Ernest Lewis (tennis)

Ernest Wool Lewis (5 April 1867 – 19 April 1930) was a British amateur lawn tennis player who was active at the end of the 19th century.

Ernest Lewis
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Full nameErnest Wool Lewis
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born(1867-04-05)5 April 1867
Hammersmith, Middlesex, UK
Died19 April 1930(1930-04-19) (aged 63)
Plymouth, UK
Turned pro1881 (amateur tour)
Retired1897
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonF (1886, 1888, 1892, 1894)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonW (1892)

CareerEdit

Ernest Lewis reached the final of the first Wimbledon Championships gentlemen's doubles competition held in 1884. Partnering E.L. Williams they lost the final to the famous tennis brothers Ernest Renshaw and William Renshaw in four sets. With partner George Hillyard he reached and lost the 1889 and 1890 gentlemen's doubles finals.

In 1892 he won his first and only Wimbledon title when together with Harry S. Barlow they defeated another famous team of tennis brothers, Herbert Baddeley and Wilfred Baddeley, in four sets.[1]

In total Lewis would reach seven doubles finals at the Wimbledon Championships during his career (1884,1889, 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895).[2]

In the gentlemen's singles competition at Wimbledon his best result was reaching the final of the all-comers tournament on four occasions (1886, 1888, 1892 and 1894). In 1886 Lawford beat Ernest Renshaw from 2 sets to 0 down in the quarter finals before losing the all comers final to Herbert Lawford in five sets.[3] In 1888 he lost the all comers final to Ernest Renshaw in four sets. In 1892 Lewis led 2 sets to 0 against Joshua Pim in the all comers final but lost in five sets.[3] In 1894 he won against Herbert Baddeley in the semifinal in a close five set match but was solidly defeated in the final by Wilfred Baddeley, 0–6, 1–6, 0–6.[4]

Lewis won the singles title at the Irish Championships in 1890 after a close–fought battle in the challenge round against Willoughby Hamilton, 3–6, 3–6, 9–7, 6–4, 7–5.[5] He defended his Irish title in 1891 in a straight sets victory over Irishman Joshua Pim. In 1892 he was victorious at the Queens Club Tournament, defeating Joshua Pim in the final.

He won the singles title at the British Covered Court Championships seven times; in 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1895 and 1896. The first five titles were won when the tournament was played at its original location in Hyde Park, the last two titles were won at the Queen's Club in London.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (4 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Opponent Score
Loss 1886 Wimbledon Championships   Herbert Lawford 2–6, 3–6, 6–2, 6–4, 4–6
Loss 1888 Wimbledon Championships   Ernest Renshaw 9–7, 1–6, 6–8, 4–6
Loss 1892 Wimbledon Championships   Joshua Pim 6–2, 7–5, 7–9, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 1894 Wimbledon Championships   Wilfred Baddeley 0–6, 1–6, 0–6

Doubles (1 title, 6 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1884 Wimbledon Championships   E.L. Williams   Ernest Renshaw
  William Renshaw
3–6, 1–6, 6–1, 4–6
Loss 1889 Wimbledon Championships   George Hillyard   Ernest Renshaw
  William Renshaw
4–6, 4 6, 6–3, 6–0, 1–6
Loss 1890 Wimbledon Championships   George Hillyard   Joshua Pim
  Frank Stoker
0–6, 5–7, 4–6
Win 1892 Wimbledon Championships   Harry Barlow   Herbert Baddeley
  Wilfred Baddeley
4–6, 6–2, 8–6, 6–4
Loss 1893 Wimbledon Championships   Harry Barlow   Joshua Pim
  Frank Stoker
6–4, 3–6, 1–6, 6–2, 0–6
Loss 1894 Wimbledon Championships   Harry Barlow   Herbert Baddeley
  Wilfred Baddeley
7–5, 5–7, 6–4, 3–6, 6–8
Loss 1895 Wimbledon Championships   Wilberforce Eaves   Herbert Baddeley
  Wilfred Baddeley
6–8, 7–5, 4–6, 3–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Barrett, John (2001). Wimbledon : The Official History of the Championships. London: CollinsWillow. p. 238. ISBN 0007117078.
  2. ^ Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 435. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  3. ^ a b "Wimbledon player profile – Ernest Lewis". AELTC.
  4. ^ Barrett, John (2001). Wimbledon : The Official History of the Championships. London: CollinsWillow. pp. 246, 248, 250, 252. ISBN 0007117078.
  5. ^ "News Items". The Colonist. 5 January 1891. Retrieved 9 June 2012.

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