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).

2/2/1993, US tennis player Arthur Ashe died of AIDS.

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

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

2/12/1991, George Lott, US tennis player, died aged 85.

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.

19/4/1987, Easter Sunday. Maria Sharapova, tennis player, was born.

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.

24/2/1982, Klara Koulakova, tennis player, was born.

30/9/1980, Martina Hingis, tennis player was born.

19/6/1980, Venus Williams, tennis player, was born.

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

27/8/1976, Carlos Moya, tennis player, was born.

29/3/1976, Jennifer Capriati, tennis player, was born.

2/12/1973, Monica Seles, tennis player, was born.

6/9/1973, Greg Rusedski, tennis player, was born.

28/12/1972, Patrick Rafter, tennis player, was born.

12/8/1971, Pete Sampras, tennis player, was born.

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

2/4/1971, Todd Woodbridge, tennis player, was born.

29/4/1970, Andre Agassiz, tennis player, was born.

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

21/6/1969, US tennis player Maureen Connolly 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.

24/9/1965, Mark Woodforde, tennis player, was born

27/5/1965, Pete Cash, tennis player, was born.

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

4/7/1963, Henri Leconte, tennis player, was born.

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

12/12/1962, Tracy Austin, tennis champion, was born.

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

27/7/1962, Michael Ball, singer, was born.

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

28/12/1960, John Fitzgerald, tennis player, was born.

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

7/3/1960, Ivan Lendl, tennis player, was born.

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.

6/6/1956, Bjorn Borg, Swedish tennis player, was born.

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

21/12/1954, Chris Evert, tennis player, was born.

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

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

317/1951, Evonne Goolagong, Australian tennis player, was born.

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.

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

16/6/1942, Margaret Smith, Australian lawn tennis champion, was born in Albury, New South Wales.

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.

4/7/1938, Suzanne Lenglen, tennis player, died.

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).

17/9/1934, Maureen Connolly, tennis champion, was born.

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

3/10/1933, Neale Fraser, 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).

23/6/1924, The seeding system was introduced for competitors at Wimbledon.

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.

31/7/1923, Jimmy Evert, US tennis coach (father of Chris Evert), was born in Chicago, Illinois (died 2015).

11/3/1923, Louise Brough, tennis player, was born.

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.

1/8/1921, Jack Kramer, tennis player, was born.

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.

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).

6/10/1905, Helen Wills, US tennis player, was born.

2/7/1905, Jean Rene Lacoste, tennis player, was born.

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.

9/2/1900, Dwight F Davis inaugurated the Davis Cup tennis tournament.

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).

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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