|Full name||Joshua Francis Pim|
|Country (sports)||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|
20 May 1869|
|Died||15 April 1942
|Turned pro||1887 (amateur tour)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||137-29 (82.53%)|
|Career titles||37 |
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1890, Karoly Mazak)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Wimbledon||W (1893, 1894)|
|US Open||4R (1902)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Wimbledon||W (1890, 1893)|
Dr. Joshua Pim F.R.C.S.I (20 May 1869 in Bray, Wicklow – 15 April 1942 in Killiney, Dublin) was a medical doctor and a renowned former World No. 1 Irish amateur tennis player. He won the Wimbledon men's singles title two years in a row, in 1893 and 1894.
Joshua Pim, known as "Josh", was born on 20 May 1869 in 1&2, Millward Terrace, Meath Road, Bray, County Wicklow. He had one brother, William, and two sisters: Georgina and Susan. He was descended from the Quaker family that introduced the Pimm's brand of fruit cup.
Pim lived for a while in Crosthwaite Park, Kingstown, and subsequently moved with his wife Robin to Killiney. They had one son and three daughters. He died at Secrora, his home in Killiney, on 15 April 1942 aged 72, and was survived by his wife, son and three daughters. He was a keen swimmer and golfer, and a member of Killiney Golf Club.
Pim was a member of Lansdowne club, then known as the All Ireland Lawn Tennis Club, where he was coached by Thomas Burke His first tennis triumph was in 1890, when he won both the English and Irish doubles championships alongside the Dubliner, Frank Stoker, a cousin of the writer Bram Stoker. He reached the semifinals of the English singles championship, but lost to Willoughby Hamilton from Kildare. The following year, 1891 and again in 1892 (when he was suffering from typhoid) he reached the semifinals, but lost on both occasions to an English player, Wilfred Baddeley. In 1893, Pim returned to Wimbledon and won both the single and the doubles (with Stoker) championships. In 1894 he won the singles again. In 1895 he competed in America rather than in England. In 1896, Mahony won in Wimbledon, while Pim concentrated on his medical career, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons that year.
Dr. Pim played for Ireland against England in 1892, 1893, 1894 and 1896.
In 1902, he was summoned from retirement to be the token Irishman on the British Davis Cup squad to America. Pim was derided for having put on excessive amounts of weight, despite the fact he shed thirty pounds in six weeks. He lost both his matches and laid down his racket thereafter.
Grand Slam finals
Singles (2 titles, 2 runners-up)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Opponent in final||Score in final|
|Runner-up||1891||Wimbledon Championships||Wilfred Baddeley||4–6, 6–1, 5–7, 0–6|
|Runner-up||1892||Wimbledon Championships||Wilfred Baddeley||6–4, 3–6, 3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||1893||Wimbledon Championships||Wilfred Baddeley||3–6, 6–1, 6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||1894||Wimbledon Championships||Wilfred Baddeley||10–8, 6–2, 8–6|
Doubles (2 titles)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Partner||Opponents in final||Score in final|
|Winner||1890||Wimbledon Championships||Frank Stoker|| George Hillyard
|6–0, 7–5, 6–4|
|Winner||1893||Wimbledon Championships||Frank Stoker|| Harry Barlow
|4–6, 6–3, 6–1, 2–6, 6–0|
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- "Places and People". Bray Town Council. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
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