Keith Gledhill

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Keith Gledhill
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1911-02-16)February 16, 1911
Santa Barbara, California
Died June 2, 1999(1999-06-02) (aged 88)
Turned pro 1934 (amateur tour from 1930)
Retired 1942
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
College Stanford University
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (1933)
Wimbledon 3R (1933)
US Open 4R (1931, 1932, 1933)
Professional majors
US Pro SF (1941)
French Pro QF (1934)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1933)
Wimbledon 1R (1933)
US Open W (1932)

Keith Gledhill (February 16, 1911 – June 2, 1999) was an American tennis player of the 1930s.

Playing career

In 1929 Gledhill won the national junior singles and, partnering Ellsworth Vines, doubles title.[1] He attended Stanford University and in 1931, became the second Stanford player to win the NCAA Men's Singles Championship. In 1932, Gledhill and partner Joe Coughlin won the NCAA Doubles Championship.[2]

In Grand Slam events, Gledhill and partner Ellsworth Vines won the doubles championship at the U.S. Championships in 1932.[3] Six months later, Gledhill and Vines won the 1933 Australian Championships doubles title.[4] In that tournament, Gledhill also recorded his best Grand Slam singles result. In the quarter finals, Gledhill was 2 sets to 0 and 5-3 down against the finalist of the previous three years, Harry Hopman, but fought back to win.[5] Gledhill then beat Vivian McGrath before losing in the final to Jack Crawford.[6]

In 1930 and 1933 Gledhill reached the final in the singles event of the Pacific Coast Championships on Los Angeles, but lost both finals to George Lott and Lester Stoefen respectively.

Gledhill turned professional in early 1934 and joined a tour with Bill Tilden and Vines.[7]

Grand Slam finals

Singles (1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1933 Australian Championships Grass Australia Jack Crawford 6–2, 5–7, 3–6, 2–6

Doubles (2 titles)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1932 U.S. Championships Grass United States Ellsworth Vines United States Wilmer Allison
United States John Van Ryn
10-8, 6–4, 4–6, 7–5
Winner 1933 Australian Championships Grass United States Ellsworth Vines Australia Jack Crawford
Australia Edgar Moon
6–4, 6–3, 6–2


  1. ^ Lowe's Lawn Tennis Annual. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode. 1935. p. 203.
  2. ^ "Men's Tennis: Past Champions". NCAA. Archived from the original on October 21, 2007. Retrieved November 12, 2007.
  3. ^ "Men's Doubles Championships". Archived from the original on October 25, 2007. Retrieved November 12, 2007.
  4. ^ "National Singles to Crawford. Third Successive Win". The Advocate. 31 January 1933. p. 5 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "26 Jan 1933 - Sporting News". Trove.
  6. ^ "Australian Open 1933".
  7. ^ "Tennis Pros to Tour". The Spokesman-Review. AP. March 21, 1934. p. 11.

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