1881 Wimbledon Championship

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1881 Wimbledon Championship
Date 2 – 13 July
Edition 5th
Category Grand Slam
Surface Grass
Location Worple Road
SW19, Wimbledon,
London, United Kingdom
Venue All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club
United Kingdom William Renshaw
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The 1881 Wimbledon Championships took place on the outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. The tournament ran from 2 July until 13 July.[1] It was the 5th staging of the Wimbledon Championships, and the first Grand Slam tennis event of 1881.[2] The defending champion John Hartley lost in straight sets in the final to challenger William Renshaw, who defeated Hartley in 37 minutes, 6–0, 6–1, 6–1.[3][2] The result is said to have been caused by Hartley suffering from an attack of 'English cholera'.[2]

Gentlemen's singles[edit]


United Kingdom William Renshaw defeated United Kingdom John Hartley, 6–0, 6–1, 6–1 [3]

All Comers' Final[edit]

United Kingdom William Renshaw defeated United Kingdom Richard Richardson, 6–4, 6–2, 6–3 [2]

Second place final[edit]

United Kingdom Richard Richardson defeated United Kingdom Herbert Lawford, 6–3, 4–6, 6–1, 3–6, 7–5 [2]


  1. ^ 2010 Wimbledon Compendium, by Alan Little (The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London)
  2. ^ a b c d e 100 Years of Wimbledon, by Lance Tingay (Guinness Superlatives, 1977)
  3. ^ a b "Gentlemen's Singles Finals 1877-2016". wimbledon.com. Wimbledon Championships. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 

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Preceded by
1880 Wimbledon Championships
Grand Slams Succeeded by
1881 U.S. National Championships