Ernest Lewis

Intro British tennis player
A.K.A. Ernest Wool Lewis
Was Athlete Tennis player
From United Kingdom
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 5 April 1867, Hammersmith, United Kingdom
Death 19 April 1930, Plymouth, United Kingdom (aged 63 years)
Star sign Aries

Ernest Wool Lewis (5 April 1867 – 19 April 1930) was a former British amateur lawn tennis player who was active at the end of the 19th century.


Ernest Lewis reached the final of the first Wimbledon Championships gentlemen's doubles competition held in 1884. Partnering E.L. Williams they lost the final to the famous tennis brothers Ernest Renshaw and William Renshaw in four sets. With partner George Hillyard he reached and lost the 1889 and 1890 gentlemen's doubles finals. In 1892 he won his first and only Wimbledon title when together with Harry S. Barlow they defeated another famous team of tennis brothers, Herbert Baddeley and Wilfred Baddeley, in four sets. In total Lewis would reach seven doubles finals at the Wimbledon Championships during his career (1884,1889, 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895). In the gentlemen's singles competition at Wimbledon his best result was reaching the final of the all-comers tournament on four occasions (1886, 1888, 1892 and 1894). In 1886 Lawford beat Ernest Renshaw from 2 sets to 0 down in the quarter finals before losing the all comers final to Herbert Lawford in five sets. In 1888 he lost the all comers final to Ernest Renshaw in four sets. In 1892 Lewis led 2 sets to 0 against Joshua Pim in the all comers final but lost in five sets. In 1894 he won against Herbert Baddeley in the semifinal in a close five set match but was solidly defeated in the final by Wilfred Baddeley, 0–6, 1–6, 0–6. Lewis won the singles title at the Irish Championships in 1890 after a close–fought battle in the challenge round against Willoughby Hamilton, 3–6, 3–6, 9–7, 6–4, 7–5. He defended his Irish title in 1891 in a straight sets victory over Irishman Joshua Pim. In 1892 he was victorious at the Queens Club Tournament, defeating Joshua Pim in the final. He won the singles title at the British Covered Court Championships seven times; in 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1895 and 1896. The first five titles were won when the tournament was played at its original location in Hyde Park, the last two titles were won at the Queen's Club in London.

Grand Slam finals

Singles (4 runners-up)

Result Year Championship Opponent Score
Loss 1886 Wimbledon Championships Herbert Lawford 2–6, 3–6, 6–2, 6–4, 4–6
Loss 1888 Wimbledon Championships Ernest Renshaw 9–7, 1–6, 6–8, 4–6
Loss 1892 Wimbledon Championships Joshua Pim 6–2, 7–5, 7–9, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 1894 Wimbledon Championships Wilfred Baddeley 0–6, 1–6, 0–6

Doubles (1 title, 6 runners-up)

Result Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1884 Wimbledon Championships E.L. Williams Ernest Renshaw William Renshaw 3–6, 1–6, 6–1, 4–6
Loss 1889 Wimbledon Championships George Hillyard Ernest Renshaw William Renshaw 4–6, 4 6, 6–3, 6–0, 1–6
Loss 1890 Wimbledon Championships George Hillyard Joshua Pim Frank Stoker 0–6, 5–7, 4–6
Win 1892 Wimbledon Championships Harry Barlow Herbert Baddeley Wilfred Baddeley 4–6, 6–2, 8–6, 6–4
Loss 1893 Wimbledon Championships Harry Barlow Joshua Pim Frank Stoker 6–4, 3–6, 1–6, 6–2, 0–6
Loss 1894 Wimbledon Championships Harry Barlow Herbert Baddeley Wilfred Baddeley 7–5, 5–7, 6–4, 3–6, 6–8
Loss 1895 Wimbledon Championships Wilberforce Eaves Herbert Baddeley Wilfred Baddeley 6–8, 7–5, 4–6, 3–6

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