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During his starry court career Gordon Robinson has played in thirty countries and captured numerous titles, including Ontario, Canadian and United States championships, as well as being a three- time member of Canada's Gordon Trophy squad, ranked in Canada's top ten three times and named to the 1939 Canadian Davis Cup team. Robinson learned to play tennis on the family court in Stamford and was a charter member of the Niagara Falls Tennis Club, founded in 1934. His triumph in the Ontario Lawn Tennis Boys' Championship gained him recognition in 1929 and he took the Ontario Junior title in 1932, a first for Niagara Falls. Robinson left no doubt as to the outcome of the match, displaying classy plays at the baseline and the net and annexing three straight sets. By 1934 he was ranked first in the Niagara District and ninth in Ontario, had won a score of minor tournaments and was invited to participate in the Canadian Davis Cup trials. Two years later Robinson started his first of two championship seasons at the University of North Carolina. Success in 1938 included wins in the singles and doubles events at Western Canadian Open and Northwest U.S. grass court tournaments. Robinson reached the finals of the Canadian Open mixed doubles competition the same year and pushed through to the quarter-finals in the Canadian Tennis Championships singles event, almost upsetting the eventual champion, Frank Parker, ranked fifth in the world at that time. In the 1970's and 1980's Gordon Robinson continued to garner tennis laurels, winning the Canadian 55 and over doubles crown twice and claiming the same title in the 65 and over bracket.
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