William Marshall (tennis)

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William Marshall
Full nameWilliam 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
Died24 January 1921(1921-01-24) (aged 71)
Hindhead, Surrey, England
Grand Slam singles results
WimbledonF (1877)

William Cecil Marshall (29 April 1849 – 24 January 1921) was an architect and amateur tennis player, known for finishing runner-up in the very first Wimbledon tournament to Spencer Gore in 1877. He was an original member of the Art Workers' Guild.[1]

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.

He married Margaret Anna Lloyd and had six children. His daughter, Frances Partridge, well known for her connections with the Bloomsbury Group, was a diarist.[2]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

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

Result Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1877 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Spencer Gore 1–6, 2–6, 4–6


  1. ^ Whyte. W (4 October 2007). "Founder members of the Art-Workers' Guild (act. 1884-1899)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/96545.
  2. ^ Anne Chisholm, 'Partridge [née Marshall], Frances Catherine (1900–2004), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2008 [1].