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newmark401 04-14-2010 11:50 AM

A chronology of Anthony Wilding’s singles titles (1901-1914)
 
A chronology of Anthony Wilding’s singles titles (1901-1914)

Part I of III

Anthony Frederick Wilding was born at Opawa, Christchurch, New Zealand, on 31 October 1883. He grew up in a sporting atmosphere at the Wilding family home, Fownhope, where at least one tennis court, of asphalt, had been laid out, and showed an early ability at several sports. After some early success at tennis tournaments in his native country, Wilding left New Zealand in 1902 to study law at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He graduated BA in 1905.

While still a student at Cambridge, Wilding took part in a small number of tennis tournaments. The first English tournament he ever competed in was in Sheffield, probably in 1904. His first significant singles title in England came at the Championships of Shropshire in July 1904, when he was 20. Not surprisingly, this tournament was played on grass, a surface on which Wilding was to have a good deal of future success. However, as Wilding’s results show, his most successful surface in terms of titles won was clay.

In his autobiography “On The Court And Off”, published in 1913, Wilding wrote: "At the outset let me make a confession. I prefer the Continental tournaments to those held in England. Except in exceptional summers like that of 1911 our climate does not allow the full enjoyment of a tennis tournament. Bad weather in England means bad courts; but on the Continent a few hours to dry and the surface is better and firmer than ever.

“Another important aspect from a player’s point of view is the dreary business-like air so often pervading English meetings. The referee does not ask; he orders. And then the players themselves are apt to over-estimate the serious character of their matches. On the Continent players mean to enjoy themselves in addition to playing tennis.”

The Continental tournaments were, of course, played mainly on clay. Whenever possible, Wilding liked nothing better than to travel from tournament to tournament by motorbike, especially on the Continent. In “Captain Anthony Wilding”, published in 1916, Wallis Myers wrote: “The only form of scientific research in which he showed intelligent interest was mechanical traction. Wheels and petrol and quick motion he loved – loved them because, himself a perfect human machine designed for rapid propulsion, he was instinctively drawn to machines created by man for the same object; but very few who loved him had that passion…”

In the same book, Myers wrote: “It is not the purpose of this volume to catalogue Anthony Wilding’s lawn tennis successes. Legion, they were spread over all quarters of the globe. He had won championships at courts as far apart as Wimbledon, Melbourne, Johannesburg, Paris, Homburg, Nice, Christchurch (N.Z.), Brussels, and Prague; save the American, for which he never competed, he held every title of eminence in the lawn tennis world. No player of this or any age covered so much ground to get from one court to another, or covered it so rapidly.

“Taking but one year alone, we find him in New Zealand at the beginning of 1907, on the Riviera in March, in Paris in April, in London (where he won all three covered court championships) in early May, at Wiesbaden the same month, in Austria in late May, at Wimbledon in June, in Austria again in July, back in England the same month, at Homburg in August, at Baden-Baden in September, at Eastbourne in the middle of the month, and back in Austria for the winter.”

Wilding spent most of 1909 in his native Christchurch, qualifying for the New Zealand Bar and playing little tennis, but he returned to England via South Africa in 1910, the year in which he won his first Wimbledon singles title. In his last five years or so of competitive tennis (1910-14) it is striking to note how seldom he played in grass court tournaments. In 1914, he won an astonishing eleven titles in a row on clay, a surface on which he had last lost in singles back in 1909.

Somewhat fittingly, Wilding’s last ever singles title came on clay at the World Hard Court Championships, in Paris, in early June 1914. A few weeks later he lost the Wimbledon Challenge Round to Norman Brookes. In early August he and Brookes helped Australasia regain the Davis Cup in the United States, but by then war was breaking out in Europe, and Wilding’s fate was sealed.

Wilding joined the Royal Marines and, subsequently, the Royal Naval Air Service. By March 1915, he had been promoted to the rank of lieutenant and was stationed with a squadron in France. He was promoted to captain shortly before he and his party were moved to the front in May 1915. On 9 May 1915, after taking part in a heavy trench bombardment near Neuve-Chapelle in France, Wilding was killed instantly when a shell landed close to the dugout in which he was sheltering. He was 31.

newmark401 04-14-2010 11:51 AM

Part II of III

This list of Wilding’s singles titles has been drawn up with the help of the wikipedia entry on Wilding, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Wilding and the tennis results website at http://www.tennisarchives.com/index.php. I have also used old sporting gazettes and tennis magazines such as “The Field”, “Lawn Tennis and Badminton” and “Der Lawn-Tennis-Sport” (later “Lawn-Tennis und Golf”) as well as old newspapers from Australia and New Zealand.

