Oliver Golding

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Oliver Golding
Golding WMQ14 (21) (14606427962).jpg
Oliver Golding in 2014
Full name Oliver Golding
Country  United Kingdom
Residence Richmond, London, United Kingdom
Born (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 20)
Richmond, London, United Kingdom
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Turned pro 2011
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $95,168
Singles
Career record 0–3
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 327 (28 April 2014)
Current ranking No. 348 (4 August 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 1R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 0–1
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 409 (27 August 2012)
Current ranking No. 579 (4 August 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 1R (2012)
Last updated on: 4 August 2014.
Olympic medal record
Competitor for a Olympic flag.svg mixed-NOCs team
Men's tennis
Youth Olympic Games
Gold 2010 Singapore Doubles

Oliver Golding (born 29 September 1993) is an English tennis player and former child actor. He was the youngest junior British number one, and the 2011 U.S. Open Boys' Champion.[1]

Golding is a Youth Olympic Games gold medallist, having won gold in the boys' doubles event in tennis at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics with Czech partner Jiří Veselý, with whom he participated in the boys' doubles at the 2010 U.S. Open. On 11 September 2011, he won the Junior Boys' Singles US Open championship.

Golding became a professional tennis player in 2011 after winning the US Open junior championship.

Tennis[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2004, Golding began playing tennis for the Esporta Riverside Club, Chiswick,[2] and later that year went to Wimbledon, under the Lawn Tennis Association's "Ariel Champions of the Future" scheme, to meet former professionals Martina Navratilova and Todd Woodbridge.[3]

Oliver Golding in action during the 2010 US Open

On 27 November 2005, in the first ever Aberdeen Cup tennis match,[4] Golding was selected to represent England in one of the junior matches, beating Scotland's Scott Lister 11 games to 4 in their "tie-break" style rubber, to square the match however, Jamie Murray and Elena Baltacha won their subsequent doubles game, to secure a Scottish victory.[5] It was claimed on the Guardian Unlimited website that Golding had "impressed Andy Murray when he played for England against Scotland".[6]

In late 2006, as fourth seed, Golding lost 4–6, 2–6, in the semi-final of the Ariel Winter Grand Prix event (promoted by the LTA), to the eventual winner, number two seed Andrew Bettles.[7] He also made news in the Daily Mail when Richmond upon Thames Council banned him (and other potential stars) from playing in the tennis courts which were part of his mother's back garden, and from which she coached local youngsters in tennis. This was due to complaints from local neighbours about the disturbance. The Council deemed that the extra activity constituted "unauthorised change in the court's use". His mother commented: "This ridiculous decision is going to threaten his training and cripple his prospects. We always hear how this country needs young tennis players but if this is how they are treated then what chance do they have? Oliver is representing Britain in the European Championships next year. From the end of this month he can't do the two hours per day practice he needs to maintain this standard in his own back garden."[8]

Golding's first two tournament wins were in the Bournemouth Open (Boys 14) at the West Hants Club on 5 August 2007,[9] when he defeated David Wright 6–3, 6–0 in the Final,[10] and in the Frutina Westway Winter Tournament (16 & Under) on 31 December 2007, when he beat Alexander Wilton 6–0, 6–0 in that Final match.[11] Golding was also been the recipient of a £2,000 grant from "Tennis First", a charity set up to help young players fulfil their potential, and tennis kit from the manufacturers Fred Perry.[8] Subsequently, on 5 April 2008, Golding beat Zack Evenden 6–3, 6–1 to win the Rickmansworth Junior Tournament (18 & Under Boys Singles).[12]

Golding won his first ITF tournament in July 2008 at the Grade 5 Scottish International ITF doubles competition, partnering Nick Jones.[13] He became the British junior No. 1 in late 2009. In 2010 he reached the semifinals in the junior boys singles at Wimbledon, beating the world Number No. 1 Jason Kubler en route.[14][15]

At the Youth Olympics Golding beat world No. 1 and Junior Wimbledon champion Márton Fucsovics in round 1 of the singles,[16] and won gold in the boys' doubles with Czech partner Jiří Veselý. This moved him into the top 20 of the ITF boys' world rankings. At the 2010 US Open Golding once again teamed up with Jiří Veselý in the boys' doubles. They reached the final where they lost 6–1, 7–5.

In September 2011, Golding won the US Open boys' singles, reaching as high as No. 2 in the junior combined rankings as a result.

