Owen Davidson

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Owen Davidson
Country  Australia
Born (1943-10-04) 4 October 1943 (age 71)
Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1969 (amateur tour from 1962)
Retired 1974
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 2010 (member page)
Singles
Career record 115–116
Highest ranking No. 8 (1967, NY Times)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967)
French Open QF (1967)
Wimbledon SF (1966)
US Open QF (1966, 1967)
Professional majors
US Pro SF (1967)
Doubles
Career record 127–65
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1972)
French Open F (1967)
Wimbledon F (1966)
US Open W (1973)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1967)
French Open W (1967)
Wimbledon W (1967, 1971, 1973, 1974)
US Open W (1966, 1967, 1971, 1973)

Owen K. Davidson (born 4 October 1943 in Melbourne) was a professional tennis player of the 1960s and 1970s.

Partnering Billie Jean King, Davidson won eight grand slam mixed doubles titles. In 1967 he won a calendar year slam for mixed doubles, when he won the Australian Championships (with Lesley Turner Bowrey), and the French Championships, Wimbledon and the US Championships (with King).

His best grand slam singles result was at Wimbledon in 1966, when he reached the semifinals. He is also the 1972 Australian Open and the 1973 US Open men's doubles champion, partnering John Newcombe and Ken Rosewall. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 2010. He was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame at the Rod Laver Arena Melbourne on 26 January 2011 (Australia Day).

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Men's doubles: 6 (2–4)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1966 Wimbledon Australia Bill Bowrey Australia Ken Fletcher
Australia John Newcombe
3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 1967 Australian Championships Australia Bill Bowrey Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
6–3, 3–6, 5–7, 8–6, 6–8
Runner-up 1967 US Championships Australia Bill Bowrey Australia John Newcombe
Australia Tony Roche
8–6, 7–9, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 1972 Australian Open Australia Ken Rosewall Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
3–6, 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1972 US Open (2) Australia John Newcombe South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
4–6, 6–7, 3–6
Winner 1973 US Open Australia John Newcombe Australia Rod Laver
Australia Ken Rosewall
7–5, 2–6, 7–5, 7–5

Mixed doubles: 12 (11–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1965 Australian Championships Australia Robyn Ebbern Australia Margaret Court
Australia John Newcombe
shared championship, final not played
Winner 1966 US Championships United States Donna Floyd Fales United States Carol Hanks Aucamp
United States Ed Rubinoff
6–1, 6–3
Winner 1967 Australian Championships (2) Australia Lesley Turner Bowrey Australia Judy Tegart Dalton
Australia Tony Roche
9–7, 6–4
Winner 1967 French Championships United States Billie Jean King United Kingdom Ann Haydon-Jones
Romania Ion Ţiriac
6–3, 6–1
Winner 1967 Wimbledon[2] United States Billie Jean King Brazil Maria Bueno
Australia Ken Fletcher
7–5, 6–2
Winner 1967 US Championships (2) United States Billie Jean King United States Rosemary Casals
United States Stan Smith
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1968 French Open United States Billie Jean King France Françoise Dürr
France Jean-Claude Barclay
1–6, 4–6
Winner 1971 Wimbledon (2) United States Billie Jean King Australia Margaret Court
United States Marty Riessen
3–6, 6–2, 15–13
Winner 1971 US Open (3) United States Billie Jean King South Africa Bob Maud
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–3, 7–5
Winner 1973 Wimbledon (3) United States Billie Jean King United States Janet Newberry
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 6–2
Winner 1973 US Open (4) United States Billie Jean King Australia Margaret Court
United States Marty Riessen
6–3, 3–6, 7–6
Winner 1974 Wimbledon (4) United States Billie Jean King United Kingdom Lesley Charles
United Kingdom Mark Farrell
6–3, 9–7

Open-era doubles titles (10)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1969 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Australia John Newcombe United States Pancho Gonzales
United States Dennis Ralston
7–5, 11–13, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 2. 1969 London/Queen's Club, England Grass United States Dennis Ralston Brazil Thomaz Koch
Sweden Ove Nils Bengtson
8–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 1970 Rome, Italy Clay Australia Bill Bowrey Romania Ilie Năstase
Romania Ion Ţiriac
6–0, 8–10, 3–6, 8–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 1970 Hilversum, Netherlands Hard Australia Bill Bowrey Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6–3, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 1970 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Australia Bob Carmichael United States Arthur Ashe
United States Stan Smith
0–6, 7–5, 5–7
Winner 4. 1971 Bournemouth, England Clay Australia Bill Bowrey Chile Patricio Cornejo
Chile Jaime Fillol
8–6, 6–2, 3–6, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 5. 1972 Australian Open, Melbourne Grass Australia Ken Rosewall Australia Ross Case
Australia Geoff Masters
3–6, 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 1972 US Open, New York Grass Australia John Newcombe South Africa Cliff Drysdale
United Kingdom Roger Taylor
4–6, 6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 1973 Montreal, Canada Hard Australia John Newcombe Australia Rod Laver
Australia Ken Rosewall
5–7, 6–7
Winner 6. 1973 US Open, New York Grass Australia John Newcombe Australia Roy Emerson
Australia Rod Laver
7–5, 2–6, 7–5, 7–5
Winner 7. 1973 Chicago, US Carpet Australia John Newcombe United Kingdom Gerald Battrick
United Kingdom Graham Stilwell
6–7, 7–6, 7–6
Runner-up 5. 1973 Fort Worth, US Hard Australia John Newcombe United States Brian Gottfried
United States Dick Stockton
6–7, 4–6
Winner 8. 1973 London Carpet United Kingdom Mark Cox United Kingdom Gerald Battrick
United Kingdom Graham Stilwell
6–4, 8–6
Runner-up 6. 1974 Baltimore, US Carpet United States Clark Graebner West Germany Jürgen Fassbender
West Germany Karl Meiler
6–7, 5–7
Winner 9. 1974 St. Petersburg WCT, US Hard Australia John Newcombe United States Clark Graebner
United States Charlie Pasarell
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 1974 New Orleans WCT, US Australia John Newcombe United States Robert Lutz
United States Stan Smith
6–4, 4–6, 6–7
Winner 10. 1974 Orlando WCT, US Hard Australia John Newcombe United States Brian Gottfried
United States Dick Stockton
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 1974 Charlotte, US Clay Australia John Newcombe United Kingdom Buster Mottram
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
3–6, 6–1, 3–6
Runner-up 9. 1974 World Doubles WCT, Montreal Carpet Australia John Newcombe South Africa Bob Hewitt
South Africa Frew McMillan
2–6, 7–6, 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 10. 1974 Maui, US Hard Australia John Newcombe United States Dick Stockton
United States Roscoe Tanner
3–6, 6–7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mulligan, Emerson Lead World Tennis Standing ", New York Times, 21 May 1967.
  2. ^ The Championships, Wimbledon 2007 – Grand Slam Tennis – Official Site by IBM

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