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Anthony Wilding

 

Anthony Wilding

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Tony Wilding
Full name Anthony Frederick Wilding
Country New Zealand
Born (1883-10-31)31 October 1883
Christchurch, New Zealand
Died 9 May 1915(1915-05-09) (aged 31)
Neuve-Chapelle, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record Template:Format numeric span
Career titles 118
Highest ranking No. 1 (1911, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1906, 1909)
Wimbledon W (1910, 1911, 1912, 1913)
Other tournaments
WHCC W (1913, 1914)
WCCC W (1913)
Doubles
Career record Template:Format numeric span
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1906)
Wimbledon W (1907, 1908, 1910, 1914)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1914)
Team Competitions
Davis Cup W (1907, 1908, 1909, 1914)
Template:Infobox medal templates
Olympic medalist
Medal record
Competitor for  Australasia
Men's Tennis
Bronze 1912 Stockholm Indoor singles

Anthony "Tony" Frederick Wilding (31 October 1883 – 9 May 1915) was a champion tennis player from Christchurch, New Zealand and a soldier killed in action during World War I near Neuve-Chapelle, Pas-de-Calais, France.

He was the son of wealthy English immigrants to New Zealand and enjoyed the use of private tennis courts at their home. He obtained a legal education and joined his father's law firm. He was a first-class cricketer and a keen motorcycle enthusiast. His tennis career starting with him winning the Canterbury Championships aged 18. He developed into a leading tennis player in the world during 1909–1914 and is considered to be a former World number 1. He won several Wimbledon Championships, was both World Hard Court and World Covered Court champion, won the Davis Cup several times for Australasia, and won a bronze medal at the 1912 Olympics. In his ranking list of greatest tennis players compiled in 1950, Norman Brookes put Wilding in fourth place.

Early life

Wilding was the second of five children of Frederick Wilding and Julia Anthony and was named after both parents.[2] Cora Wilding was a younger sister.[3] Wilding's parents had emigrated from Herefordshire, England in 1879. His father was a well-to-do lawyer in Christchurch, New Zealand. At their house they had two tennis courts, one asphalt court for use in the winter and one grass court for summer play.[4] Tony was first educated at William Wilson's private school for boys in Cranmer Square, where he was captain of the school football team at 12, then attended the Canterbury University College for six months before going to England in 1902 to study law at Trinity College, Cambridge University, where he developed his tennis game as a member of the Cambridge University Lawn Tennis Club. He passed the law examination and graduated B.A. in June 1905 and returned to New Zealand to join his father's law practice.[5] Finishing his education, he was called to the English Bar at the Inner Temple in June 1906.[5]

Sports career

In August 1904 Wilding won the Scottish national championships. In July 1905 he made his first Davis Cup appearance as part of the Australasia teamTemplate:Efn in the semifinal against Austria, played at the Queen's Club, London. Australasia won 5–0 and Wilding won both his singles matches but in the final they were defeated 5–0 by the United States.[6] In 1906 Wilding toured during almost the entire year across continental Europe and England, sometimes travelling by train but most often on his beloved motorcycle. He played and won tournaments in cities throughout Europe including Cannes, Paris, Lyon, Barcelona, Wiesbaden, Reading, Prague, Bad Homburg and Vienna. After winning the singles title at the London Covered Courts Championships in October, beating George Caridia in the final,[7] he travelled by boat to New Zealand and in December won the Australasian Championships singles title, defeating Francis Fisher in the final, and doubles title, partnering compatriot Rodney Heath.[8] A week later he also won the New Zealand Championship against Harry Parker in the final.[9]

