He was one of the twin sons of Hunter Bird Allen and Adelaide Mary Gladstone. His twin brother was Edward Roy Allen.
His father, the late Rev. Hunter Bird Allen, was the rector and he taught the twins the game of tennis that brought them both into prominence.
The twins both represented Cambridge against Oxford in 1889-91, and in doubles achieved a remarkable number of successes. In 1896, they reached the All Comers' final at Wimbledon, being defeated by the late R. F. Doherty and H. A. Nisbet.
Charles and Roy also represented England against Ireland in lawn tennis international tournaments.
Both in singles and in doubles, they won scores of trophies.
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