HERBERT LAWFORD(GREAT BRITAIN)
Born: 15/5/1851 Died: 20/4/1925
Herbert Lawford was 27 years old when he first entered the Wimbledon Championships. Lawford was famous for his unorthodox but effective forehand played with an extreme Western grip. He was distinctive in his hooped jersey and cap, white knickerbockers and long black socks. On his Wimbledon debut in 1878, Lawford lost in the semis to Lestocq Erskine. The following year he lost in the first round but in 1880 he made it through to the Challenge Round, where he lost to John Hartley. In 1881 he lost in the semis to William Renshaw and lost at the same stage to Ernest Renshaw the following year. Ernest beat him in the first round in 1883. In 1884, 1885 and 1886 Lawford won the All Comers event but lost to William Renshaw in the Challenge Round. When William did not enter in 1887, Lawford took advantage by beating Ernest in the All Comers final in five mundane sets to take his first Wimbledon title at the age of 36. Lawford lost in the Challenge Round to Ernest in 1888 and lost in the semis to William in 1889 in his last appearance. Had it not been for William Renshaw, Lawford would almost certainly have won at least three more Wimbledon titles than he did. He died in 1925 at the age of 73.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: W.Hamilton 1-0, J.Hartley 0-1, E.Renshaw 2-3, W.Renshaw 0-5
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