Herbert Lawford

Born:
May 15, 1851
Died:
April 20, 1925
Place of Birth:
Bayswater, England
Citizenship:
England
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:
2006

Although he played a significant role in the early history of tennis—winning Wimbledon once and reaching the final five additional times—Lawford made a more substantial contribution in technically advancing the game. He unveiled the “Lawford forehand,” introducing topspin into the sport with that revolutionary shot. Aggressive and unwavering, he was equipped with power, speed and uncanny accuracy. He came to the game late in life, taking his crown at Wimbledon when he was 36.

Grand Slam Record

Wimbledon

  • Singles Champion 1887
  • Singles Finalist 1880, 1884-86, 1888

Contributions

  • One of the first to introduce topspin to tennis

	

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