Tony Mottram

Anthony John Mottram (8 June 1920 – 6 October 2016) was a British tennis player of the 1940s and 1950s.[2] Mottram reached the quarterfinal of the 1948 Wimbledon Championships in which he lost to Gardnar Mulloy.[1] In the doubles event he reached the final of the 1947 Wimbledon Championships with Bill Sidwell in which they were defeated by the first-seeded team of Jack Kramer and Bob Falkenburg.[1] He reached the French Open's fourth round in both 1947 and 1948, and the third round of the 1951 US Open.[3]

Tony Mottram
Full nameAnthony John Mottram
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born(1920-06-08)8 June 1920
Coventry, England
Died6 October 2016(2016-10-06) (aged 96)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open4R (1947, 1948)
WimbledonQF (1948)
US Open3R (1951)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonF (1947)[1]
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonQF (1946, 1948, 1949)[1]

Mottram was born in Coventry, then Warwickshire (now West Midlands), England.[2] He appeared as a castaway on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 14 June 1955.[4] The All England Lawn Tennis Club elected him an Honorary Member in 1957.[3] Mottram died on 6 October 2016 at the age of 96.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1949 he married Joy Gannon who was also a tennis player, as were their children Buster Mottram and Linda Mottram.[5][6] In 1957 he published a book with his wife titled Modern Lawn Tennis.[7]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1947 Wimbledon Grass   Bill Sidwell   Bob Falkenburg
  Jack Kramer
6–8, 3–6, 3–6


  • — (1971). Play Better Tennis. S.Paul [sic]. ISBN 978-0091072018.
  • — (1975). Tackle Tennis. Hutchinson. ISBN 978-0091247607.
  • — (1980). Skills and Tactics of Tennis. Arco. ISBN 978-0668048422.