Adrian Quist

Adrian Quist

Adrian Quist (1913-87) made a phenomenal contribution to Australian life.

Three Australian Open titles. 1936, 1940 and 1948

Inventing Dunlop Volleys is huge, but the ultimate accolade: his name is immortalised in rhyming slang.

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. As in “Sweet 16 and never been Adrian Quist”?

  2. In my experience it’s more like: “Upon leaving the Bourbon and Beefsteak, the defendant was too Adrian to know his arse from his elbow.”

  3. Skip of Skipton says

    “Three parts Adrian” and “Adrian Quist” and so forth, I am hip to; but did he really invent the Dunlop Volley?

  4. “The Volley was originally developed in 1939 as a tennis shoe by Adrian Quist, a famous Australian tennis player & employee of Dunlop. Adrian borrowed a pair of boat shoes (with Herringbone sole) during his Davis Cup tournament win in the USA and upon his return, convinced Dunlop to develop this high grip sports shoe. The original shoe was called the Volley OC (Orthopaedically Correct) and was worn by Rod Laver, Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Ken Rosewall etc. The Volley OC continued up until the 1970s when it was replaced by the Volley International which featured the 3 stripe woven tape around the heel, side quarter panels which secure the tongue, and new look injection moulded rubber sole.”

  5. The cultural contribution of Volleys is significant. Given recent developments, I’d argue for a knighthood.

    A bloke I played cricket with swore by them. One Saturday he had on a new pair and I asked him where he’d bought them. He told me and said he got a discount for buying six pairs at once! He was sure that’d be plenty to see out his cricket career.

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