Chronography of Tennis and Table Tennis

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20/7/1955, Desmond Douglas, table tennis champion, was born.

1933, The Corbillon Cup was donated by Marcel Corbillon, President of the French Table Tennis Association, for the women�s tournament.

14/4/1933, Diana Rowe, table tennis champion, was born.

1926, The International Table Tennis Federation was established. The Swaythling Cup was donated by Lady Swaythling, for the men�s tournament.

20/11/1922, John Leach, table tennis champion, was born.

30/4/1901, The game of ping pong was created by James Gibb.



2/2/1995, Frederick Perry, tennis champion, died (born 18/5/1909).

19/6/1992, Kathleen Godfree, tennis player, died (born 7/5/1896).

18/4/1992, Misa Eguchi, Japanese tennis player, was born.

7/7/1990, Martina Navratilova beat Zina Garrison to win a record 9th Wimbledon women�s singles.

30/6/1990, Petra Krejsova,: Czech tennis player, was born.

19/9/1988, Thiemo de Bakker, Dutch tennis player, was born.

10/11/1987, David Warburg, real tennis champion, died.

22/6/1985, Patricia Ward, tennis player, died (born 27/2/1929).

8/11/1983, Betty Nuthall, tennis champion, died (born 23/5/1911).

4/7/1982, The men�s finals of Wimbledon were scheduled for a Sunday for the first time. Jimmy Connors beat his fellow-American John McEnroe.

9/3/1982, Mirjana Lucic, Croatian tennis player, was born.

10/3/1980, Julien Jeanpierre, French tennis player, was born.

3/6/1971, Edgar Baerlin, tennis player, died (born 13/12/1879).

22/2/1970, Penelope Dora Boothby, tennis champion, died.

14/6/1969, Steffi Graf, tennis champion, was born.

1968, Tennis tournaments were opened to professional players � ending the amateur game.

3/1/1968, Kent Carlsson, Swedish tennis champion, was born.

15/9/1965, Dyan Castillejo-Garcia, professional tennis player, was born.

16/6/1964, Julian Snow, real tennis champion, was born.

13/5/1963, Penny Lumley, real tennis champion, was born.,

23/10/1962, Christo van Rensburg, South African tennis champion, was born.

19/6/1962, Michael Jeremy Bates, tennis champion, was born.

27/6/1960, Charlotte Dodd, tennis champion, died (born 29/4/1871)

7/1/1960, Dorothea Douglass, tennis champion, died (born 3/9/1878).

10/9/1959, Colin Gregory, tennis champion, died (born 28/7/1903).

18/10/1956, Martina Navratilova, tennis champion, was born in Prague.

25/4/1955, Christopher Mottram, tennis champion, was born.

27/8/1954, John Lloyd, tennis champion, was born.

27/11/1953, Peter Latham, tennis champion, died (born 18/5/1865).

8/3/1951, The International Table Tennis Federation banned Egypt, for refusing to play Israel.

6/8/1946, Blanche Bingley, tennis player, died (born 3/11/1863).

28/11/1945, Dwight F Davis, founder of the Davis Cup tennis tournament, died.

10/7/1945, Virginia Wade, tennis champion, was born.

27/7/1943, Herbert Roper Barrett, tennis champion, died (born 24/11/1873).

14/10/1941, Roger Taylor, tennis champion, was born.

30/4/1939, Karl Meiler, German tennis player was born (died 2014).

29/4/1939, Charles Dixon, tennis champion, died (born 7/2/1873).

9/8/1938, Rod Laver, Australian tennis player, was born.

3/1/1936, Michael Davies, tennis champion, was born in Swansea.

22/11/1935, Robert Wilson, tennis champion, was born.

12/11/1935, William Knight, tennis champion, was born.

9/2/1935, Randolph Lycett, tennis champion, died (born 27/8/1886).

16/8/1934, Angela Buxton, tennis player, was born.

13/6/1934, Shirley Bloomer, tennis player, was born.

21/4/1932, Angela Mortimer, tennis champion, was born.

13/6/1932, Anne Shilcock, tennis champion, was born.

20/7/1931, Herbert Baddeley, tennis player, died.

27/2/1929, Patricia Ward, tennis player, was born (died 22/6/1985).

24/1/1929, Wilfred Baddeley, tennis player, died.

1/12/1928, Arthur Gore, tennis champion, died (born 2/1/1868).

20/4/1925, Herbert Lawford, tennis champion, died (born 15/5/1851).

