Eustace Fannin

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Eustace Fannin
Country (sports) Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg South Africa
Born (1919-01-01) 1 January 1919 (age 100)
Ixopo, South Africa
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 3R (1947)
Wimbledon 3R (1937, 1949)
US Open 1R (1949)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open W (1947)
Wimbledon QF (1947)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 4R (1947)

Eustace Fannin (born 1 January 1919) is a retired South African male tennis player. He was educated at Hilton College.

Tennis ball sport with racket and net

Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to maneuver the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.

Hilton College (South Africa)

Hilton College, more commonly referred to as Hilton, is a South African private boarding school for boys located near the town of Hilton in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and is situated on a 1,762 ha estate that includes a 550 ha wildlife reserve.


In 1947 he won the doubles title at the French Championships with compatriot Eric Sturgess defeating American Tom Brown and Australian Bill Sidwell in four sets. Two years later, in 1949, they again reached the doubles final but this time lost to the American team of Pancho Gonzales and Frank Parker in four sets. [1] [2]

Thomas P. Brown Jr., was one of the top amateur tennis players in the world in the 1940s and a consistent winner in veterans' and seniors' competitions. He was the son of Thomas P. Brown, a newspaper correspondent, later public relations director for a railroad, and Hilda Jane Fisher, who became a schoolteacher when Tom was a boy. Though born in Washington, D.C., Tom was considered a San Franciscan all his life, having been brought west by his parents at the age of two.

Oswald William Thomas Sidwell is an Australian former tennis player.

Pancho Gonzales American tennis player

Ricardo Alonso González, usually known as Pancho Gonzales, and sometimes as Richard Gonzales, was an American tennis player who has been rated one of the greatest in the history of the sport. He won 14 major singles titles and was the dominant professional of the 1950s; he still holds the men's all-time record of being ranked world No. 1 for eight years.

In 1947 he lost the final of the Netherlands Championships to Frenchman Henri Cochet.

Henri Cochet French tennis player

Henri Jean Cochet was a French tennis player. He was a world No. 1 ranked player, and a member of the famous "Four Musketeers" from France who dominated tennis in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Between 1937 and 1949 Fannin played seven times for the South African Davis Cup team and compiled a record of nine wins and seven losses. [3]

Davis Cup annual international team competition in mens tennis

The Davis Cup is the premier international team event in men's tennis. It is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is contested annually between teams from competing countries in a knock-out format. It is described by the organisers as the "World Cup of Tennis", and the winners are referred to as the World Champion team. The competition began in 1900 as a challenge between Great Britain and the United States. By 2016, 135 nations entered teams into the competition. The most successful countries over the history of the tournament are the United States and Australia. The present champions are Croatia, who beat France to win their second title in 2018.

Grand Slam finals

Doubles (1 title, 1 runner-ups)

Winner1947 French Championships Clay Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Eric Sturgess Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Tom Brown
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bill Sidwell
6–4, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up1949 French Championships Clay Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Eric Sturgess Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Pancho Gonzales
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frank Parker
3–6, 6–8, 7–5, 3–6

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  1. Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 400. ISBN   978-0942257700.
  2. "South Africans Cop Net Crown". The Windsor Daily Star . 28 July 1947 via Google News Archive.
  3. "Davis Cup – Player Profile". International Tennis Federation (ITF). Retrieved 10 February 2017.
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