Between 1907 and 1909 he helped the Australasian team win three consecutive Davis Cups, the first against the British Isles at Wimbledon and the last two against the United States.[10] He won his second Australasian Championships in 1909, defeating Ernie Parker in the final in straight sets. The same year he qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor at the Supreme Court of New Zealand. Focusing on his tennis game, he won the Wimbledon singles title for four straight years between 1910 and 1913. In 1910 and 1912 he defeated Arthur Gore in the final, both times in four sets. In 1911 his opponent Herbert Barrett retired in the final at two sets all. In 1913 at Wimbledon tennis player and author A. Wallis Myers says that he played "the best game of his life", beating American Maurice McLoughlin, the 1912 U.S. National Championships winner, in three straight sets.[11][12] In 1914 he narrowly missed winning his fifth title in a row, losing in the final to Norman Brookes. In addition, he won four men's doubles titles at Wimbledon, in 1907 and 1914 with Norman Brookes and in 1908 and 1910 partnering with Josiah Ritchie.[13][14]

He missed the 1908 Olympics in London because of administrative bungling, but at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm won a bronze medal in the men's indoor singles for Australasia.[15][16]

Wilding won a unique World Championships triple in 1913:[17]

At the time these were all three of the official World Championships events (Major tennis titles) as designated by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF).[18]Template:Efn. In 1914 Wilding retained his World Hard Court Championship title in Paris without losing a single set.[19]

In 1914, he returned to Davis Cup play, and together with Norman Brookes lead the Australasian team to another championship, defeating the United States team in the Challenge round before their home crowd at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York.[20] This turned out to be his final tournament. He had entered the 1914 U.S. Championships which followed later in August but withdrew due to the outbreak of World War I and returned to England.[21][22]

Wilding was a leading tennis player in the world during 1909–1914 and is considered a former World No. 1. Norman Brookes in 1950 compiled a ranking list of greatest tennis players and put Wilding fourth behind Bill Tilden and the Dohertys, and ahead of Budge, Kramer, Lacoste and Perry.[23]

Other sports

He also played for the Canterbury cricket team in the early 1900s where he participated in two first-class matches.[24] He was a keen motorcycle (with sidecar) rider with many long trips in Europe, New Zealand and America. In 1908 he won a gold medal in a reliability trial from Land's End to John o' Groats. Several "mighty rides" (Myers) in Europe in 1910 included London to Lake Geneva and back, some 3,000 miles (4,800 km), including 350 miles (560 km) from Evian to Paris in one day. He ventured into places with poor roads like Hungary and Serbia.[25]

Singles titles

Sources:

