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1878 Wimbledon Championship

1878 Wimbledon Championship
Date:   July 15 – July 20
Edition:   2nd
Category:   Grand Slam
Surface:   Grass
Location:   Worple Road
SW19, Wimbledon,
London, United Kingdom
Frank Hadow[1]
Wimbledon Championship
 < 1877 1879 > 

The 1878 Wimbledon Championships took place on the outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. The tournament ran from 15 July until 20 July. It was the 2nd staging of the Wimbledon Championships, and the first Grand Slam tennis event of 1878. There were 34 competitors, excluding Spencer Gore who as champion was not required to participate until the best of the challengers had won the All comers' final.[2] The winner of the All comers' final was Frank Hadow who defeated L. R. Erskine in straight sets 6–4, 6–4, 6–4, Hadow would later go on to defeat reigning champion Spencer Gore in three sets, 7–5, 6–1, 9–7.[3]

The height of the net was reduced from 5 feet (1.5 m) at the posts and 3 feet 3 inches (0.99 m) in the middle to 4 feet 9 inches (1.45 m) at the posts and 3 feet (0.91 m) in the middle.[2] The distance of the service line from the net was reduced from 26 feet (7.9 m) to 22 feet (6.7 m). A.T. Myers was the first to serve over hand, and the challenge round was watched by 700 spectators.[4]


Frank Hadow defeated Spencer Gore, 7–5, 6–1, 9–7.[1]

  • This was Hadow's first and only Major.

All Comers' Final

Frank Hadow defeated L. R. Erskine, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Grand Slam Tournaments - Wimbledon" (PDF).  
  2. ^ a b c 100 Years of Wimbledon, by Lance Tingay (Guinness Superlatives Ltd. 1977)
  3. ^ Atkin, Ron. "1877 Wimbledon Championships". Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  4. ^ Little, Alan (2001). 2010 Wimbledon Compendium. Wimbledon, London: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. p. 10.  

External links

  • Official Wimbledon Championships website
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1877 Wimbledon Championships
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1879 Wimbledon Championships
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