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Walter Crawley

Full name: Walter Cecil Crawley
Gender: Male
Born: March 29, 1880 in Masham, North Yorkshire, Great Britain
Died: October 11, 1940 in Graffham, West Sussex, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Tennis

Biography

The son of a Church of England minister and grammar school headmaster, Yorkshire-born Walter Crawley was educated at Oxford. He won the lawn tennis championship of his native county in 1907, a year that saw him also win the Dieppe tournament, the West Sussex Challenge Cup at Chichester, and reach the final of the South of England championship where he lost to [George Hillyard]. The following year was equally memorable for Crawley as he won the Sussex championship and enjoyed his best year at Wimbledon, reaching the singles quarter-final, but lost to [Josiah Ritchie]. And it was Ritchie who beat him again in the final of the European Championship at Queen’s Club. At the 1908 Olympics Crawley and partner [Kenneth Powell] beat the Canadian pair [Captain Foulkes] and [Bobby Powell] before losing to fellow Britons [George Hillyard] and [Reggie Doherty]. In the singles, Walter reached the third round after receiving a bye in round two but was no match for Britain’s [Josiah Ritchie], the eventual champion, who won in straight sets. Walter reached the semi-final of the men’s doubles at Wimbledon on two occasions – with Ireland’s Cecil Parke in 1910 and with Augustus Hendriks in 1913. He made his last appearance at Wimbledon in 1927 aged 47.

Walter’s older brother Alfred was a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in 1902 and 1906 and in the 1913 Queen’s Club tournament the two brothers met in the last eight, with Walter winning.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 28 London Tennis Men's Singles Great Britain GBR 9T
1908 Summer 28 London Tennis Men's Doubles Great Britain-4 GBR 4T

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1908 Summer 28 London Tennis Great Britain GBR Round Three Match #2 2 1908-07-07 Ritchie (GBR) 3, Crawley (GBR) 0 0
1908 Summer 28 London Tennis Great Britain GBR Round Two Match #4 AC 1908-07-07 Crawley (GBR) walkover

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1908 Summer 28 London Tennis Great Britain-4 GBR Kenneth Powell Quarter-Finals Match #2 2 1908-07-09 GBR-1 3, GBR-4 1 1
1908 Summer 28 London Tennis Great Britain-4 GBR Kenneth Powell Round Two Match #4 1 1908-07-07 GBR-4 3, CAN 0 3
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