  • Anthony Wilding, A Sporting Life by Len and Shelley Richardson, (2005 Canterbury University Press)
  • On the Court and Off by Anthony F. Wilding (1912, Methuen, London)
  • Captain Anthony Wilding by A. Wallis Myers (1916, Hodder and Stoughton, London)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score
October 1901 Canterbury Championship, New Zealand[26][27] Grass New Zealand Richard D. Harman 2–6, 8–6, 3–6, 6–0, 6–3
27 – 31 December 1901 Ashburton, New Zealand [28][29] Grass New Zealand Thomas Lynch 6–0, 6–3
March – April 1902 Intercollegiate Championships Christchurch, New Zealand [30] Grass New Zealand F.D. Rice 6–4, 6–2
April 1903 Cambridge University (Freshmen's), England [31] Grass 6–0, 6–0
1. July 1904 Championships of Shropshire, Shrewsbury, England [32] Grass United Kingdom E.V. Jones 4–6, 9–7, 8–6, ret.
2. July 1904 Thompson Challenge Cup, Redhill, England [32] Grass United Kingdom Alfred D. Prebble 6–0, 6–1, ret.
3. August 1904 Championships of Scotland, Moffat [33] Grass United Kingdom Charles James Glenny 6–1, 6–1, 6–2
4. August 1904 North Cumberland, Edenside Tournament, Carlisle, England [34][35] Grass United Kingdom Charles James Glenny 6–0, 6–2, 6–3
5. July 1905 Hertfordshire and North Middlesex Championship, New Barnet, England [36] Grass United Kingdom J.L. Figgis 6–0, 6–0
6. July 1905 Thompson Challenge Cup, Redhill, England [37] Grass United Kingdom Kenneth Powell 6–1, 6–2, 6–1
7. August 1905 Hamburg (Pöseldorf Cup), Germany [38] Clay United Kingdom Josiah Ritchie 3–6, 6–2, 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
8. August – September 1905 Championship of Europe, Homburg, Germany [39] Clay United Kingdom George Hillyard 5–7, 7–5, 2–6, 6–3, 7–5
9. September 1905 Le Touquet, France [40] Clay United Kingdom Lionel Escombe 6–2, 6–3, 6–0
10. February 1906 Championship of the Riviera, Menton, France [41] Clay United Kingdom Josiah Ritchie 6–1, 6–4, 6–0
11. March 1906 Championship of Cannes, Cannes Beau Site, France [42] Clay United Kingdom Wilberforce Eaves 6–2, 6–1, 6–3
12. April 1906 French Covered Court Championship, Paris, France [43] Wood United Kingdom Josiah Ritchie 6–2, 6–1, 6–1
13. April 1906 Lyons Covered Courts Championship, France Asphalt United Kingdom Josiah Ritchie  ?
14. April 1906 Championships of Barcelona, Spain [42][44] Clay Spain José Capará 6–1, 6–0, 6–0
15a. 8 – 13 May 1906 Wiesbaden Championship, Germany [42][45] Clay Germany Karl Schmidt-Knatz 6–2, 6–1, 6–3
15b. 8 – 13 May 1906 Wiesbaden Cup, Germany [42][45] Clay Germany Otto Froitzheim 6–1, 9–7, 6–3
16. May 1906 Reading, Berkshire, England [46] Grass United Kingdom David M. Hawes 6–0, 6–4, 6–0
17. June 1906 Sheffield and Hallamshire, England [47] Grass United Kingdom E. Watson 6–1, 6–0, 6–1
18. June 1906 Championship of Austria, Prague, Austria-Hungary [48][49] Clay United Kingdom Josiah Ritchie 7–5, 2–6, 7–5, 6–3
19. 1906 Prague*, Austria-Hungary Clay
20. July 1906 Epsom, England Grass United Kingdom E.L. Bristow 6–2, 6–3
21. July 1906 Shrewsbury Lawn Tennis Tournament, Shropshire, England [50] Grass United Kingdom Edward R. Allen 5–7, 6–0, 6–1, 3–6, 6–4
Template:Efn 26–29 July 1906 Marienbad Cup (Auersperg Prize), Austria-Hungary [51][52] Clay Germany Otto Froitzheim 7–5, 6–0, 6–3
22. 26–30 July 1906 Marienbad Championship, Austria-Hungary [51][53] Clay Germany Otto Froitzheim 6–2, 6–1, 6–0
23. July 1906 Franzensbad, Austria-Hungary [54] Clay Austria-Hungary Ladislav Zemla 6–2, 6–3, ret.
24. August – 5 August 1906 City of Carlsbad Cup, Carlsbad, Austria-Hungary [55] Clay Austria-Hungary Hartmann 6–2, 7–5, 6–4
25. August 1906 Carlsbad, Austria-Hungary Clay Ackerland 6–2, 6–1, 6–3
