Charles Walder Grinstead

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Charles Grinstead
Full name Charles Walder Grinstead
Country (sports)  England
Born 1 December 1860
Teignmouth, England
Died 16 March 1930(1930-03-16) (aged 69)
Nikenbah, Australia
Singles
Highest ranking No. 3 (1884, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon F (1884)

Charles Walder Grinstead (1 December 1860 – 16 March 1930) was an English champion tennis player. He reached the quarter finals at Wimbledon 1883. Grinstead reached the Wimbledon All Comers Final in 1884, where he beat Ernest Renshaw before losing to Herbert Lawford.[2] Together with C. E. Weldon, Grinstead won the Oxford Men's Doubles in 1883. In 1884, the Oxford Men's Doubles event and its trophy were handed over to the All England Club to be known as the All England Men's Doubles as part of the Wimbledon Championships; consequently winners of the Oxford events are included as Wimbledon champions.[3] He was ranked World No. 3 for 1884 by Karoly Mazak.[1]

Early life[edit]

Charles Walder Grinstead was born on 1 December 1860 in Teignmouth, Devon, England, the son of Charles Grinstead (a Church of England cleric) and his wife Sarah A. (née Stanley).[4][5] He was educated at the University of Oxford, matriculating in 1879 as a member of Keble College and graduating in 1874 as a member of Charsley's Hall.[6]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
Runner-up 1884 Wimbledon Championships Scotland Herbert Lawford 5–7, 6–2, 2–6, 7-9

Career titles and finals[edit]

Career titles[edit]

Year Tournament City Surface Opponent Score
1881 Essex Championships Frinton Grass United Kingdom Nalton Womersley 6-2, 6-3[4]
1882 Essex Championships Brentwood Grass United Kingdom Nalton Womersley 6-4 6-3 6-3[4]
1883 Leicester Tennis Tournament Leicester Grass United Kingdom Ernest Lewis 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-1[4]
1883 Sussex County Lawn Tennis Club (Spring) Leicester Asphalt (hard) United Kingdom Donald Charles Stewart 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-6 6-4[4]
1883 Leamington Tennis Tournament Leamington Spa Grass United Kingdom Herbert Wilberforce 8-6 3-6 6-3 3-6 6-3[4]
1883 Exmouth Tennis Tournament Exmouth Grass United Kingdom Edward Lake Williams 6-2 6-5 6-4[4]
1883 Essex Championships Brentwood Grass United Kingdom P. Colley 6-1 6-3 6-4[4]
1883 Edgbaston Tennis Tournament Edgbaston Grass United Kingdom Edward Lake Williams 6-3 6-3[4]
1884 Essex Championships Colchester Grass United Kingdom Edward Cubitt 6-0 6-4[4]
1884 Exmouth Tennis Tournament Exmouth Grass United Kingdom Erskine Gerald Watson 6-2 6-2 6-3[4]
1884 Derbyshire Championships Buxton Grass Republic of Ireland Ernest Browne 5-7 6-2 6-2 5-7 6-4[4]
1884 Middlesex Championships Chiswick Grass United Kingdom Donald Charles Stewart 6-1 4-6 12-10 6-3[4]
1892 St. Augustine Lawn Tennis Tournament St. Augustine Grass United States Oliver Campbell w.o.[4]

Career finals[edit]

Year Tournament City Surface Opponent Score
1883 South of England Championships Eastbourne Grass United Kingdom Edward Lake Williams 6-1 8-6 4-6 7-5)[4]
1883 Wimbledon Championships London Grass United Kingdom Ernest Renshaw 6-4 6-3 6-3[4]
1883 Sussex County Lawn Tennis Tournament Brighton Grass United Kingdom Herbert Wilberforce 6-3 6-3 8-10 6-4 6-1[4]
1884 Wimbledon Championships London Grass United Kingdom Herbert Lawford 7-5 2-6 6-2 9-7[4]
1884 South of England Championships London Grass United Kingdom Edward Lake Williams 4-6 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-3[4]
1892 Tampa Gulf Championships London Asphalt (hard) United States Empie Albert Wright 4-6 6-4 6-2 6-2[4]
1894 Tampa Gulf Championships Tampa Asphalt (hard) United States Robert Duffield Wren 6-5 6-3[4]
1894 St. Augustine Lawn Tennis Tournament St. Augustine Grass United States Oliver Campbell w.o.[4]

Later life[edit]

Having completed his B.A. at Oxford, Grinstead was intended to become a Church of England cleric like his father. While Grinstead had enjoyed his academic studies and his sport at university, he did not wish to become a cleric. Instead in the spring of 1885, he immigrated to Ontario, Canada where he spent nine months, and then relocated to the United States of America.[5]

Charles Walder Grinstead died in Nikenbah, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia on 16 March 1930.[4] He was buried in Polson Cemetery, Hervey Bay, Queensland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 12.
  2. ^ "Wimbledon 1884". www.tennis.co.nf. 
  3. ^ "Oxford University Lawn Tennis Club: 1879-1883". Norham Gardens Lawn Tennis Club. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Charles Walder Grinstead". Tennis Archives. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Charles W. Grinstead". Idaho Genealogy. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Foster, Joseph (1891). Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886. E–K. p. 572.