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Eric William Sturgess (10 May 1920 – 14 January 2004) was a South African male tennis player and winner of six Grand Slam doubles titles. He also reached the singles final of a Grand Slam tournament three times but never won. Sturgess was ranked World No. 6 by John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
in both 1948 and 1949.[1][2]

Contents

1 Biography 2 Grand Slam finals

2.1 Singles (3 runner-ups) 2.2 Doubles (1 title, 5 runner-ups) 2.3 Mixed doubles (5 titles, 2 runner-ups)

3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Eric Sturgess was born in Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa
where he attended Parktown Boys' High School.[3] Sturgess joined the South African
South African
Air Force on the outbreak of World War II
World War II
and became an instructor with No 4 Spitfire Squadron, SAAF. In October 1944 he was shot down by anti-aircraft fire, captured on landing and sent to the air force officers' prison camp, Stalag Luft III, in eastern Germany. In January 1945 he was transported to Stalag IIIA at Luckenwalde
Luckenwalde
which was liberated two months later by the advancing Russian forces.[3] He reached the singles final of the 1947 and 1951 French Championships but lost to Hungarian József Asbóth (6–8, 5–7, 4–6) and Jaroslav Drobný
Jaroslav Drobný
(6–3, 6–3, 6–3) respectively. In 1947 he won the doubles competition with countryman Eustace Fannin. In 1948 he reached the singles final at the U.S. National Championships but lost to American Pancho Gonzales.[4] In 1947 and 1948 he won the British Hard Court Championships played in Bournemouth. He won the first three Swedish Open tournaments (1948, 1949, 1950), played in Båstad. Sturgess won a record 11 singles titles at the South African
South African
Championships between 1939 and 1957. By the end of his career Sturgess had reached fifteen Grand Slam finals (three in singles, six in doubles and six in mixed doubles). He won four titles (the 1947 French Championships
French Championships
doubles title, the 1949 French Championships
French Championships
mixed doubles title and the 1949 and 1950 Wimbledon mixed doubles title).[4] He represented South Africa
South Africa
in the Davis Cup
Davis Cup
competition in six ties, compiling a 13–5 record in singles and doubles.[5] Grand Slam finals[edit] Singles (3 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score

Runner-up 1947 French Championships Clay Jozsef Asboth 6–8, 5–7, 4–6

Runner-up 1948 U.S. National Championships Grass Pancho Gonzales 2–6, 3–6, 12–14

Runner-up 1951 French Championships Clay Jaroslav Drobný 3–6, 3–6, 3–6

Doubles (1 title, 5 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Winner 1947 French Championships Clay Eustace Fannin Tom Brown Bill Sidwell 6–4, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3

Runner-up 1949 French Championships Clay Eustace Fannin Pancho Gonzales Frank Parker 3–6, 6–8, 7–5, 3–6

Runner-up 1950 Australian Championships Grass Jaroslav Drobný John Bromwich Adrian Quist 3–6, 7–5, 6–4, 3–6, 6–8

Runner-up 1950 French Championships Clay Jaroslav Drobný Bill Talbert Tony Trabert 2–6, 6–1, 8–10, 2–6

Runner-up 1951 Wimbledon Grass Jaroslav Drobný Ken McGregor Frank Sedgman 6–3, 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6

Runner-up 1952 Wimbledon Grass Vic Seixas Ken McGregor Frank Sedgman 3–6, 5–7, 4–6

Mixed doubles (5 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Winner 1947 French Championships Clay Sheila Piercey Summers Jadwiga Jędrzejowska Christian Caralulis 6–0, 6–0

Winner 1949 French Championships Clay Sheila Piercey Summers Jean Quertier Gerry Oakley 6–1, 6–1

Winner 1949 Wimbledon Grass Sheila Piercey Summers Louise Brough John Bromwich 9–7, 9–11, 7–5

Winner 1949 U.S. National Championships Grass Louise Brough Margaret Osborne duPont Bill Talbert 4–6, 6–3, 7–5

