kids encyclopedia robot

Brian Fairlie facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Brian Fairlie
Country  New Zealand
Born 13 June 1948 (1948-06-13) (age 73)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 1968 (amateur from 1966)
Retired 1979
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record 187–186 (Open era)
Career titles 2
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1976)
French Open 4R (1977)
Wimbledon 3R (1977, 1978)
US Open QF (1970)
Career record 174–156
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 27 (30 August 1977)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1977Dec, 1978)
French Open SF (1971)
Wimbledon 3R (1969, 1970, 1977)
US Open 2R (1972)

Brian Fairlie (born 13 June 1948), is a retired tennis player from New Zealand. During his career from 1968 to 1979, he won four titles in doubles, all with the Egyptian player Ismail El Shafei, and 10 singles titles in the Open era (and at least two more in 1967).

Playing career


Fairlie was the 1967 Boys' Singles champion of the Australian Championships.


Failie's best result in a Grand Slam was reaching the semi-finals of men's doubles at the French Open in 1971 with partner Frew McMillan. A year earlier, he reached the singles quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, losing to Tony Roche.

While his highest ATP singles ranking was World No. 24 (in September 1973), Fairlie was ranked inside the world's Top 20 in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In 1969, his first full year on the circuit, he upset former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion John Newcombe in the quarterfinals of the Heineken Open in Auckland. The tournament's website describes the atmosphere at the event that year: "There was wild excitement in a packed stadium when Kiwi Brian Fairlie pulled off an upset win over Newcombe in five hard-fought sets. When he went on to face Laver, the gates had to be closed against the huge crowds wanting to get in." In both 1975 and 1976, Fairlie reached the finals of this tournament, losing on both occasions to fellow New Zealander Onny Parun.

In 1976, Fairlie played in an Australian Open match notable for having the 13th oldest combined age in Grand Slam history. His age and the age of Frank Sedgman, his opponent, averaged 37 years, 10 months, and 9 days.

In winning the second of his two singles titles (in Manila, Philippines in 1976), he lost only one set during the entire tournament.

Davis Cup

From 1966 through 1979, he played in 48 Davis Cup matches for New Zealand, winning 13 in singles and seven in doubles.

Team Tennis

In 1974, the inaugural year of World Team Tennis, he became a member of the Philadelphia Freedoms; the team posted the league's best record for the year at 39–5.

Career finals

Singles (2 titles)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 1973 London WCT, England Hard (i) United Kingdom Mark Cox 2–6, 6–2, 6–3, 6–4
Win 2–0 1976 Manila, Philippines Hard Australia Ray Ruffels 7–5, 6–7, 7–6

Doubles (4 titles)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 1974 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Clay Egypt Ismail El Shafei Australia Geoff Masters
Australia Ross Case
7–6, 6–7, 7–6
Win 2–0 1976 Sydney, Australia Hard (i) Egypt Ismail El Shafei Australia Syd Ball
Australia Kim Warwick
7–5, 6–7, 7–6
Win 3–0 1977 Newport, U.S. Grass Egypt Ismail El Shafei United States Tim Gullikson
United States Tom Gullikson
6–7, 6–3, 7–6
Win 4–0 1978 Cairo, Egypt Clay Egypt Ismail El Shafei Argentina Lito Álvarez
United States George Hardie
6–3, 7–5, 6–2
kids search engine
Brian Fairlie Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.