|Born||1 January 1919|
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)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
Eustace Fannin (born 1 January 1919) is a retired South African male tennis player. He was educated at Hilton College.
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|Winner||1947||French Championships||Clay||6–4, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|Runner-up||1949||French Championships||Clay||3–6, 6–8, 7–5, 3–6|
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