Born: 20/5/1869 Died: 12/4/1942
Dr. Joshua Pim was the second Irishman after Willoby Hamilton to win the Wimbledon championships. Pim and Wilfred Baddeley dominated Wimbledon in the early 1890s, which was a period when interest in Wimbledon declined after the Renshaws and before the Dohertys. A. Wallis Myers in Twenty years of lawn tennis said of Pim that he "had natural genius summoned and exploited at will" and claimed "at his best, Pim was superior to Wilfred Baddeley". Pim first entered Wimbledon in 1890 and made it to the semis, where he lost to Hamilton. The following year he made it to the All Comers final but was outplayed by Wilfred Baddeley. In 1892 Pim was suffering from a bout of typhoid. He outlasted Ernest Lewis in the All Comers final from two sets to love down before Baddeley beat him in the Challenge Round in four sets. In 1893 Pim made it through to the Challenge Round again and beat Baddeley in four sets to take the title. In 1894 Pim defended his title in the Challenge Round and beat Baddeley in straight sets to take his second title. He did not defend his title in 1895 and went into a period of retirement. Then, in 1902, Pim was selected in the British Davis Cup squad to tour America. Pim looked a shadow of his former self as he lost both his singles. He entered the US Championships and lost in the fourth round. He died in 1942 at the age of 72.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: W.Baddeley 2-2, W.Hamilton 0-1, H.Mahony 3-0
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1890 Wimbledon 6 1891 Wimbledon 7 1892 Wimbledon 7.5 1893 Wimbledon 8 1894 Wimbledon 8 1902 US 4
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