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Christopher "Buster" Mottram (born 25 April 1955 in Kingston upon Thames) is a former English tennis player and UK number 1 who achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 15 in February 1983.

Christopher Mottram
Tennis Het Melkhuisje Buster Mottram in actie, Bestanddeelnr 929-8364.jpg
Country (sports) United Kingdom
ResidenceKingston upon Thames, England
Born (1955-04-25) 25 April 1955 (age 64)
Kingston upon Thames, England
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record285–171
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 15 (7 February 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open4R (1977)
Wimbledon4R (1982)
US Open4R (1980)
Doubles
Career record111–118
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 164 (3 January 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon3R (1981, 1983)
US Open3R (1973)

Mottram represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup eight times, scoring 31 wins and 10 losses. His father, Tony Mottram, was a leading British tennis player in the 1950s.

Career titlesEdit

Singles (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. Apr 1975 Johannesburg Hard   Tom Okker 6–4, 6–2
2. Apr 1976 Palma Clay   Jun Kuki 7–5, 6–3, 6–3

Doubles (5)Edit

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents Score
1. 21 Apr 1974 Charlotte Unknown   Raúl Ramírez   Owen Davidson
  John Newcombe
6–3, 1–6, 6–3
2. Jul 1977 Kitzbühel Clay   Roger Taylor   Colin Dowdeswell
  Chris Kachel
7–6, 6–4
3. Oct 1977 Basle Carpet   Mark Cox   John Feaver
  John James
7–5, 6–4, 6–3
4. Mar 1981 Stuttgart Carpet   Nick Saviano   Craig Edwards
  Eddie Edwards
3–6, 6–1, 6–2
5. Apr 1982 Bournemouth Clay   Paul McNamee   Henri Leconte
  Ilie Năstase
3–6, 7–6, 6–3

PoliticsEdit

While Mottram was still playing professionally, he became known for his right-wing views. He expressed support for the National Front, supported the policies of Enoch Powell,[1] and applied, unsuccessfully, for the Conservative parliamentary candidacy in several constituencies.[1] He subsequently formed a songwriting partnership with the black entertainer Kenny Lynch writing the song "Average Man".[2]

In November 2008, he was expelled from the UK Independence Party (UKIP) after attempting to broker an electoral pact with the British National Party. UKIP leader Nigel Farage called Mottram's offer "astonishing", declaring the party to be non-racist.[3]

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