Popularly known as Frank, this player was one of the five sons of Dr Edward Alexander Stoker of Dublin. Each of the brothers would, like their father, also study medicine, Frank qualifying as a dentist. The Stokers were distant relatives of the Irish writer Bram Stoker, best known for his novel Dracula.
Frank Stoker is one of only two Irish players to have won more than one Wimbledon title, the other player being Joshua Pim, with whom Stoker won the men’s doubles title in 1890 and 1893 (they were runners-up in 1891). Together, Stoker and Pim were also doubles champions of Ireland in 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894 and 1895. Frank Stoker also played international rugby for Ireland, as a forward.
Frank’s brother William was one of the main instigators behind the inaugural series of lawn tennis matches between Ireland and England, held annually from 1892 onwards. The venue for the first such series of matches was the Grandstand Enclosure at the Royal Dublin Showhouse in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Held in late May, on the Friday before the start of the Irish Lawn Tennis Championships, and consisting of nine doubles matches, Ireland won the series by five matches to four.
Norma Stoker (1905-62), one of Frank’s daughters, was a top Irish lawn tennis player in the 1920s and 1930s, and also a gifted golfer.
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