Rhys Gemmell

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Rice Gemmell
Full name Rice Thomas Hopkins Gemmell
Country (sports)  Australia
Born (1896-03-04)4 March 1896
Caulfield, Victoria
Died 10 May 1972(1972-05-10) (aged 76)[1][2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1921)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1921)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1926)

Rice Thomas Hopkins Gemmell (1896–1972) was an Australian tennis player.

Born in Caulfield, Victoria, by 1916 he was living in Claremont, Western Australia and was enlisted in World War 1 as a bombardier.[3] Gemmell is best known for winning the 1921 Australasian Championships men's singles title, held at Perth, where he beat Alf Hedeman in the final.[4] In the same year, he also won the men's doubles title, partnering Stanley Eaton. Gemmell was Western Australia's top player during the 1920s. In 1924 Gemmell opened a store which sold sports equipment with fellow player Keith McDougall.[5]. Gemmell turned professional in 1927. In 1932 he became a gold miner and in 1940 he survived a car crash in which the driver of the car died.[1] He died in 1972 and is interred in Tewantin, Queensland.[2]

Grand Slam finals

Singles (1)

Winner (1)

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1921 Australasian Championships Grass Australia Alf Hedeman 7–5, 6–1, 6–4

Doubles (1)

Winner (1)

Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1921 Australasian Championships Grass Australia Stanley Eaton Australia N. Brearley
Australia Edward Stokes
7–5, 6–3, 6–3


  1. ^ a b "Rice Gemmell". Grand Slam Tennis Archive.
  2. ^ a b Rhys Gemmell at Find a Grave
  3. ^ "Details (The AIF Project)". www.aif.adfa.edu.au.
  4. ^ "Australasian Open 1921". Grand Slam Tennis Archive.
  5. ^ "14 Nov 1924 - General News". Trove.
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