General Major Josiah George
Ritchie
Male
England
1870-10-18
Westminster, Greater London, England
1955-02-28
Ashford, Surrey, England


About

Major is not a title but his real name.

He was a three-time medalist at the 1908 London Olympics. At the Games he won a Gold (Men's Singles), Silver (Men's Doubles) and Bronze (Men's Indoor Singles) medal. He remained the last British player to win an Olympic medal in singles until Andy Murray won Gold in the 2012 games, also in London. In 1908 and 1910 he and Anthony Wilding won the doubles in Wimbledon. In 1902 Ritchie reached the all comers final at Wimbledon, beating Sydney Smith before losing to Laurence Doherty. In 1903 and 1904 Ritchie lost in the all comers final to Frank Riseley. In 1909 he reached the Wimbledon Challenge Round, beating Harry Parker, Stanley Doust, Charles P. Dixon and Herbert Roper Barrett before losing in five sets to Arthur Gore.[6] In March 1907 Ritchie caused an upset by defeating Laurence Doherty in the Monte Carlo singles final. In June 1907 he won the Irish championships. Ritchie was a five times winner of the Championships of Germany, played in Hamburg, from 1903 to 1906 and in 1908 (in 1904 and 1906 he also won the doubles title). He was also a five-time winner of the singles title at the Austrian Championship (from 1900 to 1903 and 1905). In 1908 he was member of the British Davis Cup team. He won three consecutive titles at the Surrey Championships from 1908–1910.

In 1911 Ritchie won the Queen's Club Covered Courts Championship, defeating Wilding in five sets. In 1920, at age 50, he reached the semifinal of the World Covered Court Championships at the Queen's Club in London.

He was ranked World No. 8 for 1905, 1908 and 1909 by Karoly Mazak.

Ritchie was also active in other sports. In 1903 he competed in a regatta in Laleham and won the single sculls and coxless pairs events. In addition he competed in table tennis and was the secretary of the Table Tennis Association, founded in 1902. That year he co-authored a book on table tennis titled Table tennis and how to play it, with rules. In 1909 he authored The Text Book of Lawn Tennis.



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Archive statistics 1893 - 1933
118
1143
916


