Mal Anderson (1972)
3 March 1935 |
|Turned pro||1958 (amateur tour from 1952)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||2000 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 2 (1957, Adrian Quist)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||F (1958, 1972)|
|French Open||2R (1957)|
|Wimbledon||QF (1956, 1958)|
|US Open||W (1957)|
|US Pro||QF (1959, 1965, 1966)|
|Wembley Pro||W (1959)|
|French Pro||SF (1962, 1965)|
A right-hander, Anderson started playing tennis when he was 8 and became serious about the sport at 16.
In 1957, Anderson won the US Championships as an unseeded player. Earlier that year, Anderson had reached the semifinals of the Australian Championships and won the French Championship doubles, partnering with Ashley Cooper, the man he went on to defeat in the 1957 US Championships final.
In 1958, Anderson was a finalist at both the Australian Championships and US Championships, losing both times to Cooper. Anderson turned professional in late 1958 and went on to win the Wembley Championship in 1959, with a thrilling 5-set victory over former 3-time US Pro champion, Pancho Segura. Anderson did not appear in another major final until 1972, when at age 36, he was a finalist at the Australian Open, losing to Ken Rosewall. In 1973, he captured the Australian Open doubles title along with John Newcombe.
Anderson played on four Australian Davis Cup teams, in 1957, 1958, 1972 and 1973, the team winning twice (1957 and 1973).
Grand Slam finals (8)
Singles (1 title, 3 runner-ups)
|Winner||1957||US Championships||Grass||Ashley Cooper||10–8, 7–5, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1958||Australian Championships||Grass||Ashley Cooper||5–7, 3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||1958||US Championships||Grass||Ashley Cooper||2–6, 6–3, 6–4, 8–10, 6–8|
|Runner-up||1972||Australian Open||Grass||Ken Rosewall||6–7(2–7), 3–6, 5–7|
Men's doubles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||1957||Australian Championships||Grass||Ashley Cooper|| Lew Hoad
|3–6, 6–8, 4–6|
|Winner||1957||French Championships||Grass||Ashley Cooper|| Don Candy
|6–3, 6–0, 6–3|
|Winner||1973||Australian Open||Grass||John Newcombe|| John Alexander
|6–3, 6–4, 7–6|
Mixed doubles (1 titles)
|Winner||1957||Australian Championships||Grass||Fay Muller|| Jill Langley
|7–5, 3–6, 6–1|
Pro Slam finals (1 title)
|Winner||1959||Wembley Pro||Indoor||Pancho Segura||4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 8–6|
In 2009 he was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.
- "Times Have Changed, Says Adrian Quist", The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 October 1957.
- "Former Champ Martina Honoured", New Straits Times, 27 January 2000.
- "Malcolm James Anderson MBE(C)". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Malcolm Anderson - Player profiles". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
- "Malcolm James Anderson". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Mr Mal Anderson MBE". Queensland Sport Hall of Fame. qsport.org.au. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- Mal Anderson at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
- Mal Anderson at the Davis Cup
- Mal Anderson at the International Tennis Federation
- Mal Anderson at the Association of Tennis Professionals