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Josiah Ritchie

Full name: Major Josiah George Ritchie
Gender: Male
Born: October 18, 1870 in Westminster, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: February 28, 1955 in Ashford, Surrey, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Tennis

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Major Ritchie learned his tennis on the family court at home in Putney but when he went to Brighton College he chose not to specialize in the game remaining active in many sports most notably as a particularly fine gymnast. It was not until early in 1892 that Ritchie, by then aged 21, began to take lawn tennis seriously. Seven years later, he won the French covered courts singles championship and from then on he compiled an impressive record of success both at home and on the Continent. At the 1908 Olympics, with Ritchie meeting the German, Otto Froitzheim, in the final the 22-year-old German surprisingly elected to take on Ritchie, 15 years his senior, from the baseline. Ritchie had few peers at this type of game and as Froitzheim was not one of them he lost to the English veteran in straight sets. Ritchie also won an Olympic silver medal in the doubles with James Parke as his partner and earlier in the same year had won a bronze in the covered court doubles. Major Ritchie won the Wimbledon doubles in 1908 and 1910, partnering the New Zealander, Tony Wilding, with his best performance in the Wimbledon singles coming in 1909 when he won through to the Challenge round only to lose to Wentworth Gore in five sets. His son, Richard, was also an accomplished player but became better known for having served as Secretary of the Queen’s Club for some 30 years.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Men's Singles Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Men's Doubles Great Britain-2 GBR 2 Silver
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Men's Singles, Covered Courts Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Men's Doubles, Covered Courts Great Britain-3 GBR 4

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 1/2 1 1908-07-11 Ritchie (GBR) 3, Froitzheim (GER) 0 3
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1908-07-11 Ritchie (GBR) 3, Eaves (GBR) 1 3
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1908-07-09 Ritchie (GBR) won by default, Germot (FRA) DNF won by default
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain GBR Round Three Match #2 1 1908-07-07 Ritchie (GBR) 3, Crawley (GBR) 0 3
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain GBR Round Two Match #3 1 1908-07-06 Ritchie (GBR) 3, Gauntlett (RSA) 0 3

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR James Parke Final Round Match 1/2 2 1908-07-11 GBR-1 3, GBR-2 0 0
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR James Parke Semi-Finals Match #2 AC 1908-07-10 GBR-2 walkover
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR James Parke Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1908-07-09 GBR-2 3, AUT 0 3
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain-2 GBR James Parke Round Two Match #6 1 1908-07-07 GBR-2 3, HUN 0 3

Men's Singles, Covered Courts

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1908-05-08 Gore (GBR) 3, Ritchie (GBR) 2 2
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #1 AC Ritchie (GBR) walkover
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain GBR Round One Match #1 AC 1908-05-06 Ritchie (GBR) walkover

Men's Doubles, Covered Courts

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain-3 GBR Lionel Escombe Final Round Match 3/4 2 1908-05-09 SWE 3, GBR-3 2 2
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain-3 GBR Lionel Escombe Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1908-05-06 GBR-1 3, GBR-3 1 1
1908 Summer 37 London Tennis Great Britain-3 GBR Lionel Escombe Round One Match #4 AC 1908-05-06 GBR-3 bye
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