Frank Sedgman

  • Age88
  • Born29 October 1927
  • Birth PlaceMont Albert, Victoria
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame1996
  • International Tennis Hall Of Fame1979

Singles champion
Australian 1949-50
Wimbledon 1952
United States 1951-52

Doubles champion
Australian 1951-52
French 1951-52
Wimbledon 1948, 1951-52
United States 1950-51

Mixed doubles champion
Australian 1949-50
French 1951-52
Wimbledon 1951-52
United States 1951-52

Davis Cup

Frank Sedgman took just five years to amass 22 major titles. Out of the 24 major trophies on offer in 1951 and 1952, Sedgman won 16 of them, including a doubles Grand Slam in 1951 with countryman Ken McGregor. Quick around the court, Sedgman was known for his athleticism, fitness and impeccable net play. An exponent of the serve-and-volley game, Sedgman was Australia’s first postwar Wimbledon champion, setting off the golden era of Australian dominance. He made his Davis Cup debut in 1949 and helped Australia to the final, where they lost 4-1 to the Americans. The following year, Sedgman and co. turned the tables, winning the Cup 4-1 in the US. Sedgman helped Australia to retain the Cup in 1951 and 1952 and finished with a 25-3 record, 16-3 in singles and 9-0 in doubles.

Frank Sedgman in the news

Legends react to postage stamp honour
Australian tennis legends (L-R) Neale Fraser, John Newcombe, Patrick Rafter, Pat Cash, Ashley Cooper, Fred Stolle, Ken Rosewall, Tony Roche and Frank Sedgman pose after being honoured on a postage stamp as recipients of the 2016 Australia Post Legends Award; Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images
10 February, 2016

The group of 11 Australian tennis legends who received the 2016 Australia Post Legends Award were thrilled with the honour of appearing on their own postage stamp.
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Aussie tennis legends immortalised on stamps
Ken Rosewall. Tennis Australia
10 February, 2016

Eleven Australian tennis legends will appear on their own postage stamp after becoming recipients of the 2016 Australia Post Legends Award.
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Sedgman opens up on career in new book
Frank Sedgman poses with his biography at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club; Fiona Hamilton
3 November, 2014

Australian tennis legend Frank Sedgman has spoken frankly about revered coach Harry Hopman and the backlash he received at turning pro in his new biography.
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Australians presented with Hall of Fame rings
Former Australian players with their International Tennis Hall of Fame rings. FIONA HAMILTON
31 January, 2013

Some of Australia's greatest ever tennis players have been presented with rings by the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
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