George Worthington (tennis)

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George Worthington
Full nameGeorge Allan Worthington
Country (sports)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Born(1928-10-10)10 October 1928
Sydney, Australia
Died8 December 1964(1964-12-08) (aged 36)
Westminster, London
Turned pro1956 (amateur from 1945)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record319-115 (73.5%) [1]
Career titles25 [1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1949, 1950, 1951, 1954)
French Open 3R (1950, 1955)
Wimbledon 4R (1949, 1953)
US Open 3R (1950)
Professional majors
Wembley Pro QF (1957)
French Pro 1R (1958, 1959)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1947)
Wimbledon SF (1955)
US Open F (1949)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1951, 1952, 1955)
Wimbledon SF (1949, 1950, 1953)

George Allan Worthington (10 October 1928 – 8 December 1964) was an Australian male tennis player who was active in the 1940s and 1950s.



Worthington won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Championships in 1951, 1952 and 1953 together with Thelma Coyne Long. [2] [3]

He was twice runner-up with compatriot Frank Sedgman in Grand Slam men's doubles championship. In 1947 they lost the final of the Australian Championship against Adrian Quist and John Bromwich in straight sets and in 1949 in the U.S. National Championship they met the same fate against fellow Australians John Bromwich and Bill Sidwell. [4] [5]

He won a number of career singles titles including the British Pro Championships six times consecutively from 1957 to 1962, the Slazenger Pro Championships two times, (1957, 1962), the Sydney Metropolitan Championships three times, (1950, 1953-54), and the Surrey Championships one time, (1953), the East of England Championships one time, (1949) and the New Zealand Championships one time, (1950). [6]

After his active playing career he became coach at the All-England Lawn Tennis Club and coached both the English Davis Cup team and Wightman Cup team. [7]

According to Ken Rosewall, he was "an excellent player in practice. He was known as the 'Champion of Practice'". [8]

Grand Slam finals

Doubles (2 runner-ups)

Loss1947 Australian Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Sedgman Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adrian Quist
Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Bromwich
1–6, 3–6, 1–6
Loss1949 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Sedgman Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Bromwich
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bill Sidwell
4–6, 0–6, 1–6

Mixed doubles (3 titles)

Win1951 Australian Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Thelma Coyne Long Flag of Australia (converted).svg Clare Proctor
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jack May
6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Win1952 Australian Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Thelma Coyne Long Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gwen Thiele
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Warhurst
9–7, 7–5
Win1955 Australian Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Thelma Coyne Long Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jenny Staley
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lew Hoad
6–2, 6–1

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