Tournament wins 1924 - Surrey Hard Court Championships (Open)
1923 - Berkshire Championships (Amateur)
1923 - Wallingford-on-Thames (Amateur)
1923 - Worthing (Amateur)
1922 - Wallingford-on-Thames (Amateur)
1922 - London Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1922 - Worthing (Amateur)
1922 - Fleet (Amateur)
1921 - Henley Hard courts Autumn Meeting (Amateur)
1921 - Windlesham (Amateur)
1921 - Dulwich (Amateur)
1921 - Welsh Championships (Amateur)
1921 - Angmering-on-Sea (Amateur)
1920 - Dulwich (Amateur)
1920 - Highbury (Amateur)
1920 - Hurlingham Grass courts (Amateur)
1920 - Beaulieu (Open)
1920 - Cannes Beau Site New Year Meeting (Amateur)
1920 - Côte d'Azur Championships (Amateur)
1920 - Cannes Carlton Winter Tournament (Amateur)
1919 - Ilkley (Open)
1912 - Oostende (Amateur)
1911 - London Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1911 - East Grinstead (Amateur)
1910 - Middlesex Championships (Amateur)
1910 - Chichester (Open)
1910 - Surrey Championships (Amateur)
1910 - Cannes Métropole (Amateur)
1910 - Cannes Championships (Open)
1910 - Berkshire Championships (Amateur)
1910 - Northumberland Championships (Amateur)
1910 - Epsom (Amateur)
1909 - Surrey Championships (Amateur)
1909 - British Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1909 - Northumberland Championships (Amateur)
1909 - Luzern (Amateur)
1909 - European Championship (Amateur)
1909 - Berkshire Championships (Amateur)
1909 - London Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1909 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1909 - Cannes Championships (Open)
1909 - East Surrey Championships (Amateur)
1908 - Riviera Championships (Amateur)
1908 - Surrey Championships (Amateur)
1908 - Berkshire Championships (Amateur)
1908 - East Surrey Championships (Amateur)
1908 - European Championship (Amateur)
1908 - German International Championships ()
1908 - Middlesex Championships (Amateur)
1908 - Championships of Hamburg (Amateur)
1908 - French Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1908 - Olympics, Olympic Games (Olympic Games)
1907 - Crystal Palace (Amateur)
1907 - Nice (Grand Prix Circuit)
1907 - Middlesex Championships (Amateur)
1907 - East Surrey Championships (Amateur)
1907 - Pöseldorf Prize (Amateur)
1907 - Cannes Championships (Open)
1907 - Irish Championships (Amateur)
1907 - Cannes Métropole (Amateur)
1907 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
1907 - Riviera Championships (Amateur)
1907 - Gipsy (Amateur)
1907 - Championships of Hamburg (Amateur)
1906 - Oostende (Amateur)
1906 - Coventry (Amateur)
1906 - Middlesex Championships (Amateur)
1906 - German International Championships ()
1906 - Pöseldorf Prize (Amateur)
1906 - Championships of Hamburg (Amateur)
1906 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1905 - Wien (Vienna) (Amateur)
1905 - French Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1905 - Cannes Championships (Open)
1905 - Riviera Championships (Amateur)
1905 - Epsom (Amateur)
1905 - German International Championships ()
1905 - Championships of Hamburg (Amateur)
1905 - Austrian International Championships (Grand Prix Circuit)
1904 - Riviera Championships (Amateur)
1904 - Pöseldorf Prize (Amateur)
1904 - Championships of Hamburg (Amateur)
1904 - Oostende (Amateur)
1904 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1904 - Swedish International Covered Courts Championships (ATP)
1904 - European Championship (Amateur)
1904 - Nice (Grand Prix Circuit)
1904 - Wien (Vienna) (Amateur)
1904 - Cannes Métropole (Amateur)
1904 - Budapest Championship (Open)
1904 - German International Championships ()
1903 - South of England Championships (Amateur)
1903 - Budapest Championship (Open)
1903 - Surrey Championships (Amateur)
1903 - Swedish International Covered Courts Championships (ATP)
1903 - German International Championships ()
1903 - Nice (Grand Prix Circuit)
1903 - Praha (Prague) (Open)
1903 - Championships of Berlin (Amateur)
1903 - San Remo (Amateur)
1903 - Championships of Hamburg (Amateur)
1903 - Homburg International Championship (Amateur)
1903 - Austrian International Championships (Grand Prix Circuit)
1902 - Oostende (Amateur)
1902 - Swedish International Covered Courts Championships (ATP)
1902 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1902 - French Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1902 - Austrian International Championships (Grand Prix Circuit)
1902 - Championships of Berlin (Amateur)
1902 - Surrey Championships (Amateur)
1902 - Homburg Coronation Cup (Amateur)
1902 - Homburg (Amateur)
1901 - Championships of Berlin (Amateur)
1901 - Austrian International Championships (Grand Prix Circuit)
1900 - Oostende (Amateur)
1900 - European Championship (Amateur)
1900 - Austrian International Championships (Grand Prix Circuit)
1899 - French Covered Court Championships (Amateur)


