Robert B. Hough was the eldest of the four children of Robert Hough, Sr. (1835-1920) and Charlotte Elizabeth Hough (née Baldwin). In 1860, Robert Hough, Sr., founded the company Robert Hough Ltd, a paper merchant’s which supplied merchandise to businesses in Britain and Europe. This company expanded greatly in the following decades and Robert B. Hough and his brother Sidney, who also took part in some lawn tennis tournaments, joined their father in the running of it.
Robert B. Hough competed at Wimbledon every year from 1896 to 1906, reaching the third round in the men’s singles event in 1898, 1899 and 1900. He also reached the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles event in 1903 with the American Clarence Hobart. He also enjoyed taking part in tournaments on the European Continent, notably in Switzerland, where he won the men’s singles title at the International Swiss Championships in 1898.
Robert B. Hough married Florence Emily Evison, a fellow Londoner, on 8 April 1886 in Surrey, England. They had one child together, a daughter called Ethel. When he died in 1923 at the age of 61, Robert B. Hough left more than £55,000 in his Will.
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