P. Frank Hadow

P. FRANK HADOW (GREAT BRITAIN)

Born: 24/1/1855 Died: 29/6/1946

Wimbledon 1878

Frank Hadow only entered one Grand Slam event in his career and he won it. Hadow, an old Harrovian, had emigrated to Ceylon to become a tea planter. He was visiting England in the summer of 1878 and learnt to play the game of lawn tennis, having previously played the sport of rackets to a good standard. The Wimbledon championships were being held so Hadow entered the event, along with his brother. Despite the fact he was suffering from the effects of a flu-like virus he had acquired, Hadow made his way through to the Challenge Round, where he met defending champion Spencer Gore. The bug Hadow was suffering from reached its peak on the day of his match with Gore. Hadow saw no point in trying to pass Gore down the line over the high part of the net, which at that time was four feet nine inches high, so he lobbed instead. Hadow won in straight sets. Hadow is the only man to have never lost a set in the Wimbledon championships. He went back to Ceylon in the autumn of 1878 and did not return to Britain until 1926, when he attended the Jubilee championships. He may have only played the game of tennis for a few months in 1878 but Hadow is immortalised as a Wimbledon champion. He died in 1946 at the age of 91.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: S.Gore 1-0

GRAND SLAM RECORD
1878 Wimbledon 8


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