Charles P. Dixon

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Charles P. Dixon
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Full name Charles Percy Dixon
Country (sports)  United Kingdom
Born (1873-02-07)7 February 1873
Grantham, England
Died 7 April 1939(1939-04-07) (aged 66)
London, England
Singles
Highest ranking No. 6 (1913, A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (1912)
Wimbledon F (1901AC, 1911AC)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1912)
Wimbledon W (1912, 1913)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1912)
Charles Dixon vs. Bill Larned on 9 September 1911 at The Championships, Wimbledon

Charles Percy Dixon (7 February 1873 – 29 April 1939) was a male tennis player from Great Britain. He was a four-time Olympic medallist and led a successful British team to victory in the Davis Cup.

Biography[edit]

Dixon was born on 7 February 1873 in Grantham, Lincolnshire. At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London he won a bronze medal in the men's doubles event. In the 1912 Summer Olympics he won three medals in the indoor tennis events: gold in the mixed doubles, silver in men's singles and bronze in men's doubles.[2][3]

From 1929 to 1932 he represented the International Club of Great Britain against France at Queens and at Auteuil in 1932 and 1933. After retiring from tournaments, he coached juniors and umpired at Wimbledon, becoming President of the Umpire's Association. He died on 29 April 1939.[2]

Tennis tournaments[edit]

Dixon was born in 1873, the year that Major Walter Clopton Wingfield defined the first rules for lawn tennis. Dixon reached his first all comers final at Wimbledon in 1901, beating Harold Mahony before losing to Arthur Gore.[4] A decade later, in 1911, Dixon reached the all comers final again, beating Major Ritchie and Max Decugis before losing to Herbert Roper Barrett.[5] He won the doubles with Roper Barrett in 1912 and 1913. His career included victories in international tournaments overseas:

  • 1905 Ostend International tournament - won
  • 1908 Doubles at the Championship of Dieppe (Championnat de Diepper) - won partnering with M.J.G. Ritchie [6]
  • 1911 Surrey Championship, defeating Anthony Wilding in four sets.[7]

Dixon was better known at the time for his many successes when representing Britain in the Davis Cup: starting in the 1909 Cup in Philadelphia, he led the British team to victory in the 1912 Cup in Australia.[2] He was also a member of the English Drive Club team in South Africa in 1910-1911.

He won the 1913 Doubles title at the Russian Open Tennis Championship, partnering Albert D Prebble, and was runner up in the singles.[8]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles (3 titles, 1 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1912 Wimbledon Championships Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Herbert Roper Barrett France Max Decugis
France Andre Gobert
3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 1912 Australasian Championships Grass Ireland James Cecil Parke United Kingdom Alfred Beamish
United Kingdom Gordon Lowe
6–4, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 1913 Wimbledon Championships Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Herbert Roper Barrett Germany Heinrich Kleinschroth
Germany Friedrich Wilhelm Rahe
6–2, 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 1914 Wimbledon Championships Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Herbert Roper Barrett Australia Norman Brookes
Australia Anthony Wilding
1–6, 1–6, 7–5, 6–8

Other sports[edit]

He represented Haileybury and Cambridge at racquets, winning the silver medal in 1891. He was also a keen prize-winning golfer, and represented Britain in international fencing in Paris.

His brother, J A Dixon, was captain of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

In 1897 he married Louise Robinson, and until his death they lived at Chestnut Road, West Norwood.

He died on 29 April 1939 in West Norwood, London.

After cremation his ashes were buried nearby at the Robinson family plot in West Norwood Cemetery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 422.
  2. ^ a b c "Charles P. Dixon, 64, Former Tennis Star. Helped Win Wimbledon Doubles Title for England in 1912". The New York Times. 1 May 1939. Retrieved 17 December 2010. Charles P. Dixon, member of the English Davis Cup team which played against the United States in 1909 in Philadelphia and a member of the Wimbledon doubles championship team, 1912-13, died yesterday at the age of ... 
  3. ^ "Charles P. Dixon Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  4. ^ "Wimbledon 1901". www.tennis.co.nf. 
  5. ^ "Wimbledon 1911". www.tennis.co.nf. 
  6. ^ Championnat de Diepper, La Presse, p3, 3 August 1908
  7. ^ "Lawn Tennis". Evening Post. 29 May 1911. p. 7. 
  8. ^ The early Russian Lawn Tennis Championships (1907-14) by Mark Ryan

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