Tournaments British Covered Court Championships - 1933 British Covered Court Championships - 1931 Angmering-on-Sea - 1929 London Covered Court Championships - 1928 Angmering-on-Sea - 1928 Wimbledon - 1926 Angmering-on-Sea - 1926 Angmering-on-Sea - 1925 Wimbledon - 1924 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1924 Angmering-on-Sea - 1924 Wimbledon - 1923 Beaulieu - 1923 Cannes Carlton - 1923 Cannes Championships - 1923 Riviera Championships - 1923 Nice - 1923 Cannes Métropole - 1923 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1923 Berkshire Championships - 1923 Worthing - 1923 Angmering-on-Sea - 1923 Wallingford-on-Thames - 1923 Wimbledon - 1922 Dulwich - 1922 British Covered Court Championships - 1922 London Covered Court Championships - 1922 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1922 Worthing - 1922 Angmering-on-Sea - 1922 Wallingford-on-Thames - 1922 Gallery Tournament Covered Courts - 1922 Fleet - 1922 Wimbledon - 1921 Dulwich - 1921 Welsh Championships - 1921 Lowther - 1921 Henley Hard courts Autumn Meeting - 1921 Angmering-on-Sea - 1921 Windlesham - 1921 Wimbledon - 1920 Monte Carlo - 1920 Beaulieu - 1920 Cannes Carlton - 1920 Cannes Championships - 1920 Côte d'Azur Championships - 1920 Queens Club Tournament - 1920 South of France Championships - 1920 Cannes Beau Site New Year Meeting - 1920 Dulwich - 1920 Kent Championships - 1920 Surrey Championships - 1920 World Covered Court Championships - 1920 British Covered Court Championships - 1920 Roehampton Grass Courts - 1920 Middlesex Championships - 1920 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1920 London Hard Courts - 1920 Epsom - 1920 Fulham - 1920 Henley Hard Courts Spring Meeting - 1920 Cannes Carlton Winter Tournament - 1920 Hurlingham Grass courts - 1920 Highbury - 1920 Wimbledon - 1919 Queens Club Tournament - 1919 Kent Championships - 1919 British Covered Court Championships - 1919 Ilkley - 1919 Wimbledon - 1914 Queens Club Tournament - 1914 London Covered Court Championships - 1913 Wimbledon - 1912 Queens Club Tournament - 1912 Kent Championships - 1912 Houlgate - 1912 Oostende - 1912 Wimbledon - 1911 Monte Carlo - 1911 Cannes Championships - 1911 Riviera Championships - 1911 Queens Club Tournament - 1911 South of France Championships - 1911 Kent Championships - 1911 Wimbledon - 1910 Monte Carlo - 1910 Cannes Championships - 1910 Riviera Championships - 1910 Queens Club Tournament - 1910 South of France Championships - 1910 Cannes Métropole - 1910 Kent Championships - 1910 Sussex Championships - 1910 Surrey Championships - 1910 Northumberland Championships - 1910 South of England Championships - 1910 British Covered Court Championships - 1910 London Covered Court Championships - 1910 Chichester - 1910 Middlesex Championships - 1910 Epsom - 1910 Berkshire Championships - 1910 Dulwich Farm - 1910 Wimbledon - 1909 Monte Carlo - 1909 Cannes Championships - 1909 Riviera Championships - 1909 Queens Club Tournament - 1909 South of France Championships - 1909 German International Championships - 1909 Kent Championships - 1909 Surrey Championships - 1909 European Championship - 1909 Gipsy - 1909 Northumberland Championships - 1909 Homburg - 1909 Baden-Baden - 1909 Luzern - 1909 South of England Championships - 1909 British Covered Court Championships - 1909 London Covered Court Championships - 1909 Middlesex Championships - 1909 East Surrey Championships - 1909 Berkshire Championships - 1909 Dulwich Farm - 1909 Wimbledon - 1908 Monte Carlo - 1908 Cannes Championships - 1908 Riviera Championships - 1908 Olympics, Olympic Games - 1908 Queens Club Tournament - 1908 French Covered Court Championships - 1908 South of France Championships - 1908 German International Championships - 1908 Dieppe - 1908 Surrey Championships - 1908 European Championship - 1908 Championships of Hamburg - 1908 Davis Cup - Final - 1908 British Covered Court Championships - 1908 Olympics Indoor - 1908 London Covered Court Championships - 1908 Middlesex Championships - 1908 East Surrey Championships - 1908 Berkshire Championships - 1908 Wimbledon - 1907 Monte Carlo - 1907 Cannes Championships - 1907 Riviera Championships - 1907 Nice - 1907 Irish Championships - 1907 Queens Club Tournament - 1907 French Covered Court Championships - 1907 South of France Championships - 1907 German International Championships - 1907 Surrey Championships - 1907 European Championship - 1907 Gipsy - 1907 Oostende - 1907 Championships of Hamburg - 1907 British Covered Court Championships - 1907 Pöseldorf Prize - 1907 London Covered Court Championships - 1907 Middlesex Championships - 1907 Coventry - 1907 Crystal Palace - 1907 East Surrey Championships - 1907 Wimbledon - 1906 Monte Carlo - 1906 Austrian International Championships - 1906 Cannes Championships - 1906 Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1906 Riviera Championships - 1906 Nice - 1906 Queens Club Tournament - 1906 French Covered