Oliver Golding in 2014
|Full name||Oliver Golding|
|Country (sports)||United Kingdom|
|Residence||Richmond, London, United Kingdom|
29 September 1993 |
Richmond, London, United Kingdom
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||327 (28 April 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Highest ranking||409 (27 August 2012)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Last updated on: 17 January 2016.|
|Representing a mixed-NOCs team|
|Youth Olympic Games|
Golding is a Youth Olympic Games gold medallist, having won gold in the boys' doubles event in tennis at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics with Czech partner Jiří Veselý, with whom he participated in the boys' doubles at the 2010 U.S. Open. On 11 September 2011, he won the Junior Boys' Singles US Open championship.
Golding became a professional tennis player in 2011 after winning the US Open junior championship.
- 1 Tennis
- 2 Titles
- 3 Performance statistics timeline
- 4 Education
- 5 Acting career
- 6 References
- 7 External links
In 2004, Golding began playing tennis for the Esporta Riverside Club, Chiswick, and later that year went to Wimbledon, under the Lawn Tennis Association's "Ariel Champions of the Future" scheme, to meet former professionals Martina Navratilova and Todd Woodbridge.
On 27 November 2005, in the first ever Aberdeen Cup tennis match, Golding was selected to represent England in one of the junior matches, beating Scotland's Scott Lister 11 games to 4 in their "tie-break" style rubber, to square the match however, Jamie Murray and Elena Baltacha won their subsequent doubles game, to secure a Scottish victory. It was claimed on the Guardian Unlimited website that Golding had "impressed Andy Murray when he played for England against Scotland".
In late 2006, as fourth seed, Golding lost 4–6, 2–6, in the semi-final of the Ariel Winter Grand Prix event (promoted by the LTA), to the eventual winner, number two seed Andrew Bettles. He also made news in the Daily Mail when Richmond upon Thames Council banned him (and other potential stars) from playing in the tennis courts which were part of his mother's back garden, and from which she coached local youngsters in tennis. This was due to complaints from local neighbours about the disturbance. The Council deemed that the extra activity constituted "unauthorised change in the court's use". His mother commented: "This ridiculous decision is going to threaten his training and cripple his prospects. We always hear how this country needs young tennis players but if this is how they are treated then what chance do they have? Oliver is representing Britain in the European Championships next year. From the end of this month he can't do the two hours per day practice he needs to maintain this standard in his own back garden."
Golding's first two tournament wins were in the Bournemouth Open (Boys 14) at the West Hants Club on 5 August 2007, when he defeated David Wright 6–3, 6–0 in the Final, and in the Frutina Westway Winter Tournament (16 & Under) on 31 December 2007, when he beat Alexander Wilton 6–0, 6–0 in that Final match. Golding was also the recipient of a £2,000 grant from "Tennis First", a charity set up to help young players fulfil their potential, and tennis kit from the manufacturers Fred Perry. Subsequently, on 5 April 2008, Golding beat Zack Evenden 6–3, 6–1 to win the Rickmansworth Junior Tournament (18 & Under Boys Singles).
Golding won his first ITF tournament in July 2008 at the Grade 5 Scottish International ITF doubles competition, partnering Nick Jones. He became the British junior No. 1 in late 2009. In 2010 he reached the semifinals in the junior boys singles at Wimbledon, beating the world Number No. 1 Jason Kubler en route.
At the Youth Olympics Golding beat world No. 1 and Junior Wimbledon champion Márton Fucsovics in round 1 of the singles, and won gold in the boys' doubles with Czech partner Jiří Veselý. This moved him into the top 20 of the ITF boys' world rankings. At the 2010 US Open Golding once again teamed up with Jiří Veselý in the boys' doubles. They reached the final where they lost 6–1, 7–5.
In September 2011, Golding won the US Open boys' singles, reaching as high as No. 2 in the junior combined rankings as a result.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Youth Olympic Games|
|Summer Youth Olympics||NH||QF||NH||2–1|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Youth Olympic Games|
|Summer Youth Olympics||NH||W||NH||4–0|
At the French Open Golding was a Boys' Singles quarterfinalist. He was defeated by Bjorn Fratangelo 1–6, 1–6. Golding also reached the quarterfinals of the Boys' doubles at the French Open, partnered with Jiří Veselý, they lost to Mitchell Krueger and Shane Vinsant of the USA in 4–6, 6–4, 8–10.