26. 23 – 30 August 1906 Homburg, Germany [56] [57] Clay Germany Otto Froitzheim 6–1, 6–1, 6–4
27. 6 – 10 September 1906 Baden-Baden, Germany [58] Clay United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland George Ball-Greene 6–1, 6–2, 6–1
28. 11 – 16 September 1906 South of England Championships, Eastbourne [59][60] Grass United Kingdom Roderick McNair 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
29. 1 – 6 October 1906 London Covered Courts Championships, Queen's Club, London [7][61] Wood United Kingdom George Caridia 6–3, 6–0, 6–3
30. 26 – 31 December 1906 Australasian Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand [8] Grass New Zealand Francis Fisher 6–0, 6–4, 6–4
31. December 1906 – 1 January 1907 New Zealand Championship, Christchurch [9] Grass New Zealand Harold Parker 6–4, 2–6, 6–3, 6–1
32. 11 – 18 March 1907 South of France Championships, Nice, France [62] Clay United Kingdom Josiah Ritchie 6–0, 6–0, 6–3
33. 28 March – 2 April 1907 French Covered Court Championship, Paris, France [63] Wood France Max Decugis 4–6, 6–1, 1–6, 4–1, ret.
34. 4 –7 April 1907 Lyon Covered Court Championship, France [64] Asphalt France Maurice Germot 6–1, 6–1, 6–4
35. 15 – 20 April 1907 Queen's Club Championship (Covered Court), England [65] Wood United Kingdom Lawrence Doherty walkover
36. 6 – 11 May 1907 Wiesbaden Cup, Germany [66][67] Clay Germany Adolf Hammacher walkover
37. 6 – 11 May 1907 Championship of Wiesbaden, Germany [66] Clay United Kingdom George Simond 6–1, 6–2, 6–3
38. 15 – 22 May 1907 Championship of Austria, Prague, Austria-Hungary [68][69] Clay Germany Oscar Kreuzer 6–1, 6–1, 6–1
39. 24 – 30 May 1907 Vienna, Austria [70] Clay Austria-Hungary Kurt von Wessely 6–3, 7–5, ret.
40. 31 May – 5 June 1907 Budapest International Championships, Hungary [71] Clay Austria-Hungary Hartmann 6–4, 6–2, 6–4
41. 6 – 8 June 1907 Sheffield and Hallamshire, England [72] Grass United Kingdom Reg Webster 6–0, 6–4, 6–1
42. 12 – 16 June 1907 Kent Championships, Beckenham [73][74] Grass United Kingdom Arthur Gore 9–7, 6–2, 3–6, 0–6, 6–1
43. 17 – 22 June 1907 London Championships Queen's, England Grass United Kingdom Josiah Ritchie 6–2, 6–1, 6–0
Template:Efn June – July 1907 Wimbledon (All England Plate) Grass Austria-Hungary Kurt von Wessely 6–3, 6–4
44. 28 July – August 1907 Marienbad Cup (Auersperg Prize), Austria-Hungary [75] Clay Austria-Hungary Kurt von Wessely 4–6, 10–8, 2–6, 7–5, 8–6
28 July – August 1907 Marienbad Championship, Austria-Hungary [75] Clay Canada Kenneth Powell 6–0, 6–2
45. 4 – 8 August 1907 Franzensbad, Austria-Hungary [76] Clay Austria-Hungary Kurt von Wessely 6–4, 6–0, 7–5
46. August 1907 Carlsbad, Austria-Hungary Clay Germany Oscar Kreuzer 6–0, 6–1, 6–2
47. 1 – 8 September 1907 Baden-Baden, Germany [77][78] Clay Germany Otto Froitzheim 6–3, 6–2, 6–3
48. 9 – 16 September 1907 Championship of Luzern, Switzerland Clay United Kingdom Edward R. Allen 3–2 ret. Template:Efn
49. February 1908 San Remo, Italy [79] Clay United Kingdom S. Turton 6–0, 6–0, 6–1
50. 24 February – 1 March 1908 Monte Carlo, Monaco [80] Clay United Kingdom Wilberforce Eaves 6–3, 2–6, 6–3, 4–6, 6–0
51. 9 – 17 March 1908 South of France Championships, Nice, France [81] Clay United Kingdom Major Ritchie 6–0, 6–1, 6–2
52. March 1908 Championship of Cannes, Cannes Beau Site, France Clay United Kingdom Major Ritchie 6–3, 6–4, 6–0
53. March – April 1908 Cannes (Métropole), France Clay France H. Bertoult 6–1, 6–3, 6–1
54. 8 – 12 April 1908 Lyons Covered Courts Championships, France [82] Asphalt France Maurice Germot 6–2, 6–1, 6–0
55. 14 – 19 May 1908 Wiesbaden (Cup), Germany [83][84] Clay Austria-Hungary Rolf Kinzl 6–1, 6–1, 6–2
