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Mal Anderson
MBE
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Mal Anderson (1972)
Country Australia
Born 3 March 1935 (1935-03-03) (age 86)
Theodore, Queensland
Turned pro 1958 (amateur tour from 1952)
Retired 1977
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 2000 (member page)
Singles
Career record 473-384 (55.1%)
Career titles 17
Highest ranking No. 2 (1957, Adrian Quist)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (1958, 1972)
French Open 2R (1957)
Wimbledon QF (1956, 1958)
US Open W (1957)
Other tournaments
Professional majors
US Pro QF (1959, 1965, 1966)
Wembley Pro W (1959)
French Pro SF (1962, 1965)
TOC QF (1959)
Doubles
Career record 53–28
Career titles 4

Malcolm James Anderson MBE (born 3 March 1935) is a former tennis player from Australia who was active from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. He won the singles title at the 1957 U.S. National Championships and achieved his highest ranking of No. 2 in 1957.

Background

A right-hander, Anderson started playing tennis when he was eight and became serious about the sport at 16.

Playing career

His two best seasons were 1957 and 1958 when, as an amateur, he twice achieved a ranking of world No. 2.

In 1957, Anderson won the US Championships as an unseeded player. Earlier that year, he had reached the semifinals of the Australian Championships and won the French Championship doubles, partnering with Ashley Cooper, the man he went on to defeat in the final of the 1957 US Championships.

In 1958, Anderson was a finalist at both the Australian Championships and US Championships, losing both times to Cooper. Anderson turned professional in late 1958 and went on to win the Wembley Championship in 1959, with a five-set victory over former three-time US Pro champion, Pancho Segura. Anderson did not appear in another major final until 1972, when at age 36, he was a finalist at the Australian Open, losing to Ken Rosewall. In 1973, he captured the Australian Open doubles title along with John Newcombe.

Anderson played on four Australian Davis Cup teams, in 1957, 1958, 1972 and 1973, the team winning twice (1957 and 1973).

On 3 June 1972, Anderson was named a Member of Order of the British Empire "in recognition of service to lawn tennis". On 6 January 2016, he was named as an Icon of Queensland Tennis, and induced into the Brisbane Tennis Trail, in December 2017, at Tennis Av. Park Tennis Av., Ashgrove, by the placement of a Park Bench in Tennis Av. Park in his honour.

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1957 U.S. Championships Grass Australia Ashley Cooper 10–8, 7–5, 6–4
Loss 1958 Australian Championships Grass Australia Ashley Cooper 5–7, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 1958 U.S. Championships Grass Australia Ashley Cooper 2–6, 6–3, 6–4, 8–10, 6–8
Loss 1972 Australian Open Grass Australia Ken Rosewall 6–7(2–7), 3–6, 5–7

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1957 Australian Championships Grass Australia Ashley Cooper Australia Lew Hoad
Australia Neale Fraser
3–6, 6–8, 4–6
Win 1957 French Championships Clay Australia Ashley Cooper Australia Don Candy
Australia Mervyn Rose
6–3, 6–0, 6–3
Win 1973 Australian Open Grass Australia John Newcombe Australia John Alexander
Australia Phil Dent
6–3, 6–4, 7–6

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 title)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1957 Australian Championships Grass Australia Fay Muller Australia Jill Langley
United Kingdom Billy Knight
7–5, 3–6, 6–1

Pro Slam finals: 1 (1 title)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1959 Wembley Pro Indoor Ecuador Pancho Segura 4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 8–6

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 SR
Australian Open 1R 3R QF SF F A A A A A A A A A A 3R 1R 2R F 2R A A 3R A 1R 0 / 13
French Open A A A 2R A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1
Wimbledon A 1R QF 4R QF A A A A A A A A A A 3R A A A A A A A A 0 / 5
US Open A 3R 1R W F A A A A A A A A A 3R A A A 3R A A A A A 1 / 6
Strike Rate 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 1 / 25

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

Honours

Anderson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000. On 23 August 2000, he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his achievements in tennis.

In 2001, Anderson was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame. In 2009 he was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.

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