Runner-up 1950 Australian Championships Grass Joyce Fitch Doris Hart Frank Sedgman 6–8, 4–6

Winner 1950 Wimbledon Grass Louise Brough Pat Canning Todd Geoff Brown 11–9, 1–6, 6–4

Runner-up 1952 French Championships Clay Shirley Fry Doris Hart Frank Sedgman 8–6, 3–6, 3–6

References[edit]

^ a b United States
United States
Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 426. ^ "Richard Gonzalez World's No. 1: Amateur Lawn Tennis Rankings", The Sunday Indian Express, 18th November 1949. ^ a b "Obituaries – Eric Sturgess". Telegraph. 5 February 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2012.  ^ a b Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 373, 387, 400, 436, 460. ISBN 978-0942257700.  ^ " Davis Cup
Davis Cup
– Player Profile". International Tennis Federation (ITF). 

External links[edit]

Eric Sturgess at the Association of Tennis Professionals Eric Sturgess at the International Tennis Federation Eric Sturgess at the Davis Cup Telegraph obituary

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French Championships
French Championships
men's doubles champions

(1891) B. Desjoyau / T. Legrand (1892) Diaz Albertini / J. Havet (1893) J. Goldsmith / Jean Schopfer (1894) Gérard Brosselin / J. Lesage (1895) André Vacherot / Christian Winzer (1896) Francky Wardan / Wynes (1897) Paul Aymé / Paul Lebreton (1898) Xenophon Casdagli / Michel Vacherot (1899) Paul Aymé / Paul Lebreton (1900) Paul Aymé / Paul Lebreton (1901) André Vacherot / Michel Vacherot (1902) Max Decugis
Max Decugis
/ Jacques Worth (1903) Max Decugis
Max Decugis
/ Jacques Worth (1904) Max Decugis
Max Decugis
/ Maurice Germot (1905) Max Decugis
Max Decugis
/ Jacques Worth (1906) Max Decugis
Max Decugis
/ Maurice Germot (1907) Max Decugis
Max Decugis
/ Maurice Germot (1908) Max Decugis
Max Decugis
/ Maurice Germot (1909) Max Decugis
Max Decugis
/ Maurice Germot (1910) Max Decugis
Max Decugis
/ Maurice Germot (1911) Max Decugis
Max Decugis
/ Maurice Germot (1912) Max Decugis
Max Decugis
/ Maurice Germot (1913) Max Decugis
Max Decugis
/ Maurice Germot (1914) Max Decugis
Max Decugis
/ Maurice Germot (1915 – 1919) No competition (due to World War I) (1920) Max Decugis
Max Decugis
/ Maurice Germot (1921) André Gobert
André Gobert
/ William Laurentz (1922) Jacques Brugnon
Jacques Brugnon
/ Marcel Dupont (1923) Jean-François Blanchy / Jean Samazeuilh (1924) Jean Borotra
Jean Borotra
/ René Lacoste (1925) Jean Borotra
Jean Borotra
/ René Lacoste (1926) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ Howard Kinsey (1927) Henri Cochet
Henri Cochet
/ Jacques Brugnon (1928) Jean Borotra
Jean Borotra
/ Jacques Brugnon (1929) René Lacoste
René Lacoste
/ Jean Borotra (1930) Henri Cochet
Henri Cochet
/ Jacques Brugnon (1931) George Lott / John Van Ryn (1932) Henri Cochet
Henri Cochet
/ Jacques Brugnon (1933) Pat Hughes / Fred Perry (1934) Jean Borotra
Jean Borotra
/ Jacques Brugnon (1935) Jack Crawford / Adrian Quist (1936) Jean Borotra
Jean Borotra
/ Marcel Bernard (1937) Gottfried von Cramm
Gottfried von Cramm
/ Henner Henkel (1938) Bernard Destremau
Bernard Destremau
/ Yvon Petra (1939) Don McNeill / Charles Harris (1940-1945) No competition (due to World War II) (1946) Marcel Bernard / Yvon Petra (1947) Eustace Fannin / Eric Sturgess (1948) Lennart Bergelin
Lennart Bergelin
/ Jaroslav Drobný (1949) Pancho Gonzales
Pancho Gonzales
/ Frank Parker (1950) Bill Talbert / Tony Trabert (1951) Ken McGregor
Ken McGregor
/ Frank Sedgman (1952) Ken McGregor
Ken McGregor
/ Frank Sedgman (1953) Lew Hoad
Lew Hoad
/ Ken Rosewall (1954) Vic Seixas
Vic Seixas
/ Tony Trabert (1955) Vic Seixas
Vic Seixas
/ Tony Trabert (1956) Don Candy / Bob Perry (1957) Malcolm Anderson
Malcolm Anderson
/ Ashley Cooper (1958) Ashley Cooper / Neale Fraser (1959) Nicola Pietrangeli
Nicola Pietrangeli
/ Orlando Sirola (1960) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Neale Fraser (1961) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Rod Laver (1962) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Neale Fraser (1963) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Manuel Santana (1964) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Ken Fletcher (1965) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Fred Stolle (1966) Clark Graebner / Dennis Ralston (1967) John Newcombe
John Newcombe
/ Tony Roche

