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Elwood Cooke

Elwood Cooke
Full name Elwood Thomas Cooke
Country 23x15px United States
Born July 5, 1913
Ogden, Utah
Died April 16, 2004 (aged 90)
Apopka, Florida
Turned pro 1947 (amateur tour from 1935)
Retired 1949
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record {{#property:P564}}
Highest ranking No. 8 (1939, Gordon Lowe)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open SF (1939)
Wimbledon F (1939)
US Open SF (1945)
Other tournaments
US Pro QF (1947, 1948, 1949)
Career record {{#property:P555}}
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1939)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1939)
Wimbledon SF (1939)

Elwood Thomas Cooke (July 5, 1913 in Ogden, Utah – April 16, 2004 in Apopka, Florida) was an amateur American tennis player in the 1930s and 1940s.

Personal life

He was married to tennis star Sarah Palfrey from 1940 to 1949.

Tennis career

Cooke was ranked in Top 10 in the United States in 1938 (ranked No. 7), 1939 (No. 6), 1940 (No. 9), and 1945 (No. 4), whilst reaching as high as World No. 8 in Gordon Lowe's amateur rankings for 1939.[1]

At Wimbledon, he reached the singles final in 1939 before falling to Bobby Riggs, but won the doubles title that year with Riggs. He was the U.S. Indoor Doubles champion with Riggs in 1940[citation needed]. Cooke reached the semifinals of the French Championships in 1939 and the U.S. National Championships in 1945 (and the quarterfinals of the latter in 1940 and 1943).

At the Cincinnati Masters, he reached both the singles and the doubles final in 1945. He lost the singles final to future International Tennis Hall of Fame enshrinee Bill Talbert, and the doubles final to Talbert and Hal Surface[citation needed].

He held the Pacific Northwest Sectional singles ranking of No. 2 in 1935, and No. 1 in 1936, and was ranked No. 1 in doubles in the Pacific Northwest (with Don Lewis) in 1935[citation needed].

In the Oregon State Tournament, he won the singles title in 1936[citation needed], and the doubles title with Wayne Sabin in 1935 and with Sam Lee in 1936[citation needed]. His 1935 win was over Newton and Bennett who had just won the National Intercollegiate Doubles title[citation needed].

In the Pacific Northwest Sectional, he won the singles title in 1935 and 1936, and the doubles title with Wayne Sabin in 1935. He was a Naval Officer during World War II, and was married to International Tennis Hall of Famer Sarah Palfrey Cooke[citation needed].

After he retired from tournament play, he was the head tennis professional at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, New York from 1961–1981.


  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 412-425.

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