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Dennis "Dinny" Pails (4 March 1921 in Nottingham, England – 22 November 1986 in Sydney, Australia) was a former Australian tennis champion. He won the men's singles championship at the Australian Open tennis tournament in 1947. Pails, an Australian who was born in Great Britain, defeated John Bromwich in the final in five sets: 4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 8–6. Pails played eight Davis Cup matches between 1946 and 1947, winning three matches and losing five.

He turned professional and played on the pro tour off and on for many years. According to tennis great and long-time promoter Jack Kramer, Pails beat Pancho Segura 41 to 31 matches in the 1948 tour, "but that was when Segoo was still learning how to play fast surfaces." Kramer himself beat Pails "55 times with 1 draw, but somehow we were able to forget that off the court." In 1954 Pancho Gonzales beat Pails 47 matches to 7.

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Grand Slam singles finals

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Wins (1)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1947 Australian Championships Flag of Australia.svg John Bromwich 4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 8–6

Runner-ups (1)

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1946 Australian Championships Flag of Australia.svg John Bromwich 5–7, 6–3, 7–5, 3–6, 6–2

References

  • Daviscup.com - [1]
  • ITF profile - [2]
  • Grand Slam Tennis Archive - [3]

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