The list is incomplete and is not meant to be definitive. When Wilding won more than one singles event at the same tournament, e.g. Wiesbaden in the years 1906-08, this is counted as one tournament win. His current total of singles titles is 111, broken down as follows: Grass, 33; Clay, 66; Wood (indoors), 12.
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1901

[Circa 30 October-2 November] Province of Canterbury Championships, Cranmer Square Club, Canterbury, New Zealand (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding d. Richard D. Harman 2-6, 8-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
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[Circa 27-30 December] Ashburton Tournament, Ashburton, Canterbury New Zealand (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding d. Thomas Lynch 6-0, 6-3
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1902

[Circa 29 March-1 April] Intercollegiate Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (CC*) d. F.D. Rice (CC*) 6-4, 6-2

* Canterbury College.
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1903

[Circa early April] Cambridge University Freshmen’s Tournament, Cambridge, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding d. [????] 6-0, 6-0*

* The losing finalist might have been Gordon Lowe, who later on also played tennis competitively.
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1904

[14-16 July] Championships of Shropshire, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. E.V. Jones 4-6, 9-7, 8-6, retired
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[18-23 July] Redhill, Surrey, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Albert D. Prebble 6-0, 6-1, retired
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[3-10 August] Scottish Championships, Moffat, Scotland (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Charles Glenny 6-1, 6-1, 6-2
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[22-27 August] Carlisle, North Cumberland, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. [????]
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1905

[4-7 July] Hertfordshire and North Middlesex Championships, New Barnet, Hertfordshire, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. J.L. Figgis 6-0, 6-0
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[17-22 July] Redhill, Surrey, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Kenneth Powell 6-1, 6-2, 6-1
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[11-21 August] Poseldorf Cup*, Hamburg, Germany (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Major Ritchie (GBR) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

* This event was usually played during the German Championships in Hamburg.
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[Circa 28 August-3 September] Championships of Europe, Bad Homburg, Germany (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. George Hillyard (GBR) 5-7, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
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[Circa 4-10 September] Baden-Baden, Germany (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) and George Ball-Greene (IRL) divided the prizes.*

* Wilding was injured and unable to play the final.
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[Circa 11-18 September] Le Touquet, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Lionel Escombe (GBR) 6-2, 6-3, 6-0
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1906

[Circa 18-25 February] Riviera Championships, Mentone, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Major Ritchie (GBR) 6-1, 6-4, 6-0
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[Circa 20-26 March] Championships of Cannes, Beau Site Hotel, Cannes, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Wilberforce V. Eaves (AUS) 6-2, 6-1, 6-3
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[Circa early April] Lyons Covered Courts Championships, Lyons, France (Wood)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Major Ritchie (GBR) [score?]
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[Circa mid-April] Championships of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. José Capara 6-1, 6-0, 6-0
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[Circa 23-29 April] French Covered Court Championships, Tennis Club de Paris, Paris, France (Wood)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Major Ritchie (GBR) 6-2, 6-1, 6-1
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[Circa 7-12 May] Wiesbaden, Germany (Clay)

For the Wiesbaden Cup

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Otto Froitzheim 6-1, 9-7, 6-3
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For the Championships of Wiesbaden

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Karl Schmidt-Knatz 6-2, 6-1, 6-3
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[14-19 May] Berkshire Championships, Reading, Berkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. David M. Hawes 6-0, 6-4, 6-0
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[4-6 June] Sheffield and Hallamshire, South Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. E. Watson 6-1, 6-0, 6-1
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[9-14 June] Prague, Bohemia (Clay)

For the Championships of Austria*

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Major Ritchie (GBR) 7-5, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
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For the Championships of Bohemia*

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. [????]

