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James Cecil Parke (26 July 1881 – 27 February 1946) was an Irish rugby player, tennis player, golfer and Olympic medallist.

James Cecil Parke
James C. Parke.jpg
Country (sports)United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Born(1881-07-26)26 July 1881
Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland
Died27 February 1946(1946-02-27) (aged 64)
Llandudno, Conwy, Wales
Turned pro1900 (amateur tour)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career record193-40 (82.83%)
Career titles31
Highest rankingNo. 3 (1912, Karoly Mazak)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1912)
WimbledonSF (1910, 1913)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1912)
WimbledonF (1920)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonW (1914)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1912)

Parke was born in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland. He played rugby with both Monkstown and Dublin University and between 1901 and 1908 played ten times for Leinster.[3] Between 1903 and 1909, he won twenty Ireland caps.[4]

As a tennis player, Parke was a baseliner whose best shot was a running down-the-line forehand.[5] Parke won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title in 1914. He won the Australian Men's singles and doubles tennis titles in 1912. He was Singles Champion of Europe in 1907 and played for Britain in the Davis Cup. In 1908 he won an Olympic Silver medal in Men's Doubles.[6] He won eight Irish Lawn Tennis Singles titles, four doubles and two mixed titles. Parke was ranked World No. 3 for 1912 by Karoly Mazak, and in both 1913 and 1920 he was ranked World No. 4 by A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph.[2][3][7] He recorded his greatest feats in the Davis Cup where he defeated Norman Brookes and Rodney Heath in the Challenge Round on 28–30 November 1912 when his team, the British Isles captured the Cup and next year he beat Maurice McLoughlin and Richard Norris Williams in the Challenge Round on 25–28 July 1913, though his nation lost the meeting against the USA. He also won the depleted Australasian Championships in 1912.

He played golf for Ireland in 1906 and was also a top-class track and field sprinter and a cricketer. He played chess for the Clones team when he was nine years old.[3] He died in Llandudno, Wales.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 titleEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1912 Australasian Championships Grass   Alfred Beamish 3–6, 6–3, 1–6, 6–1, 7–5

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1912 Australasian Championships Grass   Charles Dixon   Alfred Beamish
  Gordon Lowe
6–4, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1920 Wimbledon Grass   Algernon Kingscote   Chuck Garland
  R. Norris Williams
6–4, 4–6, 5–7, 2–6

Mixed doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1913 Wimbledon Grass   Ethel Thomson Larcombe   Agnes Tuckey
  Hope Crisp
6–3, 3–5 retired
Winner 1914 Wimbledon Grass   Ethel Thomson Larcombe   Marguerite Broquedis
  Anthony Wilding
4–6, 6–4, 6–2

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Irish Identity: Ireland's greatest all-round sportsman
  2. ^ a b Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 40.
  3. ^ a b c "James Cecil Parke". Dictionary of Ulster Biography. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  4. ^ James Parke rugby union profile
  5. ^ "J. Cecil Parke".
  6. ^ "James Cecil Parke Olympic Results". Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  7. ^ United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 422.

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