John Hartley

JOHN HARTLEY (GREAT BRITAIN)

Born: 9/1/1849 Died: 21/8/1935

Wimbledon 1879,1880

The Reverend John Hartley was an old Harrovian who graduated from Oxford. The 30 year old Hartley, who also played the game of real tennis, first entered the Wimbledon championships in 1879. He had not expected to do very well in the tournament so had made no arrangements for anyone to take over his Sunday sermon. Consequently he found himself scheduled to play the final on Monday when he had made no provision for his Sunday duties in church. He rushed back to his parish in Yorkshire to give his sermon, then got up at the crack of dawn on Monday and caught the train down to London in time for his Wimbledon final later in the day. In that All comers final Hartley faced the Irishman Vere St. Leger Goold. Hartley's great retrieving prowess provided a great spectacle, many onlookers rating this match the best ever seen up until that point. Hartley won in straight sets. Frank Hadow was not defending his title so there was no Challenge Round that year. In 1907 Goold was convicted of murdering a Danish widow in Monte Carlo. How ironic that Hartley, the only clergyman to win a Grand Slam title, and Goold, the only tennis player convicted of murder, should have faced each other in a Wimbledon final. Hartley successfully defended his title in the Challenge Round the following year beating Herbert Lawford. In 1881 Hartley defended his title in the Challenge Round once again, but this time he found William Renshaw's power game far too good. Hartley managed to win just two games. Hartley didn't enter the event the following year and made his final Wimbledon appearance in 1883, where he lost in the second round to Herbert Wilberforce. Later he became Canon Hartley and was Rural Dean in the Ripon Diocese for 25 years. He died in 1935 at the age of 86.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: H.Lawford 1-0, W.Renshaw 0-1

GRAND SLAM RECORD
1879 Wimbledon 8 1880 Wimbledon 8 1881 Wimbledon 7.5 1883 Wimbledon 2


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