* These two events might have been played simultaneously at the same venue. These two events are currently counted as one tournament win.
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FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Curt von Wessely 7-5, 6-3*

* It is not clear what this event was. It might have been the Championships of Bohemia. This whole tournament is still counted as one win.
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[2-5 July] Epsom, Surrey, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. E.L. Bristow 6-2, 6-3
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[16-18 July] Championships of Shropshire, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Edward R. Allen 5-7, 6-0, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
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[Circa mid-July] Karlsbad, Austria (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. [] Ackerland 6-2, 6-1, 6-3
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[Circa late July] Franzensbad, Bohemia* (Clay)

For the Championships of Franzensbad

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Ladislav Zemla 6-2, 6-2, retired

* Franzensbad is now located in the Czech Republic.
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[Circa 24 July-2 August] Marienbad, Austria (Clay)

For the Auersperg Prize

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Otto Froitzheim 7-5, 6-0, 6-3
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For the Championships of Marienbad

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Otto Froitzheim 6-2, 6-1, 6-0
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[Circa 20-26 August] Bad Homburg, Germany (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Otto Froitzheim 6-1, 6-1, 6-4
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[4-6 September] Baden-Baden, Germany (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. George Ball-Greene (IRL) 6-1, 6-3*

* This seems to have been a best-of-three-sets final.
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[10-18 September] South of England Championships, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Roderick McNair 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
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[1-6 October] London Covered Courts Championships, Queen’s Club, London, England (Wood)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. George Caridia 6-3, 6-0, 6-3
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[26 December 1906-1 January 1907] Australasian Championships and New Zealand Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand (Grass)

For the Australasian Championships*

FI: Anthony F. Wilding d. Francis Fisher 6-0, 6-4, 6-4
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For the New Zealand Championships*

FI: Anthony F. Wilding d. Harold Parker 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

* These two tournaments were played simultaneously at the same venue, but are counted separately
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1907

[11-18 March] South of France Championships, Nice, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Major Ritchie (GBR) 6-0, 6-0, 6-3
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[28 March-2 April] French Covered Courts Championships, Tennis Club de Paris, Paris, France (Wood)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Max Décugis 4-6, 6-1, 1-6, 4-1, retired
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[4-7 April] Lyons Covered Courts Championships, Lyons, France (Wood)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Maurice Germot 6-1, 6-1, 6-4
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[15-20 April] Covered Courts Championships, Queen’s Club, London, England (Wood)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. George Caridia 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
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[Circa 6-11 May] Wiesbaden, Germany (Clay)

For the Wiesbaden Cup

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Adolf Hammacher, walkover
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For the Championships of Wiesbaden

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. d. George M. Simond (GBR) 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
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[Circa 16-21 May] Prague, Bohemia (Clay)

For the Championships of Austria

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Oscar Kreuzer (GER) 6-1, 6-1, 6-1
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[Circa 23-28 May] Vienna, Austria (Clay)

For the Championships of Vienna

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Curt von Wessely 6-3, 8-6, retired
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[Circa 2-8 June] Championships of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Curt von Wessely (AUT) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
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[Circa mid-June] Kent Championships, Beckenham, England (Grass)

CR: Anthony F. Wilding d. Arthur W. Gore 9-7, 6-2, 3-6, 0-6, 6-1
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[Circa 24-30 July] Marienbad, Austria (Clay)

For the Auersperg Prize

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Curt von Wessely (AUT) 4-6, 10-8, 2-6, 7-5, 10-8
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For the Championships of Marienbad

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Robert B. Powell (CAN) 6-0, 6-2, retired
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[4-8 August] Franzensbad, Bohemia (Clay)

For the Championships of Franzensbad

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Curt von Wessely (AUT) 6–4, 6–0, 7–5
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[Circa 6-11 August] Karlsbad, Austria (Clay)

For the City of Karlsbad Cup

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Oscar Kreuzer (GER) 6-0, 6-1, 6-2
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[Circa 14-19 August] Lucerne, Switzerland* (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding d. Edward R. Allen 3-2, retired

* Some sources have Wilding winning the Swiss Championships in 1907, but the Swiss Championships of that year were held in Saint Moritz, not Lucerne, and were won by Otto Widmann. The above event won by Wilding was more than likely the Championships of Lucerne.
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[1-8 September] Baden-Baden, Germany (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Otto Froitzheim 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
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newmark401 04-14-2010 11:53 AM

