|Full name||Norman Everard Brookes|
14 November 1877|
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
|Died||28 September 1968
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
|Height||1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Left-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HOF||1977 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1907, Karoly Mazak)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1911)|
|French Open||2R (1928)|
|Wimbledon||W (1907, 1914)|
|US Open||QF (1919)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1924)|
|Wimbledon||W (1907, 1914)|
|US Open||W (1919)|
|Last updated on: 17 September 2012.|
Brookes was born in Melbourne, to a father, William Brookes, who had become rich from gold mining in the Bendigo area. He received a private education at Melbourne Grammar School. On leaving school, he went to work as a clerk at the paper mill where his father was managing director, and was on the board himself within eight years.
Brookes married 20-year-old Mabel Balcombe Emmerton, the daughter of Harry Emmerton, a solicitor, on 19 April 1911 at St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne. They had three daughters.
He died in South Yarra in 1968.
As a youth Brookes played regularly on the court of the family mansion in Queens Road, Melbourne and nearby, at the Lorne St courts, he studied the strokes and tactics of leading players.
Brookes was the first non-Briton to win the men's singles at Wimbledon. He won the men's singles twice, first in 1907 and again in 1914. He also won the doubles in each of those years with New Zealander Anthony Wilding, whom he beat in the 1914 singles Final. He was a major figure in establishing the Australian Open (known as the Australasian Championship until 1927), which he won in 1911. Brookes is considered to have been a World No. 1 player in the 1900s.
Brookes was instrumental in the development of Kooyong as a tennis centre. In 1926 he became the first president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia, a post he held for the next 28 years.
Australian rules football career
|Debut||Round 7, 1898, St Kilda
v. Carlton, at Princes Park
St Kilda (1898)2 games, 2 goals
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1898 season.
Norman Brookes was knighted "in recognition of service to public service" in 1939. Lady Brookes (C.B.E. in 1933) became Dame Mabel Brookes in 1955 for her work in charities and social causes.
The trophy for men's singles at the Australian Open, the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, is named in his honour.
He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1977.
Grand Slam record
- Singles champion: 1911
- Doubles champion: 1924
- Singles champion: 1907, 1914
- Singles finalist: 1905, 1919
- Doubles champion: 1907, 1914
- Doubles champion: 1919
Grand Slam finals
|1907||Wimbledon||Arthur Gore||6–4, 6–2, 6–2|
|1911||Australian Championships||Horace Rice||6–1, 6–2, 6–3|
|1914||Wimbledon||Anthony Wilding||6–4, 6–4, 7–5|
|1907||Wimbledon||Tony Wilding|| Karl Behr
|6–4, 6–4, 6–2|
|1914||Wimbledon||Tony Wilding|| Herbert Roper Barrett
|6–1, 6–1, 5–7, 8–6|
|1919||US National Championships||Gerald Patterson|| Vincent Richards
|8–6, 6–3, 4–6, 4–6, 6–2|
|1924||Australian Championships||James Anderson|| Pat O'Hara Wood
|6–2, 6–4, 6–3|
- Norman Brookes at Australian Open Tennis. Quote: "Brookes was the first left-handed player ever to claim the coveted grass court title."
- Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 35.
- "Surrey County Championships – Brookes Wins Singles". The Age. 25 May 1914.
- "Saints – True Sportsmen Pt. 1 – Sir Norman Brookes". St Kilda Football Club. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
- "It's an Honour". Australian Government. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
- "Australian Open – Trophy Tour". Tennis Australia.
- "Caricature of Sir Norman Brookes, tennis player". Australian Stamp.
- ADB biography
- W. H. Frederick, 'Brookes, Sir Norman Everard (1877–1968)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, Melbourne University Press, 1979, pp 427–428.
- Dame Mabel Brookes, Memoires (Macmillan, 1974)
- International Tennis Hall of Fame
- Norman Brookes at the Davis Cup