Herbert Wilberforce

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Herbert Wilberforce
Full name Herbert William Wrangham Wilberforce
Country (sports) United Kingdom Great Britain
Born (1864-02-08)8 February 1864
Munich, Germany
Died 28 March 1941(1941-03-28) (aged 77)[1]
Kensington, London
Career titles 14 [2]
Highest ranking No. 7 (1883, Karoly Mazak)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon SF (1886)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1887)

Sir Herbert William Wrangham Wilberforce (8 February 1864 in Munich, Germany – 28 March 1941 in Kensington, London) was a British male tennis player. He was vice-president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club from 1911 to 1921 and served as its president from 1921 to 1936.[4] In 1887 he and Patrick Bowes-Lyon won the doubles in Wimbledon. In 1888 they were unable to defend their title when they were beaten in the Challenge Round by Ernest and William Renshaw.[5] His best singles performance at Wimbledon came in 1886 when he reached the semifinal of the All Comers tournament in which he lost in five sets to compatriot Ernest Lewis.[6] He also reached the quarter-finals of the singles in 1882, 1883 and 1888.

Herbert was a brother of physicist Lionel, son of judge Edward, grandson of archdeacon Robert and great-grandson of abolitionist William Wilberforce.

He later served as president and chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. He was knighted in the 1931 New Year Honours.[7]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Winner 1887 Wimbledon United Kingdom Patrick Bowes-Lyon United Kingdom H.J. Crispe
United Kingdom E. Barratt-Smith
7–5, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1888 Wimbledon United Kingdom Patrick Bowes-Lyon United Kingdom Ernest Renshaw
United Kingdom William Renshaw
6–2, 6–1, 3–6, 4–6, 3–6


  1. ^ "H. W. Wilberforce, Wimbledon Figure". The New York Times. March 29, 1941. 
  2. ^ "Herbert William Wrangham Wilberforce:Stats". tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 11.
  4. ^ Little, Alan (2011). Wimbledon Compendium 2011. London: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. p. 529. ISBN 9781899039364. 
  5. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis : An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book (2nd ed.). New York: New Chapter Press. p. 435. ISBN 9780942257700. 
  6. ^ Barrett, John (2001). Wimbledon : The Official History of the Championships. London: CollinsWillow. p. 246. ISBN 0007117078. 
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33675. p. 2. 30 December 1930.