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Wilberforce Eaves : biography

10 December 1867 - 2 February 1920

Dr. Wilberforce Vaughan Eaves MBE (10 December 1867 in Melbourne - 10 February 1920 in London) was a former co-World No. 1 male tennis player from the United Kingdom. At the 1908 London Olympics he won a Bronze medal in the Men's Singles tournament.


He reached the Men's Singles All-Comers' final at the Wimbledon Championships in 1895 and lost against Wilfred Baddeley despite having had a matchpoint in the third set. In 1897 he became the first non-American to reach the final in the US National Singles Championships. He lost the final in five sets to American Robert Wrenn.

Eaves won the Irish title in 1895, the Welsh title in 1897 and the Scottish title in 1901. He won the British Covered Court Championships, played at Queen's Club in London, in 1897, 1898 and 1899.

He served as a civil surgeon in the Boer War, and took a temporary commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the first week of World War I, on August 10, 1914, being promoted to Captain after a year's service.

Grand Slam singles finals

Runner-ups (1)

Year Championship Opponent Score
1897 U.S. Championships USA}} Robert Wrenn 6–4, 6–8, 3–6, 6–2, 2–6
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