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Triumph and Disaster: The Real Story of John Bromwich

John Bromwich played the most unusual game of any Australian champion in 100 years of top-class tennis. World champion Fred Perry said that unless he changed his double-handed style he would never “reach the top of the tree”. Not even Adrian Quist, his long-time doubles partner, was sure whether he was right- or left-handed. Bromwich listened politely to the doubters, but employed his own methods.

By the age of 17 he was representing Australia. At 20, in 1939, he won the vital fifth rubber to bring the Davis Cup to Australia for the first time. As a young Australian champion he was ranked second in the world behind Bobby Riggs. War service suspended his rapid rise; a knuckle-breaking bullet wound to the left hand almost ended his career; but he fought his way back to the top, only to miss the 1948 Wimbledon crown by a whisker. He helped Australia regain the Davis Cup in 1950, and was an inspiration to many in the post-war Golden Era of Australian tennis.
Publication Details
Name of Publisher: Australian Scholarly Publishing
Place of Publication: North Melbourne, Vic.
Resource Type: Monograph
ISBN: 9781740971836
Publication Year: 2007
Publication Frequency: Other
Subject Covered: Recreational & performing arts (includes sport)