This is a second-hand copy of the book Anthony Wilding - A Sporting Life by Len & Shelley Richardson.
Condition: This is an Ex-library copy with the usual stamps and stickers - see photos. It has been covered with a transparent plastic cover which is not removable.
Publisher: Canterbury University Press Year: 2005 ISBN: 9781877257018 Format: Softback Pages: 451 Condition: Used - ex-library (Good)
Anthony Wilding won the Wimbledon men’s lawn tennis title in 1910 and remains the only New Zealander to have done so.In the years that remained before the Great War, he dominated the international tennis world by defending his Wimbledon title at three successive championships.In 1913 he won world titles on clay, grass and wood, and was thought invincible. The handsome, athletic New Zealander, given to motorcycling around Europe, became the matinee idol of a sport keen to widen its popular appeal.
The son of Frederick Wilding, New Zealand cricket representative, men’s doubles tennis champion and sports enthusiast, Anthony’s sporting talents were nurtured in a unique sporting environment.
It was as a representative of New Zealand tennis that he first achieved international prominence. Partnered by Melburnian Norman Brookes, Wilding put Australasia’s name on the Davis Cup in 1907 and defended it in Melbourne (1908), and Sydney (1909). In the final act of his sporting career, he joined Brookes to reclaim the trophy for Australasia as the war was declared in Europe.
Wilding’s death on the Western Front, in May 1915, meant that New Zealand never saw its champion on the court at the peak of his powers.
Len and Shelley Richardson's study of his life fleshes out an important strand in New Zealand’s search for an identity. In this sense, Anthony Wilding sits alongside the 1905 All Blacks and Olympic champion Jack Lovelock as one of the most important sporting icons of New Zealand’s twentieth-century history.
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