Part III of III

1908

[Circa 17-23 February] Championships of the Italian Riviera, San Remo, Italy (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. S. Turton (GBR) 6-0, 6-0, 6-1
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[24 February-1 March] Monte Carlo, Monaco (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Wilberforce V. Eaves (AUS) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
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[9-17 March] South of France Championships, Nice, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Major Ritchie (GBR) 6-0, 6-1, 6-2
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[Circa 17 March-26 March] Championships of Cannes, Beau Site Hotel, Cannes, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Major Ritchie (GBR) 6-3, 6-4, 6-0
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[Circa 28 March-4 April] Métropole Hotel, Cannes, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. H. Bertoult 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
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[8-12 April] Lyons Covered Courts Championships, Lyons, France (Wood)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Maurice Germot 6-2, 6-1, 6-0
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[14-20 May] Wiesbaden, Germany (Clay)

For the Wiesbaden Cup

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Rolf Kinzl (AUT) 6-1, 6-1, 6-2
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For the Championships of Wiesbaden

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Otto Widmann 6-1, 6-0, 6-2
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[Circa 25-30 May] Lille, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Clarence P. Dodge (USA) 6-0, 6-3, 6-2
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[2-4 July] Sheffield and Hallamshire, South Yorkshire, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Edward R. Allen 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
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[Circa 27-31 July] Bordeaux, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Daniel Lawton 6-2, 6-0, 6-1
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[Circa 1-7 August] Dieppe, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Charles P. Dixon (GBR) 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
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[2-6 September] Baden-Baden, Germany (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Otto Froitzheim 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
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[14-21 September] South of England Championships, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. George Hillyard, walkover
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[Circa 19-23 November] Victoria Championships, Melbourne, Australia (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Frederick Alexander (USA) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2
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[26-29 December] New Zealand Championships, Nelson, New Zealand (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Harold Parker 6-2, 6-1, 6-4
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1909

[14-18 January] New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding d. Harold Parker 6-4, 5-3, retired
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[22-25 January] Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding d. Cecil Cox 6-2, 6-4
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[9-14 April] Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding d. Geoff Ollivier 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
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[Circa 18-25 October] Australasian Championships incorporating Western Australian Championships, Perth, Australia (Grass)*

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Ernest Parker 6-1, 7-5, 6-2

* Wilding won the Australasian Championships.
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[Circa 8-13 November] Victorian Championships, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Norman Brookes 2-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 9-7
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[27-31 December] New Zealand Championships, Auckland, New Zealand (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding d. Francis Fisher 6-1, 6-1, 6-1
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1910

[Circa 20-26 April] South African Championships, Johannesburg, South Africa (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Harold Kitson 6-0, 6-3, 6-4
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[Circa 25-31 May] Leopold Club, Brussels, Belgium (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Max Decugis (FRA) 6-1, 6-0, 6-2*
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FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Reginald Storms 6-0, 6-1, 4-3, retired*

* These two events might have been held simultaneously at the same venue.
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[Circa 25-30 May] Lille, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Georges Watson (BEL) 6-0, 6-1, 6-0
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[13-18 June] London Championships, Queen’s Club, London, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Major Ritchie 6-4, 6-3, 2-0, retired
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[20 June-2 July] The Championships, Wimbledon, London, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Arthur W. Gore 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
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[1-8 August] Ostend, Belgium (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Louis Transenster 6-2, 6-2, 6-1
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[8-14 August] The Hague, Holland (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Roelof van Lennep 6-0, 6-3, 6-0
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[22-28 August] Évian-les-Bains, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Etienne Micard 6-3, 6-0, 6-1
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[Circa mid-September] Territet, Montreux, Switzelrand, (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Maurice Germot (FRA) 6-1, 6-3
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[10-17 October] London Covered Courts Championships, Queen’s Club, London, England (Wood)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Arthur Lowe 6-2, 6-1, 6-3
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1911

