Ernest Renshaw

Ernest Renshaw

Class of 1983

Master Player

Career Achievements

Top Ranking     
World No. 1 (1887)

Grand Slam Results
6-time major champion, 6 Challenge Round appearances

Citizenship: GBR Born: January 3, 1861 in Leamington, England Died: September 2, 1899 Played: Right-handed, one handed backhand

James Ernest Renshaw was born 15 minutes earlier and was a half-inch taller than his Hall of Famer twin brother William, but the pair entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame together.

He and William were a potent doubles combination, winning Wimbledon five times (1884, 1885, 1886,1888, 1889), a record only surpassed by Laurie and Reggie Doherty who have eight titles. He played in the Wimbledon Gentlemen Singles Challenge Round five times – three times in losing matches against his brother – and earned his lone title in 1888 over Herbert Lawford 6–3, 7–5, 6–0. Ernest won the singles championship at the Irish Lawn Championships in 1883, 1887, 1888, and 1892.

Grand Slam

Grand Slam Best Results


1 Singles | 5 Doubles

Wimbledon: W 1888

Wimbledon: W 1884, 1885, 1886, 1888, 1889