This Is Your Life: Frank Sedgman

Title:
This Is Your Life: Frank Sedgman
NFSA ID:
32589
Year:
1979
Category:
Access fees

From 1948 to 1952 Frank Sedgman won 22 major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. With his doubles partner Ken McGregor, he won all four majors in 1951 and only just missed repeating the achievement in 1952 when they won the Australian, French and Wimbledon Championships but were runners-up in the US Championships.

Segman adopted the serve and volley game which had become the most popular style and was known for his speed at the net.

His career was caught in a time when tennis was becoming a professional sport, splitting from the amateur circuit. The ‘special wedding present’ referred to in this clip was a fundraising drive led by Harry Hopman to keep Segman as an amateur. Segman retained his amateur status for another year but turned professional in 1953, winning three more titles and was runner up on six occasions, mostly against his arch-rival, American, Pancho Gonzales.

Production company:
Lifetime Associates Pty Ltd