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Marcel Rainville

Year Inducted1993 HometownMontreal, Quebec

Major Accomplishments

Canadian Open singles winner in 1934 and doubles winner in 1931 and 1932.
He held the No. 1 position in Canada in 1932 and 1934.
Davis Cup team member from 1929-1934.
Competed in the early rounds of Wimbledon.


Marcel Rainville was ranked No. 1 in Canada in 1932 and 1934 and No. 2 in 1930, 1931 and 1933. He won the Canadian Open men’s singles in 1934 defeating American H. Surface in the final. He captured two Canadian Championships doubles titles with Jack Wright in 1931 and with a top American George Lott in 1932. He was also a member of the Canadian Davis Cup team from 1929-1934. In 1931 he scored one of the most amazing upsets in Canadian tennis when he defeated the American Sydney Wood on a wet clay court 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Wood was the 1931 Wimbledon champion.

“When I think of Canadian tennis, my mind scurries back, as it often does, to Wimbledon and the hallowed grass courts of the All England Club. I remember, for instance, at the Wimbledon of my early schooldays a Canadian gentleman named Rainville: Marcel Rainville. He was very much in evidence, at least during the early rounds. I seem to remember him as someone who played with a rakish cap on his head and who threw up the service ball at such a contorted angle that he fell forward in its pursuit, hitting it when he himself was at an angle approaching ninety degrees to the ground,” (Peter Ustinov, Advantage Canada).

“Even though Marcel Rainville never attained the later rounds, let alone the final of Wimbledon, his was a stylish presence. He miraculously never committed a foot fault, although most of his body hung in the air well over the service line before the lacerating blow was delivered,” (Peter Ustinov, Advantage Canada).

“Marcel Rainville occupies my memories of Canadian tennis in the later 1930s and early 1940s,” (Peter Ustinov, Advantage Canada).