Eustace Fannin

Eustace Fannin
Country (sports) South Africa South Africa
Born (1915-06-28)28 June 1915
Ixopo, South Africa
Died 25 November 1997(1997-11-25) (aged 82)
Durban, South Africa
Plays Right-handed
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 3R (1947)
Wimbledon 3R (1937, 1949)
US Open 1R (1949)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open W (1947)
Wimbledon QF (1947)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 4R (1947)

Evelyn[1][2] Eustace Fannin (28 June 1915 – 25 November 1997) was a South African tennis player.

Fannin was born in Ixopo in June 1915 and educated at Hilton College. In 1947 he won the doubles title at the French Championships with compatriot Eric Sturgess defeating American Tom Brown and Australian Bill Sidwell in four sets. Two years later, in 1949, they again reached the doubles final but this time lost to the American team of Pancho Gonzales and Frank Parker in four sets.[3][4]

In 1947 he lost the final of the Netherlands Championships to Frenchman Henri Cochet.

Between 1937 and 1949 Fannin played seven times for the South African Davis Cup team and compiled a record of nine wins and seven losses.[5] He died in Durban in November 1997 at the age of 82.[6][2]

Grand Slam finals

Doubles (1 title, 1 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1947 French Championships Clay South Africa Eric Sturgess United States Tom Brown
Australia Bill Sidwell
6–4, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 1949 French Championships Clay South Africa Eric Sturgess United States Pancho Gonzales
United States Frank Parker
3–6, 6–8, 7–5, 3–6


  1. ^ The Racketeer: Evelyn Fannin Press Photo (1949)
  2. ^ a b Geni: Evelyn Eustace Fannin
  3. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 400. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  4. ^ "South Africans Cop Net Crown". The Windsor Daily Star. 28 July 1947 – via Google News Archive.
  5. ^ "Davis Cup – Player Profile". International Tennis Federation (ITF). Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  6. ^ Genealogy Report for EVELYN EUSTACE FANNIN

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