Surrey Grass Court Championships

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Surrey Grass Court Championships
Defunct tennis tournament
Event name Surrey Championship (1927–67)
Surrey Grass Court Championships (1968–80, 1997)
Tour Grand Prix circuit (1968–1975, 1979–1980)
Founded 1900
Abolished 1980
Surface Grass court (1927–1980)

The Surrey Grass Court Championships is a defunct tennis tournament played in Surbiton, England. The event was played as part of the Grand Prix Tour in 1974 and from 1979 to 1980. It was played on outdoor grass courts. It was first played in 1900 under the name of the Surrey Championships and was an amateur tournament until the open era of tennis. A women's tournament was added in 1960 and ended in 1981. The men's championships moved to a northern venue in 1981, in 1997 the championships were brought back, Jason Stoltenberg won the tournament and on the final day a host of exhibitions took place.[1] In 1998 the championships were graced by a reintroduction of a women's tournament and were renamed the Surbiton Trophy. During the 1975 Championships the tournament witnessed the longest single game in tennis history, during a match between Keith Glass and Anthony Fawcett. No one timed the game but it had 37 deuces.[a][2]

Champions[edit]

Men's Singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1902 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Josiah Ritchie United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Charles Martin 6-1, 6-1
1903 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Josiah Ritchie United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Brame Hillyard 6-1, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
1904 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Sidney H. Smith United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Josiah Ritchie 6–3, 6–3, 6–3
1905 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Sidney H. Smith United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Edward R. Allen 6-2, 6-3, 6-1
1906 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Sidney H. Smith New Zealand Anthony Wilding walkover
1907 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Arthur Gore United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Josiah Ritchie 6–3, 6–2, 6–3
1908 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Josiah Ritchie United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Arthur Gore 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
1909 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Josiah Ritchie United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Charles Dixon 4–6, 6–2, 6–4, 0–6, 6–4
1910 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Josiah Ritchie Canada Robert Powell 6–3, 6–1, 2–6, 6–3
1911 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Charles Dixon New Zealand Anthony Wilding 7–5, 3–6, 6–0, 6–1
1912 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Charles Dixon United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Josiah Ritchie 6–2, 6–2, 6–3
1913 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Charles Dixon United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Theodore Mavrogordato 6–2, 8–6, 6–3
1914 Australia Norman Brookes United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Francis Gordon Lowe 6–1, 6–1, 5–7, 6–8, 6–3
1915–1918 Not Held – WWI
1919 Australia Gerald Patterson United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Herbert Roper Barrett 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
1920 New Zealand Francis Fisher United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Theodore Mavrogordato 6–4, 6–4, 6–1
1921 South Africa Brian Norton United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Sydney M. Jacob 6–2 6–2 6–3
1922 South Africa Brian Norton United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Randolph Lycett 9–7, 7–5, 1–6, 6–1
1923 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Randolph Lycett South Africa Brian Norton 3–6 6–4 6–1 2–6 7–5
1924 United Kingdom Jack Hillyard United Kingdom Henry Mayes 6–4, 1–6, 10–12, 6–3, 6–2
1925 United Kingdom Gordon Crole Rees British Raj Athar-Ali Fyzee 3–6, 7–5, 3–6, 6–2, 6–4
1926 United Kingdom Charles Kingsley United Kingdom Gordon Crole Rees 6–4, 6–2 ret.
1927 United Kingdom Gordon Crole Rees United Kingdom Nigel Sharpe 6–1, 6–0
1928 Canada Henry Mayes South Africa Patrick Spence 6–2, 6–4
1929 United Kingdom Eric Peters United Kingdom Oswald Turnbull 3–6, 6–1, 6–1, 6–3
1930 Japan Yoshiro Ohta United Kingdom Fred Perry 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
1931 Japan Iwao Aoki
United Kingdom Harry Lee
Title shared
1932 United Kingdom Nigel Sharpe Japan Iwao Aoki 7–5, 6–3
1933 David
United Kingdom David H. Williams
Title shared
1934 Japan Jiro Yamagishi Japan Hideo Nishimura 6–3, 6–3
1935 New Zealand Eskell D. Andrews South Africa Patrick Spence 6–2, 6–3
1936 New Zealand Cam Malfroy United Kingdom Harry Lee 6–2, 9–11, 6–0
1937 United Kingdom Robert Tinkler United Kingdom Pat Sherwood 9–7, 6–3
1938 United Kingdom John Olliff United Kingdom Eric Filby 2–6, 6–4, 6–3
1939 Taiwan Kho Sin-Kie United Kingdom Jack Deloford 6–2, 6–4
1940–1945 Not Held – WWII
1946 Netherlands Hans van Swol United Kingdom David Butler 4–6, 6–4, 7–5
1947 United Kingdom Claude F.O. Lister Egypt Marcel Coen 7–5, 6–2
1948 Australia John Bromwich
United Kingdom Geoffrey Paish
Title shared
1949 Poland Czesław Spychała United Kingdom Geoffrey Paish 6–3, 6–0
1950 India Narendra Nath Poland Czesław Spychała 6–2, 6–4
1951 Poland Czesław Spychała South Africa David A. Samaai 1–6, 7–5, 6–3
1952 Australia Ian Ayre South Africa Bryan Woodroffe 6–4, 6–2
1953 Australia George Worthington United Kingdom Roger Becker 6–3, 6–1
1954 New Zealand John Barry
South Africa Abe Segal
Title shared
1955 Australia Malcolm Anderson India Ramanathan Krishnan 6–3, 6–4
1956 South Africa Ian Vermaak South Africa Gordon Forbes 6–4, 6–3
1957 United Kingdom Roger Becker United Kingdom Alan Mills 7–9, 6–2, 6–3
1958 United Kingdom Roger Becker United Kingdom Mike Davies 4–6, 6–2, 6–2
1959 United Kingdom Mike Davies Australia Warren Jacques 7–9, 6–2, 6–4, 6–3
1960 United Kingdom Roger Becker South Africa Keith Diepraam 6–4, 6–1
1961 Australia Martin Mulligan Australia Warren Jacques 9–7, 6–2
1962 Australia Martin Mulligan New Zealand Mark Otway 6–3, 6–4
1963 United Kingdom Roger Taylor India Jaidip Mukerjea 10–8, 9–11, 10–8
1964 South Africa David Philips Australia Bob Carmichael 2–6, 6–4, 8–6
1965 Sweden Jan-Erik Lundquist United Kingdom Roger Taylor 9–7, 6–3
1966 United Kingdom Keith Wooldridge United Kingdom Peter Curtis 7–5, 6–4
1967 United Kingdom Roger Taylor United Kingdom Bobby Wilson 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
1968 United Kingdom Keith Wooldridge Australia Ken Fletcher 3–6, 6–3, 7–5
1969 United Kingdom Gerald Battrick Australia John Cooper 6–2, 6–1
1970 South Africa Robert Maud South Africa Frew McMillan 6–4, 6–3
1971 India Anand Amritraj United Kingdom Paul Hutchins 6–2, 6–2
1972 India Premjit Lall Australia Ross Case 6–4, 8–6
1973 Australia Owen Davidson Australia Tony Roche 4–6, 6–4, 10–8
1974 Australia Bob Giltinan Australia Syd Ball 6–3, 6–2
1975 Australia Peter McNamara United States Steve Docherty 4–6, 9–8, 6–4
1976–1978 Not Held
1979 United States Victor Amaya Australia Mark Edmondson 6–4, 7–5
1980 United States Brian Gottfried United States Sandy Mayer 6–3, 6–3

