John Hartley (tennis)

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John Hartley
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Full name John Thorneycroft Hartley
Country (sports) United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Born (1849-01-09)9 January 1849
Tong, England
Died 21 August 1935(1935-08-21) (aged 86)
Knaresborough, England
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Highest ranking No. 1 (1879, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon W (1879, 1880)

Rev. John Thorneycroft Hartley (9 January 1849 – 21 August 1935) was a former World No. 1 tennis player from England, and the only clergyman to win Wimbledon.

Hartley won the 1879 Gentlemans Singles title against Irish champion, Vere St. Leger Goold in three sets, retaining his title the following year, 1880, by defeating Herbert Lawford in the Challenge Round, 6–3, 6–2, 2–6, 6–3.

Hartley lost in 37 minutes in the 1881 Gentleman's Singles final, to William Renshaw, 0–6, 1–6, 1–6. This was the shortest final on record and it was reported that Hartley was suffering from an attack of 'English cholera'.[2] Hartley did not compete in the 1882 championships and made a final return at the 1883 championships, losing in the second round to Herbert Wilberforce.

Hartley married Alice Margaret Lascelles, a granddaughter of Henry Lascelles, 3rd Earl of Harewood, in 1875. They had no children.

In 1926, at the Golden Jubilee championships, Hartley was presented with a silver medal by Queen Mary, as one of thirty-four surviving champions.

Hartley was the vicar of Burneston and died at the age of 86 in Knaresborough, Yorkshire.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1879 Wimbledon Ireland Vere St. Leger Goold 6–2, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 1880 Wimbledon United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Herbert Lawford 6–3, 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1881 Wimbledon United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland William Renshaw 0–6, 1–6, 1–6
Hartley's grave at St Lambert's Burneston


  1. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 7.
  2. ^ Tingay, Lance (1977). 100 Years of Wimbledon. Enfield [Eng.]: Guinness Superlatives. p. 25. ISBN 0900424710. 

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