Frank Guernsey (tennis)

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Frank Guernsey
Full name Frank David Guernsey
Country  United States
Born (1917-01-19)January 19, 1917
Orlando, FL, USA
Died March 20, 2008(2008-03-20) (aged 91)
The Woodlands, TX, USA
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open 4R (1939)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open F (1946)

Frank David Guernsey Jr. (19 Jan 1917 – 20 Mar 2008) was an American tennis player. He was a finalist at the 1946 US Open in the Men's Doubles where along with Don McNeill he lost 3–6, 6–4, 2–6, 6–3, 20–18 to William Talbert and Gardnar Mulloy.[1]

Frank Guernsey was born on 19 January 1917, in Orlando, Florida, to Frank Drummond Guernsey and Anita McChesney Guernsey.[2]

In 1938 and 1939 Guernsey won the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship singles title playing for Rice University. In 1939 He won the singles title at the River Oaks Invitational Tournament, a reasonably prestigious tournament at the time. In 1941 he and Don McNeil won the National Indoor Doubles Championship, defeating Jack Kramer and Bobby Riggs in the final. Also in 1941, he partnered with Bobby Riggs to win the River Oaks Doubles Championship, beating Jack Kramer and Ted Schroeder in the final. He was enlisted in the Rice University Hall of Fame in 1941.[3] In 1946 he and Don McNeil successfully defended their National Indoor Doubles Championship, this time defeating Pancho Segura and Alejo Russell in the final.

In April 1941 Guernsey signed up for the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) and was sent to California for fighter pilot training. In 1942 he was dispatched to Alaska and took part in the Aleutian Campaign. In 1943 he trained Air Force pilots in Florida. In 1944 Guernsey was transferred to the 8th Air Force in England where he flew support missions for bombing campaigns and was credited with shooting down two German enemy planes. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters. During his service he flew P-39, P-40, and P-47 fighter planes.[4]

In 1989 he was inducted into the Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.[5]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles[edit]

Runner-ups (1)[edit]

Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
1946 US National Championships United States Don McNeill United States Gardnar Mulloy
United States Bill Talbert
6–3, 4–6, 6–2, 3–6, 18–20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guernsey, Frank". GrandSlamHistory.com. 
  2. ^ Lynwood Abram (March 25, 2008). "Obit: WWII pilot, Rice tennis champ Frank Guernsey". Houston Chronicle. 
  3. ^ "Rice Institute Owls tennis player Frank Guernsey Jr". Rice University. 
  4. ^ Froggy Williams (Summer 2007). "Frank Guernsey". Rice Historical Society. pp. 1, 3, 4. 
  5. ^ "Solomon Headed to Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame". RiceOwls.com. March 1, 2013. 

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