Australian Open Mens Trophy - Norman Brookes Trophy
The mens trophy at the Australian Open is named the Norman Brookes Trophy in honour of the former President of the Australian Lawn Tennis Association. Brookes was the son of a millionaire and was a well known character in tennis circles for years, first as a player then as an official. Much of the history of the Tournament involved him. He was the first Non-Briton to win Wimbledon in 1907; he also won it again in 1914 and won the Australian Championships in 1911.
It was the pioneering spirit of Brooks that enabled the Australians to establish themselves at the highest levels of International tennis and it was his leadership and advocacy that first created the Championship as a Major Tournament. He died in 1968 and was inducted into the tennis hall of fame in 1977.