Now the dust behind the bass line has settled, it is worth reminding ourselves of the connections between Edwardian culture and the first ever men’s singles (or ‘gentleman’s singles’, as it was then known) championship held at Wimbledon in 1877.
The two competitors on this occasion were Spencer Gore (1850-1906) and William Cecil Marshall (1849-1921). Gore, like a certain Mr. Murray, triumphed in three sets, in front of a crowd of two hundred, who had paid a shilling to watch. As the winner, Gore was granted a pass through to the final of the following year’s final, which he subsequently lost. He never played the tournament again. Marshall reached the third round in 1879, but got no further than the first round in 1880. From hereon in, both men concentrated on business: Gore as a surveyor and Marshall as an architect. Continue reading