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18-February-2017
18-February-2017

Photographs supplied by Peter A. Rasey

The bust commemorates tennis player Ken Fletcher.

Kenneth Norman Fletcher, who was born in Annerley, Brisbane in 1940, was an outstanding doubles player and is the only man to win a mixed doubles Grand Slam, winning the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and United States Championships with Margaret Court in 1963. Together Fletcher and Court won another Australian title and three more Wimbledons.

Renowned for his on-court sportsmanship and showmanship and laid-back, larrikin manner, he was seeded as high as No.3 at Wimbledon, and won 37 singles titles. He reached the final of the Australian Championships in 1963, losing to Roy Emerson.

After retiring he coached at the All England Tennis Club and in Hong Kong. He returned to Brisbane, and working with his friend, American philanthropist Chuck Feeney, arranged the donation of more than $500 million dollars to medical research institutes and universities, primarily in Queensland.

Location

Address:190 King Arthur Terrace, Queensland Tennis Centre, Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson, 4105
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.525419
Long: 153.007921
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Sport
Artist:Barbara McLean
Link:http://www.tennis.com.au/player-pro…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 29th December, 2012
Front Inscription

Plaque :

Australia`s tennis legend Ken Fletcher was "a man who gathered friends and kept them close forevermore".  (Australian author Hugh Lunn)

Ken's friendship with Chuck Feeney enriched the lives of Queenslanders as Chuck`s generosity created a lasting legacy for our city.  In memory of this close friendship, Chuck and Helga Feeney have dedicated a tree in this park.

Plaque :

Ken Fletcher
`The Great Fletch`

Unveiled by the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Graham Quirk on Sunday 29 December 2013

Designed by Barbara McLean with the generous assistance of Mr Alan Jones AO

 

Source: MA
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