William Marshall (tennis)

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William Marshall
Full name William Cecil Marshall
Country (sports) United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Born (1849-04-29)29 April 1849
Mayfair, Middlesex, England
Died 24 January 1921(1921-01-24) (aged 71)
Hindhead, Surrey, England
Highest ranking No. 2 (1877, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon F (1877)

William Cecil Marshall (29 April 1849 – 24 January 1921) was an amateur tennis player, famous for finishing runner-up in the very first Wimbledon tournament to Spencer Gore in 1877.

W.C. Marshall was a defensive player who was no match for the aggressive Gore in the final, the Wimbledon local winning 6–1, 6–2, 6–4 in 48 minutes. There was a formally dressed crowd of about 200 who paid a shilling each to stand and watch; there were no bleachers. A field of 22 competitors assembled to play and had to finish by Thursday because an important cricket match was scheduled for Friday.

He also reached the third round in the 1879 tournament where he was defeated by eventual champion John Hartley.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1877 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Spencer Gore 1–6, 2–6, 4–6


  1. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 5.

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