|Full name||Frank Andrew Parker|
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||January 31, 1916|
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||July 24, 1997 (aged 81)|
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Turned pro||October 1949 (amateur tour from 1930)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1966 (member page)|
|Career record||770-231 (76.9%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1948, John Olliff)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|French Open||W (1948, 1949)|
|US Open||W (1944, 1945)|
|US Pro||QF (1950, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||W (1949)|
|US Open||W (1943)|
|Davis Cup||W (1937, 1948)|
Frank Andrew Parker (born Franciszek Andrzej Pajkowski, January 31, 1916 - July 24, 1997), was a world No. 1 American male tennis player of Polish immigrant parents who was active in the 1930s and 1940s. He won four Grand Slam singles titles as well as three doubles titles. He was coached by Mercer Beasley.
Parker was born on January 31, 1916 in Milwaukee as Franciszek Andrzej Pajkowski and had three brothers and a sister. He learnt to play tennis at age 10, hitting discarded tennis balls at the Milwaukee Town Club. There he was discovered by the club coach Mercer Beasley who noticed his quickness and accuracy. Aged 12, he won his first national title, the boys' indoor championship played at the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York. At age 15, Paikowski become the national boys' champion in singles, defeating Gene Mako in the final, and a year later, at age 16, he won the national junior singles title as well as the singles title at the Canadian National Championships. In 1933, when he was 17, he won the singles title at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, defeating Gene Mako in the final in straight sets.
Parker became the singles champion at Cincinnati, then called the Tri-State Tennis Tournament in 1941 and was a four-time singles finalist (1932, 1933, 1938, 1939). He won the Canadian title in 1938. He was ranked World No. 1 in 1948 by John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph.
Writing about Parker in his 1949 autobiography, Bobby Riggs, who had played Parker many times, says "Parker is a tough man to get past. Equipped with a wonderful all-court game, he plays intently and with classic form. His footwork is marvelous. You never see Frankie hitting the ball from an awkward position." Jack Kramer, however, writing in his own autobiography, says "...even as a boy [Parker] had this wonderful slightly overspin forehand drive. Clean and hard. Then for some reason, Frankie's coach, Mercer Beasley, decided to change this stroke into a chop. It was obscene." It also impaired his game, particularly in preventing him from getting to the net, and Parker dropped in the rankings. A few years later, however, he worked hard to regain his original forehand, and according to Kramer, did indeed greatly improve his stroke. But it was never again as good as it had once been. Parker was known for having a "deadpan" persona on court.
Parker took part in the 1968 US Open at the age of 52, becoming the oldest player to compete in the US Open men's singles. He also had the longest span in Grand Slam men's singles history (36 years from his first appearance at the U.S. Championships in 1932 to his last appearance in 1968).
Parker was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1960.
On March 17, 1938, Parker married Audrey Beasley who previously divorced Parker's coach Mercer Beasley. She became his adviser and tailored his tennis wardrobe. His wife died in 1971, and in 1979, Parker retired from his position of salesman for a corrugated box company.
|Loss||1942||U.S. Championships||Grass||Ted Schroeder||6-8, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6|
|Win||1944||U.S. Championships||Grass||William Talbert||6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3|
|Win||1945||U.S. Championships||Grass||William Talbert||14-12, 6-1, 6-2|
|Loss||1947||U.S. Championships||Grass||Jack Kramer||6-4, 6-2, 1-6, 0-6, 3-6|
|Win||1948||French Championships||Clay||Jaroslav Drobný||6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 8-6|
|Win||1949||French Championships||Clay||Budge Patty||6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4|
|Loss||1933||U.S. Championships||Grass||Frank Shields|| George Lott
|13-11, 7-9, 7-9, 3-6|
|Win||1943||U.S. Championships||Grass||Jack Kramer|| Bill Talbert
|7-5, 8-6, 3-6, 6-1|
|Loss||1948||U.S. Championships||Grass||Ted Schroeder|| Gardnar Mulloy
|6-1, 7-9, 3-6, 6-3, 7-9|
|Win||1949||French Championships||Clay||Pancho Gonzales|| Eustace Fannin
|6-3, 8-6, 5-7, 6-3|
|Win||1949||Wimbledon||Grass||Pancho Gonzales|| Gardnar Mulloy
|6-4, 6-4, 6-2|
Parker joined the professional tennis circuit in 1949 and as a consequence was banned from competing in the amateur Grand Slams until the start of the Open Era.
(A*) 1-set matches in preliminary rounds.
|Grand Slam tournaments||4 / 24||86-20||81.1|
|A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Not held||A||A||A||A||Not eligible||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Not held||A||A||W||W||Not eligible||A||2 / 2||12-0||100|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||A||SF||A||A||Not held||A||A||4R||QF||Not eligible||A||0 / 3||12-3||80.0|
|US Open||3R||3R||QF||4R||SF||SF||4R||4R||QF||QF||F||QF||W||W||QF||F||QF||SF||Not eligible||2R||2 / 19||62-17||78.5|
|Pro Slam tournaments||0 / 8||2-12||14.3|
|U.S. Pro||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||NH||A||A||A||A||A||QF||QF||A||A||A||QF||QF||QF||QF||QF||QF||A*||A||NH||0 / 8||2-12||14.3|
|French Pro||A||NH||A||A||A||A||A||A||Not held||A||NH||A||A||A||A||A||NH||0 / 0||0-0||-|
|Wembley Pro||NH||NH||A||A||A||A||A||A||Not held||A||A||A||A||A||NH||NH||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||NH||0 / 0||0-0||-|