Sir Norman Everard Brookes
(14 November 1877 – 28
September 1968) was an Australian tennis
champion and president of the Lawn Tennis Association of
was born in Melbourne. Brookes' father (William Brookes) had become
rich from gold mining in the Bendigo area, and Norman Brookes
received a private education at Melbourne Grammar School.
On leaving school, he went to work as a
clerk at the paper mill where his father was managing director, and
was on the board himself within eight years.
Brookes married 20-year-old Mabel Balcombe
, the daughter of Harry Emmerton, a solicitor, on 19
April 1911 at St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne. They had three
As a youth Brookes played regularly on the court of the family
mansion in Queens Road, Melbourne and nearby, at the Lorne St
courts, he studied the strokes and tactics of leading
won the Wimbledon Championship men's singles twice, first in 1907 and again
won the doubles
in 1907 with New
Zealander Anthony Wilding.
Brookes was the
first non-Briton to win men's singles at Wimbledon in the history
of the tournament. He was personally a major figure in
establishing the Australian
Open (known as the Australasian Championship until 1927)
which he won in 1911.
Brookes played 39 Davis Cup
Australia/New Zealand and the Australian Davis Cup Team
1905 and 1920. During World War I
he served as commissioner of the Australian branch of the British
Cross in Egypt.
was instrumental in the development of Kooyong as a tennis
In 1926 he became the first president of the Lawn
Tennis Association of Australia, a post he held for the next 28
died in South
Yarra in 1968.
Australian rules football career
Brookes was also a leading Australian rules footballer
youth, playing two matches for Victorian Football League
St Kilda Football Club
1898, kicking two goals.
Norman Brookes was knighted "in recognition of service to public
service" in 1939.
The trophy for men's singles at the Australian Open, the Norman
Brookes Challenge Cup
, is named in his honour.
inducted into the International Tennis Hall of
Fame in 1977.
In 1981 he was honoured on a postage
issued by Australia Post
depicting a cartoon image by Tony Rafty
Grand Slam record
- Singles champion: 1911
- Doubles champion: 1924
- Singles champion: 1907,
- Singles finalist: 1905, 1919
- Doubles champion: 1907,
- ADB biography
- W. H. Frederick, 'Brookes, Sir Norman Everard (1877 - 1968)',
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, Melbourne University
Press, 1979, pp 427-428.
- Dame Mabel Brookes,
Memoires (Macmillan, 1974)