Claude Farrer

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Claude Farrer
Full name Claude Erskine Farrer
Country (sports) United Kingdom
Born (1862-09-15)15 September 1862
Died 16 February 1890(1890-02-16) (aged 27)
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 1R (1882, 1886)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1885, 1886)

Claude Erskine Farrer (15 September 1862 – 16 February 1890) was an English tennis player.

He was the second son and third child of four of Thomas Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer (who was raised to the peerage but only in 1893 after Claude's death, so Claude was not styled "the Honourable") and his wife Frances Erskine (1825–1870), daughter of the historian and orientalist William Erskine (1773–1852) and his wife Maitland Mackintosh daughter of James Mackintosh by his first wife. His elder sister was Ida Darwin, his elder brother was Thomas Farrer, 2nd Baron Farrer, his younger brother was Noel Farrer, the civil servant.

He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]

He played singles at Wimbledon in 1882 and 1886 but lost in the first round to Ernest Browne (6-0, 6-2, 6-0) in 1882 and Edward Avory (6-3, 6-2, 6-2) in 1886. He did better at men's doubles, playing with Arthur Stanley from 1885 to 1887, and Herbert Chipp in 1888. In 1885 Farrer and Stanley reached the final, to lose 6-3, 6-3, 10-8 to the Renshaw brothers, Ernest and William. Along the way they beat A. Dunn and C. Liddel (6-4, 6-4, 6-4) in the first round,[2] M.G. MacNamra and R.M. Wile (6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 8-6) in the quarter finals, and Charles Ross and William Taylor (6-3, 8-6, 6-2) in the semi-final.[3]

They also reached the challenge round in 1886 (lost 6-3 6-3 4-6 7-5 to the Renshaws) and the Quarter finals in 1887 (lost 7-5, 6-2 to Patrick Lyon and Herbert Wilberforce). Farrer reached the semi-final with Chipp in 1888 (losing to Ernest Meers and A.G. Ziffo 6-2 7-5 1-0)[4]

He died in 1890, aged only 27.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles[edit]

Runners-up (2)
Year Tournament Partner Opponent in the final Score
1885 Wimbledon United Kingdom Arthur J. Stanley United Kingdom Ernest Renshaw
United Kingdom William Renshaw
3–6, 3–6, 8–10
1886 Wimbledon United Kingdom Arthur J. Stanley United Kingdom Ernest Renshaw
United Kingdom William Renshaw
3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 5–7

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