Sydney Howard Smith

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Sydney Smith
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Full name Sydney Howard Smith
Country (sports) United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom
Born (1872-02-03)3 February 1872
Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK
Died 27 March 1947(1947-03-27) (aged 75)
Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK
Turned pro 1891 (amateur tour)
Retired 1906
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record 318/56, (85%) [1]
Career titles 52 [2][3]
Highest ranking No. 2 (1899, Karoly Mazak)[4]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon F (1899, 1900Ch, 1905)
US Open 2R (1904)
Other tournaments
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1902, 1906)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1905, 1906)

Sydney Howard Smith (3 February 1872 – 27 March 1947) was a British tennis and badminton player.

Sydney Smith was the first All England Badminton Men's Singles champion in 1900. He reached his first Wimbledon singles final in 1899, beating Herbert Roper Barrett in an epic five set semi final before lising the all comers final to Arthur Gore in four sets.[5] In 1900 Smith beat Gore in the all comers final at Wimbledon, before losing to Reginald Doherty in the challenge round in four sets. In 1905, Smith beat Holcombe Ward, Wilberforce Eaves, William Larned and Major Ritchie before losing the all comers final in five sets to Norman Brookes.[6] Smith and partner Frank Riseley won the Gentlemen's Doubles title at Wimbledon in 1902 and 1906. He was a member of the British Davis Cup team in 1905 and 1906. Tennis analyst Karoly Mazak ranked Smith as the World No. 2 player in 1899 he also won the Welsh Championships singles title 10 times (1896-1906) and the Northern Lawn Tennis Championships singles title 7 times (1899-1905).

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 runner-up[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1900 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Reginald Doherty 8–6, 3–6, 1–6, 2–6 [7]

Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1902 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Frank Riseley United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Reginald Doherty
United Kingdom Laurence Doherty
4–6, 8–6, 6–3, 4–6, 11–9 [8]
Runner-up 1903 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Frank Riseley United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Reginald Doherty
United Kingdom Laurence Doherty
4–6, 4–6, 4–6 [8]
Runner-up 1904 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Frank Riseley United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Reginald Doherty
United Kingdom Laurence Doherty
1–6, 2–6, 4–6 [8]
Runner-up 1905 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Frank Riseley United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Reginald Doherty
United Kingdom Laurence Doherty
2–6, 4–6, 8–6, 3–6 [8]
Winner 1906 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Frank Riseley United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Reginald Doherty
United Kingdom Laurence Doherty
6–8, 6–4, 5–7, 6–3, 6–3 [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sydney Howard Smith: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. The Tennis Base. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Sydney Howard Smith: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. The Tennis Base. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Sydney Howard Smith: Stats". tennisrachives.com. Tennis Archives. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 27.
  5. ^ "Wimbledon 1899". www.tennis.co.nf. 
  6. ^ "Wimbledon 1905". www.tennis.co.nf. 
  7. ^ "Wimbledon Rolls of Honour / Gentlemen's Singles". Wimbledon official tournament website. Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Wimbledon Rolls of Honour / Gentlemen's Doubles". Wimbledon official tournament website. Retrieved 2015-10-16. 

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