Bobby Wilson (tennis)

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Bobby Wilson
Full name Robert Keith Wilson
Country  United Kingdom
Residence Finchley, Middlesex, England
Born (1935-11-22) 22 November 1935 (age 79)
Hendon, Middlesex, England
Turned pro 1968 (amateur tour from 1952)
Retired 1971
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record 10–11
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1968)
French Open QF (1963)
Wimbledon QF (1958, 1959, 1961, 1963)
US Open QF (1960, 1963)
Doubles
Career record 9–10
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1960)
Last updated on: 14 July 2012 ..

Robert Keith "Bobby" Wilson (born in Hendon, Middlesex, County of London, on 22 November 1935) is a former top-ranking English tennis player. Wilson reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon four times, Forest Hills twice, and Roland Garros once during the late 1950s and early 1960s. He was also a prominent Great Britain Davis Cup team member.

Grand Slam tournament overview[edit]

Wilson was a champion junior player, winning the 1951 British Junior Championship at age 15. He was runner-up the following two years as well as doubles champions partnering Billy Knight. Whilst still a junior Wilson won senior level singles matches at Wimbledon - in 1952 he lost to eventual runner-up Jaroslav Drobný in the second round whilst the following year he reached the third round, where he went out to eventual quarter-finalist Sven Davidson, 3-6, 6-4, 10-8, 0-6, 2-6.

Wilson first reached a major quarter-final in 1958, at Wimbledon. Unseeded, he reached the round without dropping a set, setting up a meeting against No. 1 seed Ashley Cooper. The champion Australian took the first two sets handily before Wilson stormed back to level matters at 2 sets apiece. The deciding set was closely contested with eventual champion Cooper prevailing 7-5. Wilson, seeded No. 4, reached the same stage the following summer but went out without much of a stir to Roy Emerson, 3-6, 4-6, 2-6.

1960 saw Wilson, the No. 8 seed, reach the quarter-finals at the U.S. Nationals in his fourth appearance at Forest Hills. He breezed to the final 8 without dropping a set, after defeating Allen Fox in the round of 16, 7-5, 6-1, 6-2. He next met No. 2 seed Rod Laver. Despite hanging close in the opening set, Wilson went down easily to the future tennis legend, 7-9, 1-6, 3-6. Wilson reached the quarters yet again at Wimbledon the following summer, but not without some drama. He barely survived his first round match versus Argentine Eduardo Soriano, coming back from 2 sets to 1 down to prevail, 6-2, 4-6, 5-7, 16-14, 6-3. Wilson two rounds later scored perhaps the biggest match victory of his career in dispatching with No. 1 seed Neale Fraser 1-6, 6-0, 13-11, 9-7. The following round however proved once again to be a road block for Wilson as he went out to No. 8 seed Chuck McKinley in four sets.

1963 proved to be Wilson's best year as he reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and Forest Hills. In Paris, Wilson, as he often did when he went far into tournaments, breezed through the first four rounds, including a round of 16 win over No. 6 Bob Hewitt, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. As was his wont too however, he went out rather easily in the next round, this time to French champion and No. 3 seed Pierre Darmon, 3-6, 4-6, 3-6. A month later, again unseeded, Wilson once more breezed into the quarters and lost there handily, to No. 4 seed Chuck McKinley, 6-8, 4-6, 2-6. His success for the year saw him seeded No. 6 at Forest Hills and he succeeded in justifying this seeding, as he, once again, raced into the quarter-finals. His opponent this time however was not a big name, unseeded Frank Froehling. Taking the first two sets, Wilson looked primed to reach his first major semi-final, but he lost the next two sets. Froehling took the deciding set too however, saving a match point to do so,[1] by a score of 9 games to 7.

Even when past his prime, Wilson continued to compete at Wimbledon, if only in doubles. He took eventual champion Wilhelm Bungert to 7-9 in the fifth set in their fourth round encounter in 1967 and in 1969 reached the fourth round, for the last time, in both singles and doubles. His final Wimbledon was 1977, where at age of 41 he played in the mixed doubles and lost in the first round. - he played just in the doubles draw from 1971 onward. Overall he played in 124 matches at Wimbledon winning 77 and losing 47.

Davis Cup[edit]

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Post-playing career[edit]

Wilson coached locally in his post-tour days.[2]

Personal[edit]

As of 1981, Wilson was a resident of Finchley, Greater London.

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