Charles P. Dixon


Charles P. Dixon
Charles P. Dixon
Full name Charles Percy Dixon
Country  United Kingdom
Born February 7, 1873(1873-02-07)
Grantham
Died April 7, 1939(1939-04-07) (aged 66)
London
Singles
Grand Slam results
Australian Open Senior F (1911, All Comers')
Olympic Games Silver medal.svg Silver Medal (1912)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1912)
Wimbledon W (1912, 1913)
Olympic Games Bronze medal.svg Bronze Medal (1908, 1912)
Other Mixed Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Gold medal.svg Gold Medal (1912)
Olympic medal record
Men's Tennis
Bronze 1908 London Doubles
Gold 1912 Stockholm Indoor mixed doubles
Silver 1912 Stockholm Indoor singles
Bronze 1912 Stockholm Indoor doubles
Charles Dixon vs. William Augustus Larned on September 9, 1911 at The Championships, Wimbledon

Charles Percy Dixon (7 February 1873 – 29 April 1939) was a male tennis player from Great Britain. He was a four-time Olympic medallist and led a successful British team to victory in the Davis Cup.

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Biography

He was born on 7 February 1873 in Grantham, Lincolnshire. At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London he won a bronze medal in the men's doubles event. In the 1912 Summer Olympics he won three medals in the indoor tennis events: gold in the mixed doubles, silver in men's singles and bronze in men's doubles.[1]

From 1929 to 1932 he represented the International Club of Great Britain against France at Queens and at Ateuil in 1932 and 1933. After retiring from tournaments, he coached juniors and umpired at Wimbledon, becoming President of the Umpire's Association. He died on 29 April 1939.[1]

Tennis tournaments

Dixon was born in 1873, the year that Major Walter Clopton Wingfield defined the first rules for lawn tennis. Dixon participated in games played during those early years. His early career included victories in international tournaments overseas:

  • 1905 Ostend International tournament - won
  • 1908 Doubles at the Championship of Dieppe (Championnat de Diepper) - won partnering with J. G. Ritchie [2]

Dixon was better known at the time for his many successes when representing Britain in the Davis Cup: starting in the 1909 Cup in Philadelphia, he led the British team to victory in the 1912 Cup in Australia.[1]

He was a member of the English Drive Club team in South Africa in 1910-1911, and reached the final of the Wimbledon Tennis Championship later that year. He was runner-up to Herbert Roper Barrett, his partner in the Davis Cup, and with whom he won the doubles at Wimbledon in 1912 and 1913.

Other sports

He represented Haileybury and Cambridge at racquets, winning the silver medal in 1891. He was also a keen prize-winning golfer, and represented Britain in international fencing in Paris.

His brother, J A Dixon, was captain of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

In 1897 he married Louise Robinson , and until his death they lived at Chestnut Road, West Norwood.

He died on 29 April 1939 in West Norwood, London.

After cremation his ashes were buried nearby at the Robinson family plot in West Norwood Cemetery.

References

  1. ^ a b c "Charles P. Dixon, 64, Former Tennis Star. Helped Win Wimbledon Doubles Title for England in 1912". New York Times. May 1, 1939. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F40B10FA395E10728DDDA80894DD405B898FF1D3. Retrieved 2010-12-17. "Charles P. Dixon, member of the English Davis Cup team which played against the United States in 1909 in Philadelphia and a member of the Wimbledon doubles championship team, 1912-13, died yesterday at the age of ..." 
  2. ^ Championnat de Diepper, La Presse, p3, 3 August 1908

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