1880 Wimbledon Championship

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1880 Wimbledon Championship
Date July 5 – 15
Edition 4th
Category Grand Slam
Surface Grass
Location Worple Road
SW19, Wimbledon,
London, United Kingdom
United Kingdom John Hartley[1]
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The 1880 Wimbledon Championships took place on the outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. The tournament ran from 5 July until 15 July. It was the 4th staging of the Wimbledon Championships, and the first Grand Slam tennis event of 1880. There were a total of 60 competitors who entered the tournament a record until the 1904 draw. The admission charge remained at a shilling for the first four days, then raised to half a crown for the latter half of the draw.[2] The final was watched by 1300 spectators.[2] The height of the net was reduced from 4 feet 9 inches (1.45 m) at the posts to 4 feet (1.2 m)[2] and the distance from the service line to the net was reduced from 22 feet (6.7 m) to 21 feet (6.4 m).[3]

Changes to the rules made a service touching the net, but otherwise good, a 'let'; while a player touching the net, or volleying before the ball crossed the net, lost the point. Scoreboards were provided for the first time.[3]


United Kingdom John Hartley defeated United Kingdom Herbert Lawford, 6–3, 6–2, 2–6, 6–3.[1]

  • This was Hartley's second and last Major.

All Comers' Final[edit]

United Kingdom Herbert Lawford defeated United Kingdom O. E. Woodhouse, 7–5, 6–4, 6–0.


  1. ^ a b "Grand Slam Tournaments - Wimbledon" (PDF). usta.com. United States Tennis Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  2. ^ a b c 100 Years of Wimbledon by Lance Tingay, Guinness Superlatives Lid. 1977
  3. ^ a b Little, Alan (2001). 2010 Wimbledon Compendium. Wimbledon, London: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. p. 10. ISBN 1899039333. 

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Preceded by
1879 Wimbledon Championships
Grand Slams Succeeded by
1881 Wimbledon Championships