George Whiteside Hillyard was a male tennis player from the United Kingdom. Under his supervision as secretary of the All England Club from 1907 to 1925, Hillyard also excelled at cricket and golf. George Whiteside Hillyard was born in Hanwell, Middlesex on 6 February 1864, after his first wife Lucy had died in early 1862, he married Mary Mansfield in December the same year. In 1877, George senior sent his 13-year-old son to the Royal Navy, at first, he came to the Britannia Royal Naval College as a cadet. In 1879, he was promoted to midshipman and was assigned to the HMS Bacchante which toured the colonies of the British Empire around the world from 1880 to 1882, among his fellow midshipmen were Prince Albert and Prince George. Hillyard resigned from the Navy with the rank of sub-lieutenant on 2 October 1885 and his last posting was aboard the HMS Minotaur. Hillyard had been introduced to tennis at the age of ten by his uncle. However, he didnt like what he called pat-ball at first, after his Navy service, however, the rules of the game had undergone significant changes and Hillyard became attracted to it. From 1887, he began to play tournaments, Hillyard married Blanche Bingley in Greenford on 13 July 1887, one week after the Wimbledon final. Blanche was the daughter of a tailoring business proprietor from London. She had won the Wimbledon Championships in the year. Blanche brought a considerable fortune into the marriage, only five days after the wedding, the newly married couple competed at the Middlesex Championships at Chiswick Park, and won the mixed doubles title. In 1889, Hillyard played the Wimbledon singles for the first time and he lost his quarter-final match against Harry Barlow in straight sets. He reached the final twice at Wimbledon with Ernest Lewis in 1889 and 1890. Alongside Harry Scrivener, he won the title at the British Covered Court Championships in 1890 and 1891. The following years, his focus shifted again to cricket, playing for Leicestershire, until 1896 when he won the singles, doubles, singles handicap and mixed doubles at Monte Carlo. In 1897, he won the first staging of the International German Championships at Hamburg and he repeated his success at Hamburg in 1900. At Wimbledon singles, early losses enabled him to win the All England Plate in 1898, at the 1901 Wimbledon singles, he beat Laurence Doherty in the third round before losing in the quarter-finals to Arthur Gore
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Lord Hawke's cricket team to North America in 1891/92. Hillyard is in the back row, 2nd from left.