Manliffe Goodbody

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Manliffe Goodbody
Manliffe goodbody.jpg
Goodbody in 1901
Full name Manliffe Francis Goodbody
Country (sports)  United Kingdom
Born 20 November 1868
Dublin, Ireland[1]
Died 24 March 1916(1916-03-24) (aged 47)
English Channel aboard torpedoed passenger ship SS Sussex
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career titles 15[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon QF (1889, 1893)
US Open F (1894Ch)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon SF (1893)

Manliffe Francis Goodbody (20 November 1868 – 24 March 1916) was an Irish tennis and football player.

Goodbody was born on 20 November 1868, at Dublin, the son of Marcus Goodbody and Hannah Woodcock Perry.[3][4] He represented Ireland at football in 1889 and 1891.[5] In 1894 he finished runner-up to defending champion Robert Wrenn at the U.S. National Championships in Newport,[6][7] having earlier beaten Fred Hovey and William Larned.[8] Goodbody reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 1889 and 1893.

Goodbody was defeated in the final of the 1895 Queen's Club Championships in London by Harry S. Barlow.

In 1896 Goodbody won the singles title at the Kent Championships in Beckenham after defeating Harry S. Barlow in the final.[9] The next year he lost the challenge round to George Greville in five sets.[10] In April 1897 he won the French Covered Courts Championships in Paris after a straight-sets victory in the final against Frank Riseley.[11]

Goodbody died during the First World War as a passenger aboard SS Sussex that was torpedoed by a German submarine in the English Channel on 24 March 1916.[12] He married in 1904 and was survived by his wife, a son, and a daughter.

Grand Slam record[edit]

Singles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Opponent Score
Runner-up 1894 US Championships United States Robert Wrenn 8–6, 1–6, 4–6, 4–8


  1. ^ "Manliffe Francis Goodbody". Tennis Archives. 
  2. ^ "Manliffe Francis Goodbody:Tournament wins". Tennis Archives. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Manliffe Francis Goodbody". The Peerage. 
  4. ^ Welch, Charles, ed. (1905). London at the Opening of the Twentieth Century. Brighton: W. T. Pike & Co. p. 204.  Manliffe Goodbody had 8 brothers and 4 sisters. One of his brothers, Francis Woodcock Goodbody, married Olga Harley, a daughter of George Harley, M.D., F.R.S.
  5. ^ Manliffe Goodbody at
  6. ^ "Wrenn Still the Champion" (PDF). The New York Times. August 29, 1894. 
  7. ^ "History: U.S. Open". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  8. ^ "U. S. Open 1894". 
  9. ^ "Kent All-Comers' Championships" (PDF). Beckenham Tennis Club. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-07-22. 
  10. ^ "Lawn Tennis – Kent All-Comers' Championship Meeting". The Morning Post. British Newspaper Archive. 14 June 1897. p. 2. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ "Lawn Tennis – The French Championships". The Morning Post. British Newspaper Archive. 22 April 1897. p. 3. (Subscription required (help)). 
  12. ^ "Cross-Channel steamer torpedoed". Derby Daily Telegraph. 25 March 1916. p. 2 – via British Newspaper Archive.