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Bobby Powell

Full name: Robert Branks "Bobby" Powell
Gender: Male
Born: April 2, 1881 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Died: April 28, 1917 in Vimy, Pas-de-Calais, France
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Tennis

Biography

Bobby Powell was considered, in his day, one of Canada’s greatest tennis players. He founded the North Pacific Lawn Tennis Association in 1904 and a year later won a major tennis championship in Scotland that brought him to national prominence. Several years later he captained Canada’s tennis delegation to the 1908 Summer Olympics, where he placed joint-ninth in the singles competition and, alongside James Foulkes, joint-seventh in the doubles tournament. He also helped represent Canada at the 1913 Davis Cup (then known as the International Lawn Tennis Challenge), the nation’s first appearance at the event. It was also their best showing, as they reached (and lost) the World Group final against the United States, the eventual champions, a feat that Canada has, as of 2010, been unable to match. Outside of tennis he was an attorney and also served as the private secretary of Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, the seventh lieutenant governor of Quebec, from 1900 through 1904. He was a lieutenant in the Canadian army and served with the 48th Canadian Infantry Battalion during World War I. On April 28, 1917 he was killed in action while fighting in France.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 27 London Tennis Men's Singles Canada CAN 9T
1908 Summer 27 London Tennis Men's Doubles Canada CAN 7T

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1908 Summer 27 London Tennis Canada CAN Round Three Match #6 2 1908-07-08 Caridia (GBR) 3, Powell (CAN) 1 1
1908 Summer 27 London Tennis Canada CAN Round Two Match #12 1 1908-07-07 Powell (CAN) 3, Žemla (BOH) 1 3
1908 Summer 27 London Tennis Canada CAN Round One Match #12 1 1908-07-06 Powell (CAN) 3, van Lennep (NED) 0 3

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1908 Summer 27 London Tennis Canada CAN Captain Foulkes Round Two Match #4 2 1908-07-07 GBR-4 3, CAN 0 0
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