Dinny Pails

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Dinny Pails
Full name Dennis Robert Pails
Country  Australia
Born 4 March 1921
Nottingham, England
Died 22 November 1986(1986-11-22) (aged 65)
Sydney, Australia
Turned pro 1947 (amateur tour from 1937)
Retired 1969
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Highest ranking No. 6 (1947, John Olliff)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1947)
Wimbledon SF (1947)
US Open 4R (1947)
Professional majors
US Pro QF (1948, 1957)
Wembley Pro QF (1949, 1952)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1946)
Wimbledon F (1946)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (1946)

Dennis "Dinny" Pails (4 March 1921 in Nottingham, England – 22 November 1986 in Sydney, Australia) was an Australian tennis champion.

Pails won the men's singles championship at the Australian Championships tennis tournament in 1947. Pails, an Australian who was born in Great Britain, defeated John Bromwich in the final in five sets: 4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 8–6. Pails played eight Davis Cup matches between 1946 and 1947, winning three matches and losing five.

Pails turned professional and played on the pro tour off and on for many years, Bud Collins ranking him the World No. 4 pro in 1948, whilst he reached as high as World No. 6 in the 1947 amateur rankings.[1] According to tennis great and long-time promoter Jack Kramer, Pails beat Pancho Segura 41 to 31 matches in the 1948 tour, "but that was when Segoo was still learning how to play fast surfaces." Kramer himself beat Pails "55 times with 1 draw, but somehow we were able to forget that off the court." In 1954 Pancho Gonzales beat Pails 47 matches to 7.

Grand Slam singles finals[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent Score
1947 Australian Championships Flag of Australia.svg John Bromwich 4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 8–6

Runner-ups (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent Scorel
1946 Australian Championships Flag of Australia.svg John Bromwich 5–7, 6–3, 7–5, 3–6, 6–2


  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 426.

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