Don Turnbull (tennis)

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Don Turnbull
Country (sports) Australia Australia
Born (1909-05-28)28 May 1909[1]
Cottesloe, Western Australia
Died 30 January 1994(1994-01-30) (aged 84)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1931)
French Open 4R (1935)
Wimbledon 3R (1933, 1934)
US Open 3R (1933)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1936, 1937)
French Open F (1935)
Wimbledon QF (1934)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open F (1937)
Wimbledon QF (1935)

Donald Paterson "Don" Turnbull (28 May 1909 – 30 January 1994) was a tennis player from Australia.[2] He won the men's doubles title at the Australian Championships twice, in 1936 and 1937.[3] Turnbull represented Australia in three Davis Cup ties, including the 1933 Europe Zone final against Great Britain.[4] Turnbull beat defending champion Edgar Moon at the 1931 Australian Championships. Turnbull's forehand was in fine form and Moon made the mistake of not targeting Turnbull's weaker backhand. Turnbull came from 2-0 down in the fifth set to win.[5] Turnbull lost in the semi finals to Jack Crawford in straight sets.[6] Don Turnbull's daughter is former Australian, French and U. S. singles finalist Wendy Turnbull.[7]

Grand Slam finals

Doubles (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1934 Australian Championships Grass Australia Adrian Quist United Kingdom Pat Hughes
United Kingdom Fred Perry
8–6, 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 1935 French Championships Clay Australia Vivian McGrath Australia Jack Crawford
Australia Adrian Quist
1–6, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1936 Australian Championships Grass Australia Adrian Quist Australia Jack Crawford
Australia Vivian McGrath
6–8, 6–2, 6–1, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 1937 Australian Championships Grass Australia Adrian Quist Australia John Bromwich
Australia Jack Harper
6–2, 9–7, 1–6, 6–8, 6–4
Runner-up 1939 Australian Championships Grass Australia Colin Long Australia John Bromwich
Australia Adrian Quist
4–6, 5–7, 2–6

Mixed doubles (1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1937 Australian Championships Grass Australia Dorothy Stevenson Australia Harry Hopman
Australia Nell Hall Hopman
6–3, 3–6, 2–6


  1. ^ Western Mail, "Births", 26 June 1909, p. 31
  2. ^ Tennis Archives: Donald P. (Don) Turnbull[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ ITF Pro Circuit: Donald Turnbull
  4. ^ Davis Cup: Donald Turnbull
  5. ^ "06 Mar 1931 - Tennis Championships". Trove.
  6. ^ "Australian Open 1931".
  7. ^ "Grand Slam Tennis Statistics".
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