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French Championships
French Championships
mixed doubles champions

(1902) Helene Prevost / Réginald Forbes (1903) Helene Prevost / Réginald Forbes (1904) Kate Gillou / Max Decugis (1905) Yvonne de Pfooffel / Max Decugis (1906) Yvonne de Pfooffel / Max Decugis (1907) A. Péan / Robert Wallet (1908) Kate Gillou / Max Decugis (1909) Jeanne Matthey
Jeanne Matthey
/ Max Decugis (1910) Marguerite Mény / Édouard Mény de Marangue (1911) Marguerite Broquedis
Marguerite Broquedis
/ Andre Gobert (1912) Daisy Speranza / William Laurentz (1913) Daisy Speranza / William Laurentz (1914) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Max Decugis (1915–1919) No competition (due to World War I) (1920) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Max Decugis (1921) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Jacques Brugnon (1922) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Jacques Brugnon (1923) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Jacques Brugnon (1924) Marguerite Broquedis
Marguerite Broquedis
/ Jean Borotra (1925) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Jacques Brugnon (1926) Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
/ Jacques Brugnon (1927) Marguerite Broquedis
Marguerite Broquedis
Bordes / Jean Borotra (1928) Eileen Bennett / Henri Cochet (1929) Eileen Bennett / Henri Cochet (1930) Cilly Aussem
Cilly Aussem
/ Bill Tilden (1931) Betty Nuthall
Betty Nuthall
/ Pat Spence (1932) Betty Nuthall
Betty Nuthall
/ Fred Perry (1933) Margaret Scriven
Margaret Scriven
/ Jack Crawford (1934) Colette Rosambert / Jean Borotra (1935) Lolette Payot / Marcel Bernard (1936) Billie Yorke / Marcel Bernard (1937) Simonne Mathieu
Simonne Mathieu
/ Yvon Petra (1938) Simonne Mathieu
Simonne Mathieu
/ Dragutin Mitić (1939) Sarah Palfrey Fabyan / Elwood Cooke (1940–1945) No competition (due to World War II) (1946) Pauline Betz
Pauline Betz
/ Budge Patty (1947) Sheila Piercey / Eric Sturgess (1948) Patricia Canning Todd / Jaroslav Drobný (1949) Sheila Piercey / Eric Sturgess (1950) Barbara Scofield / Enrique Morea (1951) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Frank Sedgman (1952) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Frank Sedgman (1953) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Vic Seixas (1954) Maureen Connolly
Maureen Connolly
/ Lew Hoad (1955) Darlene Hard / Gordon Forbes (1956) Thelma Coyne Long
Thelma Coyne Long
/ Luis Ayala (1957) Věra Pužejová / Jiří Javorský (1958) Shirley Bloomer / Nicola Pietrangeli (1959) Yola Ramírez Ochoa / William Knight (1960) Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
/ Robert Howe (1961) Darlene Hard / Rod Laver (1962) Renée Schuurman / Robert Howe (1963) Margaret Smith / Ken Fletcher (1964) Margaret Smith / Ken Fletcher (1965) Margaret Smith / Ken Fletcher (1966) Annette Van Zyl
Annette Van Zyl
/ Frew McMillan (1967) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Owen Davidson

