John Bromwich

John Bromwich

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John Edward Bromwich (14 November 1918 in Sydney, New South Wales – 21 October 1999 in Geelong, Victoria) was a male tennis player from Australia who, along with his countryman Vivian McGrath, was one of the first great players to use a two-handed forehand.

Although a fine singles player, Bromwich was primarily known as being a particularly good doubles player. Tennis great (and near contemporary) Jack Kramer writes in his 1979 autobiography that if "Earth were playing in the all-time Universe Davis Cup, I'd play Budge and Vines in my singles, and Budge and Bromwich in the doubles. That's what I think of Johnny as a doubles player."

In 1948 Bromwich played the American Bob Falkenburg for the Wimbledon Championship and had match point at 5–3 in the fifth set. He came to the net for a volley but decided that Falkenburg's ball would go long and let it go by. It fell inside the baseline and Falkenburg fought his way back into the match. Bromwich later had a second match point but was unable to win that either and Falkenburg won the championship by winning the last four games of the set for a 7–5 victory. Kramer later wrote that " never seemed to me that he was the same player after that. He doubted himself. He was a precision player to start with -- he used a terribly light racket weighing less than twelve ounces, and it was strung loosely. He could put a ball on a dime, and I suppose after he misjudged...
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