Ernest Renshaw

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Ernest Renshaw
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Full name Ernest James Renshaw
Country  United Kingdom
Born (1861-01-03)3 January 1861
Leamington, Warwickshire, England
Died 2 September 1899(1899-09-02) (aged 38)
Waltham St. Lawrence, Berkshire, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 1879 (amateur tour)
Retired 1897
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF 1983 (member page)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 1 (1887, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon W (1888)
Other tournaments
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1884, 1885, 1886, 1888, 1889)
Tennis players William and Ernest Renshaw on a postal card, around 1890

Ernest James Renshaw (3 January 1861 in Leamington Spa – 2 September 1899 at his home in Waltham St. Lawrence) was a former World No. 1 English tennis player.

Together with his twin brother William Renshaw, Ernest won the men's doubles at Wimbledon five times. He also won the singles championship at Wimbledon once, in 1888 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1983.[2] He won the singles title at the Irish Championships on four occasions (1883, 1887, 1888, 1892). Ernest was the older of the brothers by 15 minutes and half an inch taller.

The boom in popularity of the game during the 1880s due to the modern tennis style of the Renshaw brothers became known as the 'Renshaw Rush'.[3]

Death[edit]

He died of the effects of carbolic acid but whether taken intentionally or not the evidence did not show.[4]

In 1983,Ernest Renshaw was elected posthumously into the International Tennis Hall of Fame together with his brother.[4][5]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (5)[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1882 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom William Renshaw 6–1, 2–6, 4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 1883 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom William Renshaw 2–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1887 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Herbert Lawford 1–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 1888 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Herbert Lawford 6–3, 7–5, 6–0
Runner-up 1889 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom William Renshaw 6–4, 6–1, 3–6, 6–0

Doubles (5)[edit]

Year Tournament Partner Opponent in the final Score
1884 Wimbledon United Kingdom William Renshaw United Kingdom Ernest Lewis
United Kingdom E.L. Williams
6–3, 6–1, 1–6, 6–4
1885 Wimbledon United Kingdom William Renshaw United Kingdom C.E. Farrer
United Kingdom A.J. Stanley
6–3, 6–3, 10–8
1886 Wimbledon United Kingdom William Renshaw United Kingdom C.E. Farrer
United Kingdom A.J. Stanley
6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 7–5
1888 Wimbledon United Kingdom William Renshaw United Kingdom Herbert Wilberforce
United Kingdom Patrick Bowes-Lyon
2–6, 1–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–3
1889 Wimbledon United Kingdom William Renshaw United Kingdom Ernest Lewis
United Kingdom George Hillyard
6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 0–6, 6–1

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