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SMATZP This is a giant 12x8 hand signed photo for Stanley Doust (which the photo is approx 8" x 6" and housed within its larger surround where Stanley Doust has personally autographed the photo where his signature rests perfectly below his portrait in mint condition. Please note the photo has been professionally laid down (so fixed) onto large surround so is all part of the contents and cannot be removed but adds to its vintage character and has kept the photo in mint condition throughout the years. It literally is mint and the signing is dated September 1917 so a wartime souvenir of this legendary player.
".....Doust played in the Australian Open in 1907 and 1908. In 1909 he played Wimbledon in doubles with Harry Parker. In 1913 he was defeated at Wimbledon by Maurice Evans McLoughlin. In the same year he captained the Australian Davis Cup team that won against the United States team with McLoughlin in it.His last major title win was the 1926 British Covered Court Championships mixed championship where he played with Joan Ridley. In his obituary in The Times he is described as; "One of the last of the world's great 'dolly' servers and particularly nimble about the court, he was seen at his best in doubles matches ... he used a well-placed, low-bouncing service that forced his opponent to hit upwards while [he] moved in to volley..."