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Pre Open Era Wimbledon mixed doubles champions

1913: Hope Crisp / Agnes Tuckey 1914: James Parke / Ethel Thomson Larcombe 1915–18: No competition (due to World War I) 1919: Randolph Lycett / Elizabeth Ryan 1920: Gerald Patterson
Gerald Patterson
/ Suzanne Lenglen 1921: Randolph Lycett / Elizabeth Ryan 1922: Pat O'Hara Wood
Pat O'Hara Wood
/ Suzanne Lenglen 1923: Randolph Lycett / Elizabeth Ryan 1924: John Gilbert / Kathleen McKane Godfree 1925: Jean Borotra
Jean Borotra
/ Suzanne Lenglen 1926: Leslie Godfree / Kathleen McKane Godfree 1927: Francis Hunter
Francis Hunter
/ Elizabeth Ryan 1928: Patrick Spence
Patrick Spence
/ Elizabeth Ryan 1929: Frank Hunter / Helen Wills 1930: Jack Crawford / Elizabeth Ryan 1931: George Lott / Anna McCune Harper 1932: Enrique Maier
Enrique Maier
/ Elizabeth Ryan 1933: Gottfried von Cramm
Gottfried von Cramm
/ Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling 1934: Ryuki Miki
Ryuki Miki
/ Dorothy Round Little 1935: Fred Perry
Fred Perry
/ Dorothy Round Little 1936: Fred Perry
Fred Perry
/ Dorothy Round Little 1937: Don Budge
Don Budge
/ Alice Marble 1938: Don Budge
Don Budge
/ Alice Marble 1939: Bobby Riggs
Bobby Riggs
/ Alice Marble 1940–45: No competition (due to World War II) 1946: Tom Brown / Louise Brough
Louise Brough
Clapp 1947: John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Louise Brough
Louise Brough
Clapp 1948: John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Louise Brough
Louise Brough
Clapp 1949: Eric Sturgess / Sheila Piercey Summers 1950: Eric Sturgess / Louise Brough
Louise Brough
Clapp 1951: Frank Sedgman
Frank Sedgman
/ Doris Hart 1952: Frank Sedgman
Frank Sedgman
/ Doris Hart 1953: Vic Seixas
Vic Seixas
/ Doris Hart 1954: Vic Seixas
Vic Seixas
/ Doris Hart 1955: Vic Seixas
Vic Seixas
/ Doris Hart 1956: Vic Seixas
Vic Seixas
/ Shirley Fry
Shirley Fry
Irvin 1957: Mervyn Rose
Mervyn Rose
/ Darlene Hard 1958: Robert Howe / Lorraine Coghlan Robinson 1959: Rod Laver
Rod Laver
/ Darlene Hard 1960: Rod Laver
Rod Laver
/ Darlene Hard 1961: Fred Stolle / Lesley Turner Bowrey 1962: Neale Fraser
Neale Fraser
/ Margaret Osborne duPont 1963: Ken Fletcher
Ken Fletcher
/ Margaret Smith 1964: Fred Stolle / Lesley Turner Bowrey 1965: Ken Fletcher
Ken Fletcher
/ Margaret Smith 1966: Ken Fletcher
Ken Fletcher
/ Margaret Smith 1967: Owen Davidson
Owen Davidson
/ Bill

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