Frank Hadow

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Frank Hadow
The Harrow Hadows, P.F. Hadow in centre.
(Hadow family collection)
Full namePatrick Francis Hadow
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born(1855-01-02)2 January 1855
Regent's Park, Middlesex, England
Died29 June 1946(1946-06-29) (aged 91)
Bridgwater, Somerset, England
Turned pro1878 (amateur tour)
Career record6–0 (100%)[1]
Career titles1[2]
Highest ranking1st (1878)
Grand Slam singles results
WimbledonW (1878)

Patrick Francis "Frank" Hadow (2 January 1855[3] – 29 June 1946) was an English tennis player, who won the Wimbledon championship in 1878.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Born 2[5] January 1855 Regent's Park, his father was Patrick Douglas Hadow who was educated at Harrow School and Balliol College Oxford University and became Chairman of the P&O Shipping Company.

Frank Hadow attended Harrow School along with six of his seven brothers who were known as the "Harrow Hadows". Hadow represented Harrow at rackets and the brothers were well known as distinguished cricketers. Hadow's oldest brother Douglas Robert Hadow died during the descent after the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865.[6]

Sporting career[edit]

He was the loftiest Wimbledon Champion. He played at Wimbledon whilst on holiday from his coffee plantation in Ceylon. He did not defend his title – and is therefore the only male champion never to have lost a set in singles there. He returned to Wimbledon nearly half a century later to collect a commemorative medal from Queen Mary for being the oldest surviving champion.[7]

When asked if he would defend his title Hadow is reported to have said "No sir. It's a sissy's game played with a soft ball."[8]

Hadow was also a distinguished big game hunter, hunting in Africa in the early years of the 20th century. He has listings in many categories of the 1928 Rowland Ward "Records of Big Game", including ranking trophies in the sable antelope, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob and eland categories.

As a cricketer, he also represented Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Middlesex, the Orleans Club, the South and the Gentlemen of England as a right-handed batsman in seven first-class matches between 1883 and 1891. He also played cricket in Ceylon.

He died on 29 June 1946 in Bridgwater, Somerset.

Creator of the lob[edit]

Hadow introduced the tennis technique of lobbing—sending the ball high and deep into the opponent's court—and used it to defeat the volleyer Spencer Gore in the 1878 (second) Wimbledon Men's Final, 7–5, 6–1, 9–7.[9][10]

Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Result Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1878 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Spencer Gore 7–5, 6–1, 9–7


  1. ^ "Patrick Francis Hadow: Career match record". Tennis Base. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Patrick Francis Hadow: Career match record". Tennis Base. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Patrick Hadow's GS Performance Timeline & Stats".
  4. ^ "Wimbledon Champions". The Dallas Morning News. 5 July 2004.
  5. ^ "Patrick Hadow's GS Performance Timeline & Stats".
  6. ^ Fleming, Fergus (4 November 2000). "Cliffhanger at the top of the world". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  7. ^ The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
  8. ^[permanent dead link][better source needed]
  9. ^ Robertson, Max (1987). Wimbledon : Centre Court of the Game : Final Verdict (3rd ed.). London: British Broadcasting Corporation. pp. 14, 16. ISBN 9780563204541.
  10. ^ Ohnsorg, Roger W. (2011). Robert Lindley Murray: the Reluctant U.S. Tennis Champion. Trafford Publishing. p. 13. ISBN 978-1426945137.

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