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George Hillyard: The Man Who Moved Wimbledon [Hardcover]

Bruce Tarran
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6 Jun 2013
This is the story of George Hillyard, one of the most important and influential figures the game of lawn tennis has known In 1887, aged 23, Hillyard married Wimbledon Ladies champion, Blanche Bingley, and based at their country home in Thorpe Satchville, Leicestershire, with its own golf course and two perfect tennis courts, they influenced the world tennis scene for the next forty years. Hillyard was a close friend of royalty, an Olympic champion, an international sportsman and much more. He presided over successive Wimbledon finals as umpire and helped found the Lawn Tennis Association (wresting power over the rules and running of the game from The All England Club). His stance was severely criticised by members of the Wimbledon Committee yet he was appointed as their Secretary in 1907. In this position he oversaw the move from Wimbledon's original venue (Worple Road) to their current home (Church Road), where he helped design the layout of the grounds, resolving to make the courts 'the best in the world'. The story of the early years of tennis, and the life of George Hillyard, intertwine in this fascinating volume of tennis history. Stunning photographs transport the reader into a different age - when tennis was a new and rapidly evolving sport.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780885490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780885490
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Anyone who is interested in the early history of Lawn Tennis will be fascinated by this commendable compendium.This book has been put together meticulously by someone with an insatiable love of the game. He has given us a treasured collection of unique photos and an invaluable insight in the early years of the game in a very readable fashion.' --Mark Cox

About the Author

Bruce Tarran has been playing tennis all of his life, representing his county as a junior, a senior and a veteran. For the past 25 years he has been a professional tennis coach. Bruce is currently Head Coach at the 18-court Leicestershire Lawn Tennis Club. An interest in tennis history, local history and the history of his tennis club conspired in creating this book - which showcases his love for the game.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL BOOK 15 Jun 2013
Format:Hardcover
For those with an interest in the origins of Wimbledon and the early history of tennis this book is a must.

i'd never heard of George Hillyard before but what a guy he must have been - along with his amazingly good and 6-time Wimbledon champion wife.

Tarran, a tennis coach and player turned writer, goes into intricate detail about the earliest Wimbledon champions and the move of the Championships from Worple road to its current site in 1922.

Lots of photos from the period and a real feel for the era. I loved it.SO YOU WANT TO WIN WIMBLEDON?

Get the book - you will not be disappointed.
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Author makes somes interesting points. In some cases more information might have been obtained if he had consulted foreign, namely French and German sources.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat 4 Feb 2014
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this book is a real treasure. In fact it's not just about the life of George Hillyard and his influence on tennis and in particular Wimbledon, but about the early history of tennis itself. As you progress through the book, you gain a wonderful insight into the world of tennis in its early days in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Packed with supporting photos throughout the book, you discover sporting life in a bygone age: styles of play, clothing fashions (both on and off the court), the social backgrounds of the stars of the day, the launch of a European tour (revel in some of the transport arrangements), the prevalence of betting on matches and much, much more.

And entwined with all of this is the life of George Hillyard and his influence on tennis, both as a top ranking player and as an administrator. He owned perhaps the best private grass tennis court in the country at his home in Leicestershire and the best players from home and abroad would regularly attend events there (both for the tennis and the social occasions that went with it).

I really enjoyed this book - the author has an easy going style and his passion for tennis shows throughout. Anyone with an interest in tennis or sporting and social history should enjoy it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great History booklet 10 Dec 2013
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I have sent one to my friend Chris Elks in Birmingham, England who is a well known Tennis historian in Birmingham England and he did not have this book yet. He loved it and had wished the author had contacted him. I myself read it, liked the information and will share it with the "Tennis Great" Roy Emerson. Rolf Jaeger
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Slice of Tennis History 6 Nov 2013
By Fiona Hodgkin - Published on Amazon.com
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I was in London last week at the Tennis Gallery Wimbledon, and on impulse I picked up a copy of this book—I hadn't previously heard of it. I read the book on the flight home, and when I got back to the States I downloaded the Kindle edition just to have the photographs on my iPad. Anyone with even the slightest interest in tennis and Wimbledon will LOVE this book. We owe Bruce Tarran a debt for uncovering George Hillyard's remarkable career. But the real gems in Tarrant's book are the incredible tennis photographs from the late 19th & early 20th century: one can only wonder why people at that time chose to wear such incredible clothes for tennis! Or how they managed to play tennis wearing them! My favorite photo in the book (from the caption it's one of Tarran's favorites as well) is of what can only be a line call dispute between Laurie Doherty (of the 'Doherty Gates' at the AELTC) and Hillyard—John McEnroe would have felt totally at home! The subtitle — 'The Man Who Moved Wimbledon' — refers to Hillyard's role as secretary of the AELTC in moving the ground from just off Worple Road in Wimbledon to a triangle of land between Somerset Road and Church Road — where it remains today. (The new ground is only about a 25 minute walk away from the old ground, which is now the sports ground for a girls' school.) A beautifully written, perfectly researched, fascinating book.
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOOK 15 Jun 2013
By MARTIN BALDRIDGE - THE TENNIS GUY - Published on Amazon.com
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For those with an interest in the origins of Wimbledon and the early history of tennis this book is a must.

i'd never heard of George Hillyard before but what a guy he must have been - along with his amazingly good and 6-time Wimbledon champion wife.

Tarran, a tennis coach and player turned writer, goes into intricate detail about the earliest Wimbledon champions and the move of the Championships from Worple road to its current site in 1922.

Lots of photos from the period and a real feel for the era. I loved it.SO YOU WANT TO WIN WIMBLEDON?

Get the book - you will not be disappointed.
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