17 December 1895|
|Died||13 June 1967
|Turned pro||1914 (amateur tour)|
|Plays||Right-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1989 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1919, A. Wallis Myers)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1927)|
|French Open||4R (1928)|
|Wimbledon||W (1919, 1922)|
|US Open||SF (1922, 1924)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1914, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1927)|
|Wimbledon||F (1922, 1926)|
|US Open||W (1919)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
Gerald Leighton Patterson MC (17 December 1895 – 13 June 1967) was an Australian male tennis player who was active in the decade following World War I. During his career he won three Grand Slam tournaments in the singles event as well as six titles in the doubles competition. He was born in Melbourne, educated at Scotch College and Trinity Grammar School and died in Melbourne on 13 June 1967. He was the co-World No. 1 player for 1919 along with Bill Johnston.
Tall and well-built, Gerald Patterson played a strong serve-and-volley game that won him three major singles. Patterson was known as the "Human Catapult" for his powerful serve that many of the top players had trouble returning. He also enjoyed great success representing Australia in Davis Cup and amassed a 32–14 win–loss record (singles 21–10, doubles 11–4) and was part of the winning team in 1919. Patterson played Davis Cup in 1920, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1928 and finally as captain in 1946. He was a player ahead of his time, playing with a steel racquet strung with wire in 1925.
He was inducted into the Sport Australia Home of Fame in December 1986. This was followed by induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in August 1997.
Patterson was the nephew of Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba and father of racing driver Bill Patterson. Patterson was awarded the Military Cross for bravery as an officer in Royal Field Artillery in 1917 at Messines.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 7 (3 titles, 4 runners-up)
|Result||Year||Tournament||Opponent in final||Score|
|Runner-up||1914||Australasian Championships||Arthur O'Hara Wood||4–6, 3–6, 7–5, 1–6|
|Winner||1919||Wimbledon||Norman Brookes||6–3, 7–5, 6–2|
|Runner-up||1920||Wimbledon||Bill Tilden||6–2, 2–6, 3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||1922||Australasian Championships||James Anderson||0–6, 6–3, 6–3, 3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||1922||Wimbledon||Randolph Lycett||6–3, 6–4, 6–2|
|Runner-up||1925||Australasian Championships||James Anderson||9–11, 6–2, 2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||1927||Australian Championships||John Hawkes||3–6, 6–4, 3–6, 18–16, 6–3|
Doubles: 14 (6 titles, 8 runners-up)
Mixed doubles: 1 (1 title)
|Result||Year||Tournament||Partner||Opponents in final||Score|
|Winner||1920||Wimbledon||Suzanne Lenglen|| Elizabeth Ryan
- United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 422.
- "Gerald Leighton Patterson". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 19 January 2010.
- Virginia O'Farrell. "Patterson, Gerald Leighton (1895–1967)". Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition.
- "The Unofficial Sister School" (pdf). The Trinity Grammarian 28 (2): 4. July 2013.
- "Hall of Fame – Gerald Patterson – Tennis". Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
- "Australian Tennis Hall of Fame". Tennis Australia.
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- Gerald Patterson at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
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- Australian Dictionary of Biography article