Hartwig honoured

Bust unveiled as tennis champion inducted into Australian Tennis Hall of Fame
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Rex Hartwig

REX Hartwig has been inducted in to the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.

In a special Australia Day ceremony yesterday, the Greta local and former tennis champ has joined his 1953 and 1955 Davis Cup winning team mates and 1954 and 1955 Wimbledon winning doubles partner Mervyn Rose with a golden bust of himself, which was unveiled in Garden Square, Melbourne.

Hartwig and Rose formed a formidable pair in their day, reaching number one on the doubles scene.

Hartwig’s highest rank in the singles format came in 1954 where he ranked fifth in the world.

In his personal life, Hartwig married Madge Exelby, a school champion of Glen Iris, Lauriston and Elsternwick, in 1952 and had six children: Leigh, Laurene, Gretchen, Sheree, Grant and Janelle.

Hartwig arrived at the Tennis Centre for his Australia Day induction yesterday afternoon, on a day that also commemorated 100 years of Tennis in Australia.

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