Ernest Renshaw

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Ernest Renshaw
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Full name Ernest James Renshaw
Country (sports)  United Kingdom
Born (1861-01-03)3 January 1861
Leamington, Warwickshire, England
Died 2 September 1899(1899-09-02) (aged 38)
Waltham St. Lawrence, Berkshire, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 1879 (amateur tour)
Retired 1897
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF 1983 (member page)
Singles
Career titles 14[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon W (1888)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1884, 1885, 1886, 1888, 1889)
Tennis players William and Ernest Renshaw on a postal card, around 1890

Ernest James Renshaw (3 January 1861 – 2 September 1899) was an English tennis player who was active in the late 19th century.

Together with his twin brother William Renshaw, Ernest won the men's doubles at Wimbledon five times. He also won the singles championship at Wimbledon once, in 1888 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1983.[2] He won the singles title at the Irish Championships on four occasions (1883, 1887, 1888, 1892). Ernest was the older of the brothers by 15 minutes and half an inch taller.

The boom in popularity of the game during the 1880s due to the modern tennis style of the Renshaw brothers became known as the 'Renshaw Rush'.[3]

Death

He died of the effects of carbolic acid but whether taken intentionally or not the evidence did not show.[4]

In 1983, Ernest Renshaw was elected posthumously into the International Tennis Hall of Fame together with his brother.[5]

Grand Slam finals

Singles (1 title, 4 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1882 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom William Renshaw 6–1, 2–6, 4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 1883 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom William Renshaw 2–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1887 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Herbert Lawford 1–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 1888 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom Herbert Lawford 6–3, 7–5, 6–0
Runner-up 1889 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom William Renshaw 6–4, 6–1, 3–6, 6–0

Doubles (5 titles)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1884 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom William Renshaw United Kingdom Ernest Lewis
United Kingdom E.L. Williams
6–3, 6–1, 1–6, 6–4
Winner 1885 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom William Renshaw United Kingdom C.E. Farrer
United Kingdom A.J. Stanley
6–3, 6–3, 10–8
Winner 1886 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom William Renshaw United Kingdom C.E. Farrer
United Kingdom A.J. Stanley
6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 7–5
Winner 1888 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom William Renshaw United Kingdom Herbert Wilberforce
United Kingdom Patrick Bowes-Lyon
2–6, 1–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 1889 Wimbledon Grass United Kingdom William Renshaw United Kingdom Ernest Lewis
United Kingdom George Hillyard
6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 0–6, 6–1

References

  1. ^ "James Ernest (Ernest) Renshaw: Stats". tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Ernest Renshaw". AELTC. 
  3. ^ "Wimbledon - the grandest of the Grand Slams". The Times Of India. 18 June 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.db4tennis.com/players/male/ernest-renshaw
  5. ^ http://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-famers/ernest-renshaw

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