[13-18 February] Championships of the Italian Riviera, San Remo, Italy (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Friedrich W. Rahe (GER) 6-4, 2-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
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[27 February-5 March] Monte Carlo, Monaco (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Max Decugis (FRA) 5-7, 1-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-1
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[6-12 March] Riviera Championships, Mentone, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Max Decugis 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3
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[13-21 March] South of France Championships, Nice, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Max Decugis 9-7, 6-0, 6-3
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[21-29 March] Championships of Cannes, Beau Site Hotel, Cannes, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Friedrich W. Rahe (GER) 6-1, 6-4, 6-1
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[5-9 April] Lyons Covered Courts Championships, Lyons, France (Wood)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Felix Poulin 6-0, 6-1, 6-0
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[12-17 June] Kent Championships, Beckenham, Kent, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Major Ritchie 6-0, 6-0, 6-3
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[19-24 June] London Championships, Queen’s Club, London, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Alfred Beamish 7-5, 6-2, 6-3
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[26 June-8 July] The Championships, Wimbledon, London, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Herbert Roper Barrett 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, retired
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1912

[12-17 February] Monte Carlo, Monaco (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. C. Moore (GBR) 6-3, 6-0, 6-0
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[10-15 June] Kent Championships, Beckenham, Kent, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Herbert Roper Barrett 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
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[17-22 June] London Championships, Queen’s Club, London, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Otto Froitzheim (GER), walkover
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[24 June-8 July] The Championships, Wimbledon, London, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Arthur W. Gore 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
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[Circa 25-31 August] Deauville, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Heinrich Kleinschroth (GER) 6-2, 6-1, 7-5
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1913

[24 February-1 March] Monte Carlo, Monaco (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Felix Poulin (FRA) 6-0, 6-2, 6-1
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[3-9 March] Riviera Championships, Mentone, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Friedrich W. Rahe (GER) 6-2, 6-3, 6-1
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[7-15 June] World Hard Court Championships, Saint Cloud, Paris, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. André Gobert 6-3, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
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[23 June-4 July] The Championships, Wimbledon, London, England (Grass)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Maurice McLoughlin (USA) 8-6, 6-3, 10-8
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[24-31 August] Deauville, France, (Clay)

In the men’s singles event, the four semi-finalists played each other once to decide the winner. Anthony F. Wilding beat the other three semi-finalists in straight sets and was thus the winner. This is counted as a tournament win.
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[Circa 2-8 September] Le Touquet, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. A.B. "Barney" Jones (AUS) 6-2, 6-8, 6-3, 6-1
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[Circa 15-22 September] Territet, Montreux, Switzerland (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Craig Biddle (USA) 6-1, 6-2, 6-0
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[Circa 22-27 September], Montreux Palace Autumn Meeting, Montreux, Switzerland (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Robert Kleinschroth (GER) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
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[Circa 29 September-5 October] Lausanne, Switzerland (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Robert Kleinschroth (GER) 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
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[13-20 October] London Covered Courts Championships, Queen’s Club, London, England (Wood)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Arthur Lowe 7-5, 6-0, 6-2
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[3-8 November] World Covered Courts Championships, Stockholm, Sweden (Wood)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Maurice Germot (FRA) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1
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1914

[5-11 January] Carlton Club (1st Meeting), Cannes, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Gordon Lowe (GBR) 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
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[26-31 January] Bordighera, Italy (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Gordon Lowe (GBR) 6-2, 7-5
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[9-16 February] Hotel Bristol, Beaulieu, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Gordon Lowe (GBR) 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
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[Circa 17-22 February] Cote d’Azur Championships, Cannes, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Gordon Lowe (GBR) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
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[23 February-3 March] Monte Carlo, Monaco (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Gordon Lowe (GBR) 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
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[Circa 4-8 March] Riviera Championships, Mentone, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Gordon Lowe (GBR) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
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[9-17 March] South of France Championships, Nice, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Gordon Lowe (GBR) 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
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[16-26 March] The Country Club, Nice, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Felix Poulin 10-8, 6-2, 6-4
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[23-30 March] Championships of Cannes, Beau Site Hotel, Cannes, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Norman Brookes (AUS) 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
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[6-12 April] Carlton Club (Second Meeting), Cannes, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Norman Brookes (AUS) 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
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[29 May-8 June] World Hard Court Championships, Saint Cloud, Paris, France (Clay)

FI: Anthony F. Wilding (NZL) d. Count Ludwig von Salm (AUT) 6-0, 6-2, 6-4
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timnz 04-14-2010 04:45 PM

Surfaces
 
Thanks very much for these. This is great information. How confident are you about the surfaces you have quoted? Because if you are confident with them, I'll update the Wikipedia site for wilding which has hardly any surface information on the tournaments played.

hoodjem 04-14-2010 05:23 PM

Holy cow! How many clay tournaments did he win?