56. 14 – 19 May 1908 Wiesbaden Championship, Germany [83][84] Clay Germany Otto Widmann 6–1, 6–0, 6–2
57. May 1908 Lille, France [85] Clay United States Clarence P. Dodge 6–0, 6–3, 6–2
58. July 1908 Bordeaux, France Clay France Daniel Lawton 6–2, 6–0, 6–1
59. July 1908 Sheffield and Hallamshire, England [86] Grass United Kingdom Edward R. Allen 6–1, 6–4, 6–3
60. August 1908 Dieppe, France [87] Clay United Kingdom Charles P. Dixon 6–3, 6–1, 6–3
61. 2 – 6 September 1908 Baden-Baden, Germany [88] Clay Germany Otto Froitzheim 6–4, 6–3, 6–4
62. 14 – 20 September 1908 South of England Championship, Eastbourne [89] Grass United Kingdom George Hillyard walkover
63. 19 – 23 November 1908 Championship of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia [90][91] Grass United States Fred Alexander 4–6, 6–0, 6–2, 6–2
64. 26 – 31 December 1908 New Zealand Championship, Nelson [92] Grass New Zealand Harold Parker 6–2, 6–1, 6–4
65. 14 – 18 January 1909 New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand [93][94] Grass New Zealand Harold Parker 6–4, 5–3 ret.
66. 22 – 25 January 1909 Wairarapa Tournament, Masterton, New Zealand [95] Grass New Zealand Cecil Cox 6–2, 6–4
67. 9 – 14 April 1909 Otago Championships, Dunedin, New Zealand [96][97] Grass New Zealand Geoff Ollivier 3–6, 6–1, 6–0
68. 18 – 25 October 1909 Championship of Australasia and Western Australia, Perth, Australia [98] Grass Australia Ernie Parker 6–1, 7–5, 6–2
69. 8 – 13 November 1909 Championship of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia [99][100][101] Grass Australia Norman Brookes 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3, 9–7
70. 27 – 29 December 1909 Championship of New Zealand, Auckland [102] Grass New Zealand Francis Fisher 6–1, 6–1, 6–1
71. 20 – 26 April 1910 Championship of South Africa, Johannesburg [103][104] Clay Template:Country data Union of South Africa Harold A. Kitson 6–0, 6–3, 6–4
72. May 1910 Lille, France Clay Belgium A.G. Watson 6–0, 6–1, 6–0
73. May 1910 Brussels (Leopold Club), Belgium Clay France Max Decugis 6–1, 6–0, 6–2
74. 29 May 1910 (start date) Brussels (International Lawn Tennis Singles), Belgium [105][106] Clay France Max Decugis 6–1, 6–2, 6–0
75. 13 – 18 June 1910 London Championships Queen's, England [107] Grass United Kingdom Josiah Ritchie 6–4, 6–3, 2–0 ret.
76. 20 June – 2 July 1910 Wimbledon, England [108] Grass United Kingdom Arthur Gore 6–4, 7–5, 4–6, 6–2
77. 1 – 7 August 1910 Ostend, Belgium [109][110] Clay Belgium Louis Trasenster 6–2, 6–2, 6–1
78. 9 – 13 August 1910 International Dutch Championships, The Hague [111] Clay Belgium Paul de Borman 6–2, 6–1, 6–1
79. 22 – 28 August 1910 Évian-les-Bains, France [112] Clay France Etienne Micard 6–3, 6–0, 6–1
Template:Efn September 1910 Sapicourt Invitation Meeting, France Clay
80. September 1910 Territet, Montreux, Switzerland [113] Clay France Maurice Germot 6–1, 6–3
81. 10 – 15 October 1910 London Covered Courts Championships, Queen's Club, London, England [114] Wood United Kingdom Arthur Lowe 6–2, 6–1, 6–3
82. 13 – 18 February 1911 Championships of the Italian Riviera, San Remo, Italy [115] Clay Germany Friedrich W. Rahe 6–4, 2–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2
83. 27 February – 5 March 1911 Monte Carlo, Monaco [116][117] Clay France Max Decugis 5–7, 1–6, 6–3, 6–0, 6–1
84. 6 – 12 March 1911 Championship of the Riviera, Menton, France [118] Clay France Max Decugis 6–2, 6–3, 3–6, 5–7, 6–3
85. 14 – 22 March 1911 South of France Championships, Nice, France [119][120] Clay France Max Decugis 9–7, 6–0, 6–3
86. 22 – 28 March 1911 Cannes (Beau Site), France [121] Clay Germany Friedrich W. Rahe 6–1, 6–4, 6–2
