General Stanley John
Matthews
Male
England
1945-11-20
Stoke, England


About

Stanley John Matthews is an English former professional tennis player. He became Wimbledon Boys' Champion in 1962 and reached the second round of the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Matthews' first foray in sport was via football, and, like his father, he played on the wing.
"But I stopped playing soccer, as we call it in America, when I was 12," he explained in 2007.
"I was fairly good, but whoever I played, they kicked the shit out of me. I came with a name, and the mentality was, 'We're going to get Stanley Matthews' son.

In 1958, Matthews' father arranged for him to attend the Lawn Tennis Association in London. He lived with the family of Charlie Chester, a friend of his father's, in North Finchley. In the morning he would work with a private tutor; in the afternoon he would practice at Queen's Club.

Matthews was British Junior Champion between 1960 and 1962, the only three-times winner of the title and last British male winner of the tournament.

In 1962, Matthews won the Wimbledon Boys' Championship. He can remember the final point by point. "It was against Alexander Metreveli, who went on to be the top Russian and lost in the final of a Wimbledon senior." The match went the distance, and Matthews won 7–5 in the final set.

However, despite Matthews' success in the junior ranks, his coach, John Barrett, stated that "ultimately, he just wasn't good enough".
Matthews' father said, "There is no doubt my reputation did put some pressure on him. I know it worried him a bit, being in my shadow. I hoped he might overcome it."
Matthews junior concurs: "Even though it wasn't football, it was a lot of pressure to live up to the name of Matthews. There would be pictures of my father and me in the papers, and they started to call me the next Fred Perry. Sure, being Dad's son opened some doors, but it also made things harder. Instead of being congratulated if I did well, I was expected to. And if I didn't do well, they'd say, 'He's not as good as his father.' Unfortunately, that's how it is. It goes with the territory."

In his short career, Matthews played 23 singles matches, winning six of them. Five of these were in Grand Slam tournaments, when he reached the second round of Wimbledon in 1963 and 1969; the second round of the 1967 and 1969 French Opens, beating Ilie Năstase in the first round of the latter; and the second round of the 1971 US Open. He qualified for the first round of Wimbledon for eleven consecutive years, from 1963 to 1973. He also partook in 17 doubles matches, winning four times.

In 1967, Matthews won the Surrey Hard Court Championships, defeating Keith Wooldridge. He beat his coach, John Barrett, in the semi-finals. The following year, he defeated Wooldridge again, in the final of the East of England Championships.

In 1971, Matthews represented Britain in the Davis Cup, losing to Bulgarian Boro Jovanović in five sets.

"Obviously, I would have liked to have done better, though I didn't have a bad career. But it was becoming more and more difficult to make a living out of tennis. Looking back, certain aspects were not as good as they should have been. I was a serve and volleyer with a weak serve. If I'd had a serve like Andy Roddick's, I would have done much better. I wasn't quite good enough to be one of the best.

In 1973 Matthews quit playing tennis and tried his hand in the business world, selling air bubbles to cover tennis courts; however, the growing popularity of squash meant that there were fewer and fewer outdoor courts.

Aged 29, Matthews moved to the United States, and became a coach at Harry Hopman's Port Washington Tennis Academy and also in Norwalk, Connecticut. At the former, he worked with a promising 15-year-old John McEnroe. "I was still fresh off the tour at the time, so could give him a decent game."

In 1976 he became manager at the Four Seasons Racquet Club in Wilton, Connecticut, and has been there ever since. Nine years later, he bought out the original owner. "You can always say, 'Gee whizz, I could have done better' but in terms of how my life turned out, I'm very happy. I'm still the last British male to win a singles tournament at Wimbledon, and I'm proud of that. For the past 30 years I have considered myself an entrepreneur, and I've managed that in the States with no name recognition."

In 1981, Matthews briefly picked up his racquet again after eight years to take part in the United States Tennis Association's National Men's 35 Clay Court Championships at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

Matthews was born to Betty and Stanley Matthews on 20 November 1945. He was the couple's second child after Jean, who was born six years earlier. He is married to Joy, with two stepchildren, Greg and Kristy Moran.



