Date Inducted: 24 Nov 1999
Sport: Tennis
Hall Of Fame

Ken McGregor - Tennis

Ken McGregor won the men's singles title at the Australian Championships (now known as the Australian Open) in 1952 at his third straight attempt. This furious serve and volleyer defeated his friend and doubles partner Frank Sedgman to claim the championship. McGregor was also a finalist at Wimbledon in 1951, losing to American Dick Savitt.

He and Sedgman, are generally considered to be one of the greatest men's doubles teams of all time. They won the first Grand Slam in men's doubles in 1951, and they won three of the "big four" the following year winning the first three titles and only losing the US Open in the final.

A surprise selection to play singles in the 1950 Davis Cup tie against the Americans, McGregor won the opening match defeating Ted Schroeder in a major upset on the first day, leading the Australians to victory and ending the Americans' four-year possession of the Cup.

He also played in the triumphant 1952 Challenge Round team in Adelaide, beating American Tony Trabert in a singles and winning the doubles with Sedgman.

At the end of 1952, Jack Kramer encouraged both Sedgman and McGregor to turn professional. McGregor was a fine all-round athlete, excelling in cricket, Australian football, and tennis. At 6'3", he had a powerful serve and overhead. The great Ellsworth Vines said of McGregor: "He was the same height as Pancho Gonzales, faster, moved as well and could jump higher, and once he got to the net he was difficult to pass because of his prehensile reach. The handsome Aussie had the most extraordinary overhead of all time."

He was a top 10 singles player in 1950/52 reaching as high as world number three in 1952.

In 1999, McGregor was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. He was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2000.

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