Buster Mottram

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Christopher Mottram
Tennis Het Melkhuisje Buster Mottram in actie, Bestanddeelnr 929-8364.jpg
Country (sports) United Kingdom
ResidenceKingston upon Thames, England
Born (1955-04-25) 25 April 1955 (age 64)
Kingston upon Thames, England
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record285–171
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 15 (7 February 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open4R (1977)
Wimbledon4R (1982)
US Open4R (1980)
Career record111–118
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 164 (3 January 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon3R (1981, 1983)
US Open3R (1973)

Christopher "Buster" Mottram (born 25 April 1955 in Kingston upon Thames) is a former English tennis player and UK number 1 who achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 15 in February 1983.

Mottram represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup eight times, scoring 31 wins and 10 losses. His father, Tony Mottram, was a leading British tennis player in the 1950s.

Career titles[edit]

Singles (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. Apr 1975 Johannesburg Hard Netherlands Tom Okker 6–4, 6–2
2. Apr 1976 Palma Clay Japan Jun Kuki 7–5, 6–3, 6–3

Doubles (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents Score
1. 21 Apr 1974 Charlotte Unknown Mexico Raúl Ramírez Australia Owen Davidson
Australia John Newcombe
6–3, 1–6, 6–3
2. Jul 1977 Kitzbühel Clay United Kingdom Roger Taylor Switzerland Colin Dowdeswell
Australia Chris Kachel
7–6, 6–4
3. Oct 1977 Basle Carpet United Kingdom Mark Cox United Kingdom John Feaver
Australia John James
7–5, 6–4, 6–3
4. Mar 1981 Stuttgart Carpet United States Nick Saviano United States Craig Edwards
United States Eddie Edwards
3–6, 6–1, 6–2
5. Apr 1982 Bournemouth Clay Australia Paul McNamee France Henri Leconte
Romania Ilie Năstase
3–6, 7–6, 6–3


While Mottram was still playing professionally, he became known for his right-wing views. He expressed support for the National Front, supported the policies of Enoch Powell,[1] and applied, unsuccessfully, for the Conservative parliamentary candidacy in several constituencies.[1] He subsequently formed a songwriting partnership with the black entertainer Kenny Lynch writing the song "Average Man".[2]

In November 2008, he was expelled from the UK Independence Party (UKIP) after attempting to broker an electoral pact with the British National Party. UKIP leader Nigel Farage called Mottram's offer "astonishing", declaring the party to be non-racist.[3]


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