Carlo Giovanni Colussi 04-15-2010 12:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hoodjem (Post 4564106)
Holy cow! How many clay tournaments did he win?

Hello hoodjem,
apparently you haven't noticed newmark's figures. See in his 2nd post the following quote :

"The list is incomplete and is not meant to be definitive. When Wilding won more than one singles event at the same tournament, e.g. Wiesbaden in the years 1906-08, this is counted as one tournament win. His current total of singles titles is 109, broken down as follows: Grass, 33; Clay, 64; Wood (indoors), 12."

From memory Wilding was undefeated on clay from 1911 to 1914 (but he didn't meet any great American players then given that the latter rarely crossed the Atlantic) : in four years he won at least 24 tournaments in a row on clay.

Idzznew 04-15-2010 01:29 AM

Intercollegiate Championships Christchurch 1902

Final
Wilding, Anthony Frederick (Tony) d. Rice, F.D. (6-4 6-2)

www.tennisarchives.com

newmark401 04-15-2010 05:35 AM

"How confident are you about the surfaces you have quoted?"

Very confident, since most of the outdoor Continental tournaments were played on clay, while most of the outdoor tournaments in the British Isles, Australia and New Zealand were played on grass.

newmark401 04-15-2010 05:41 AM

"From memory Wilding was undefeated on clay from 1911 to 1914"

According to "The Field" of 12 July 1913, "Mr Wilding has not lost a single on the Riviera for over four years..."

Wilding didn't play on the Riviera in either 1909 or 1910. The last defeat of his there I have is in the Riviera Championships final in March 1908, when Wilding lost to Major Ritchie, 1-6, 6-2, 7-5, 2-6, 8-6.

However, Wilding lost on clay later on in 1908, when Otto Froitzheim beat him in the final of the Homburg Cup, 6-4 ,4-6, 6-4, 8-6. This is the last defeat of his on clay of which I am aware.

newmark401 04-15-2010 05:52 AM

"Intercollegiate Championships Christchurch 1902

Final
Wilding, Anthony Frederick (Tony) d. Rice, F.D. (6-4 6-2)

www.tennisarchives.com"

Thanks, Alex, I've added that result. - Mark

newmark401 05-04-2010 02:21 PM

Update
 
I have added in the results/information for the following events or tournaments:

1905

Pöseldorf Cup, Hamburg (this event was usually played during the German Championships).
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1906

An unidentified event held during the tournament featuring the Austrian Championships in Prague.
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1910

Lille, France
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Territet, Montreux, Switzerland
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1913

Deauville, France (this event had a round robin format once the semi-finals were reached, and Wilding beat each of the other three semi-finalists in straight sets). I have counted this tournament as one win.
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Territet, Montreux, Switzerland
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This brings Wilding’s total number of tournament wins up to 111, and leaves literally a handful of results to be found.

timnz 05-04-2010 05:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by newmark401 (Post 4624284)
I have added in the results/information for the following events or tournaments:

1905

Pöseldorf Cup, Hamburg (this event was usually played during the German Championships).
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1906

An unidentified event held during the tournament featuring the Austrian Championships in Prague.
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1910

Lille, France
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Territet, Montreux, Switzerland
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1913

Deauville, France (this event had a round robin format once the semi-finals were reached, and Wilding beat each of the other three semi-finalists in straight sets). I have counted this tournament as one win.
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Territet, Montreux, Switzerland
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This brings Wilding’s total number of tournament wins up to 111, and leaves literally a handful of results to be found.


I assume all of these were on clay? If so that puts his wins on clay up to 70! Surely there is no-one else in history with so many clay titles?

newmark401 05-05-2010 02:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by timnz (Post 4624626)
I assume all of these were on clay? If so that puts his wins on clay up to 70! Surely there is no-one else in history with so many clay titles?

Yes, those five events were all played on clay, though some of them don't count as tournaments in themselves. Still, Wilding has about seventy tournament wins on clay, which is 62% or so of all of his tournament wins.