At the Wimbledon Championships Golding reached the Final of the boys' doubles, partnered with Jiří Veselý, where they lost to George Morgan & Mate Pavić in 3 sets 6–3, 4–6, 5–7. Golding reached the second round of the boys' singles.
Golding partnered Liam Broady at the boys' doubles at the 2011 U.S. Open, being beaten by R. Kern and J. Lenz, 6–7 (4–7), 4–6 of Germany in the quarterfinals. In the boys' Singles at the 2011 U.S. Open Golding won the final by defeating Jiří Veselý 5–7, 6–3, 6–4.
Golding finished the 2011 season with an ITF Junior Boys' Rankings world ranking of 3, his highest season ranking was 2.
Through 2012, Golding mainly played on the Futures tour, winning two tournaments and losing one further final as of September 2012. Golding made his ATP Tour debut at the 2012 Aegon Championships and his grand slam debut at Wimbledon, losing both matches.
In August 2014, Golding announced that he was "taking a break" from tour tennis, as he felt he had just been "going through the motions", partly due to his feelings about the reduction in the Lawn Tennis Association's bonus scheme and the closure of the high-performance programme at the National Tennis Centre in Richmond, very near his home. He stated that he felt he would have to relocate to France to continue in top-class tennis, because of a shortage of high quality training locations in the UK. However, he found that he was unwilling to do this, due to his dislike of travelling. As of 2015, Golding remains a former tennis player who helps out at his mother's tennis coaching school.
Junior Grand Slams: 1 (1–0)
|Winner||2011||US Open||Hard||Jiří Veselý||5–7, 6–3, 6–4|
Youth Olympics 1 (1–0)
|Winner||1.||20 August 2010||Youth Olympics, Singapore||Hard||Jiří Veselý|| Victor Baluda
Junior Doubles: 0 (0–2)
|Runner-up||1.||13 September 2010||US Open||Hard||Jiří Veselý|| Duilio Beretta
|Runner-up||2.||3 July 2011||Wimbledon||Grass||Jiří Veselý|| George Morgan
|6–3, 4–6, 5–7|
Performance statistics timeline
|Tournament||2011||2012||2013||2014||Career SR||Career W-L|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Tournaments Played||1||2||0||0||Career total: 3|
|Titles||0||0||0||0||Career total: 0|
|Finals Reached||0||0||0||0||Career total: 0|
|Year End Ranking||701||431||406||–|
Current through 2012 Wimbledon Championships.
|Tournament||2011||2012||Career S/R||Career W-L|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Summer Olympics||Not Held||A||0/0||0–0|
|Tournaments Played||0||1||Career total: 1|
|Titles||0||0||Career total: 0|
|Finals Reached||0||0||Career total: 0|
|Year End Ranking||477||–|
Golding's earliest appearance was on television in a commercial for Vauxhall Motors, as a two-year-old baby in 1996. After a small part in a stage version of Wind in the Willows in 1997, his next television role was in 1998 as Nat in the first two episodes of the wartime romantic drama Coming Home, which starred Keira Knightley.
Golding's first film project was as one of four small boys in Mike Leigh's award-winning 2002 comedy drama All or Nothing. His biggest film role to date then came in The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby, a tale of the story of Greyfriars Bobby, a child who takes on the responsibility of a policeman's dog after his death, and who has to win the battle with authority to save the dog's life. Though casting began in 2002, the film was much delayed due to problems with the funding. Shooting largely took place during 2004–05, and the film was released in France on 11 May 2005, Italy in July 2005, the USA on 29 October 2005 and at the Children's Film Festival in the UK on 16 November 2005.
In 2003 Golding portrayed Jeremy Potts in another stage show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in London's West End. In the same year, he appeared as one of the children in Ibsen's play, Brand, which starred Ralph Fiennes and was directed by Adrian Noble.
