Graham Lovett (tennis)

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Graham Lovett
Full nameGraham Gordon Lovett, AM
Country (sports) Australia
BornMay 1936
New South Wales, Australia
Died2 September 1999 (aged 63)[1]
New South Wales, Australia
Turned pro1954 (amateur tour)
Retired1960
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1957)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1956, 1957, 1958)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1958)

Graham Lovett (May 1936 – 2 September 1999) was an Australian tennis player and later one of the top sports administrators in Australia. In his 20s he was State manager of Dunlop sporting goods and later became managing director of Dunlop Slazenger. Lovett set up the Australian Indoors tennis tournament, which ran from 1973 to 1994 (he was also on the ATP board). In 1982 Lovett founded Sport Australia.[1] He was involved in many different sports such as rugby league, swimming, cricket, basketball, triathlon and squash. He was involved in Sydney's successful Olympic bid for the 2000 Olympics, though died of cancer a few months before the Olympics were held. Outside of sports, Lovett was chairman of the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation.[1] He first entered the Australian tennis championships in 1956 and lost in round one to Don Candy.[2] At the 1957 championships, Lovett beat Mike Davies before being beaten easily by Neale Fraser in the quarter finals.[3] In 1958 he lost in round two to Bob Howe.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Graham Lovett, AM". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 September 1999. p. 33. (via Newspapers.com)
  2. ^ "Australian Open 1956". www.tennis.co.nf.
  3. ^ "Australian Open 1957". www.tennis.co.nf.
  4. ^ "Australian Open 1958". www.tennis.co.nf.