I don't know who has won the most tournaments on clay in history, but Wilding is certainly up there.

newmark401 05-13-2010 11:30 AM

“From memory Wilding was undefeated on clay from 1911 to 1914 (but he didn't meet any great American players then given that the latter rarely crossed the Atlantic) : in four years he won at least 24 tournaments in a row on clay.”

Having rechecked, I see that Wilding lost to Max Décugis, of France, twice on clay in May 1910, at the same tournament – Wiesbaden – in the final of both the Wiesbaden Cup and the Championships of Wiesbaden events. (To be fair to Wilding, he hadn’t played much tennis in the preceding months.)

After those two losses to Décugis, I have been able to verify at least twenty-eight singles tournament wins for Wilding on clay, from the tournament at the Leopold Club in Brussels, Belgium, at the end of May 1910 to the World Hard Court Championships in Paris in 1914.

Wilding may well have gone undefeated in singles in at least thirty clay court tournaments during this four-year period, giving him a winning streak on clay of around 125 matches. But this remains to be confirmed.

timnz 05-13-2010 04:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by newmark401 (Post 4648056)
“From memory Wilding was undefeated on clay from 1911 to 1914 (but he didn't meet any great American players then given that the latter rarely crossed the Atlantic) : in four years he won at least 24 tournaments in a row on clay.”

Having rechecked, I see that Wilding lost to Max Décugis, of France, twice on clay in May 1910, at the same tournament – Wiesbaden – in the final of both the Wiesbaden Cup and the Championships of Wiesbaden events. (To be fair to Wilding, he hadn’t played much tennis in the preceding months.)

After those two losses to Décugis, I have been able to verify at least twenty-eight singles tournament wins for Wilding on clay, from the tournament at the Leopold Club in Brussels, Belgium, at the end of May 1910 to the World Hard Court Championships in Paris in 1914.

Wilding may well have gone undefeated in singles in at least thirty clay court tournaments during this four-year period, giving him a winning streak on clay of around 125 matches. But this remains to be confirmed.

Great research! So, Nadal's winning streak on Clay should have a note at the end ('in the open era').

newmark401 05-19-2010 04:15 PM

"Great research! So, Nadal's winning streak on Clay should have a note at the end ('in the open era')."

Yes. I counted fifty wins in a row on clay for Tony Wilding in 1914 alone, as he won all eleven clay court singles events he took part in, starting with the Carlton Club (1st Meeting) in France at the beginning of January, and finishing at the World Hard Court Championships in Paris at the beginning of June.

At one point that year Wilding won seven clay court singles titles in seven weeks. Factor in his clay court tournament wins from the years 1911-13, when he also probably didn't lose on the surface, and you have a very long winning streak indeed.

timnz 05-19-2010 09:15 PM

Wilding - 'The Man' when it comes to clay
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by newmark401 (Post 4669489)
"Great research! So, Nadal's winning streak on Clay should have a note at the end ('in the open era')."

Yes. I counted fifty wins in a row on clay for Tony Wilding in 1914 alone, as he won all eleven clay court singles events he took part in, starting with the Carlton Club (1st Meeting) in France at the beginning of January, and finishing at the World Hard Court Championships in Paris at the beginning of June.

At one point that year Wilding won seven clay court singles titles in seven weeks. Factor in his clay court tournament wins from the years 1911-13, when he also probably didn't lose on the surface, and you have a very long winning streak indeed.

Wow - his clay court prowess seems to be forgotten by all except a few on this forum. Given so many matches in 1914 - I wonder if that contributed to his lack lustre performance on Grass at Wimbledon that year. It sounds like he didn't do much to prepare for the tournament. Classic signs of being burnt out. Given the number of matches he played that year (7 tournaments in 7 weeks - and winning all the matches!) - it's not surprising.

newmark401 05-26-2010 05:53 PM

"Wow - his clay court prowess seems to be forgotten by all except a few on this forum. Given so many matches in 1914 - I wonder if that contributed to his lack lustre performance on Grass at Wimbledon that year. It sounds like he didn't do much to prepare for the tournament. Classic signs of being burnt out. Given the number of matches he played that year (7 tournaments in 7 weeks - and winning all the matches!) - it's not surprising."

