Anthony Wilding

ANTHONY WILDING (NEW ZEALAND)

Born: 31/10/1883 Died: 9/5/1915

Australian Open 1906,1909

World Hard Court (Clay) 1913,1914

Wimbledon 1910,1911,1912,1913

Anthony Wilding was New Zealand's greatest ever player. Wilding was an Edwardian icon, whose personal magnetism made him universally popular. Wilding trained hard (compared to other players of the time) and was probably the fittest tennis player of the pre-First World War period. While studying law at Cambridge, Wilding improved his tennis game. In 1904 he entered his first Wimbledon championships, where he lost in the second round to former champion Harold Mahony. In 1906 Wilding won the Australian Open, which was played in his home country of New Zealand that year. He defeated Frank Fisher in the final. He took the title again in Perth three years later; his remorseless drives proving too much for Ernie Parker in the final. He took his first Wimbledon title in 1910, beating defending champion Arthur Gore in the challenge round. He retained the title in the challenge round the following year and took a hat trick of titles in 1912, beating Gore in the challenge round. In 1913 Wilding took his fourth consecutive title, beating Maurice McLoughlin in the challenge round. In 1914 Wilding lost in the Challenge round to Norman Brookes. Wilding was very successful in French tournaments and he won the World Hard Court championships twice (in 1913 and 1914). Those two World Hard Court titles, plus four Wimbledon and two Australian championships to his name, meant Wilding won most major titles (8) of any male player before the First World War, including an unbeaten run of seven titles over five years. In 1915 he was tragically killed in battle at Flanders during the First World War at the premature age of 31. He was greatly mourned.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: N.Brookes 0-2, B.Clothier 1-0, O. Froitzheim 1-0, A.Gore 2-2, A.Kingscote 1-0, H.Mahony 0-1, M.McLoughlin 1-0, C.Parke 1-0, E.Parker 1-0, B.Wright 2-0

Anthony Wilding's Grand Slam record

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