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Ernest Lewis

Ernest Lewis

British tennis player
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Quick Facts
Intro British tennis player
Countries United Kingdom
Occupations Tennis player
A.K.A. Ernest Wool Lewis
Gender male
Birth April 5, 1867 (Hammersmith)
Death April 19, 1930 (Plymouth)
Education Godolphin and Latymer School
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Biography

Ernest Wool Lewis (5 April 1867 – 19 April 1930) was a former co-world No. 1 British amateur lawn tennis player who was active at the end of the 19th century.

Career

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.

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

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. 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. 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.

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. 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 finals

Singles (4 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
Runner-up 1886 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Herbert Lawford 2–6, 3–6, 6–2, 6–4, 4–6
Runner-up 1888 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Ernest Renshaw 9–7, 1–6, 6–8, 4–6
Runner-up 1892 Wimbledon Championships Ireland Joshua Pim 6–2, 7–5, 7–9, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1894 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Wilfred Baddeley 0–6, 1–6, 0–6

Doubles (1 title, 6 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Runner-up 1884 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland E.L. Williams United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Ernest Renshaw
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland William Renshaw
3–6, 1–6, 6–1, 4–6
Runner-up 1889 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom George Hillyard United Kingdom Ernest Renshaw
United Kingdom William Renshaw
4–6, 4 6, 6–3, 6–0, 1–6
Runner-up 1890 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom George Hillyard Ireland Joshua Pim
Ireland Frank Stoker
0–6, 5–7, 4–6
Winner 1892 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Harry Barlow United Kingdom Herbert Baddeley
United Kingdom Wilfred Baddeley
4–6, 6–2, 8–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1893 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Harry Barlow Ireland Joshua Pim
Ireland Frank Stoker
6–4, 3–6, 1–6, 6–2, 0–6
Runner-up 1894 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Harry Barlow United Kingdom Herbert Baddeley
United Kingdom Wilfred Baddeley
7–5, 5–7, 6–4, 3–6, 6–8
Runner-up 1895 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Wilberforce Eaves United Kingdom Herbert Baddeley
United Kingdom Wilfred Baddeley
6–8, 7–5, 4–6, 3–6
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References
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=TC18910105.2.14
http://www.tennis.co.nf/WIMBLEDON%201886.htm
http://www.tennis.co.nf/WIMBLEDON%201892.htm
http://www.tennisarchives.com/player/?pl=3736
https://web.archive.org/web/20120912110915/http://www.tennisarchives.com/coureurfiche.php?coureurid=3736
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