Brinley in 1901
|Full name||Godfrey Malbone Brinley|
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||November 22, 1864|
Perth Amboy, New Jersey, U.S. 
|Died||May 6, 1939 (aged 74)|
Ragusa, Yugoslavia 
|Turned pro||1882 (amateur tour)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|US Open||F (1885Ch)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||SF (1884)|
At age 17, Godfrey entered the Orange Invitation tournament and defeated Howard Taylor in the semis and J.F. Bacon in the finals to win his first top-tier title. In 1883, while studying at Trinity College, he entered the U.S. Championships in Newport and reached the quarterfinals before falling to James Dwight in three sets. In 1884, Godfrey bowed out in the second round, defeated by Taylor, but he reached the semifinals of the doubles.
In 1885, Godfrey joined the ranks of the game’s top players when he won the all-comers draw at the U.S. Championships to earn a berth in the Challenge Round against defending champion Dick Sears. He lost to Sears in four sets. Godfrey was crowned U.S. Intercollegiate champion in 1886, beating Philip Sears of Harvard in the final in New Haven. Sears would go on to win the 1887 and 1888 titles.
He reached the challenge round at the U.S. National Championships in 1885, beating Henry Slocum and Percy Knapp before finishing runner-up to four-time defending champion Richard Sears. Brinley also reached the quarterfinals in 1883 and 1887 and was amongst the top ten American tennis players from 1885 to 1887. Godfrey continued to play competitively until 1889, when he entered the priesthood. He served as Master of School at St. Paul's in Concord, NH from 1888-1930, and was buried there in 1939.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||1885||U.S. Championships||Grass||Richard D. Sears||3–6, 6–4, 0–6, 3–6|
Doubles (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||1886||U.S. Championships||Grass||Howard Taylor|| James Dwight
|5–7, 8–6, 5–7, 4–6|