87. 5 – 9 April 1911 Lyons Covered Courts Championships, France[122] Asphalt France Felix Poulin 6–0, 6–1, 6–0
88. 12 – 17 June 1911 Kent Championships, Beckenham[123][124] Grass United Kingdom Josiah Ritchie 6–0, 6–0, 6–3
89. 19 – 24 June 1911 London Championships Queen's, England[125] Grass United Kingdom Alfred Beamish 7–5, 6–2, 6–3
90. 26 June – 8 July 1911 Wimbledon, London, England Template:Efn[126] Grass United Kingdom Herbert Roper Barrett 6–4, 4–6, 2–6, 6–2, ret.
91. 12–18 February 1912 Monte Carlo, Monaco [127][128] Clay United Kingdom C. Moore 6–3, 6–0, 6–0
92. 10 – 15 June 1912 Kent Championships, Beckenham [123][129] Grass United Kingdom Herbert Roper Barrett 6–2, 4–6, 6–2, 1–6, 6–2
93. 17 – 22 June 1912 Queen's Club Championships, London, England [130] Grass German Empire Otto Froitzheim walkover
94. 24 June – 8 July 1912 Wimbledon (Challenge Round) Template:Efn Grass United Kingdom Arthur Gore 6–4, 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
95. August 1912 Deauville, France [131] Clay Germany Heinrich Kleinschroth 6–2, 6–1, 7–5
96. 24 February – 3 March 1913 Monte Carlo, Monaco [132][133] Clay France Felix Poulin 6–0, 6–2, 6–1
97. 3–9 March 1913 Riviera Championship, Menton, France [134] Clay Germany Friedrich W. Rahe 6–2, 6–3, 6–1
98. March 1913 Menton (Forme-Becherat Cup), France [134] Clay France Max Decugis 4 sets
99. June – 16 June 1913 World Hard Court Championships, Paris, France Template:Efn[135] Clay France André Gobert 6–3, 6–3, 1–6, 6–4
100. 23 June – 4 July 1913 World Grass Court Championships, Wimbledon Template:Efn[136][137] Grass United States Maurice McLoughlin 8–6, 6–3, 10–8
101. August 1913 Deauville, France [138] Clay France Max Decugis 6–2, 6–1, 6–0
102. 8 September 1913 Le Touquet, France Clay Australia A.B. Jones 6–2, 6–8, 6–3, 6–1
103. 15 September 1913 Montreux Autumn Meeting, Switzerland Clay United States Craig Biddle 6–1, 6–2, 6–0
104. 22 September 1913 Montreux–Palace Autumn Meeting, Switzerland Clay Germany Robert Kleinschroth 6–1, 6–4, 6–2
105. September – October 1913 Lausanne Autumn Meeting, Switzerland Clay Germany Robert Kleinschroth 6–4, 6–2, 6–2
106. 13 – 20 October 1913 London Covered Courts Championships, Queen's Club, London, England [139] Wood United Kingdom Arthur Lowe 7–5, 6–0, 6–2
107. 18 October 1913 World Covered Court Championships, Stockholm, Sweden [140] Wood France Maurice Germot 5–7, 6–3, 6–2, 6–1
108. January 1914 Cannes (Carlton) 1st meeting, France [141] Clay United Kingdom Gordon Lowe 6–4, 6–1, 6–2
109. January 1914 Bordighera, Italy [142] Clay United Kingdom Gordon Lowe 6–2, 7–5
110. February 1914 Cannes (Beau Site) 1st meeting, France [143] Clay United Kingdom Gordon Lowe 6–3, 6–2, 6–4
111. 9 – 15 February 1914 Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France [144] Clay United Kingdom Gordon Lowe 6–2, 6–2, 6–3
112. 23 February – 3 March 1914 Monte Carlo, Monaco [145] Clay United Kingdom Gordon Lowe 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
113. 8 March 1914 Riviera Championship, Menton, France [146] Clay United Kingdom Gordon Lowe 6–1, 6–4, 6–2
114. 9 – 17 March 1914 South of France Championships, Nice, France [147] Clay United Kingdom Gordon Lowe 6–4, 6–4, 1–6, 6–2
115. 9 – 17 March 1914 The Country Club, Nice, France [148][149] Clay France Felix Poulin 10–8, 6–2, 6–4
116. 23 – 30 March 1914 Championships of Cannes, Cannes (Beau Site), France [150][151] Clay Australia Norman Brookes 6–4, 6–2, 6–1
117. 6 – 12 April 1914 Cannes (Carlton Club) 2nd meeting, France [152] Clay Australia Norman Brookes 6–2, 6–2, 6–2
118. May – 8 June 1914 World Hard Court Championships, Paris, France Template:Efn[153] Clay Austria-Hungary Ludwig von Salm-Hoogstraeten 6–0, 6–2, 6–4

