Joshua Pim

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Joshua Pim
Joshua Pim (tennis).jpg
Full name Joshua Francis Pim
Country (sports) United Kingdom United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Born (1869-05-20)20 May 1869
Bray, Wicklow
Died 15 April 1942(1942-04-15) (aged 72)
Killiney, Dublin
Turned pro 1887 (amateur tour)
Retired 1902
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record 137-29 (82.53%)
Career titles 37 [1]
Highest ranking No. 1 (1890, Karoly Mazak)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon W (1893, 1894)
US Open 4R (1902)
Other tournaments
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.

Family life[edit]

Joshua Pim, known as "Josh", was born on 20 May 1869 in 1&2, Millward Terrace, Meath Road, Bray, County Wicklow.[3] He had one brother, William, and two sisters: Georgina and Susan.[4] He was descended from the Quaker family that introduced the Pimm's brand of fruit cup.[5]

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.

Medical career[edit]

Pim studied medicine in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Royal College of Physicians in London.[6] He was Medical Officer at St. Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown for 42 years.


Pim was a member of Lansdowne club, then known as the All Ireland Lawn Tennis Club, where he was coached by Thomas Burke[7] 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.[8] 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[edit]

Singles (2 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
Runner-up 1891 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Wilfred Baddeley 4–6, 6–1, 5–7, 0–6
Runner-up 1892 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Wilfred Baddeley 6–4, 3–6, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 1893 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Wilfred Baddeley 3–6, 6–1, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 1894 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Wilfred Baddeley 10–8, 6–2, 8–6

Doubles (2 titles)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Winner 1890 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Frank Stoker United Kingdom George Hillyard
United Kingdom Ernest Lewis
6–0, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 1893 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Frank Stoker United Kingdom Harry Barlow
United Kingdom Ernest Lewis
4–6, 6–3, 6–1, 2–6, 6–0


  1. ^ "Joshua Francis Pim: Stats". Tennis Archives. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 18.
  3. ^ "Places and People". Bray Town Council. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Fogarty, Mary (1 July 2009). "Bray's own Wimbledon legend Pim". Bray People. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  5. ^ Bunbury, Turtle. "THE GOLDEN AGE OF IRISH TENNIS". Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Irish medical obituary". Irish Journal of Medical Science. 17 (9). September 1942. 
  7. ^ "History". Lansdowne Lawn Tennis Club. 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  8. ^ Paret, J. Parmly (1904). Lawn Tennis. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-559-51073-1. 


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