Brian Norton

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Brian Norton
Brian Norton 1920.jpg
Full name Brian Ivan Cobb Norton
Country (sports) South Africa South Africa
Born (1899-10-10)10 October 1899
Robben Island, South Africa
Died 16 July 1956(1956-07-16) (aged 56)
Santa Clara, CA, USA
Highest ranking No. 7 (1921, A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon F (1921Ch)
US Open SF (1923)
Other tournaments
WHCC 2R (1920, 1923)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon SF (1921, 1922)
US Open W (1923)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon SF (1920)

Brian Ivan Cobb Norton (10 October 1899 – 16 July 1956), nicknamed "Babe", was a South African male tennis player. He was born in Cape Province, South Africa, and died in Santa Clara, California, United States. He was runner-up to Bill Tilden in the 1921 Wimbledon Championships final, and won the 1923 U.S. National Championships doubles, alongside Tilden.

He competed in the singles and doubles events at the 1920 Summer Olympics.[2] Norton was ranked World No. 7 by A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph in 1921 and 1922.[1][3]

In 1921 he won the singles title at the South of England Championships after a five-set victory in the final against Mohammed Sleem.[4]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1921 Wimbledon Championships Grass United States Bill Tilden 6–4, 6–2, 1–6, 0–6, 5–7

Doubles (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1923 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Bill Tilden United States Richard Williams
United States Watson Washburn
3–6, 6–2, 6–3, 5–7, 6–2


  1. ^ a b "Tilden First on Tennis Star List", The Pittsburgh Press, 4 December 1921.
  2. ^ "Olympics – Players – Brian Norton". SportsReference. 
  3. ^ "Half World's Best Racqueteers Yankees Says British Expert", The Deseret News, 12 April 1922.
  4. ^ "Curious Lawn Tennis Final.". The Express And Telegraph. LVIII, (17,490). South Australia. 17 November 1921. p. 3. Retrieved 24 October 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 

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