Buster Mottram

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Christopher Mottram
Buster Mottram 1978.jpg
Country  United Kingdom
Residence Kingston upon Thames, England
Born (1955-04-25) 25 April 1955 (age 59)
Kingston upon Thames, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record 285–171
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 15 (7 February 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 4R (1977)
Wimbledon 4R (1982)
US Open 4R (1980)
Doubles
Career record 111–118
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 164 (3 January 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 3R (1981, 1983)
US Open 3R (1973)
Last updated on: 24 August 2012.

Christopher "Buster" Mottram (born 25 April 1955 in Kingston upon Thames) is a former English tennis player and UK number 1 who achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 15 in February 1983.

Mottram represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup eight times. His father, Tony Mottram, was a leading British tennis player in the 1950s.

Career titles[edit]

Singles (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 19 April 1975 Johannesburg Hard Netherlands Tom Okker 6–4, 6–2
2. 18 April 1976 Palma Clay Japan Jun Kuki 7–5, 6–3, 6–3

Doubles (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 21 April 1974 Charlotte Unknown Mexico Raúl Ramírez Australia Owen Davidson
Australia John Newcombe
6–3, 1–6, 6–3
2. 17 July 1977 Kitzbühel Clay United Kingdom Roger Taylor Switzerland Colin Dowdeswell
Australia Chris Kachel
7–6, 6–4
3. 30 October 1977 Basle Carpet United Kingdom Mark Cox United Kingdom John Feaver
Australia John James
7–5, 6–4, 6–3
4. 29 March 1981 Stuttgart Carpet United States Nick Saviano United States Craig Edwards
United States Eddie Edwards
3–6, 6–1, 6–2
5. 25 April 1982 Bournemouth Clay Australia Paul McNamee France Henri Leconte
Romania Ilie Năstase
3–6, 7–6, 6–3

Outside tennis[edit]

While Mottram was still playing professionally, he became known for his right-wing views. He expressed support for the National Front, supported the policies of Enoch Powell,[1] and applied, unsuccessfully, for the Conservative parliamentary candidacy in several constituencies.[1] He subsequently formed a songwriting partnership with the black entertainer Kenny Lynch.[1]

In November 2008, he was expelled from the UK Independence Party (UKIP) after attempting to broker an electoral pact with the British National Party. UKIP leader Nigel Farage called Mottram's offer "astonishing", declaring the party to be "non-racist".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tennis: Whatever happened to Buster Mottram?" The Independent, 18 May 2002
  2. ^ UKIP rejects BNP electoral offer, BBC News, 3 November 2008.