Algernon Kingscote

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Algernon Kingscote
Algernon Kingscote.jpg
Full name Algernon Robert Fitzhardinge Kingscote
Country  United Kingdom
Born 3 December 1888
Bangalore, India
Died 21 December 1964(1964-12-21) (aged 76)
Woking, Surrey, Great Britain
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 3 (1920A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1919)
Wimbledon F (1919)
French Open Senior 1R (1930)
Other tournaments
WHCC QF (1914)
Olympic Games 4R (1924)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (1919)[2]
Wimbledon F (1920)
Other Doubles tournaments
WHCC F (1914)
Olympic Games 1R (1924)
Last updated on: 23 September 2012.

Algernon Robert Fitzhardinge Kingscote (3 December 1888 – 21 December 1964) was a British tennis player, who won the Men's Singles event at the Australasian Championships in 1919.[3]

Kingscote also competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris.[4] He was born in Bangalore, India, in 1888.[3]

Tennis career[edit]

Algernon Kingscote learned playing tennis on the courts of the Château-d'Œx Club in Switzerland,[3] where he won numerous championships.[5] In his early years he trained with American teenager player R. Norris Williams.[6] He was crowned Swiss champion in 1908[3] and champion of Bengal in 1913.[5] He held the Kent Championships title for four consecutive years between 1919–1922 and in total won the title six times.[7] He won the singles title at the 1919 Australasian Championships, along with the first Anthony Wilding Memorial Medal, beating Eric Pockley of New South Wales in straight sets.[2][8] In the 1920 Wimbledon Championships he reached the doubles final alongside James Cecil Parke but eventually lost to the team of Garland-Williams.[9] In 1921 Kingscote was a runner-up at the Monte-Carlo Championships losing to fellow countryman Gordon Lowe in four sets.[10] He represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup seven times between 1919 and 1924 compiling a 9–8 win-loss record. In the 1922 Wimbledon Championships first round against Leslie Godfree they established the routine of saluting the Royal Box by bowing in front of it, a tradition that was in effect to 2003.[11] He won the Queen's Club Championships in 1924 beating Gordon Lowe in four sets in the final.[12]

Playing style[edit]

U.S. Championships quarterfinalist American Dean Mathey described his style as "well rounded" in 1920 at the time when he was considered the best British outdoors player. He favored volleying and had good ground strokes. His service was fair but his game lacked speed and strength.[13] The next year professional world number one player Bill Tilden agreed with Mathey that his game is well rounded but lacks speed.[6] He described his hitting as well-paced,[14] his service as a fast sliced, well placed, paced, twisted and cleverly disguised[6] and his style as a defensive one relying mostly on his half-volley baseline returns.[15] He dedicated Kingscote's court positioning and good volleying skills as a compensation for Kingscote's rather short appearance.[16] Kingscote adapted to the combination of net attack and baseline game, which Tilden praised as a key factor of successful tennis style.[17] His favorite shot was the cross court forehand shot.[6] His backhand was steady, accurate and deceptive.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Algernon Kingscote was born on 3 December 1888 to Lieutenant-Colonel Howard Kingscote and famous novelist Adeline Wolff known as Lucas Cleeve. He had two siblings, Henry and Iris.[3] Like his father he joined the army in 1910 serving for the Royal Garrison Artillery.[5] He was a Second Lieutenant when stationing at Plympton, Devon in 1911.[3] He was engaged during in World War I where he fought at the First Battle of the Aisne[5] earning the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and the award of Military Cross.[3] After the war he went back competing in tennis tournaments and was appointed the captain of the Great Britain Davis Cup team, while still serving in the army as a colonel.[5] He married Marjorie Paton Hindley and had two daughters Rachel and Marjorie and later a son David.[3] At the age of 52 at the outbreak of World War II he was sent back to action again.[3] He died on 21 December 1964 Woking, Surrey, Great Britain.[3]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1919 Australasian Championships Grass Australia Eric Pockley 6–4, 6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 1919 Wimbledon Championships Grass Australia Gerald Patterson 6–2, 6–1, 6–3[18]

Doubles[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in the final Score
Runner-up 1920 Wimbledon Championships Republic of Ireland James Cecil Parke United States Chuck Garland
United States R. Norris Williams
6–4, 4–6, 5–7, 2–6

World Hard Court championships[edit]

Outcome Year Partner Opponents in the final Score Venue
Runner-up 1914 United Kingdom Arthur Gore France Max Decugis
France Maurice Germot
6–1, 11–9, 6–8, 6–2 Stade Français

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 422.
  2. ^ a b "Tennis Championships" (PDF). The Argus (Melbourne, Australia: Argus Office) (22,930): 7. 29 January 1920. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Stephanie Jenkins (10 August 2012). "Mrs Adeline Kingscote, née Wolff ("Lucas Cleeve") (1860–1908)". headington.org.uk. Headington, Oxford, United Kingdom. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Algernon Robert Fitzhardinge Kingscote, British Olympic Association.
  5. ^ a b c d e Cable Press Association (16 January 1920). "The Englishman". Auckland Star (Auckland, New Zealand) 51 (14): 5. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Tilden (1921), p. 189
  7. ^ J Buddell (17 February 2011). "Kent All-Comers' Championships" (PDF). beckenhamtennisclub.co.uk. Beckenham, United Kingdom: Beckenham Tennis Club. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP.". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 29 January 1920. p. 7. 
  9. ^ United Service Message (5 July 1920). "Sporting - tennis". The Barrier miner (Broken Hill, Australia: Henry Fenton) 33 (9928): 1. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Axel Capron, ed. (17 February 2011). "Palmarès Monte-Carlo". sports.fr. Levallois-Perret, France: Pascal Laroche, Groupe Lagardère. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  11. ^ John Parsons; Caroline Davies (30 April 2003). "Wimbledon abandons the Royal Box curtsey". In Martin Newland. The Daily Telegraph (London, United Kingdom: Telegraph Media Group). ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Lawn tennis - London Championships". The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia: John Fairfax and Sons) (26,979): 9. 24 June 1924. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Fred Hawthorne (20 January 1920). "Australians lead, 2 to 1, in defense of net trophy". New-York Tribune (New York, United States: Ogden Mills Reid) 79 (26,728): 14. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Tilden (1921), p. 14
  15. ^ Tilden (1921), p. 42
  16. ^ Tilden (1921), p. 45
  17. ^ Tilden (1921), p. 103-104
  18. ^ "ALGY KINGSCOTE". The Championships, Wimbledon. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 

Sources[edit]

Bill Tilden (1921). The art of lawn tennis (second ed.). London, United Kingdom: Methuen & Co. ISBN 1421900106. Retrieved 11 June 2012.

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