Rodney Heath

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Rodney Heath
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Full name Rodney Wilfred Heath
Country  Australia
Born 15 June 1884
Edgbaston, Great Britain
Died 26[1] October 1936 (aged 52)
Melbourne, Australia
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Highest ranking No. 8 (1911, Karoly Mazak)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1905, 1910)
French Open 1R (1925)
Wimbledon QF (1911)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1906, 1911)
Wimbledon F (1919)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1911)

Rodney Wilfred Heath (15 June 1884 – 26[1] October 1936) was an Australian male tennis player.


He was the second son of F. W. Heath who was the official timekeeper at the Victorian Racing Club and Victorian Amateur Turf Club. In June 1915 Heath left Australia to join the Royal Flying Corps in England and was promoted to the rank of major two years later.[3][4] In 1916 he was injured when he crash-landed his plane after flying into a snowstorm en route from England to France.[5]

Tennis career[edit]

Heath was the Men's Singles champion at the inaugural Australasian Championships in 1905 defeating Albert Curtis in four sets. He won again it five years later, in 1910, after a victory in the final against Horace Rice in three straight sets.[6][7][8]

In 1911 he played in the Davis Cup challenge round in New Zealand against the United States and defeated William Larned in four sets.[9]

In 1919 he reached the final of the Wimbledon Men's Doubles tournament with Randolph Lycett.

Grand Slam titles[edit]

Grand Slams finals[edit]


Titles (2)[edit]

Result Year Championship Opponent Score
Winner 1905 Australian Championships Australia Arthur Curtis 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 1910 Australian Championships Australia Horace Rice 6–4, 6–3, 6–2

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1906 Australian Championships Australia Anthony Wilding Australia Cecil C. Cox
Australia Harry Parker
6–2, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 1911 Australian Championships United Kingdom Randolph Lycett Australia John Addison
Australia Norman Brookes
6–2, 7–5, 6–0
Runner-up 1919 Wimbledon United Kingdom Randolph Lycett Australia Pat O'Hara-Wood
Australia Ron Thomas
4–6, 2–6, 6–4, 2–6


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 39.
  3. ^ "Death of MR. R. W. Heath.". The Argus (Melbourne: National Library of Australia). 27 October 1936. p. 9. 
  4. ^ "PERSONAL.". The Argus (Melbourne: National Library of Australia). 23 June 1915. p. 8. 
  5. ^ "Rod. Heath's Accident.". The Farmer & Settler (Sydney: National Library of Australia). 20 April 1916. p. 4. 
  6. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 355, 357, 692, 693. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  7. ^ "Inter-state Tennis. Australasian Championship.". The Age. 27 November 1905. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Player Profiles – Rodney Heath". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Davis Cup Player Profile – Rodney Heath". ITF. Retrieved 12 August 2012.