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Reggie Doherty

Full name: Reginald Frank "Reggie" Doherty
Gender: Male
Born: October 14, 1872 in Wimbledon, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: December 29, 1910 in Kensington, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Tennis

Related Olympians: Brother of Laurie Doherty.

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

At the 1900 Olympics in Paris, Reggie Doherty won the men’s doubles with his brother, Laurie, and then partnered Charlotte Cooper to win the mixed doubles without dropping a set in either event. The successes of the brothers as a doubles pairing have been noted in the biography on Laurie Doherty and although they shared much good fortune together it was also their tragic lot to share the burden of indifferent health.

After winning four successive Wimbledon singles titles, Reggie faced an agonizing decision in the 1901 Challenge Round. He was again in poor health and his doctor had forbidden him to play but as Laurie had been beaten in an earlier round, Reggie felt that if the Wimbledon title was to leave the family it should not be by default. Against all advice, he decided to play and after winning his first set and leading 5-2 in the second he simply did not have the strength left to copy with the relentless baseline game of Arthur “Wentworth” Gore who sent on to win by three sets to one. Despite this warning, the Doherty’s did not end their career as major championship contenders until five years later in 1906. Seeking their ninth successive Wimbledon doubles title, they came up against the Gloucestershire pair, Sidney Smith and Frank Riesel, in the final. After taking an early lead, Reggie and Laurie were too fail to maintain their challenge and their mother, who had watched the match in tears, mad her sons promise to never overtax their strength again. Laurie immediately turned to golf but Reggie continued to play in selected major events. In 1908, with George Hillyard as his partner, he won his second Olympic gold medal in the men’s doubles and in 1909 he won the titles of the South African Championships. The following year he died at his home at Albert Hall Mansions just a few hours after turning from a Swiss nursing home.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 27 Paris Tennis Men's Singles Great Britain GBR 3T Bronze
1900 Summer 27 Paris Tennis Mixed Doubles Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1900 Summer 27 Paris Tennis Men's Doubles Great Britain-1 GBR 1 Gold
1908 Summer 35 London Tennis Men's Doubles Great Britain-1 GBR 1 Gold

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1900 Summer 27 Paris Tennis Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 Doherty (GBR) 2, Lecaron (FRA) 0 2
1900 Summer 27 Paris Tennis Great Britain GBR Round One Match #3 1 Doherty (GBR) 2, Durand (FRA) 0 2

Mixed Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1900 Summer 27 Paris Tennis Great Britain GBR Charlotte Cooper Final Round Match 1/2 1 GBR 2, France/Great Britain-1 0 2
1900 Summer 27 Paris Tennis Great Britain GBR Charlotte Cooper Semi-Finals Match #2 1 GBR 2, United States/Great Britain-3 0 2
1900 Summer 27 Paris Tennis Great Britain GBR Charlotte Cooper Round One Match #4 AC GBR bye

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1900 Summer 27 Paris Tennis Great Britain-1 GBR Laurie Doherty Final Round Match 1/2 1 GBR-1 3, United States/France-1 0 3
1900 Summer 27 Paris Tennis Great Britain-1 GBR Laurie Doherty Semi-Finals Match #2 1 GBR-1 3, GBR-2 0 3
1900 Summer 27 Paris Tennis Great Britain-1 GBR Laurie Doherty Round One Match #3 1 GBR-1 2, FRA-3 0 2
1908 Summer 35 London Tennis Great Britain-1 GBR George Hillyard Final Round Match 1/2 1 1908-07-11 GBR-1 3, GBR-2 0 3
1908 Summer 35 London Tennis Great Britain-1 GBR George Hillyard Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1908-07-10 GBR-1 3, GBR-3 2 3
1908 Summer 35 London Tennis Great Britain-1 GBR George Hillyard Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1908-07-09 GBR-1 3, GBR-4 1 3
1908 Summer 35 London Tennis Great Britain-1 GBR George Hillyard Round Two Match #3 AC 1908-07-07 GBR-1 walkover
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