Possibly, although Wilding benefited from the Challenge Round, i.e. he didn't have to play through in order to defend his title. Maybe that was a handicap for him in 1914? Here's how Arthur Wallis Myers saw things in his book "Captain Anthony Wilidng", first published in 1916:

"Several explanations have been offered for Anthony’s surprising defeat in the last match which he was destined to play on the centre court. Some of them were wide of the mark. It has been suggested, for example, that both men were at their best and that Brookes displayed a superiority of strategy and stroke which clearly entitled him to victory. Unquestionably the challenger played a masterly game with great skill and endurance. His triumph was thoroughly well deserved on the day’s play. But that is not the whole story. After his triumphs in 1913 [in this year he won all three world’s championships – on wood, grass and sand courts], when he may be said to have reached the zenith of his lawn tennis career, Anthony's absorbing interest in the game began to slacken. He had business trials, as we shall see presently, and there were influences at work which made him anxious to devote more time to the serious affairs of life.

"He did not train for the defence of his title in 1914 with so much zest or punctilio as he had shown in previous years. It may be that having twice defeated Brookes fairly decisively on the Riviera in the spring, he imagined that as much training was not necessary, and possibly his over-confidence, if it were over-confidence, was stimulated by the views of his friends. They predicted almost with one voice that he would win. Thus he came into court not so well equipped physically and mentally as he ought to have been, or as he probably would have been had the circumstances been different. There was a lack of agility, of verve, and of concentration about his game which showed that something was wrong. It may be that the amazing confidence of his opponent exercised some disintegrating effect on his own plan of campaign. I recollect how impressed he had been previously with Brookes’ mental attitude. 'Norman is perfectly sure,' he would say, 'both before and during a match that nothing but some dreadful catastrophe could ever cheat him of victory.'

"He took his defeat [Brookes won 6-4, 6-4, 7-5], as he took every defeat, with perfect composure, without a single sign of petulance. An old friend of mine, Mr. David Williamson, who was standing in the crowd behind the umpire’s chair when the players left the court, observed the following incident: 'An impulsive lady buttonholed Brookes and asked him to autograph his portrait. Brookes might well have declined, for he was pretty well spent. Wilding, overhearing the request, offered at once his back for Brookes to sign the picture. I thought it was a typically chivalrous act in the moment of what must have been bitter defeat.' Mr. Williamson also mentions that on the day of the match, when spectators standing in the queue outside Wimbledon found it excessively hot, Wilding arrived on his motor, and expressed his sorrow that he could not take them all into the ground then and there.

"Within ten minutes of the match – for there was no need for extended massage now – Anthony, smiling and at ease, might have been seen carrying a tea-tray, appropriated from the kitchen, over the crowded lawns to a party of friends. He did not utter a word of mortification or regret, though I very well know that his disappointment was keen. He took a rebuff as a rub of the green. I like to think that his last visit to Wimbledon – for he sailed for America a few days later – revealed him in the very best light – that of a perfect sportsman."

newmark401 11-22-2010 05:37 AM

Tony Wilding did indeed win two tournaments in Montreux, Switzerland, in the early autumn of 1914. I have added in the other title he won, at the Montreux Palace Autumn Meeting.

If I'm not mistaken, that gives Wilding 112 tournament wins in singles, including 65 on clay (both of the tournaments in Montreux were played on clay).

timnz 11-22-2010 09:15 AM

The three 1913-1923 Majors
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by newmark401 (Post 4691465)
"Here's how Arthur Wallis Myers saw things in his book "Captain Anthony Wilidng", first published in 1916:

"....After his triumphs in 1913 [in this year he won all three world’s championships – on wood, grass and sand courts], when he may be said to have reached the zenith of his lawn tennis career, ..."

I have said a number of times on this forum that we had a different 3 majors between 1913 and 1923 than we do now. Some had disagreed with me. Here is a contemporary affirming that the 3 majors - Wimbledon, WHCC, and WCCC were the 3 majors (not our present 4). Even though the fields at the World Covered Court Championships weren't as deep as they could have been, in a way that is irrelevant - the fact is it was one of the three official majors. For instance Cochets wins in 1922 and 1923 at that event should be regarded as majors and also his 1922 win at the WHCC - bringing him to 11 majors won.


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