James Cecil Parke
26 July 1881|
Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland
|Died||27 February 1946
Llandudno, Conwy, Wales
|Turned pro||1900 (amateur tour)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||193-40 (82.83%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (1912, Karoly Mazak)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1912)|
|Wimbledon||SF (1910, 1913)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1912)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Davis Cup||W (1912)|
James Cecil Parke (26 July 1881 – 27 February 1946) was an Irish rugby player, tennis player, golfer and Olympic medallist.
Parke was born in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland. He played rugby with both Monkstown and Dublin University and between 1901 and 1908 played ten times for Leinster. Between 1903 and 1909, he won twenty Ireland caps.
As a tennis player, Parke was a baseliner whose best shot was a running down-the-line forehand. Parke won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title in 1912 and 1914. He won the Australian Men's singles and doubles tennis titles in 1912. He was Singles Champion of Europe in 1907 and played for Britain in the Davis Cup. In 1908 he won an Olympic Silver medal in Men's Doubles. He won eight Irish Lawn Tennis Singles titles, four doubles and two mixed titles. Parke was ranked World No. 3 for 1912 by Karoly Mazak, and in both 1913 and 1920 he was ranked World No. 4 by A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph. He recorded his greatest feats in the Davis Cup where he defeated Norman Brookes and Rodney Heath in the Challenge Round on 28–30 November 1912 when his team, the British Isles captured the Cup and next year he beat Maurice McLoughlin and Richard Norris Williams in the Challenge Round on 25–28 July 1913, though his nation lost the meeting against the USA. He also won the depleted Australasian Championships in 1912.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 title
|Winner||1912||Australasian Championships||Grass||Alfred Beamish||3–6, 6–3, 1–6, 6–1, 7–5|
Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
|Winner||1912||Australasian Championships||Grass||Charles Dixon|| Alfred Beamish
|6–4, 6–4, 6–2|
|Runner-up||1920||Wimbledon||Grass||Algernon Kingscote|| Chuck Garland
R. Norris Williams
|6–4, 4–6, 5–7, 2–6|
Mixed doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||1913||Wimbledon||Grass||Ethel Thomson Larcombe|| Agnes Tuckey
|6–3, 3–5 retired|
|Winner||1914||Wimbledon||Grass||Ethel Thomson Larcombe|| Marguerite Broquedis
|4–6, 6–4, 6–2|
- Irish Identity: Ireland's greatest all-round sportsman
- Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 40.
- "James Cecil Parke". Dictionary of Ulster Biography. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
- James Parke rugby union profile Scrum.com
- "J. Cecil Parke". www.tennis.co.nf.
- "James Cecil Parke Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
- United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 422.