William Renshaw

January 03, 1861
August 12, 1904
Place of Birth:
Leamington, England
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:

William Renshaw, a forceful right-handed player, was known primarily for his serve and overhead. He won six consecutive singles titles at Wimbledon from 1881-1886, and added a seventh crown to his collection in 1889, defeating older twin brother Ernest in the title round. The Renshaws were both rivals and accomplices. Thrice William stopped Ernest for the Wimbledon title, but five times they combined to win the doubles championship. The Renshaw brothers trained hard on the court throughout the year, almost a novel idea at the time. 

Grand Slam Record


  • Singles Champion 1881-86, 1889
  • Doubles Champion 1884-86, 1888-89