Wilfred Baddeley

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Wilfred Baddeley
Wilfred Baddeley 1895.jpg
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Born (1872-01-11)11 January 1872
Bromley, England
Died 24 January 1929(1929-01-24) (aged 57)
Menton, France
Turned pro 1887 (amateur tour)
Retired 1903
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 2013 (member page)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 1 (1891, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon W (1891, 1892, 1895)
Other tournaments
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1891, 1894, 1895, 1896)

Wilfred Baddeley (11 January 1872, Bromley, England – 24 January 1929, Menton, France) was a former World No. 1 British male tennis player and the elder of the Baddeley twins. His brother Herbert died on 20 July 1931 in Cannes, France.

Career[edit]

Wilfred, the better-known competitor, made his debut at Wimbledon in 1889 and he went on to win singles title three times in 1891, 1892 and 1895.[2] His 6–4, 1–6, 7–5, 6–0 win over Joshua Pim in 1891 at the age of 19 years and five months made him, until Boris Becker in 1985, the youngest men's singles champion at Wimbledon.[3] He was also runner-up in 1893, 1894 and 1896. With Herbert, he won four doubles championships at Wimbledon in 1891, 1894 - 1896.[2] The twins retired from competitive lawn tennis after the 1897 Wimbledon Championships to pursue their law careers but made a reappearance in the doubles event at Wimbledon in 1904 and 1905. In total he participated in eight Wimbledon singles tournaments and eleven doubles tournaments between 1889 and 1905. [4]

Baddeley was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013.[5]

Professional life[edit]

In February 1895 the brothers qualified in London as solicitors. They joined their uncle and father Thomas and E. P. Baddeley in Leadenhall Street at the family firm, founded by their great grandfather in 1790. The brothers remained partners in the firm until 1919, when they retired leaving their cousin, Cyril Baddeley, to carry on in the family name.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Wins (3)
Year Championship Opponent Score
1891 Wimbledon Ireland Joshua Pim 6–4, 1–6, 7–5, 6–0
1892 Wimbledon Ireland Joshua Pim 4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 6–2
1895 Wimbledon United Kingdom W. V. Eaves 4–6, 2–6, 8–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-ups (3)
Year Championship Opponent Score
1893 Wimbledon Ireland Joshua Pim 3–6, 6–1, 6–3, 6–2
1894 Wimbledon Ireland Joshua Pim 10–8, 6–2, 8–6
1896 Wimbledon United Kingdom Harold Mahoney 6–2, 6–8, 5–7, 8–6, 6–3

Doubles[edit]

Wins (4)
Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1891 Wimbledon United Kingdom Herbert Baddeley United Kingdom Joshua Pim
United Kingdom Frank Stoker
6–1, 6–3, 1–6, 6–2
1894 Wimbledon United Kingdom Herbert Baddeley United Kingdom Harold Barlow
United Kingdom Charles Martin
5–7, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3, 8–6
1895 Wimbledon United Kingdom Herbert Baddeley United Kingdom Ernest Lewis
United Kingdom Herbert Wilberforce
8–6, 5–7, 6–4, 6–3
1896 Wimbledon United Kingdom Herbert Baddeley United Kingdom Reginald Doherty
United Kingdom Harold Nisbet
1–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–1
Runner-ups (2);
Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1892 Wimbledon United Kingdom Herbert Baddeley United Kingdom Ernest Lewis
United Kingdom Harold Barlow
6–4, 2–6, 6–8, 4–6
1897 Wimbledon United Kingdom Herbert Baddeley United Kingdom Reginald Doherty
United Kingdom Lawrence Doherty
4–6, 6–4, 6–8, 4–6

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 19.
  2. ^ a b Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 415, 435. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  3. ^ "Wimbledon Top 10: Youngest Champions". AELTC. 
  4. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Wilfred Baddeley". AELTC. 
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers – Wilfred Baddeley". International Tennis Hall of Fame.