Court Championships - 1906 South of France Championships - 1906 German International Championships - 1906 Sussex Championships - 1906 Surrey Championships - 1906 Gipsy - 1906 Oostende - 1906 Championships of Hamburg - 1906 British Covered Court Championships - 1906 Pöseldorf Prize - 1906 London Covered Court Championships - 1906 Middlesex Championships - 1906 Coventry - 1906 Crystal Palace - 1906 East Surrey Championships - 1906 Hythe - 1906 Wimbledon - 1905 Monte Carlo - 1905 Austrian International Championships - 1905 Cannes Championships - 1905 Riviera Championships - 1905 Nice - 1905 Queens Club Tournament - 1905 French Covered Court Championships - 1905 South of France Championships - 1905 German International Championships - 1905 Wien (Vienna) - 1905 Sussex Championships - 1905 Surrey Championships - 1905 Midland Counties Championships - 1905 Championships of Hamburg - 1905 South of England Championships - 1905 British Covered Court Championships - 1905 Pöseldorf Prize - 1905 London Covered Court Championships - 1905 Crystal Palace - 1905 East Surrey Championships - 1905 Epsom - 1905 Wimbledon - 1904 Monte Carlo - 1904 Austrian International Championships - 1904 Cannes Championships - 1904 Riviera Championships - 1904 Nice - 1904 Queens Club Tournament - 1904 French Covered Court Championships - 1904 South of France Championships - 1904 German International Championships - 1904 Championships of Berlin - 1904 Cannes Métropole - 1904 Wien (Vienna) - 1904 Surrey Championships - 1904 European Championship - 1904 Midland Counties Championships - 1904 Oostende - 1904 Championships of Hamburg - 1904 Swedish International Covered Courts Championships - 1904 South of England Championships - 1904 British Covered Court Championships - 1904 Pöseldorf Prize - 1904 London Covered Court Championships - 1904 Crystal Palace - 1904 Budapest Championship - 1904 Wimbledon - 1903 Monte Carlo - 1903 Austrian International Championships - 1903 Nice - 1903 Queens Club Tournament - 1903 French Covered Court Championships - 1903 South of France Championships - 1903 German International Championships - 1903 Championships of Berlin - 1903 Surrey Championships - 1903 Gipsy - 1903 Midland Counties Championships - 1903 San Remo - 1903 Homburg - 1903 Oostende - 1903 Championships of Hamburg - 1903 Swedish International Covered Courts Championships - 1903 South of England Championships - 1903 British Covered Court Championships - 1903 Praha (Prague) - 1903 Pöseldorf Prize - 1903 London Covered Court Championships - 1903 Homburg International Championship - 1903 Hamburg Elbe - 1903 Budapest Championship - 1903 Wimbledon - 1902 Austrian International Championships - 1902 Queens Club Tournament - 1902 French Covered Court Championships - 1902 Championships of Berlin - 1902 Kent Championships - 1902 Sussex Championships - 1902 Surrey Championships - 1902 European Championship - 1902 Gipsy - 1902 Suffolk Championships - 1902 Homburg - 1902 Oostende - 1902 Swedish International Covered Courts Championships - 1902 Danish International Championhips - 1902 Cinque Ports Championships - 1902 South of England Championships - 1902 British Covered Court Championships - 1902 Homburg Coronation Cup - 1902 Middlesex Championships - 1902 Wimbledon - 1901 Austrian International Championships - 1901 Queens Club Tournament - 1901 French Covered Court Championships - 1901 Championships of Berlin - 1901 Surrey Championships - 1901 Gipsy - 1901 Oostende - 1901 British Covered Court Championships - 1901 Great Yarmouth - 1901 Sittingbourne - 1901 Wimbledon - 1900 Austrian International Championships - 1900 Queens Club Tournament - 1900 French Covered Court Championships - 1900 Kent Championships - 1900 Surrey Championships - 1900 European Championship - 1900 Gipsy - 1900 Belgian International Championships - 1900 Oostende - 1900 British Covered Court Championships - 1900 Middlesex Championships - 1900 Wimbledon - 1899 Queens Club Tournament - 1899 French Covered Court Championships - 1899 Kent Championships - 1899 Dinard - 1899 Gipsy - 1899 British Covered Court Championships - 1899 Middlesex Championships - 1899 Wimbledon - 1898 Queens Club Tournament - 1898 French Covered Court Championships - 1898 Kent Championships - 1898 Gipsy - 1898 Suffolk Championships - 1898 South of England Championships - 1898 Middlesex Championships - 1898 Wimbledon - 1897 Queens Club Tournament - 1897 Kent Championships - 1897 Sussex Championships - 1897 Gipsy - 1897 Suffolk Championships - 1897 South of England Championships - 1897 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1897 Great Yarmouth - 1897 Trefriw - 1897 Middlesex Championships - 1896 Queens Club Tournament - 1895 Kent Championships - 1895 Sussex Championships - 1895 Gipsy - 1895 Middlesex Championships - 1895 Queens Club Tournament - 1894 Kent Championships - 1894 Gipsy - 1894 Kent Championships - 1893

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