Harry Barlow was born in London on 5 April 1860, the son of George Harry Barlow, a merchant from London, and Charlotte Barlow (née Barrell), who was from Colchester in Essex. Harry Barlow attended Dover College in Kent and later went up to Cambridge University.
From Alumni Cantabrigienses:
BARLOW, HARRY SIBTHORPE. Admitted pensioner, at Trinity, June 1, 1878. Son of George, of The Hollies, Sevenoaks, Kent. School: Dover College (Mr Bell). Matriculated Michaelmas 1878. Lawn tennis player; amateur doubles champion, 1891.
On 12 April 1882, Harry Barlow married Eleanor (‘Nellie’) Grove in Saint Mary’s Church in Richmond, London. Nellie Grove (1860-1907) was the sister of two other lawn tennis players: Harry Grove and Philip Grove. A daughter, Eleanor Sibthorpe Barlow (later Mrs Fordham) was born of this marriage in 1884. Harry and Eleanor Barlow divorced each other in 1899. Harry Barlow was the petitioner in the case.
Harry Barlow was a regular participant at Wimbledon in the years 1883-98. In 1892, he notably won the men’s doubles title there with Ernest Lewis; they beat the Baddeley twins, Herbert and Wilfrid, in the final match, 4-6 6-2 8-6 6-4. Barlow was runner-up in the same event at Wimbledon in 1893 (w. Ernest Lewis) and in 1894 (w. Charles H. Martin).
In 1889, Harry Barlow was involved in one of the most extraordinary singles matches ever played at Wimbledon, when he faced the six-time champion William Renshaw in the all-comers’ final. Barlow won the first two sets and later had no less than six match points before losing 3-6 5-7 8-6 10-8 8-6.
Harry Barlow appears not to have pursued a profession. In later years he lived in the Kensington area of London. He died on 17 July 1917 at the age of 57 and was buried in West Norwood Cemetery in West Norwood, London.
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