Junior Singles[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open A 3R A 2–1
France French Open A 2R QF 4–2
United Kingdom Wimbledon 1R SF 2R 5–3
United States US Open A 2R W 7–1
Win–Loss 0–1 8–4 10–2
Youth Olympic Games
Olympic rings with white rims.svg Summer Youth Olympics NH QF NH 2–1

Junior Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open A 1R A 0–1
France French Open A QF QF 4–2
United Kingdom Wimbledon 1R 1R F 4–3
United States US Open 1R F QF 6–3
Win–Loss 0–2 5–4 8–3
Youth Olympic Games
Olympic rings with white rims.svg Summer Youth Olympics NH W NH 4–0

2011[edit]

Golding was given a wildcard to play at the Aegon Championships in London but lost in the first round to 2007 finalist Nicolas Mahut in his first non-junior event.

At the French Open Golding was a Boys' Singles quarterfinalist. He was defeated by Bjorn Fratangelo 1–6, 1–6. Golding also reached the quarterfinals of the Boys' doubles at the French Open, partnered with Jiří Veselý, they lost to Mitchell Krueger and Shane Vinsant of the USA in 4–6, 6–4, (8–10).

At the Wimbledon Championships Golding reached the Final of the boys' doubles, partnered with Jiří Veselý, where they lost to George Morgan & Mate Pavić in 3 sets 6–3, 4–6, 5–7. Golding reached the second round of the boys' singles.

Golding partnered Liam Broady at the boys' doubles at the 2011 U.S. Open, being beaten by R. Kern and J. Lenz, 6–7 (4–7), 4–6 of Germany in the quarterfinals. In the boys' Singles at the 2011 U.S. Open Golding won the final by defeating Jiří Veselý 5–7, 6–3, 6–4.

Golding finished the 2011 season with an ITF Junior Boys' Rankings world ranking of 3, his highest season ranking was 2.

2012[edit]

Through 2012, Golding mainly played on the Futures tour, winning two tournaments and losing one further final as of September 2012.[17] Golding made his ATP Tour debut at the 2012 Aegon Championships and his grand slam debut at Wimbledon, losing both matches.[18]

Titles[edit]

Singles[edit]

Junior Grand Slams: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2011 US Open Hard Czech Republic Jiří Veselý 5–7, 6–3, 6–4

Doubles[edit]

Youth Olympics 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 20 August 2010 Youth Olympics, Singapore Hard Czech Republic Jiří Veselý Russia Victor Baluda
Russia Mikhail Biryukov
6–3, 6–1

Junior Doubles: 0 (0–2)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 13 September 2010 US Open Hard Czech Republic Jiří Veselý Peru Duilio Beretta
Ecuador Roberto Quiroz
1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 3 July 2011 Wimbledon Grass Czech Republic Jiří Veselý United Kingdom George Morgan
Croatia Mate Pavić
6–3, 4–6, 5–7

Performance statistics timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 Career SR Career W-L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open A A A A 0/0 0–0
France French Open A A A A 0/0 0–0
United Kingdom Wimbledon Q2 1R A Q2 0/1 0–1
United States US Open A A A A 0/0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0/1 0–1
Career statistics
Tournaments Played 1 2 0 0 Career total: 3
Titles 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Finals Reached 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 0/3 0–3
Win % 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Year End Ranking 701 431 406

Doubles[edit]

Current through 2012 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2011 2012 Career S/R Career W-L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australia Australian Open A A 0/0 0–0
France French Open A A 0/0 0–0
United Kingdom Wimbledon Q1 1R 0/1 0–1
United States US Open A A 0/0 0–0
Summer Olympics Not Held A 0/0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0/1 0–1
Career statistics
Tournaments Played 0 1 Career total: 1
Titles 0 0 Career total: 0
Finals Reached 0 0 Career total: 0
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0/1 0–1
Win % 0% 0% 0% 0%
Year End Ranking 477

Education[edit]

Golding was educated at Newland House School, an independent school in Twickenham in south west London.[19]

Acting career[edit]

Golding's earliest appearance was on television in a commercial for Vauxhall Motors, as a two-year-old baby in 1996.[citation needed] After a small part in a stage version of Wind in the Willows in 1997, his next television role was in 1998 as Nat[20] in the first two episodes of the wartime romantic drama Coming Home, which starred Keira Knightley.[21]

