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Colin Long (tennis)

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Colin Long
Full nameColin Foster Long
Country (sports) Australia
Born3 March 1918
Melbourne, Australia
Died8 November 2009(2009-11-08) (aged 91)
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1947, 1948, 1949, 1950)
Wimbledon4R (1947)
US Open4R (1947)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1939, 1948)
WimbledonSF (1947)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1940, 1946, 1947, 1948)
WimbledonF (1947)

Colin Long (3 March 1918 – 8 November 2009) was an Australian tennis player. He had a notable mixed doubles partnership with fellow Australian Nancye Wynne Bolton. Together they won four Mixed Doubles (1940, 1946, 1947 and 1948) at the Australian Championships, which is an all-time record. In singles, he reached the quarterfinals of the Australian four times (1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950) and the fourth round of both Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals in 1947.he was a major commentator for Channel 7 for both golf and Tennis until the late 1980s.

Life outside tennis

Long was born in Melbourne and attended Melbourne Grammar School, where he was school captain in 1937.[1] He was a lieutenant in the AIF in World War Two, serving in the Middle East.[1]

He worked for Dunlop Sport before joining Spalding, where he became deputy chief executive. He appeared as a commentator on Seven Network tennis telecasts in the 1960s and 1970s.[1]

In 1943 he married Florence Pelling. She survived him, along with their son and daughter.[1]

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 2 (2 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1939 Australian Championships Grass Australia Don Turnbull Australia John Bromwich
Australia Adrian Quist
4–6, 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 1948 Australian Championships Grass Australia Frank Sedgman Australia John Bromwich
Australia Adrian Quist
6–1, 8–6, 7–9, 3–6, 6–8

Mixed doubles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1938 Australian Championships Grass Australia Nancye Wynne Bolton Australia Margaret Wilson
Australia John Bromwich
3–6, 2–6
Winner 1940 Australian Championships Grass Australia Nancye Wynne Bolton Australia Nell Hall Hopman
Australia Harry Hopman
7–5, 2–6, 6–4
Winner 1946 Australian Championships Grass Australia Nancye Wynne Bolton Australia Joyce Fitch
Australia John Bromwich
6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 1947 Wimbledon Championships Grass Australia Nancye Wynne Bolton United States Louise Brough
Australia John Bromwich
6–1, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1947 Australian Championships Grass Australia Nancye Wynne Bolton Australia Joyce Fitch
Australia John Bromwich
6–3, 6–3
Winner 1948 Australian Championships Grass Australia Nancye Wynne Bolton Australia Thelma Coyne Long
Australia Bill Sidwell
7–5, 4–6, 8–6

References

  1. ^ a b c d Phillips, Stephen. "Doubles ace and media smash". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 January 2019.

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This page was last edited on 21 October 2019, at 15:48
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