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Sydney Howard Smith (3 February 1872 – 27 March 1947) was a British tennis and badminton player.

Sydney Smith
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Full nameSydney Howard Smith
Country (sports)United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom
Born(1872-02-03)3 February 1872
Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK
Died27 March 1947(1947-03-27) (aged 75)
Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK
Turned pro1891 (amateur tour)
Retired1906
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record318–56 (85.03%) [1]
Career titles52 [1][2]
Highest rankingNo. 2 (1899, Karoly Mazak)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonF (1899, 1900Ch, 1905)
US Open2R (1904)
Other tournaments
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonW (1902, 1906)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1905, 1906)

CareerEdit

Sydney Smith was the first All England Badminton Men's Singles champion in 1900. He reached his first Wimbledon singles final in 1899, beating Herbert Roper Barrett in an epic five set semi final before lising the all comers final to Arthur Gore in four sets.[4] In 1900 Smith beat Gore in the all comers final at Wimbledon, before losing to Reginald Doherty in the challenge round in four sets. In 1905, Smith beat Holcombe Ward, Wilberforce Eaves, William Larned and Major Ritchie before losing the all comers final in five sets to Norman Brookes.[4] Smith and partner Frank Riseley won the Gentlemen's Doubles title at Wimbledon in 1902 and 1906. He was a member of the British Davis Cup team in 1905 and 1906. Tennis analyst Karoly Mazak ranked Smith as the World No. 2 player in 1899. He also won the Welsh Championships singles title 10 times (1896-1906) and the Northern Lawn Tennis Championships singles title 7 times (1899-1905).

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 runner-upEdit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1900 Wimbledon Grass   Reginald Doherty 8–6, 3–6, 1–6, 2–6 [5]

Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1902 Wimbledon Grass   Frank Riseley   Reginald Doherty
  Laurence Doherty
4–6, 8–6, 6–3, 4–6, 11–9 [6]
Loss 1903 Wimbledon Grass   Frank Riseley   Reginald Doherty
  Laurence Doherty
4–6, 4–6, 4–6 [6]
Loss 1904 Wimbledon Grass   Frank Riseley   Reginald Doherty
  Laurence Doherty
1–6, 2–6, 4–6 [6]
Loss 1905 Wimbledon Grass   Frank Riseley   Reginald Doherty
  Laurence Doherty
2–6, 4–6, 8–6, 3–6 [6]
Win 1906 Wimbledon Grass   Frank Riseley   Reginald Doherty
  Laurence Doherty
6–8, 6–4, 5–7, 6–3, 6–3 [6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Sydney Howard Smith: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. The Tennis Base. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Sydney Howard Smith: Stats". tennisrachives.com. Tennis Archives. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  3. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 27.
  4. ^ a b "Wimbledon player archive – Sidney Smith". AELTC.
  5. ^ "Wimbledon Rolls of Honour / Gentlemen's Singles". Wimbledon official tournament website. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Wimbledon Rolls of Honour / Gentlemen's Doubles". Wimbledon official tournament website. Retrieved 16 October 2015.

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