General Theodore Michel
Mavrogordato
Male
England
1883-07-31
London, England
1941-08-24
Limpsfield, Surrey, England


About

Mavrogordato represented Oxford University in the 1904 and 1905 Oxford v. Cambridge matches.

He played his first Wimbledon singles' competition in 1904 and lost in the first round to Frederick Payn. In 1907 he reached the final of the All England Plate but was beaten by George Hillyard in two straight sets.[b] His best achievement in the Wimbledon singles event was reaching the semi-final of the All-Comers tournament on three occasions. The first time was in 1909 when he lost in four sets to Major Ritchie. His second semi-final appearance came in 1914 and this time he lost in straight sets to German Otto Froitzheim.[1] His last semi-final came in 1920, eleven years after the first, after defeating two?time U.S Championship winner R. Norris Williams in the quarterfinal.[2] This time Japanese Zenzo Shimizu proved too strong.[1] Over the following years he would make regular appearances at Wimbledon until his final participation in 1928.

He participated in the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm and played in the indoor tournament. In the mixed doubles event he reached the second round with his partner, and future wife, Mabel Parton. In the singles and men's doubles event he lost in the first round.[3]

Mavrogodato played for the British Davis Cup team in 1914 and won all his singles matches in the quarter- and semi-final. In the final against Australasia he only played the doubles match together with his partner James Cecil Parke which they lost to Norman Brookes and Anthony Wilding. In 1919, after World War I, he played in the semi-final against South Africa and won his single match against Louis Raymond. He lost his second match, a dead rubber, against George Dodd.

In 1909 Mavrogordato won the Scottish Championships.[4] In 1912 he reached the final of the Northern Championships in Liverpool which he lost to J.C. Parke.[5] In 1914 he won the doubles title at the British Covered Court Championships. Together with P.M. Davson they beat P. Hicks and W. Ingram in the final. Seven years later, in 1921, he again won the doubles title, this time partnering with P.M. Davson.[6] In October 1919 he won the singles title of the London Covered Court Championships defeating Ritchie in the final.[7][8]

During World War I Mavrogordato served in the Army Service Corps and was ranked a captain and later a major.[9] From 1928 until his death in 1941 he was chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Ground Company.[10]

Playing style[edit]
In his book "The Art of Lawn Tennis" Bill Tilden describes Mavrogordato's playing style: "His game is steadiness personified. He shoves his service in the court at the end of a prodigious swing that ends in a poke. It goes where he wishes it. His ground strokes are fine, in splendid form, very accurate and remarkably fast for so little effort. Mavro is not large enough to hit hard, but owing to his remarkable footwork he covers a very large territory in a remarkably short space of time. His racquet work is a delight to a student of orthodox form. His volleying is accurate, steady, well placed but defensive. He has no speed or punch to his volley. His overhead is steady to the point of being unique. He is so small that it seems as if anyone could lob over his head, but his speed of foot is so great that he invariably gets his racquet on it and puts it back deep. Mavro turns defence into attack by putting the ball back in play so often that his opponent gets tired hitting it and takes unnecessary chances. His accuracy is so great that it makes up for his lack of speed. His judgment is sound but not brilliant. He is a hard-working, conscientious player who deserves his success."[11]



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Archive statistics 1903 - 1931
22
314
231


Tournament wins 1924 - St. George's Hill (Amateur)
1922 - Hythe (Amateur)
1921 - Hythe (Amateur)
1920 - Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament (Open)
1919 - Cinque Ports Championships (Amateur)
1919 - London Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1919 - South of England Championships (Amateur)
1912 - London Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1910 - Welsh Covered Court Championships (Amateur)
1910 - Shropshire Championships (Amateur)
1910 - Leamington University Singles (Amateur)
1909 - Gipsy (Amateur)
1909 - Warwickshire Championships (Amateur)
1909 - Shropshire Championships (Amateur)
1909 - Chichester (Open)
1909 - Scottish Championships (Amateur)
1908 - Le Touquet (Open)
1908 - Gipsy (Amateur)
1908 - Warwickshire Championships (Amateur)
1907 - Le Touquet (Open)
1906 - Boulogne (Amateur)
1905 - Boulogne (Amateur)


Tournaments New Forest Tournament - 1931 Wimbledon - 1928 Wimbledon - 1927 Wimbledon - 1926 Wimbledon - 1925 Wimbledon - 1924 St. George's Hill - 1924 Wimbledon - 1923 Wimbledon - 1922 West of England Championships - 1922 Hythe - 1922 Wimbledon - 1921 Cinque Ports Championships - 1921 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1921 Hythe - 1921 Wimbledon - 1920 Surrey Championships - 1920 Midland Counties Championships - 1920 World Covered Court Championships - 1920 British Covered Court Championships - 1920 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1920 Hythe - 1920 Davis Cup - Semi-Finals - 1919-b Wimbledon - 1919 Cinque Ports Championships - 1919 South of England Championships - 1919 London Covered Court Championships - 1919 Hythe - 1919 Davis Cup - Semi-Finals - 1914-a Davis Cup - Quarter-Finals - 1914-a Wimbledon - 1914 Wimbledon - 1913 London Covered Court Championships - 1913 Wimbledon - 1912 Olympics Indoor - 1912 Wimbledon - 1911 Cannes Championships - 1911 Queens Club Tournament - 1911 Wimbledon - 1910 Queens Club Tournament - 1910 Gipsy - 1910 Shropshire Championships - 1910 Cinque Ports Championships - 1910 Welsh Covered Court Championships - 1910 Chichester - 1910 Warwickshire Championships - 1910 East Surrey Championships - 1910 Hythe - 1910 Leamington University Singles - 1910 Wimbledon - 1909 Queens Club Tournament - 1909 Scottish Championships - 1909 Gipsy - 1909 Shropshire Championships - 1909 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1909 Welsh Covered Court Championships - 1909 Chichester - 1909 Warwickshire Championships - 1909 Wimbledon - 1908 Queens Club Tournament - 1908 Le Touquet - 1908 European Championship - 1908 Gipsy - 1908 Cinque Ports Championships - 1908 London Covered Court Championships - 1908 Warwickshire Championships - 1908 East Surrey Championships - 1908 Hythe - 1908 Wimbledon - 1907 French Covered Court Championships - 1907 Le Touquet - 1907 Boulogne - 1907 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1907 London Covered Court Championships - 1907 Welsh Covered Court Championships - 1907 Chichester - 1907 Warwickshire Championships - 1907 Redhill - 1907 Hythe - 1907 Wimbledon - 1906 Boulogne - 1906 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1906 Welsh Covered Court Championships - 1906 Chichester - 1906 Hythe - 1906 Wimbledon - 1905 Le Touquet - 1905 Boulogne - 1905 Suffolk Championships - 1905 Essex Championships - 1905 Cinque Ports Championships - 1905 Welsh Covered Court Championships - 1905 Epsom - 1905 Hythe - 1905 Leicestershire Championships - 1905 Wimbledon - 1904 Queens Club Tournament - 1904 Sussex Championships - 1904 Suffolk Championships - 1904 Essex Championships - 1904 London Covered Court Championships - 1904 Berkshire Championships - 1904 Queens Club Tournament - 1903 Sussex Championships - 1903 Suffolk Championships - 1903 Essex Championships - 1903 Sittingbourne - 1903

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