Keats Lester

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Keats Lester
Full name Horace Keats Lester
Country (sports) United Kingdom Great Britain
Born (1904-08-04)4 August 1904
Died 16 June 1946(1946-06-16) (aged 41)
London, England
Retired 1934
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 4R (1927)
Wimbledon 4R (1926, 1930)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (1927, 1932)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 3R (1926, 1932)

Horace Keats Lester (4 August 1904 – 16 June 1946) was a tennis player from England who competed for Great Britain.[1]


Lester took part in the Wimbledon Championships every year from 1923 to 1934, for a total of 12 appearances.[2] He twice made the fourth round, in 1926 and 1930, where he was eliminated from both tournaments by Henri Cochet.[2]

He represented Great Britain in the 1926 International Lawn Tennis Challenge. His only match was a dead rubber in Great Britain's Europe Zone semi-final win over Spain in Barcelona, which he lost in straight sets to Raimundo Morales-Marques.[3]

At the 1927 French Championships, Lester was the only seeded British player (12th). He was beaten in the fourth round by Patrick Spence, after having wins over Frenchman Alain Bernard, American Jimmy Van Alen and South African Jack Condon.[2]


Lester was killed on 16 June 1946, when he fell 100 feet from the roof of his London block of flats.[4] It was initially reported that he had been sleepwalking but an inquest in July ruled that Lester had committed suicide, while of "unsound mind".[5]