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Archive statistics 1960 - 1981
12
589
306


Tournament wins 1971 - Stourbridge (Open)
1971 - Surrey Hard Court Championships (Open)
1970 - St. Moritz (Amateur)
1970 - West Warwickshire (Open)
1970 - Tally Ho! (Open)
1968 - East of England Championships (Open)
1967 - Brussels Cup (Amateur)
1967 - Surrey Hard Court Championships (Open)
1966 - Ilkley (Open)
1966 - Guildford Hardcourts (Amateur)
1966 - London Hard Courts (Amateur)
1965 - Northumberland Championships (Amateur)


Tournaments Kent Championships - 1981 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1979 Norwich - 1979 Eastern Hardcourts - 1979 Wilton Invitation - 1978 Eastern Hardcourts - 1977 Port Washington Festival - 1976 Essex Championships - 1975 Port Washington Festival - 1975 Cumberland Hard Courts - 1974 Wimbledon - 1973 Wimbledon Qualifying - 1973 Norwich - 1973 Cumberland Hard Courts - 1973 Dewar Cup First Leg - 1973 Dewar Cup Second Leg - 1973 Surrey - 1973 Sutton Hard Courts - 1973 British Hard Court Championships - Qualifying - 1973 West Warwickshire - 1973 Wimbledon - 1972 Monte Carlo - 1972 US Open - 1972 Queens Club Tournament - 1972 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1972 Kent Championships - 1972 Surrey Championships - 1972 Welsh Championships - 1972 Northumberland Championships - 1972 Essex Championships - 1972 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1972 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1972 Cumberland Hard Courts - 1972 Ilkley - 1972 Dewar Cup First Leg - 1972 Dewar Cup Second Leg - 1972 Dewar Cup Third Leg - 1972 Dewar Cup Fourth Leg - 1972 Sutton Hard Courts - 1972 British Hard Court Championships - Qualifying - 1972 Wimbledon - 1971 Roland Garros - 1971 US Open - 1971 St. Moritz - 1971 Beaulieu - 1971 Casablanca - 1971 South of England Championships - 1971 England vs. Scotland - 1971 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1971 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1971 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1971 London Hard Courts - 1971 Wolverhampton - 1971 Turkish International Championships (Turkey Open) - 1971 Dewar Cup First Leg - 1971 Dewar Cup Second Leg - 1971 Dewar Cup Third Leg - 1971 Dewar Cup Fourth Leg - 1971 Brumana International - 1971 Worcestershire Championships - 1971 Dewar Cup Finals - 1971 King's Cup - First Round c - 1971 Nice - Qualifying - 1971 Locarno International - 1971 Stourbridge - 1971 British Covered Court Championship - Qualifying - 1971 Sunderland and Durham - 1971 Wimbledon - 1970 Roland Garros - 1970 St. Moritz - 1970 German International Championships - 1970 Nottingham - 1970 South of England Championships - 1970 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1970 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1970 Chichester - 1970 North of England Hardcourts - 1970 London Hard Courts - 1970 Dewar Cup First Leg - 1970 Edgbaston - 1970 Dewar Cup Second Leg - 1970 Dewar Cup Third Leg - 1970 Dewar Cup Fourth Leg - 1970 Tally Ho! - 1970 Sutton Hard Courts - 1970 Worcestershire Championships - 1970 British Hard Court Championships - Qualifying - 1970 Stalybridge - 1970 Poole - 1970 West Warwickshire - 1970 Wimbledon - 1969 Monte Carlo - 1969 Roland Garros - 1969 Beaulieu - 1969 Cannes Carlton - 1969 Netherlands International Championships - 1969 South of France Championships - 1969 British Hard Court Championships - 1969 North of England Championships - 1969 Scottish Championships - 1969 Nottingham - 1969 Menton - 1969 Palace Hotel - 1969 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1969 Roland Garros Qualifying - 1969 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1969 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1969 Cumberland Hard Courts - 1969 London Hard Courts - 1969 Dewar Cup First Leg - 1969 Dewar Cup Second Leg - 1969 Dewar Cup Third Leg - 1969 Surrey - 1969 Monte Carlo Easter Tournament - 1969 Wimbledon - 1968 Monte Carlo - 1968 Beaulieu - 1968 Cannes Championships - 1968 South of France Championships - 1968 British Hard Court Championships - 1968 Surrey Championships - 1968 Nottingham - 1968 Menton - 1968 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1968 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1968 Wimbledon Qualifying - 1968 East of England Championships - 1968 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1968 London Hard Courts - 1968 Dewar Cup First Leg - 1968 Dewar Cup Second Leg - 1968 Dewar Cup Third Leg - 1968 Dewar Cup Fourth Leg - 1968 Orange Free State - 1968 Surrey - 1968 Wimbledon - 1967 Monte Carlo - 1967 Roland Garros - 1967 St. Moritz - 1967 Beaulieu - 1967 Queens Club Tournament - 1967 South of France Championships - 1967 British Hard Court Championships - 1967 German International Championships - 1967 West of England Championships - 1967 Surrey Championships - 1967 Cannes Gallia - 1967 South of England