Stanley Doust

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Stan Doust
Full nameStanley Norwood Doust
Country (sports) Australia
Born(1878-03-29)29 March 1878
Sydney, Australia
Died13 December 1961(1961-12-13) (aged 83)
London, England
Height171 cm (5 ft 7+12 in)
Turned pro1904 (amateur tour)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CollegeNewington College
Career record266-120 (68.9%)[1]
Career titles17[1]
Highest rankingNo. 8 (1913, A. Wallis Myers)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenQF (1908)
WimbledonF (1913(AC))
Other tournaments
WHCC2R (1923)
WCCCSF (1920)
Grand Slam doubles results
WimbledonF (1909)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Wimbledon3R (1913, 1919)

Stanley Norwood Doust (29 March 1878 – 13 December 1961)[2] was an Australian-born tennis player who captained his nation's Davis Cup team and was winner of the Mixed Doubles Trophy at Wimbledon.[3]

Early years[edit]

Doust was born in Newtown, New South Wales,[3] the only son of Isaac Doust, landowner and property developer, and his wife Lucy Ellen (née Dunlop).[4] His elder sister was Edith Lucy Doust (1875–1947),[5] who married Harry Wolstenholme and was an early female graduate at the University of Sydney[6] and tennis player.[7] Living in Marrickville and Wyroolah Dulwich Hill, Doust was educated at Newington College commencing in 1887 at the age of eight.[8] On 18 August 1903, at the Presbyterian Church in Petersham, he married Dorothy Mary Storer.[9]

Tennis career[edit]

Doust played in the Australian Open in 1907 and 1908. In 1909 he played Wimbledon in doubles with Harry Parker. In 1913 he was defeated at Wimbledon by Maurice Evans McLoughlin.[10] in the same year he captained the Australian Davis Cup team that won against the United States team with McLoughlin in it.[3] His last major title win was the 1926 British Covered Court Championships mixed championship where he played with Joan Ridley.[3] In his obituary in The Times he is described as; "One of the last of the world's great 'dolly' servers and particularly nimble about the court, he was seen at his best in doubles matches ... he used a well-placed, low-bouncing service that forced his opponent to hit upwards while [he] moved in to volley."[3]

A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph ranked Doust as world No. 8 in 1913.[11]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles (1 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1909 Wimbledon Championships Grass New Zealand Harry Parker United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Arthur Gore
United Kingdom Herbert Roper Barrett
2–6, 1–6, 4–6

World War I[edit]

Doust served as a lieutenant during World War I.[12]


For 31 years from 1920, Doust was the lawn tennis correspondent for the Daily Mail.[3] He died in a London hospital aged 83.[3]


  1. ^ a b Garcia, Gabriel. "Stanley Doust: Career match record". Madrid: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ Tennis Archives Retrieved 6 August 2012
  3. ^ a b c d e f g The Times Obituaries Mr. Stanley N. Doust: Issue 55264, p. 19,14 December 1961
  4. ^ NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Martiages Retrieved 6 August 2012
  5. ^ Leichhardt Street Names Retrieved 6 August 2012
  6. ^ University of Sydney – Students in the early years Retrieved 6 August 2012
  7. ^ Prominent Women Tennis Players Retrieved 6 August 2012
  8. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 54
  9. ^ "Family Notices". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 5 September 1903. p. 8. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Mc'Loughlin Beats Doust at Tennis". New York Times. 2 July 1913. Retrieved 29 October 2010. Maurice E. McLoughlin of San Francisco, the United States lawn tennis champion, by defeating to-day in three straight sets Stanley N. Doust, the Australasian Davis Cup Captain, in the final round of the all-England lawn tennis singles championship tournament, won the right to challenge A. F. Wilding of New Zealand, the title holder, and the match will be played here on Friday.
  11. ^ United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 422.
  12. ^ Register of War Memorials in New South Wales – Newington College World War I Honour Roll Retrieved 6 August 2012

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