Major Walter Clopton Wingfield

October 16, 1833
April 18, 1912
Place of Birth:
Ruabon Vicarage, Wales
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The game of “lawn tennis” arrived at a time of need in the spring of 1874. It was a simple game affording vigorous exercise for people of all ages and players of both sexes, and it was played at the outset in pleasant social settings. Easily learned and played it spread to different parts of the world swiftly. Although the sport became more complex and changed significantly over the years, it has always retained its charm. Major Walter Clopton Wingfield patented the game in 1874, and thus gave us all the gift of an incomparable sport.


  • Founder of Modern Lawn Tennis
  • Author of the Book of the Game and The Major’s Game of Lawn Tennis
  • Gentleman-at-Arms – The Royal Bodyguard
  • Captain – First Dragoon Guards