A. Wallis Myers

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Arthur Wallis Myers
Arthur wallis myers.jpg
Country  United Kingdom
Born (1878-07-24)24 July 1878
Kettering, England
Died 17 June 1939(1939-06-17) (aged 60)
Berrow, Epsom, England
Turned pro 1903 (amateur tour)
Retired 1926 (played part-time afterwards)
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 2R (1926)
Wimbledon 2R (1921)
US Open 2R (1921)
Other tournaments
WHCC 3R (1921)
WCCC 1R (1919)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (1908)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 1R (1914)
Other Mixed Doubles tournaments
WHCC SF (1914)

Arthur Wallis Myers CBE (24 July 1878 – 17 June 1939) was an English tennis correspondent, editor, author and player. He is considered to be one of the leading tennis journalists of the first half of the 20th century.[1]

Wallis Meyers was the editor of the Ayers Lawn Tennis Almanack from 1908 onwards.[2] Wallis Myers was the lawn tennis correspondent of The Daily Telegraph from 1909 until his death in 1939, the lawn tennis editor of The Field Magazine and author of several books on tennis including a biography on four time Wimbledon champion Anthony Wilding who was killed in World War I. During that war Wallis Myers served in the Ministry of Information.[3]

He was a keen tennis player himself and was active mainly in doubles. In April 1906 he won the doubles title with Wilding at the Championships of Barcelona.[4] He won the Monte Carlo doubles championship in 1910 and 1921 and the mixed doubles in 1909.[5] He played in the mixed doubles at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships with Phyllis Satterthwaite, reaching the semi-finals, and teamed up with Molla Bjurstedt Mallory at the 1923 Monte Carlo tournament.[6] In 1923 he won the doubles title of the South of France championships.[5] He was the captain of British tennis teams on tour in Europe, South Africa and India.[1]

In 1924 he founded the International Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain[7][8] with Lord Balfour, former Prime Minister, and subsequently Member of the Cabinet, as its first President. He was appointed Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by French President Paul Doumer on 29 April 1932 for services to tennis.[9]

Wallis Myers married Lilian Wallis Myers (née Gentry).

A tribute to Wallis Myers, A. Wallis Myers: A testament to tennis, was written by the youngest of his 7 children, Prue, during her retirement.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Lawn tennis at home and abroad (1903) (online)
  • The complete lawn tennis player (1908) (online)
  • Leaders of lawn tennis (1912)
  • C.B. Fry : the man and his methods (1912)
  • The story of the Davis Cup (1913)
  • Captain Anthony Wilding (1916) (online)
  • Twenty years of lawn tennis : some personal memories (1921) (online)
  • Fifty years of Wimbledon : the story of the lawn tennis championships (1926)
  • Lawn tennis, its principles & practice: a player's guide to modern methods (1930)
  • Memory's parade (1932)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WALLIS MYERS DIES.". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 19 June 1939. p. 11. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "A. Wallis Myers – Tennis Authority's Death". The Sydney Morning Herald. Jun 19, 1939. 
  3. ^ Martin Smith, ed. (2010). The Daily Telegraph book of Wimbledon. London: Aurum. pp. XIV, XV. ISBN 9781845135430. 
  4. ^ "Open Tournaments – Barcelona". Lawn Tennis and Badminton - The Official Organ of the Respective Associations XI (277): 8, 9. 18 April 1906. 
  5. ^ a b Lowe's Lawn Tennis Annual. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode. 1935. 
  6. ^ "Miss Mallory Eliminated in Singles and Doubles of Tennis Tournament at Monte Carlo". Providence News. Mar 3, 1923. 
  7. ^ History of the IC
  8. ^ "Death of Wallis Myers.". Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 18 June 1939. p. 15. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Legion of Honour For Tennis Player", The Straits Times, 28 May 1932.