Jack Crawford, champion

Title:
Jack Crawford, champion
NFSA ID:
69975
Year:
1933
Courtesy:
Cinesound Movietone Productions
Category:
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In 1933 Australian Jack Crawford was the World Number 1 men’s tennis player having won the Australian Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon but fell short of being the first player to win the Grand Slam when he was beaten by Fred Perry in five sets at the US Championships. American Don Budge accomplished the feat for the first time in 1938.

Crawford’s game was not particularly fast or powerful but relied on technical skill and accuracy with excellent anticipation of his opponent’s strokes. If the match was particularly tense,  he was also known for taking shots of whiskey during breaks.

 

Production company:
Cinesound Movietone Productions