham, United Kingdom: Beckenham Tennis Club. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis : an authoritative encyclopedia and record book (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 419. ISBN 9780942257700.
- "Impressive Records". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 13 July 1934. p. 10. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis : an authoritative encyclopedia and record book (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 459. ISBN 9780942257700.
- "Perry Plays Allison Today For National Tennis Crown With Injured Right Ankle". The Evening Independent. 12 September 1934.
- Collins, p. 376
- Max Robertson, ed. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Tennis (1st ed.). London: Allen & Unwin. p. 374. ISBN 0047960426.
- "TENNIS TITLES". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 14 January 1935. p. 14. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- Béla Kehrling, ed. (20 April 1931). "Külföldi hírek" [International news] (PDF). Tennisz és Golf (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Egyesült Kő-, Könyvnyomda. Könyv- és Lapkiadó Rt. III (8): 15–16. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- Béla Kehrling, ed. (22 April 1932). "Külföldi hírek" [International news] (PDF). Tennisz és Golf (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Egyesült Kő-, Könyvnyomda. Könyv- és Lapkiadó Rt. IV (3): 55. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- G.P. Hughes, ed. (1951). Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack 1951. London: Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd. p. 303.
- "Davis Cup Players – Vernon Kirby". ITF.
- Ancestry: Vernon Gordon Kirby
- Billion Graves: V.G. (Bob) Kirby