Ashley Cooper in 1958
|Full name||Ashley John Cooper|
|Born||15 September 1936|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Died||22 May 2020(aged 83)|
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Turned pro||1959 (amateur from 1953)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1991 (member page)|
|Career record||414–223 (64.9%) |
|Career titles||27 |
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1957, Lance Tingay)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1957, 1958)|
|French Open||SF (1956, 1957, 1958)|
|US Open||W (1958)|
|US Pro||SF (1959, 1960)|
|Wembley Pro||QF (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962)|
|French Pro||SF (1962)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1957)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1958)|
|French Open||W (1957, 1958)|
|US Open||W (1957)|
|Davis Cup||W (1957)|
Ashley John Cooper AO (15 September 1936 – 22 May 2020) was an Australian tennis player who played between 1953 and 1968. He was recognised as the world's best amateur player during the years of 1957 and 1958.[a] Cooper won four singles and four doubles titles at Grand Slam tournaments. He won three of the four Grand Slam events in 1958. He turned professional in 1959.
Cooper played his best year in 1958, becoming one of only eleven men to win three of the four Grand Slam events in the same year. He successfully defended his Australian singles title after a straight-sets victory in the final against Malcolm Anderson. In July, he won his first and only Wimbledon title after beating Fraser in the final. The pair were roommates at that year's tournament and ate breakfast together on the morning of their match. He followed up with a first singles title at the U.S. Championships, again defeating Anderson in the final. Additionally, Cooper was a semifinalist at the French Championship, losing to Luis Ayala in five sets after leading by 2 sets to love. The defeat prevented him from achieving the Grand Slam that year. It remained the only Major that Cooper did not win in his career.
The right-handed Cooper was the top ranked player in both 1957—when he was a Wimbledon and Forest Hills finalist, and Paris semi-finalist—and in 1958. Cooper played on the Australian Davis Cup team that won the cup in 1957, and were finalists in 1958. In January 1959, Cooper turned professional after signing a contract with Jack Kramer.
After retiring as a player, Cooper went on to serve as a tennis player development administrator with Tennis Queensland, where he was based for nearly fifty years. He also sat on the board of directors for Tennis Australia.
Cooper was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1987 and the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1991. In the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2007, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his service to tennis.
In 2009 Cooper was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.
|Win||1957||Australian Championships||Grass||Neale Fraser||6–3, 9–11, 6–4, 6–2|
|Loss||1957||Wimbledon||Grass||Lew Hoad||2–6, 1–6, 2–6|
|Loss||1957||U.S. Championships||Grass||Malcolm Anderson||8–10, 5–7, 4–6|
|Win||1958||Australian Championships (2)||Grass||Malcolm Anderson||7–5, 6–3, 6–4|
|Win||1958||Wimbledon||Grass||Neale Fraser||3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 13–11|
|Win||1958||U.S. Championships||Grass||Malcolm Anderson||6–2, 3–6, 4–6, 10–8, 8–6|
|Loss||1956||French Championships||Clay||Lew Hoad|| Don Candy
|5–7, 3–6, 3–6|
|Loss||1957||Australian Championships||Grass||Malcolm Anderson|| Lew Hoad
|3–6, 6–8, 4–6|
|Win||1957||French Championships||Clay||Malcolm Anderson|| Don Candy
|6–3, 6–0, 6–3|
|Win||1957||U.S. Championships||Grass||Neale Fraser|| Gardnar Mulloy
|4–6, 6–3, 9–7, 6–3|
|Win||1958||Australian Championships||Grass||Neale Fraser|| Roy Emerson
|7–5, 6–8, 3–6, 6–3, 7–5|
|Loss||1958||Wimbledon||Grass||Neale Fraser|| Sven Davidson
|4–6, 4–6, 6–8|
|Win||1958||French Championships||Clay||Neale Fraser|| Robert Howe
|3–6, 8–6, 6–3, 7–5|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||QF||QF||QF||W||W||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2 / 5|
|French Open||2R||A||SF||SF||SF||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||0 / 5|
|Wimbledon||4R||1R||4R||F||W||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1 / 5|
|US Open||2R||3R||QF||F||W||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1 / 5|
|Strike Rate||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 4||1 / 4||3 / 4||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1||4 / 20|
Cooper married Helen Wood, Miss Australia 1957, on 2 January 1959. An estimated crowd of five thousand unruly people surrounded St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Brisbane to try to catch a glimpse of the couple.
Cooper died on 22 May 2020 at the age of 83 following a long illness.
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