Brian Ivan Cobb Norton (10 October 1899 – 16 July 1956), nicknamed "Babe", was a South African male tennis player. He was born in Cape Province, South Africa, and died in Santa Clara, California, United States. At Wimbledon 1921, Norton beat Frank Hunter and Manuel Alonso Areizaga, before having two championship points in the Challenge Round against Bill Tilden but losing in five sets. Norton is one of only two men to hold championship point in a Grand Slam mens singles final and yet not win a title (the other was Guillermo Coria at the 2004 French Open). Norton won the 1923 U.S. National Championships doubles, alongside Tilden. In the singles that year, Norton beat R. Norris Williams in a five set quarter final before losing to Tilden in the semi finals.
|Full name||Brian Ivan Cobb Norton|
|Country (sports)||South Africa|
|Born||10 October 1899|
Robben Island, South Africa
|Died||16 July 1956 (aged 56)|
Santa Clara, CA, USA
|Highest ranking||No. 7 (1921, A. Wallis Myers)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|US Open||SF (1923)|
|WHCC||2R (1920, 1923)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Wimbledon||SF (1921, 1922)|
|US Open||W (1923)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
After Norton, the next South African citizen to reach the gentlemen's singles final at Wimbledon would be Kevin Anderson 97 years later in 2018. Although another South African-born tennis player, Kevin Curren, had also reached the Wimbledon final in 1985 against Boris Becker (Germany), Curren played as a US (American) citizen.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||1921||Wimbledon Championships||Grass||Bill Tilden||6–4, 6–2, 1–6, 0–6, 5–7|
Doubles (1 title)Edit
|Win||1923||U.S. National Championships||Grass||Bill Tilden|| Richard Williams
|3–6, 6–2, 6–3, 5–7, 6–2|
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- "Half World's Best Racqueteers Yankees Says British Expert", The Deseret News, 12 April 1922.
- "Curious Lawn Tennis Final". The Express and Telegraph. LVIII (17, 490). South Australia. 17 November 1921. p. 3. Retrieved 24 October 2016 – via National Library of Australia.