Algernon Kingscote

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Algernon Kingscote
Algernon Kingscote 1914.jpg
Kingscote in 1914
Full nameAlgernon Robert Fitzhardinge Kingscote
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born3 December 1888
Bangalore, India
Died21 December 1964(1964-12-21) (aged 76)
Woking, Surrey, Great Britain
PlaysRight-handed (1-handed backhand)
Highest rankingNo. 3 (1920A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1919)
WimbledonF (1919)
French Open Senior1R (1930)
Other tournaments
WHCCQF (1914)
Olympic Games4R (1924)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1919)[2]
WimbledonF (1920)
Other doubles tournaments
WHCCF (1914)
Olympic Games1R (1924)

Algernon Robert Fitzhardinge "Algy" Kingscote (3 December 1888 – 21 December 1964) was a British tennis player, who won the Men's Singles event at the Australasian Championships in 1919.[3]

Kingscote also competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris.[4] He was born in Bangalore, India, in 1888.[3]

Tennis career[edit]

Algernon Kingscote learned playing tennis on the courts of the Château-d'Œx Club in Switzerland,[3] where he won numerous championships.[5] In his early years he trained with American teenager player R. Norris Williams.[6] He was crowned Swiss champion in 1908[3] and champion of Bengal in 1913.[5] He held the Kent Championships title for four consecutive years between 1919–1922 and in total won the title six times.[7] At Wimbledon 1919, Kingscote beat William Laurentz, Max Decugis and Pat O'Hara Wood before losing in the all comers final to Gerald Patterson.[8] He won the singles title at the 1919 Australasian Championships, along with the first Anthony Wilding Memorial Medal, beating Eric Pockley of New South Wales in the final in straight sets.[2][9] In the 1920 Wimbledon Championships he reached the doubles final alongside James Cecil Parke but eventually lost to the team of GarlandWilliams.[10] In 1921 Kingscote was a runner-up at the Monte-Carlo Championships losing to fellow countryman Gordon Lowe in four sets.[11] He represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup seven times between 1919 and 1924 compiling a 9–8 win-loss record. In the 1922 Wimbledon Championships first round against Leslie Godfree they established the routine of saluting the Royal Box by bowing in front of it, a tradition that was in effect to 2003.[12] He won the Queen's Club Championships in 1924 beating Gordon Lowe in four sets in the final.[13]

Playing style[edit]

U.S. Championships quarterfinalist American Dean Mathey described his style as "well rounded" in 1920 at the time when he was considered the best British outdoors player. He favored volleying and had good ground strokes. His service was fair but his game lacked speed and strength.[14] The next year professional world number one player Bill Tilden agreed with Mathey that his game is well rounded but lacks speed.[6] He described his hitting as well-paced,[15] his service as a fast sliced, well placed, paced, twisted and cleverly disguised[6] and his style as a defensive one relying mostly on his half-volley baseline returns.[16] He dedicated Kingscote's court positioning and good volleying skills as a compensation for Kingscote's rather short appearance.[17] Kingscote adapted to the combination of net attack and baseline game, which Tilden praised as a key factor of successful tennis style.[18] His favorite shot was the cross court forehand shot.[6] His backhand was steady, accurate and deceptive.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Algernon Kingscote was born on 3 December 1888 to Lieutenant-Colonel Howard Kingscote (b. 29 Apr 1845, d. 17 Mar 1917) and famous novelist Adeline Wolff known as Lucas Cleeve. He had two siblings, Henry Robert Fitzhardinge Kingscote (b. 1 Oct 1887) and Iris Adeline Harriett Augusta Kingscote (b. 5 Aug 1886, d. 8 Jun 1970).[3] Like his father he joined the army in 1910 serving for the Royal Garrison Artillery.[5] He was a Second Lieutenant when stationing at Plympton, Devon in 1911.[3] He was engaged during in World War I where he fought at the First Battle of the Aisne[5] earning the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and the award of Military Cross.[3] After the war he went back competing in tennis tournaments and was appointed the captain of the Great Britain Davis Cup team, while still serving in the army as a colonel.[5] He married Marjorie Paton Hindley, daughter of Douglas C. P. Hindley, on 9 September 1919, and had two daughters Rachel and Marjorie and later a son David, who died on 5 September 1945 at age 20 at Burma, killed in action.[3] At the age of 52 at the outbreak of World War II he was sent back to action again.[3] He died on 21 December 1964 Woking, Surrey, Great Britain.[3]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Algernon Kingscote smash


Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1919 Australasian Championships Grass Australia Eric Pockley 6–4, 6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 1919 Wimbledon Championships Grass Australia Gerald Patterson 6–2, 6–1, 6–3[19]


Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1920 Wimbledon Championships Grass Republic of Ireland James Cecil Parke United States Chuck Garland
United States R. Norris Williams
6–4, 4–6, 5–7, 2–6

World Hard Court Championships[edit]

Outcome Year Venue Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1914 Stade Français Clay United Kingdom Arthur Gore France Max Decugis
France Maurice Germot
6–1, 11–9, 6–8, 6–2


  1. ^ United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 422.
  2. ^ a b "Tennis Championships" (PDF). The Argus. Melbourne: Argus Office (22, 930): 7. 29 January 1920. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Stephanie Jenkins (10 August 2012). "Mrs Adeline Kingscote, née Wolff ("Lucas Cleeve") (1860–1908)". Headington, Oxford, United Kingdom. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  4. ^ Algernon Robert Fitzhardinge Kingscote, British Olympic Association.
  5. ^ a b c d e "The Englishman". Auckland Star. Cable Press Association. 51 (14): 5. 16 January 1920. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e Tilden (1921), p. 189
  7. ^ J Buddell (17 February 2011). "Kent All-Comers' Championships" (PDF). Beckenham, United Kingdom: Beckenham Tennis Club. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Wimbledon 1919".
  9. ^ "TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP". The Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 29 January 1920. p. 7.
  10. ^ United Service Message (5 July 1920). "Sporting – tennis". The Barrier Miner. Broken Hill, Australia. 33 (9928): 1. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  11. ^ Axel Capron, ed. (17 February 2011). "Palmarès Monte-Carlo". Levallois-Perret, France: Pascal Laroche, Groupe Lagardère. Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  12. ^ John Parsons; Caroline Davies (30 April 2003). Martin Newland (ed.). "Wimbledon abandons the Royal Box curtsey". The Daily Telegraph. London. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Lawn tennis – London Championships". The Sydney Morning Herald (26, 979): 9. 24 June 1924. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  14. ^ Fred Hawthorne (20 January 1920). "Australians lead, 2 to 1, in defense of net trophy". New-York Tribune. 79 (26, 728): 14. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  15. ^ Tilden (1921), p. 14
  16. ^ Tilden (1921), p. 42
  17. ^ Tilden (1921), p. 45
  18. ^ Tilden (1921), p. 103-104
  19. ^ "ALGY KINGSCOTE". The Championships, Wimbledon. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Retrieved 6 July 2013.


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