Gordon Forbes died on December 6th at the age of 86 at his home in South Africa. Although he was a good tennis player, he was best remembered for his contributions to tennis literature and is said to have written the best book in “A Handful of Summers”. Ever in sports.
Gordon’s life was fruitful and too much to list. A handful of summers are my favorite books. My idea is to be with Gordon’s family during this sad time. Craig Tylie
Very much based on his own era of amateurs in the 50’s and 60’s, his observations and portrayals of his fellow players all proved to be a blockbuster, with a humorous twist. He has revived a bygone era that is rapidly declining due to the deaths of many of the characters that appear.
Born February 21, 1934, Forbes won the South African title in 1959 and 1961, and advanced to the finals on four other occasions.
He also played in all majors, reaching the final eight times at the 1962 US Open (then the US Championship).
He beat something like Australia’s legendary Rod Laver and represented South Africa in the Davis Cup.
As a double sprayer, Forbes won the mixed title at the French Open in 1955, alongside Darlene Hard. He also reached the French doubles final with his compatriot Ave Seagull in 1963, but lost to the Australian and Spanish duo of Roy Emerson and Manuel Santana.
South Africans also made it to the semifinals at Wimbledon that year.
Seagull and Forbes, who died in 2016, are partners in numerous Davis Cup relationships and helped their respective Davis Cups in two semifinals.
The pair are great friends, and Forbes described him in his “Handful of Summer” books as follows: He used to wear a purple T-shirt and sing loudly near you with his chiclet-filled mouth … He had already taken one busy do-it-yourself tennis tour. He ran down the aisle on a freighter, lived in the scent of oil, accidentally billeted at a brothel, harvested apples, and made friends with several surprised millionaires. He shook his seat to an Old English referee in Hurlingham, implying that he was blind. “
Regarding his own abilities, he also states in the book: “Because I learned tennis at Johannesburg at 6,000 feet above sea level, I was a true net rusher and had few ground shot options, but none were really well made. They are better than Abe Seagull. Rushing the net on a very slow Italian court while using a Pirelli ball in the early ’60s was a cinematic creepy experience. Half of the film was speeded up and the other half It was slow motion. I was the part that speeded up. I got to the net but got there too early and had to fly around in the frenzy of Suspense, but my opponent ( Decided which side the (looked like Pirelli or Merlo) would pass through. A desperate predictive decision had to be made. Rob was horribly unthinkable and stayed sane. I had to get out of my head for. “
Forbes lives on many other modern players, including the hearty Roy Emerson, the airy Torben Ulrich, Duffy’s Art Larsen, and many other players who make up the tennis circus of the era. Infused.
“Toben was, and still is, a remarkable person,” Forbes wrote. “With him in mind, we will automatically consider phenomena such as intellectualism, spiritual power, mysticism, deep things, and gurudom.”
Australia’s Rex Hartwig playstyle was also under Forbes supervision. “His game ran around him like a flock of quails escaping from the basket. It’s beautiful in darts, but it’s almost impossible to get together.”
Following the Handful of Summers, first published in 1978, Forbes has added two more great volumes, Too Soon to Panic and I’ll Take the Sunny Side.
One of the first celebrities to pay tribute to Forbes was former world No. 1 and American Billie Jean King, who won Wimbledon four times.
“Gordon Forbes was a great South African tennis player and talented writer. I loved his book on tennis,” A Handful of Summers. “
“I would like to express my condolences to my son Gavin and his family.”
South African-born Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open tournament director Craig Tylie also paid tribute to his compatriots. “I’m thinking of the great Gordon Forbes. I’m forever grateful for his support. I care deeply about him.
“Gordon’s life was fruitful and too much to list. A handful of summers are my favorite books. My thoughts are on Gordon’s family during this sad time.”
His sister Jean is married to Cliff Drisdale, and his son Gavin is a senior manager at the well-known sports marketing company International Management Group (IMG). He had another son, Jamie, from his second marriage to Francis, who survived him.
– Tennis Sports
Gordon Forbes: 1934-2020
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