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)
  • 1916-06-12 Tennis legend Bill Tilden's 1st appearance at US tennis championship
  • 1925-09-18 Bill Tilden wins 6th straight US tennis championship
  • 1933-09-11 Britain's Fred Perry thwarts Australian Jack Crawford's bid for a Grand Slam by defeating him at US Tennis championship
  • 1957-07-21 1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson)

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

Deaths in Sport

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