Vivian McGrath
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Vivian McGrath

Vivian McGrath
Viv McGrath competing in the Queensland tennis finals- Milton, Brisbane.jpg
McGrath in 1935.
Full nameVivian Erzerum Bede McGrath
Country (sports) Australia
Born(1916-02-17)17 February 1916
Merrendee, NSW, Australia
Died9 April 1978(1978-04-09) (aged 62)
Burradoo, NSW, Australia
Turned proSlam debut in 1932
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed both sides)
Highest rankingNo. 8 (1935, A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1937)
French OpenQF (1935)
WimbledonQF (1935, 1937)
US Open4R (1933)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1935)
French OpenF (1933, 1934, 1935)

Vivian Erzerum Bede "Viv" McGrath (17 February 1916 – 9 April 1978) was a tennis champion from Australia. Along with John Bromwich, he was one of the early great players to use a two-handed backhand. His name was pronounced "McGraw".


He was born in Merrendee, near Mudgee, New South Wales, the fourth child of native Australian parents. His father was a hotelkeeper. He went to Sydney Boys High School, graduating in 1932,[2] where he played tennis and cricket. He began playing tennis against a brick walk at his home.[3]

Christian Boussus (left) and Vivian McGrath (center) enter the center court of the White City Stadium in Sydney, Australia in November 1934

He won the Australian junior singles in 1932 and the French junior singles in 1933. He was a member of the Australian Davis Cup team from 1933 to 1937. He won the Australian Open doubles championship with his friend Jack Crawford in 1935. In 1937, he won the Australian Open singles title against John Bromwich. McGrath was ranked World No. 8 in 1935 by A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph.[1]

World War II interrupted his career, and he served in the Air Force. He was granted leave to play exhibition games against American servicemen.

After the war, he never regained his form and was plagued by injuries. He eventually became a coach in the southern highlands and pursued his interest in horse racing. He died in Burradoo, New South Wales of heart disease.

Grand Slam finals

Singles: (1 title)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1937 Australian Championships Grass Australia John Bromwich 6-3, 1-6, 6-0, 2-6, 6-1

Doubles: (1 title, 5 runners-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1933 French Championships Clay Australia Adrian Quist United Kingdom Pat Hughes
United Kingdom Fred Perry
2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 5-7
Loss 1934 French Championships Clay Australia Jack Crawford France Jean Borotra
France Jacques Brugnon
9-11, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 7-9
Win 1935 Australian Championships Grass Australia Jack Crawford United Kingdom Patrick Hughes
United Kingdom Fred Perry
6-4, 8-6, 6-2
Loss 1935 French Championships Clay Australia Donald Turnbull Australia Jack Crawford
Australia Adrian Quist
1-6, 4-6, 2-6
Loss 1936 Australian Championships Grass Australia Jack Crawford Australia Adrian Quist
Australia Donald Turnbull
8-6, 2-6, 1-6, 6-3, 2-6
Loss 1940 Australian Championships Grass Australia Jack Crawford Australia John Bromwich
Australia Adrian Quist
3-5, 5-7, 1-6


  1. ^ a b "Moody, Perry Rated Tops By British Expert", Reading Eagle, 17 October 1935.
  2. ^ "Australian Sporting Representatives" (pdf). Sydney High School Old Boys Union.
  3. ^ "Vivian McGrath".

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