WILFRED BADDELEY(GREAT BRITAIN)
Born: 11/1/1872 Died: 24/1/1929
Wilfred Baddeley first entered the Wimbledon championships in 1890, when he was just 18 years old. He lost in the quarters to Willoby Hamilton. The following year Baddeley thrashed Ernest Renshaw in the semis for the loss of just two games. In the All Comers final Baddeley beat Joshua Pim in four sets to take the title (there was no Challenge Round because Hamilton did not defend). Baddeley was the youngest champion until Boris Becker took the title in 1985. Defending his title in the Challenge Round in 1892, Baddeley beat Pim in four sets to retain his Wimbledon crown. In 1893 Pim and Baddeley met again in the Challenge Round but this time Pim was victorious in four sets. In 1894 Baddeley made it through to the Challenge round to face Pim, and Pim won in straight sets. Pim did not enter in 1895, which left a window of opportunity for Baddeley. In the semis he received a walk over from his twin brother Herbert, who did not want to play his twin. In the All Comers final against Wilberforce Eaves, Baddeley began badly by dropping the first two sets. In the third set Eaves had a Championship point but Baddeley saved it and went on to take the set 8-6. Baddeley went on to take the fourth and fifth sets 6-2,6-3 to take his third Wimbledon title. Defending his title in the Challenge Round the following year, Baddeley was involved in a tremendous tussle with Harold Mahony. After five long sets Mahony was the victor. Making his final appearance at Wimbledon in 1897, Baddeley beat Laurie Doherty in the quarters before losing to Reggie Doherty in the semis. Baddeley died in 1929 at the age of 57.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: L.Doherty 1-0, R.Doherty 0-1, W.Hamilton 0-1, H.Mahony 0-1, J.Pim 2-2, E.Renshaw 1-0
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