Men's Doubles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1927

1978
Unavailable
1979 United States Tim Gullikson
United States Tom Gullikson
United States Pat Du Pré
United States Marty Riessen
6–3, 6–7, 8–6
1980 Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Kim Warwick
Zimbabwe Andrew Pattison
United States Butch Walts
7–6, 6–7, 6–7, 7–6, 15–13

Women's Singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1960 United Kingdom Angela Mortimer United Kingdom Christine Truman 3–6, 6–4, 9–7
1961 United Kingdom Deidre Catt West Germany Edda Buding 5–7, 6–3, 7–5
1962 United Kingdom Angela Mortimer United States Carole Caldwell Graebner 6–4, 6–4
1963 United Kingdom Deidre Catt United States Darlene Hard 1–6, 9–7, 8–6
1964 United Kingdom Ann Haydon Jones United States Carole Caldwell Graebner 6–3, 6–1
1965 United Kingdom Christine Truman United Kingdom Rita Bentley 7–5, 6–1
1966 United Kingdom Winnie Shaw United States Mary-Ann Eisel 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
1967 United States Lynn Abbes United Kingdom Robin Blakelock-Lloyd 6–4, 6–3
1968 Australia Judy Tegart-Dalton United Kingdom Christine Truman 10–8, 6–4
1969 United States Mary-Ann Eisel Australia Judy Tegart-Dalton 4–6, 6–4, 8–6
1970 United Kingdom Ann Haydon Jones United States Patti Hogan 2–6, 6–3, 6–4
1971 Australia Judy Tegart-Dalton United Kingdom Joyce Barclay-Williams-Hume 9–8, 6–2
1972 United Kingdom Joyce Barclay-Williams-Hume United States Patti Hogan 6–4, 6–3
1973 Australia Wendy Turnbull United States Ann Kiyomura 6–2, 6–0
1974 United Kingdom Sue Barker United Kingdom Sue Mappin 6–2, 7–5
1975 South Africa Greer Stevens United States Patti Hogan 6–1, 6–4
1976 Not Held
1977 United Kingdom Winnie Shaw South Africa Gwen Sammel 6–3, 7–6
1978 Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley United Kingdom Winnie Shaw 6–1, 6–1
1979 Australia Cyntia Doerner-Seiler Australia Kym Ruddell 6–1, 6–2
1980 Not Held
1981 United States Betsy Nagelsen United States Barbara Hallquist 6–4, 3–6, 6–3

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ According to Bud Collins the game lasted 31 minutes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Surbiton road to Wimbledon". Independent. 6 June 1997. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Keith Glass (29 May 2010). "The longest game of tennis". Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2010.