Golding's first film project was as one of four small boys in Mike Leigh's award-winning[22] 2002 comedy drama All or Nothing.[23] His biggest film role to date then came in The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby, a tale of the story of Greyfriars Bobby, a child who takes on the responsibility of a policeman's dog after his death, and who has to win the battle with authority to save the dog's life. Though casting began in 2002, the film was delayed much delayed due to problems with the funding.[24] Shooting largely took place during 2004–05, and the film was released in France on 11 May 2005, Italy in July 2005, the USA on 29 October 2005 and at the Children's Film Festival in the UK on 16 November 2005.[25]

In 2003 Golding portrayed Jeremy Potts in another stage show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in London's West End. In the same year, he appeared as one of the children in Ibsen's play, Brand, which starred Ralph Fiennes and was directed by Adrian Noble.[26]

In March 2004, Golding made an appearance as a young customer in "Elephants and Hens", episode 2 of the third season of Black Books, the television comedy series about a dysfunctional bookshop owner, played by Dylan Moran.[27] Then, in April of the same year, he took the part of Tom Dawson in the fifth episode of the Carlton Television production, Murder in Suburbia, in which Gwyneth Strong played his mother Pat.[28] Finally in 2004, he provided the voice of Xath in the English version of the animated puppet fantasy Strings, co-produced by Birdpic Limited in association with Scandinavian partnerships.[29]

In June 2008, Golding appeared in the BBC Three TV documentary "Child Stars", featuring three promising youngsters with outstanding talent and ambition.[30] However, he has foregone further advancement as an actor to concentrate on a possible tennis career.[31]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Youngest ever junior British number one: BBC.co.uk. Retrieved on 4 January 2010.
  2. ^ Playing tennis for the Esporta Riverside Club, 2004: Esporta.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  3. ^ "Serving up future stars": Newsquest's ThisIsHertfordshire website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  4. ^ The Aberdeen Cup 2005 (tennis): AboutAberdeen.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  5. ^ Golding wins, but England lose: BBC Sport website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  6. ^ Impressing Andy Murray? Yes, according to the Guardian. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  7. ^ Ariel Winter Grand Prix 2006, semi-finalist: Falmouth Packet website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  8. ^ a b "The tennis star banned from his own back garden" by Richmond upon Thames Council: Daily Mail website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  9. ^ Bournemouth Open (Boys 14) at the West Hants Club: CoreTennis.net website. Retrieved on 6 February 2008.
  10. ^ 6–3, 6–0 victory for Golding, against David Wright, at the Bournemouth Open: CoreTennis.net website. Retrieved on 6 February 2008.
  11. ^ 6–0, 6–0 victory for Golding, against Alexander France, in the Frutina Westway Winter Tournament: LTA website. Retrieved on 10 April 2008.
  12. ^ 6–3, 6–1 win over Zack Evenden, Rickmansworth Junior Tournament (18 & Under Boys Singles) Final: LTA website. Retrieved on 14 April 2008.
  13. ^ Doubles success partnering Nick Jones, Scottish Junior International Championships, July 2008: ITFTennis.com website. Retrieved on 22 July 2008.
  14. ^ Golding beats Jason Kubler at Wimbledon: Wimbledon.org website. Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
  15. ^ Defeats Renzo Olivo to reach Wimbledon Junior semi finals: BBC.co.uk website. Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
  16. ^ "Golding hits form at Youth Games". BBC News. 16 August 2010. 
  17. ^ ATP. "Oliver Golding Playing Activity 2012". Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  18. ^ Steinberg, Jacob (25 June 2012). "Wimbledon 2012". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  19. ^ Olympic Hopeful Oliver Golding Left Film Set to Join the Tennis Set London Evening StandardThis Is London. Retrieved on 28 March 2011.
  20. ^ Playing Nat (Nathaniel) in Coming Home: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  21. ^ Coming Home (1998 TV series), as Nathaniel: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  22. ^ All or Nothing (2002 TV film), awards won: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  23. ^ All or Nothing (small boy): BFI.org.uk website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  24. ^ The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2005 film), as Ewan Adams: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  25. ^ Release info, The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  26. ^ Brand (2003 stage play): Curtain Up.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  27. ^ Black Books (2004 TV series), as a young customer: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  28. ^ Murder in Suburbia (2004 TV series), as Tom Dawson: TV.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  29. ^ Strings (2004 animated film), English voice of Xath: BFI.org.uk website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
  30. ^ Appearance in BBC Three documentary ("Child Stars", June 2008): BBC TV Listings. Retrieved on 22 July 2008.
  31. ^ Gave up acting to concentrate on tennis: Daily Telegraph website. Retrieved on 4 January 2010.

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