ERNEST RENSHAW(GREAT BRITAIN)
Born: 3/1/1861 Died: 2/9/1899
Ernest Renshaw was a more graceful player than his twin brother William, but he was less powerful. They disliked playing each other and few of their matches were classics. Ernest first entered the Wimbledon championships in 1880, where he lost in the quarters to Otway Woodhouse. The following year he lost in the third round to Richard Richardson. In 1882 Ernest met William in the Challenge Round and William won in five sets. Ernest reached the Challenge Round again in 1883, but again lost in five sets to William. In 1884 Ernest lost in the semis to Charles Grinstead. In 1885 he lost in the All Comers final to Herbert Lawford and in 1886 lost in the quarters to Ernest Lewis. William did not enter the event in 1887 so there was no Challenge Round, but Ernest lost to Herbert Lawford in the All Comers final having led two sets to one. In 1888 William lost in the quarters to Willoby Hamilton, who Ernest beat in the semis. Ernest beat Lawford in straight sets in the Challenge Round to become Wimbledon champion for the first time. William beat him in the Challenge round the following year in four sets. In 1891 Ernest lost in the semis to Wilfred Baddeley and made his final appearance in 1893, when he lost in the second round to Harold Mahony. He died just 6 years later, in 1899, at the premature age of 38.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: W.Baddeley 0-1, W.Hamilton 1-0, H.Lawford 3-2, H.Mahony 0-1, W.Renshaw 0-3
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