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    The story of the men’s singles event at Wimbledon in 1920

    Introduction The Wimbledon tournament of 1920 was held from Monday, June 21 until Saturday, July 3. In those days there was no play on the middle Sunday and the only time rain fell during the meeting in 1920 was late in the day on Thursday, July 1. The venue for what was the fortieth edition of...
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    Four early American Lawn Tennis Tournaments (1885-1939)

    Four early American Lawn Tennis Tournaments The following four tournaments were all first held in the 1880s and all grew to be fixed meetings in the American lawn tennis calendar. Understandably, as the popularity of lawn tennis grew as a sport, each of these four tournaments faced increasing...
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    A Miscellany of Irish Tennis History

    Introduction The aim of this thread is to provide in one single place the final results from events at some of the main Irish tournaments held since the dawn of lawn tennis in the late 1870s up to, in some cases, the present day. In this respect the focus will almost always be on the men’s...
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    Arthur W. Myers – A Testament to Tennis

    Towards the end of her life, Prudence ('Prue') Wallis Myers (1918-2010) wrote the following tribute to her father, the English lawn tennis correspondent, author and player Arthur Wallis Myers (1878-1939). -- Arthur W. Myers – A Testament to Tennis A Tribute by Prue Wallis Myers My father’s...
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    A Biographical Sketch of George Lyttleton Rogers (1906-62)

    Part I of II A Biographical Sketch of George Lyttleton Rogers (1906-62) By Mark Ryan Although many sources list his birthplace as Dublin, George Lyttleton Rogers, the last Irish lawn tennis player to enjoy significant success on the international circuit, was in fact born in the market town...
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    Herbert Roper Barrett – A Lawn Tennis Biography

    By Mark Ryan -- Part I – Early Years Herbert Roper Barrett was born on 24 November 1873 in West Ham in south-west Essex (now East London), England. He was the first child and the eldest son of Joseph Barrett (b. 1842 in Stepney, Middlesex), a solicitor by profession, and Louisa Barrett (née...
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    Vere Saint Leger Goold – A Tale of Two Courts

    First published in 1984, the following piece was written by Alan Little, Honorary Librarian of the Kenneth Ritchie Library at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. -- Vere Saint Leger Goold – A Tale of Two Courts By Alan Little “On the morning of Tuesday, 6th August, 1907, the 5.38...
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    Norman Brookes and Mabel Balcombe – A Successful Match

    When Norman Brookes, Australia's first Wimbledon champion, married Mabel Balcombe on 19 April 1911 in Saint Paul's Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne, it was the society wedding of the year. In later life Mabel Brookes wrote several books, including "Crowded Galleries" (1956), an autobiographical...
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    The Queen's Club and some early Venues for Lawn Tennis in London

    By Mark Ryan The Queen’s Club was established in August 1886 and named after its first patron, Queen Victoria. The incorporation of the club cost £18, 15 s, 0d in old money. According to Roy McKelvie in ‘The Queen’s Club Story’, the grounds were first opened for lawn tennis on 19 May 1887. He...
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    Two views of “The Doctor” – Wilberforce V. Eaves (1867-1920)

    Part I of III Introduction Although born in Australia, Wilberforce Vaughan Eaves grew up and was educated in England, where he spent most of his life. He was the son of William and Emma Eaves, both of whom were English by birth; Wilberforce had one brother, also called William. A medical...
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    Ted Schroeder (1921-2006). Obit.

    The following obituary of Ted Schroeder, by Richard Evans, was published in "The Guardian" newspaper on June 6, 2006: The tennis champion Ted Schroeder, who has died of cancer aged 84, won Wimbledon in 1949 on his only appearance at the All England Club. With his death is severed one of the...
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    Canada's Successful Davis Cup Debut in 1913

    Part I of III Introduction Canada took part in the Davis Cup competition for the first time in 1913. Although a total of only eight teams participated in what was the thirteenth year of the fledgling competition, this was the highest number so far at that point. The total was, in fact, nine if...
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    100 Years Ago: Norman Brookes wins second Wimbledon singles title

    One hundred years ago today the great Australian lawn tennis player won the men's singles title at Wimbledon for the second time by defeating the holder, the New Zealander Tony Wilding, in straight sets in the Challenge Round. Many observers had picked Wilding to win the title for the fifth...
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    Bettina Bunge – A Citizen of the World

    The following portrait of Bettina Bunge was originally published in German in the book “Tennis in Deutschland. Von den Anfängen bis 2002. Zum 100-jährigen Bestehen des Deutschen Tennis Bundes”/“Tennis in Germany. From its Beginnings to 2002. On the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the German...
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    The First Wimbledon Tournament (1877), as reported in "The Field"

    Part I of III The first Wimbledon was held from July 7 to 17, 1877, and consisted of just one event, a men's singles. It was reported in "The Field" sports gazette on February 14 and one week later. -- From “The Field”, July 14, 1877 “The rapid rise of lawn tennis in public estimation...
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    The 1953 Davis Cup Challenge Round: Australia 3, United States 2

