Today in Tennis Tournament History

Events in Sport

  • 1877-07-09 First ever Wimbledon tennis championship begins - first offical lawn tennis tournament - men's singles only
  • 1881-08-31 1st US men's single tennis championships (Newport, Rhode Island)
  • 1888-08-20 Longest US men's single tennis tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T S Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 6-4, an 80 game 1st-round contest
  • 1893-07-24 For only time in history of US Tennis championships, an event is held off the Eastern seaboard. Men's double championship in Chicago
  • 1901-12-14 1st table tennis tournament is held (London Royal Aquarium)
  • 1907-07-02 US National Women's Tennis Championship: Evelyn Sears beats fellow American Carrie Neely 6-3, 6-2 for her only major singles title
  • 1916-06-12 Tennis legend Bill Tilden's 1st appearance at US tennis championship
  • 1927-06-05 French Men's Tennis Championships: Hometown favourite Rene Lacoste wins 2nd of 3 French titles; beats Bill Tilden 6-4, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 11-9
  • 1930-06-01 French Men's Tennis Championships: Frenchman Henri Cochet wins 3rd of 4 French titles; beats Bill Tilden 3-6, 8-6, 6-3, 6-1
  • 1933-09-11 Britain's Fred Perry thwarts Australian Jack Crawford's bid for a Grand Slam by defeating him at US Tennis championship

Sport awardTennis Open

1951-09-05 US National Men's Tennis Championship: Australian Frank Sedgman beats Vic Seixas of the United States 6-4, 6-1, 6-1

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas

Sport awardTennis Open

1953-05-30 French Men's Tennis Championships: Ken Rosewall of Australia beats American Vic Seixas 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • 1957-07-21 1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson)

Sport awardTennis Open

1965-05-29 French Men's Tennis Championships: Fred Stolle beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 for his first Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche

Sport awardTennis Open

1971-09-02 Teenage debutants Chris Evert & Jimmy Connors win their first matches at the US Open Tennis Championships at Forest Hills

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985-01-14 Martina Navratilova is 3rd to win 100 tennis tournaments (Connors & Evert)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997-11-23 Jana Novotná (Czech) beats Mary Pierce (France) in Chase Tennis Championship

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-08-19 Novak Đoković beats Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Cincinnati Masters to become the first player to win all 9 Masters 1,000 tennis tournaments since the series started in 1990

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1941-09-01 Benjamin Dwight, US tennis championship umpire, dies