Sir Norman Brookes

Hall of Fame

Inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in June 1996; inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1977.

Sir Norman Brookes, or 'The Wizard' as he was known, was the first foreign male and first left-hander to win Wimbledon, a feat he accomplished in 1907. Brookes was known for his all-court game, which was a mixture of solid ground strokes backed up by a well-varied serve.

Brookes won his home major in 1911 and three years later captured the singles and doubles titles at Wimbledon. It was the first time he'd returned to the All England Club since his first win there seven years earlier. More doubles success followed for Brookes in the United States in 1919 and in Australia in 1924. Following his retirement, Brookes became a renowned tennis administrator.

In 1926 he became the president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia, a position he held until 1955. The men's singles trophy at the Australian Open, the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, is named in his honour.