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1881 Men's Tennis season

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Duration  23 May – 10 November
Tournaments  32 (Amateur)
Most tournament finals  William Renshaw (4)
Edition  5th
Most tournament titles  William Renshaw (4)
1881 Men's Tennis season
Categories  important (5 ) national (2) regional/state (10) county (5) local (10)

The 1881 Men's tennis season was composed of the fifth annual pre-open era tour now incorporated 32 tournaments staged in Australia, Canada, Great Britain and Ireland, and the United States. The 1881 Wimbledon Championships was won by William Renshaw. This year also saw the inaugural and important 1881 U.S. National Championships held at Newport Casino which Richard Sears had won. This was also the year that the United States National Lawn Tennis Association, which is the worlds first national tennis association, was founded. Renshaw then had won two other big tournaments of the year picking up the Irish Lawn Tennis Championships and Princes Club Championships, whilst Richard Taswell Richardson wins the prestigious Northern Championships.



Notes 1: Challenge Round: the final round of a tournament, in which the winner of a single-elimination phase faces the previous year's champion, who plays only that one match. The challenge round was used in the early history of tennis (from 1877 through 1921), in some tournaments not all.

* Indicates challenger

Notes 2:Tournaments in italics were events that were staged only once that season

January to April

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List of tournament winners

Note: important tournaments in bold

  • Richard Barron Templer -Armagh -(1)
  • Pelham George Dunop -Bath -(1)
  • E. J. Charley -Belfast -(1)
  • Montague Hankey -Bournemouth -(1)
  • Michael G. McNamara -Brighton-Waterford- (2)
  • Dale Womerseley-Colchester-(1)
  • A. Springett -Darlington -(1)
  • William Renshaw -Cheltenham -Dublin-London-Wimbledon- (4)
  • Robert Shaw Templer -Dundalk -(1)
  • Edgar Lubbock -Eastbourne -(1)
  • Dr. Walter W. Chamberlain -Edgbaston -(1)
  • John G. Horn - Edinburgh -(1)
  • Leslie Balfour-Melville -Edinburgh -(1)
  • Spencer Cox -Exeter -(1)
  • E. W. Mancounchy -Exmouth -(1)
  • Edmond Bennett Brackenbury -Limerick -(1)
  • Herbert Lawford -London -(1)
  • Frederick Lawrence Rawson -London-(1)
  • Richard Mercer-Maidstone-(1)
  • Richard Taswell Richardson -Liverpool-Manchester - (2)
  • Louis Australia Whyte -Melbourne -(1)
  • Peter Aungier-Naas-(1)
  • John Jameson Cairnes -New York -(1)
  • A.W. Soames-St Leonards-on-Sea-(1)
  • Jonas Henry William Gardner-Stafford-(1)
  • B. Champion Russell -Teignmouth-(1)
  • Ernest Maconchy-Torquay-(1)
  • Isidore F. Hellmuth -Toronto -(1)
  • Richard Sears - Newport -(1)
  • Rankings

    Source: The Concise History of Tennis


    1881 Men's Tennis season Wikipedia

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