Championships - 1967 Natal Championships - 1967 International Club Matches - GBR - 1967 Kulm Carlton - 1967 Palace Hotel - 1967 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1967 Bavarian International Championships - 1967 East of England Championships - 1967 Western Province - 1967 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1967 Cumberland Hard Courts - 1967 London Hard Courts - 1967 Orange Free State - 1967 Hoylake & West Kirby - 1967 St. Moritz Suvretta - 1967 Stalybridge Covered Courts - 1967 Brussels Cup - 1967 Eastern Province - 1967 Elbe Cup - 1967 Wimbledon - 1966 Roland Garros - 1966 Austrian International Championships - 1966 Beaulieu - 1966 Cannes Carlton - 1966 Lyon Covered Court Championships - 1966 Irish Championships - 1966 Queens Club Tournament - 1966 British Hard Court Championships - 1966 Kent Championships - 1966 Menton - 1966 International Club Matches - GBR - 1966 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1966 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1966 Cumberland Hard Courts - 1966 London Hard Courts - 1966 Ilkley - 1966 Kitzbühel - 1966 Border Championships Second Edition - 1966 Surrey - 1966 Guildford Hardcourts - 1966 Hoylake & West Kirby - 1966 Under 21 Championships of Great Britain - 1966 Wimbledon - 1965 Queens Club Tournament - 1965 British Hard Court Championships - 1965 Kent Championships - 1965 North of England Championships - 1965 Surrey Championships - 1965 Northumberland Championships - 1965 Essex Championships - 1965 Menton - 1965 British Covered Court Championships - 1965 International Club Matches - GBR - 1965 Palace Hotel - 1965 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1965 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1965 East of England Championships - 1965 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1965 Cumberland Hard Courts - 1965 London Hard Courts - 1965 Carlyon Bay - 1965 Under 21 Championships of Great Britain - 1965 Australian Open - 1964 Wimbledon - 1964 Newport Casino - 1964 Queens Club Tournament - 1964 British Hard Court Championships - 1964 South African Championships - 1964 Kent Championships - 1964 Southern Transvaal Championships - 1964 North of England Championships - 1964 Surrey Championships - 1964 Welsh Championships - 1964 Belgian International Championships - 1964 Natal Championships - 1964 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1964 Roland Garros Qualifying - 1964 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1964 East of England Championships - 1964 Western Province - 1964 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1964 St. Anne's on Sea - 1964 Eastern Transvaal - 1964 Newport - Consolation - 1964 Northern Transvaal - 1964 Under 21 Championships of Great Britain - 1964 Australian Open - 1963 Wimbledon - 1963 South Australian Championships - 1963 Victorian Championships - 1963 New South Wales Championships - 1963 Queens Club Tournament - 1963 British Hard Court Championships - 1963 Kent Championships - 1963 Welsh Championships - 1963 Midland Counties Championships - 1963 British Covered Court Championships - 1963 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1963 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1963 Auckland - 1963 Manly Seaside Tournament - 1963 Western Australia Championships - 1963 Cumberland Hard Courts - 1963 London Hard Courts - 1963 St. Anne's on Sea - 1963 Trofeo Bonfiglio - 1963 Budleigh Salterton - 1963 Sutton Hard Courts - 1963 Under 21 Championships of Great Britain - 1963 South Australian Championships - 1962 Roland Garros - 1962 Victorian Championships - 1962 New South Wales Championships - 1962 Swiss International Championships - 1962 Cannes Carlton - 1962 Cannes Championships - 1962 Queens Club Tournament - 1962 British Hard Court Championships - 1962 Welsh Championships - 1962 British Covered Court Championships - 1962 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1962 Western Australia Championships - 1962 Cumberland Hard Courts - 1962 London Hard Courts - 1962 Sutton Hard Courts - 1962 Under 21 Championships of Great Britain - 1962 Cannes Championships - 1961 Queens Club Tournament - 1961 British Hard Court Championships - 1961 Welsh Championships - 1961 Menton - 1961 British Covered Court Championships - 1961 International Club Matches - FRA - 1961 Exmouth - 1961 Palace Hotel - 1961 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1961 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1961 Cumberland Hard Courts - 1961 London Hard Courts - 1961 Wolverhampton - 1961 St. Anne's on Sea - 1961 Surrey - 1961 Surrey Championships - 1960 International Club Matches - FRA - 1960 Palace Hotel - 1960 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1960 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1960 North of England Hardcourts - 1960 London Hard Courts - 1960 St. Anne's on Sea - 1960

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