Pat O'Hara Wood

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Pat O'Hara Wood
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Full nameHector O'Hara Wood
Country (sports)Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia
Born(1891-04-30)30 April 1891
Melbourne, Australia
Died3 December 1961(1961-12-03) (aged 70) [1]
Richmond, Australia
Turned pro1913 (amateur tour)
Retired1929
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record242–55 (81.4%) [2]
Career titles19 [3]
Highest rankingNo. 7 (1922, A. Wallis Myers ) [4]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1920, 1923)
Wimbledon QF (1919, 1922)
US Open 4R (1922)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1919, 1920, 1923, 1925)
F (1924, 1926, 1927)
Wimbledon W (1919)
F (1922)
US Open F (1922, 1924)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1922)
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (1922Ch, 1923Ch, 1924Ch)

Hector "Pat" O'Hara Wood (30 April 1891 – 3 December 1961) was an Australian tennis player.

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O'Hara Wood was born in St Kilda, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. He is best known for his two victories at the Australasian Championships (now the Australian Open) in 1920 and 1923. [5] Pat was quick around the court, had textbook groundstrokes, sharp volleys and a solid serve. [6] He died in 1961, aged seventy in Richmond, Australia. His brother Arthur O'Hara Wood (1890–1918) was also an Australian tennis player and won the 1914 Australasian Championships.

After attending Melbourne Grammar School, he entered Trinity College (University of Melbourne) in 1911, where he excelled at cricket as well as tennis, [7] leading the Trinity College team to a memorable victory against Ormond College in March 1911, where he made 167 not out. [8] In 1916, as a 23-year-old law student, he enlisted as an officer in the Australian Army. In 1919, as Captain Pat O'Hara-Wood, he and Bombardier Randolph Lycett won the doubles event at the Inter-Allied Games in Paris.

On 3 August 1923 he married Australian tennis player Meryl Waxman. [9] [10]

Grand Slams finals

Singles: 2 titles

ResultYearChampionshipSurfaceOpponentScore
Win 1920 Australasian Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ronald Thomas 6–3, 4–6, 6–8, 6–1, 6–3 [11]
Win 1923 Australasian Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bert St. John 6–1, 6–1, 6–3 [11]

Doubles: 11 (5 titles, 6 runners-up)

ResultYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Win 1919 Australasian Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ronald Thomas Flag of Australia (converted).svg James Anderson
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Arthur Lowe
7–5, 6–1, 7–9, 3–6, 6–3 [12]
Win 1919 Wimbledon Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ronald Thomas Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rodney Heath
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Randolph Lycett
6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 6–2 [13]
Win 1920 Australasian Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ronald Thomas Flag of Australia (converted).svg Horace Rice
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Roy Taylor
6–1, 6–0, 7–5 [14]
Loss 1922 Wimbledon Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gerald Patterson Flag of Australia (converted).svg James Anderson
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Randolph Lycett
6–3, 9–7, 4–6, 3–6, 9–11 [13]
Loss 1922 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gerald Patterson Flag of the United States.svg Vincent Richards
Flag of the United States.svg Bill Tilden
6–4, 1–6, 3–6, 4–6 [15]
Win 1923 Australasian Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bert St. John Flag of Australia (converted).svg Dudley Bullough
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Horace Rice
6–4, 6–3, 3–6, 6–0 [12]
Loss 1924 Australasian Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gerald Patterson Flag of Australia (converted).svg James Anderson
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Norman Brookes
2–6, 4–6, 3–6 [12]
Loss 1924 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gerald Patterson Flag of the United States.svg Howard Kinsey
Flag of the United States.svg Robert Kinsey
5–7, 7–5, 9–7, 3–6, 4–6 [15]
Win 1925 Australasian Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gerald Patterson Flag of Australia (converted).svg James Anderson
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Fred Kalms
6–4, 8–6, 7–5 [12]
Loss 1926 Australasian Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg James Anderson Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Hawkes
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gerald Patterson
1–6, 4–6, 2–6 [12]
Loss 1927 Australian Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ian McInnes Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Hawkes
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gerald Patterson
6–8, 2–6, 1–6 [12]

Mixed Doubles: 1 title

ResultYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Win 1922 Wimbledon Grass Flag of France.svg Suzanne Lenglen Flag of the United States.svg Elizabeth Ryan
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Randolph Lycett
6–4, 6–3 [16]

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References

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