Frank Hadow

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Frank Hadow
Harrow hadows0001.jpg
The Harrow Hadows, P.F. Hadow in center.
(Hadow family collection)
Full name Patrick Francis Hadow
Country  United Kingdom
Born (1855-01-02)2 January 1855
Regent's Park, Middlesex, England
Died 29 June 1946(1946-06-29) (aged 91)
Bridgwater, Somerset, England
Turned pro 1878 (amateur tour)
Retired 1878
Singles
Career record 6–0
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 1 (1878, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon W (1878)
Last updated on: 9 October 2012.

Patrick Francis (Frank) Hadow (2[2] January 1855 – 29 June 1946) was a former World No. 1 English tennis player, who won the Wimbledon championship in 1878.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Born 2[4] January 1855 Regent's Park, his father was Patrick Douglas Hadow who was educated at Harrow School and Balliol College Oxford University and became Chairman of the P&O Shipping Company.

Frank Hadow attended Harrow School along with six of his seven brothers who were known as the "Harrow Hadows". Hadow represented Harrow at rackets and the brothers were well known as distinguished cricketers. Hadow's oldest brother Douglas Robert Hadow died during the descent after the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865.[5]

Sporting career[edit]

He was the loftiest Wimbledon Champion. He played at Wimbledon whilst on holiday from his coffee plantation in Ceylon. He did not defend his title – and is therefore the male champion never to have lost a set in singles there. He returned to Wimbledon nearly half a century later to collect a commemorative medal from Queen Mary for being the oldest surviving champion.[6]

When asked if he would defend his title Hadow is reported to have said "No sir. It's a sissy's game played with a soft ball."[7]

Hadow was also a distinguished big game hunter, hunting in Africa in the early years of the 20th century. He has listings in many categories of the 1928 Rowland Ward "Records of Big Game", including ranking trophies in the sable antelope, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob and eland categories.

As a cricketer, he also represented MCC, Middlesex, the Orleans Club, the South and the Gentlemen of England as a right-handed batsman in seven first-class matches between 1883 and 1891. He also played cricket in Ceylon.

He died 29 June 1946 Bridgwater, Somerset.

Creator of the lob[edit]

He was the first player ever who used the technique of lobbing. With help of this new technique, he defeated the volleyer Spencer Gore in the 1878 (second) Wimbledon Men's Final, 7–5, 6–1, 9–7. [8]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1878 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Spencer Gore 7–5, 6–1, 9–7

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