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Tony Wilding

Full name: Anthony Frederick "Tony" Wilding
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: October 31, 1883 in Opawa, Canterbury, New Zealand
Died: May 9, 1915 in Neuve-Chapelle, Pas-de-Calais, France
Country: ANZ Australasia
Sport: Tennis

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


The son of a New Zealand cricketer and pioneer cricket administrator, Frederick Wilding, Anthony Wilding learned his tennis at the family home in Christchurch and won a series of national titles. He went to Cambridge to study law but the tennis courts seemed to take more of his attention than the law torts. However, he was admitted to the Bar at the Inner Temple in England in 1906 and qualified as a barrister and solicitor at the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1909.

He won the Wimbledon singles title 1910-13 when the defending champion had to play only a challenge round, helped the combined team of Australasia win the Davis Cup three times, and won a bronze medal at the Stockholm Olympic Games in the covered court singles. Wilding won the Australian Championships in 1906 and 1909. In doubles he won Wimbledon titles in 1907-08, 1910, and 1914 and an Australian title in 1906, adding a mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 1914. Wilding also won the World Hard Court Championship in 1913-14 and the World Covered Court Championship in 1913, both of which were considered major championships in that era. He was a successful and popular figure on the world tennis circuit that was then centered on the tourist spots of Europe.

Wilding was also an accomplished competitive motorcyclist. Wilding joined the British Army, serving in the Royal Naval Armoured Car Division. He was leading an armoured car unit when he was killed at Aubers Ridge during the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Tennis Men's Singles, Covered Courts Australasia ANZ 3 Bronze

Men's Singles, Covered Courts

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Tennis Australasia ANZ Final Round Match 3/4 1 1912-05-11 Wilding (ANZ) 3, Lowe (GBR) 1 3
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Tennis Australasia ANZ Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1912-05-10 Dixon (GBR) 3, Wilding (ANZ) 1 1
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Tennis Australasia ANZ Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1912-05-09 Wilding (ANZ) 3, Caridia (GBR) 0 3
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Tennis Australasia ANZ Round Two Match #3 1 1912-05-06 Wilding (ANZ) 3, Grönfors (SWE) 0 3
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Tennis Australasia ANZ Round One Match #3 1 1912-05-05 Wilding (ANZ) 3, Silfverstolpe (SWE) 0 3
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