    Introduction The Challenge Round of the Davis Cup in 1953 pitted the holders, Australia, against the United States for the eighth consecutive year since the competition had resumed in 1946 after the end of World War Two. The tie was held from December 28-31, at the Kooyong Stadium in...
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    The First Women’s Singles and Men’s Doubles Events at Wimbledon (1884)

    Part I of IV Introduction In the beginning there was Wimbledon. The first championship tournament was held there from July 9-19, 1877, and featured only a men’s singles event. The next events to be added were the women’s singles and men’s doubles; this happened in 1884. Many experts consider...
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    Heinrich "Henner" Henkel (1909-1943), By Jutta Deiss

    In the year 2002, a book was published to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the German Tennis Association. This book is entitled “Tennis in Deutschland. Von den Anfängen bis 2002. Zum 100-jährigen Bestehen des Deutschen Tennis Bundes”/“Tennis in Germany. From its Beginnings...
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    The What's wrong with Grigor Dimitrov? Thread

    ATP China Open First round R. Bautista-Agut (ESP) d. D. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 6-4, 6-2 -----
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    The World's First Covered Court Tennis Tournament (1885)

    From “The Field Lawn Tennis Calendar” (1886) Covered Court Championship [1885], Hyde Park Lawn Tennis Club, London, England “This novel event in lawn tennis competitions commenced on Monday, April 20 [1885], on the new covered court of the Hyde Park Lawn Tennis Club. Owing to the lease of...
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    Frank L. Riseley (1877-1959) And A Remarkable Tennis-Playing Family

    By Mark Ryan Part I of IV Francis Lorymer “Frank” Riseley was born on 6 July 1877 in Westbury-on-Trym, in the northern part of the city of Bristol, England. His parents were Henry Lorymer Riseley and Phoebe Riseley (née Greenway). Henry Lorymer Riseley, an insurance agent by profession...
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    Dick Williams and Vinnie Richards, by Bill Tilden

    This piece is taken from Bill Tilden's entertaining book "My Story", first published in 1948. Its focus is Richard Norris Williams II (1891-1968) and Vincent Richards (1903-1959), two of Tilden's greatest American contemporaries. -- Dick Williams and Vinnie Richards, by Bill Tilden Part I of...
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    Success Story, by Jaroslav Drobny

    Written shortly after he won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1954, this piece provides an insight into the early life and lawn tennis career of the great Czech-born player Jaroslav Drobny (1921-2001). From "The Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack" (1955) “I was lucky enough to be born...
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    Success Story, by Lew Hoad

    Written shortly after he won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1956, this piece provides an insight into the early life and lawn tennis career of the great Australian Lew Hoad (1934-1994). Success Story By Lew Hoad, from the "Dunlop Lawn Tennis Annual and Almanack" (1957) "I began hitting a...
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    Harry Hopman, Master Builder, by John Barrett

    This long, insightful article on the legendary Australian Davis Cup coach, player and journalist Harry Hopman (1906-1985) was featured in the "Grand Prix Tennis Annual" for 1976. It was written by the English journalist and commentator John Barrett, himself a former player and Davis Cup...
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    The Condition of the Centre Court at Wimbledon during the 1886 Championships

    This letter, from the Englishman Herbert Chipp, player, official and referee, was featured in the "Field Lawn Tennis Calendar" of 1887: "SIR, I am sorry to have to draw attention to the condition of the centre court at Wimbledon, as it was on Saturday last. "Considering that the meeting is...
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    Lieutenat Joseph R. Hunt (1919-1945) - A Tribute, by Stanley W. Merrihew

    The following tribute to the American lawn tennis player Joseph R. Hunt was written on Sunday, February 4, 1945, and appeared in the March 1945 edition of "American Lawn Tennis". It was written by Stanley Wallis Merrihew, editor and publisher of "ALT", as it was popularly known, and all-round...
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    Major Ritchie (1870-1955) - An Early English Lawn Tennis Player

    By Mark Ryan Part I of V Major Josiah George Ritchie was born on 18 October 1870 in London, England. His parents were Josiah Ritchie (b. 1841) and Elizabeth Anne Ritchie (née Edis; b. 1850). According to the Censuses of England, Josiah Ritchie’s father George (b. 1807) had been at various...
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    The men’s singles final at the Austrian Championships (1894-1930)

    The Austrian Championships were first held in 1894, when the main events were a men’s singles and a men’s doubles. The tournament was usually held in late May/early June, on clay courts. Up until 1914, it was held in Prague in Bohemia, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After...
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    The Doherty Brothers Clay Court Singles Victories (1896-1909)

    By Mark Ryan Part I of II Although neither Reggie (born 1872), the elder of the two great tennis-playing Doherty brothers, nor Laurie (born 1875), Reggie’s junior by almost exactly three years, ever enjoyed robust health, they were able to achieve a tremendous amount in their chosen sport...
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