1923, Hazel Wightman donated the Wightman Cup for women�s tennis championships. It was only available for UK-USA competitions. It was discontinued in 1990 because the tournament had become too one-sided; the USA had won 7-0 in four of the previous five years.

1922, Seeding, to rank the players, was first used at the US National Championships.

1922, King George V opened the new concrete tennis stadium at Wimbledon, seating 15,000.

8/6/1920, Anthony Mottram, tennis champion, was born.

3/4/1914, Katherine Stammers, tennis champion, was born.

1/3/1913, The International Lawn Tennis Federation was set up at a meeting in Paris attended by 13 countries.

17/8/1912, Margaret Scriven, tennis champion, was born.

23/5/1911, Betty Nuthall, tennis champion, was born (died 8/11/1993).

29/12/1910, Reginald Doherty, tennis champion, died (born 14/10/1872).

13/7/1909, Dorothy Round, tennis champion, was born (died 12/11/1982).

18/5/1909, Frederick Perry, tennis champion, was born (died 2/2/1995).

12/8/1904, William Renshaw, tennis champion, died (born 3/1/1861).

28/7/1903, Colin Gregory, tennis champion, was born (died 10/9/1959).

21/12/1902, Patrick Hughes, tennis champion, was born.

8/8/1900, The Davis Cup was founded after Dwight F Davis donated his trophy. The first matches opened this day.

7/5/1896, Kathleen Godfree, tennis player, was born (died 19/6/1992).

6/9/1892, Maxwell Woosnam, tennis champion and footballer, was born (died 14/7/1965).

1891, First French tennis championship. Until 1925 this was open to French players only.

27/8/1886, Randolph Lycett, tennis champion, was born (died 9/2/1935).

27/4/1885, Leslie Godfree, tennis player, was born (died 17/11/1971).

1881, First US tennis championship. This became the US Open in 1968.

1884, The first women�s tennis championships.

21/5/1881, The United States Lawn Tennis Association was founded.

13/12/1879, Edgar Baerlin, tennis player, was born (died 3/6/1971).

5/7/1879, Dwight F Davis, US Secretary for War 1925-29, who donated the Davis Cup for tennis, was born in St Louis, Missouri.

8/6/1879, Ethel Larcombe, tennis champion, was born (died 10/8/1965).

3/9/1878, Dorothea Douglass, tennis champion, was born (died 7/1/1960).

9/7/1877. The first All Engfland lawn tennis championships were staged at Wimbledon, at the original site at Worple Road.

23/2/1874, Major Walker Wingfield patented the game of lawn tennis, (as distinct from �real� or royal tennis) under the name of �Sphairistike�, a version of the Greek for �playing ball�. Between July 1874 and June 1875, 1,050 of his tennis sets were sold.

24/11/1873, Herbert Roper Barrett, tennis champion, was born (died 27/7/1943).

7/2/1873, Charles Dixon, tennis champion, was born (died 29/4/1939).

1872, The first lawn tennic club was founded at :Leamingron, Warwickshire.

3/2/1872, Sydney Smith, tennis champion, was born (died 27/3/1947).

11/1/1872, Wilfred and Herbert Baddeley, twins, tennis champions, were born.

29/4/1871, Charlotte Dodd, tennis champion, was born (died 27/6/1960)

22/9/1870, Charlotte Cooper, tennis champion, was born (died 10/10/1966).

20/5/1869, Joshua Pim, tennis champion, was born (died 15/4/1942).

2/1/1868, Arthur Gore, tennis champion, was born (died 1/12/1928).

13/2/1867, Harold Mahoney, tennis champion, was born (died 27/6/1905).

18/5/1865, Peter Latham, tennis champion, was born (died 27/11/1953).

9/10/1864, Maud Watson, tennis champion, was born (died 5/6/1946).

3/11/1863, Blanche Bingley, tennis player, was born (died 6/8/1946).

3/1/1861, William Renshaw, tennis champion, was born (died 12/8/1904).

1414, King Henry V of England was given some tennis balls by the future King Charles VII of France; the French monarch did much to promote the game.

1292, An early version of tennis called jeu de palme, game of the palm, was so popular that Paris then had 13 manufacturers of the ball for this game. The ball was then batted by hand, but soon large gloves were adopted, and then the rackets themselves. The name �tennis� derived from �tenez vous pret� or �get yourself ready�. It was first recorded in England as �tenetz� by poet John Gower in 1399.


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