In March 2004, Golding made an appearance as a young customer in "Elephants and Hens", episode 2 of the third season of Black Books, the television comedy series about a dysfunctional bookshop owner, played by Dylan Moran. Then, in April of the same year, he took the part of Tom Dawson in the fifth episode of the Carlton Television production, Murder in Suburbia, in which Gwyneth Strong played his mother Pat. Finally in 2004, he provided the voice of Xath in the English version of the animated puppet fantasy Strings, co-produced by Birdpic Limited in association with Scandinavian partnerships.
In June 2008, Golding appeared in the BBC Three TV documentary "Child Stars", featuring three promising youngsters with outstanding talent and ambition. However, he has forgone further advancement as an actor to concentrate on a possible tennis career.
- Youngest ever junior British number one: BBC.co.uk. Retrieved on 4 January 2010.
- Playing tennis for the Esporta Riverside Club, 2004: Esporta.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- "Serving up future stars": Newsquest's ThisIsHertfordshire website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- The Aberdeen Cup 2005 (tennis): AboutAberdeen.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- Golding wins, but England lose: BBC Sport website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- Impressing Andy Murray? Yes, according to the Guardian. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- Ariel Winter Grand Prix 2006, semi-finalist: Falmouth Packet website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- "The tennis star banned from his own back garden" by Richmond upon Thames Council: Daily Mail website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- Bournemouth Open (Boys 14) at the West Hants Club: CoreTennis.net website. Retrieved on 6 February 2008.
- 6–3, 6–0 victory for Golding, against David Wright, at the Bournemouth Open: CoreTennis.net website. Retrieved on 6 February 2008.
- 6–0, 6–0 victory for Golding, against Alexander France, in the Frutina Westway Winter Tournament: LTA website. Retrieved on 10 April 2008.
- 6–3, 6–1 win over Zack Evenden, Rickmansworth Junior Tournament (18 & Under Boys Singles) Final: LTA website. Retrieved on 14 April 2008.
- Doubles success partnering Nick Jones, Scottish Junior International Championships, July 2008: ITFTennis.com website. Retrieved on 22 July 2008.
- Golding beats Jason Kubler at Wimbledon: Wimbledon.org website. Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
- Defeats Renzo Olivo to reach Wimbledon Junior semi finals: BBC.co.uk website. Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
- "Golding hits form at Youth Games". BBC News. 16 August 2010.
- ATP. "Oliver Golding Playing Activity 2012". Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- Steinberg, Jacob (25 June 2012). "Wimbledon 2012". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
- Rising tennis star who quit sport, Oli Golding, says it's too hard to find places to play tennis in London: Daily Telegraph website. Retrieved on 30 November 2015.
- Finding a new job after hanging up the tennis racquet: BBC.co.uk. Retrieved on 30 November 2015.
- Olympic Hopeful Oliver Golding Left Film Set to Join the Tennis Set London Evening Standard – This Is London. Retrieved on 28 March 2011.
- Playing Nat (Nathaniel) in Coming Home: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- Coming Home (1998 TV series), as Nathaniel: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- All or Nothing (2002 TV film), awards won: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- All or Nothing (small boy): BFI.org.uk website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2005 film), as Ewan Adams: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- Release info, The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- Brand (2003 stage play): Curtain Up.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- Black Books (2004 TV series), as a young customer: IMDB.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- Murder in Suburbia (2004 TV series), as Tom Dawson: TV.com website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- Strings (2004 animated film), English voice of Xath: BFI.org.uk website. Retrieved on 28 January 2008.
- Appearance in BBC Three documentary ("Child Stars", June 2008): BBC TV Listings. Retrieved on 22 July 2008.
- Gave up acting to concentrate on tennis: Daily Telegraph website. Retrieved on 4 January 2010.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Oliver Golding.|
- Oliver Golding at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Oliver Golding at the International Tennis Federation
- Oliver Golding's personal website
- Oliver Golding on IMDb
- Oliver Golding Interview from ITV Online's Popcorn children's cinema site
- Latest tournaments involving Oliver Golding, from 2007 onwards, at CoreTennis.net