Herbert Lawford

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Herbert Lawford
19th century Tennis champions.jpg
Lawford, standing, on the right side
Full name Herbert Fortescue Lawford
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Born (1851-05-15)15 May 1851
Bayswater, England
Died 20 April 1925(1925-04-20) (aged 73)
Dess, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 1878 (amateur tour)
Retired 1890
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 2006 (member page)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 1 (1887, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon W (1887)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 1R (1884)

Herbert Fortescue Lawford (15 May 1851 – 20 April 1925) was a former co-World No. 1 tennis player from Scotland who won the Men's Singles championship at Wimbledon in 1887, and was runner-up five times.

Career[edit]

In the 1887 final, the native of Bayswater defeated Ernest Renshaw (also of Great Britain) in five sets: 1–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4. He reached the finals of Wimbledon in 1880, 1884–86, and 1888.

Lawford won the first major men's doubles tennis tournament, the Oxford University Men’s Doubles Championship, in 1879 partnering Lestocq Robert Erskine.[2] This event was a precursor to the Wimbledon men's doubles championship, introduced in 1884, and it was played over the best of seven sets ending in a score of 4–6, 6–4, 6–5, 6–2, 3–6, 5–6, 7–5.[a] In 1885 he won the singles title at the inaugural British Covered Court Championships.

Lawford is said to be the first person to introduce "topspin" to the game of tennis. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.

Grand Slam singles finals[edit]

Titles (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent Score
1887 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Ernest Renshaw 1–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4

Runner-up (5)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent Score
1880 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland John Hartley 6–3, 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
1884 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland William Renshaw 6–0, 6–4, 9–7
1885 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland William Renshaw 7–5, 6–2, 4–6, 7–5
1886 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland William Renshaw 6–0, 5–7, 6–3, 6–4
1888 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Ernest Renshaw 6–3, 7–5, 6–0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Some sources show the result of the final set as 10–8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 15.
  2. ^ "Oxford University Lawn Tennis Club: 1879-1883". Norham Gardens Lawn Tennis Club. 

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