Major titles

Other big titles

Davis Cup

Military service and death

At the outbreak of World War I, Wilding joined the Royal Marines on advice of Winston Churchill who was then First Lord of the Admiralty. He was gazetted a second lieutenant in early October 1914.[154] Wilding remained in the Marines for just a few days and was then attached to the Intelligence Corps due to his intimate knowledge of the continent and his skills as a motorist.[154][155] At the end of October he joined the Royal Naval Armoured Car Division in the battlefields of northern France where he had thirty men, three guns and armoured cars under his command. After a week's leave in London in February 1915 he returned to France on 16 March 1915 and was posted to a new squadron made up of armoured Rolls Royce cars under the command of the Duke of Westminster.[154] He was ranked a lieutenant. Before long the squadron was moved near the front and on 2 May Wilding received notice of his promotion to captain. In his last letter dated 8 May he wrote "For really the first time in seven and a half months I have a job on hand which is likely to end in gun, I, and the whole outfit being blown to hell. However if we succeed we will help our infantery no end.".[156][157] The next day, 9 May, he was killed in action at 4:45 in the afternoon during the Battle of Aubers Ridge at Neuve-Chapelle, France when a shell exploded on the roof of the dug-out he was sheltering in.[5][23][158]

Captain Tony Wilding was buried the next day at the front but was later re-interred at the Rue-des-Berceaux Military Cemetery in Richebourg-l'Avoué, Pas-de-Calais, France. He had been dating and was about to marry Broadway star Maxine Elliott, 15 years his senior.

Legacy

In 1978, he was inducted into the

See also

Notes

Template:Notelist

References

External links

  • Researching a Legacy and Uncovering an Injustice
  • Wilding Foundation
  • Anthony Wilding Official fansite at www.anthonywilding.com
  • Biography at New Zealand Olympic Committee website
  • The Encyclopedia of New Zealand – Biographies – Wilding, Anthony Frederick
  • Famous New Zealanders - Anthony Wilding
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame

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