Hope Crisp

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Hope Crisp
Country (sports)  United Kingdom
Born (1884-02-06)6 February 1884
Highgate, England
Died 25 March 1950(1950-03-25) (aged 66)
Roehampton, England
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon QF (1913)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon SF (1914)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1913)

Hope Crisp (6 February 1884 – 25 March 1950), was an English tennis player. With Agnes Tuckey he was the first winner of the Wimbledon mixed doubles in 1913.


Educated at Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet,[1] he went up to St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he captained the University of Cambridge tennis team.[2]

Tennis career[edit]


In the 1913 Wimbledon Championships, he won with Agnes Tuckey the first mixed doubles final at Wimbledon in an unusual fashion - one of their opponents Ethel Thomson Larcombe was struck in the eye by her partner's miss-hit smash and unable to continue the match. The incident occurred when the second set was 5-3 for Crisp and Tuckey, the first having been won by the opposing pair of James Cecil Parke and Mrs Larcombe; in the 1914 Wimbledon Championships Crisp and Tuckey were the losing semi-finalists.


During the First World War, he received a commission in The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment.[3] In April 1915 while attached to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, he was wounded at Hill 60 near Ypres and his right leg was amputated.[4]


However, with a prosthesis, he returned to Wimbledon to play in the 1919 Championships with Mrs Perrett, losing in the second round after a bye in the first. The Times wrote;[5] "It was interesting to see how he managed. He is a strong volleyer and naturally half volleys many balls which a two-legged player would drive, the artificial leg is the right; accordingly service is fairly easy and when there is no hurry, he walks with a fair speed, approaching a run. Other times, he hops, his cheerful temperament makes the game a real pleasure to himself and others."


After the war, Captain Hope Crisp was employed as a Regional Awards Officer for the Ministry of Pensions; for this work he received an award of the OBE in 1923.[6]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed doubles[edit]

Titles (1)[edit]

Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
1913 Wimbledon United Kingdom Agnes Tuckey United Kingdom James Parke
United Kingdom Ethel Thomson Larcombe
6–3, 3–5 abandoned