A. Wallis Myers

Arthur Wallis Myers CBE (24 July 1878 – 17 June 1939) was an English tennis correspondent, editor, author and player. He was one of the leading tennis journalists of the first half of the 20th century.[1][2]

Arthur Wallis Myers
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Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born(1878-07-24)24 July 1878
Kettering, England
Died17 June 1939(1939-06-17) (aged 60)
Berrow, Epsom, England
Turned pro1903 (amateur tour)
Retired1926 (part-time afterwards)
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open2R (1926)
Wimbledon2R (1921)
US Open2R (1921)
Other tournaments
WHCC3R (1921)
WCCC1R (1919)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonQF (1908)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (1914)
Other mixed doubles tournaments
WHCCSF (1914)

Family lifeEdit

Myers was son of the Rev. John Brown Myers, secretary of the Baptist Missionary Society, and Agnes Traphena (née Nutter). He attended the Watford Endowed School and The Leys School in Cambridge.[3][4]

In 1900 Myers married Lilian Gentry, daughter of Captain George Gentry, of Maldon, Essex.[5] The couple had seven children, the youngest of whom, Prue, wrote a tribute to his father entitled A. Wallis Myers: A testament to tennis.

Playing careerEdit

He was a keen tennis player himself and was active mainly in amateur doubles competition. In April 1906 he won the doubles title with New Zealander Anthony Wilding at the Championships of Barcelona.[6] He also won the Monte Carlo doubles championship in 1910 and 1921.

In mixed doubles competition, Myers competed at Monte Carlo in 1909[7] and later at the 1914 World Hard Court Championships with Phyllis Satterthwaite, reaching the semi-finals. He also teamed up with Molla Bjurstedt Mallory for the 1923 Monte Carlo tournament.[8]

Also in 1923 he won the doubles title at the South of France championships.[7] He was the captain of British tennis teams on tour in Europe, South Africa and India.[1]

JournalismEdit

Myers was the editor of the Ayers Lawn Tennis Almanack beginning in 1908.[9] The following year he began work as the lawn tennis correspondent of The Daily Telegraph, a position he held until his death in 1939. He also served as lawn tennis editor of The Field and he wrote several books on tennis including a biography of four-time Wimbledon champion Anthony Wilding who was killed in the First World War. During that war Myers served in the Ministry of Information.[10]

In 1924 he founded the International Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain[11][12] with Lord Balfour, former Prime Minister and later a Member of the Cabinet, as its first President. Myers was appointed Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by French President Paul Doumer on 29 April 1932 for his service to the game of tennis.[13]

BibliographyEdit

  • Lawn tennis at home and abroad (1903) (online)
  • The complete lawn tennis player (1908) (online)
  • Leaders of lawn tennis (1912) (online)
  • C.B. Fry : the man and his methods (1912)
  • The story of the Davis Cup (1913)
  • Captain Anthony Wilding (1916) (online)
  • Twenty years of lawn tennis : some personal memories (1921) (online)
  • Fifty years of Wimbledon : the story of the lawn tennis championships (1926)
  • Lawn tennis, its principles & practice: a player's guide to modern methods (1930)
  • Memory's parade (1932)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Wallis Myers Dies". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 19 June 1939. p. 11.
  2. ^ "Tennis". Worker. 20 June 1939. p. 18 – via National Library of Australia. Download C
  3. ^ Who was who Among English and European Authors, 1931-1949, originally compiled by Edward Martell and L. G. Pine, Gale Research Co., 1978, p. 1033
  4. ^ Debrett's Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, ed. Arthur Hesilrige, Kelly's Directories, 1931, p. 1933
  5. ^ Debrett's Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, ed. Arthur Hesilrige, Kelly's Directories, 1931, p. 1933
  6. ^ "Open Tournaments – Barcelona". Lawn Tennis and Badminton. Vol. XI no. 277. 18 April 1906. pp. 8, 9.
  7. ^ a b Lowe's Lawn Tennis Annual. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode. 1935.
  8. ^ "Miss Mallory Eliminated in Singles and Doubles of Tennis Tournament at Monte Carlo". Providence News. 3 March 1923.
  9. ^ "A. Wallis Myers – Tennis Authority's Death". The Sydney Morning Herald. 19 June 1939.
  10. ^ Martin Smith, ed. (2010). The Daily Telegraph book of Wimbledon. London: Aurum. pp. XIV, XV. ISBN 9781845135430.
  11. ^ History of the IC Archived 3 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Death of Wallis Myers". The Sunday Times. Perth: National Library of Australia. 18 June 1939. p. 15.
  13. ^ "Legion of Honour For Tennis Player", The Straits Times, 28 May 1932.

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