General James Irvine (Jimmy)
Tattersall
Male
England
1940-03-27
Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
1997-02-04
Evesham, Worcestershire, England


About

From: https://www.duffieldtennisclub.co.uk/jimmytattersall.html

Jimmy Tattersall of Duffield, Derbyshire, stands alongside some more famous tennis names on an equal footing, at least for ‘a moment in time’. Winning the Wimbledon boys’ singles title made seventeen-year-old Jimmy the ‘world number one’ junior tennis player in 1957. Roger Federer (Switzerland) in 1998; Stefan Edberg (Sweden) in 1983; Pat Cash (Australia) in 1982; Ivan Lendl (Czechoslovakia) 1978; and Bjorn Borg (Sweden) in 1972, also won the boys’ singles championship at Wimbledon at the start of their careers.

Jimmy Tattersall was born in 1940 and became a prominent member of Duffield Lawn Tennis Club and a well-known figure in county tennis. He represented Derbyshire in county matches on 86 occasions. In 1957, when aged only 17, he was a member of the Duffield first team. Imagine then the club’s pride when he entered and won the boys’ singles championship at Wimbledon in that same year. In the final he defeated Ivan Ribero of Brazil by the comfortable margin of 6-2, 6-1. Nor was that his only Wimbledon triumph in 1957, for he was also victorious in the boys’ doubles final.

At the previous year’s Wimbledon, in 1956, he had already won the boys’ doubles when aged only 16. And that same year he had completed a magnificent double by emerging a winner in the junior mixed doubles event. This he had achieved with Honor Durose, who was also a member of Duffield Tennis Club.

So why did Jimmy Tattersall not follow the other names on the list by going on to achieve great things in senior tennis? Tattersall went on to university and forged a career in industry, possibly ending his working life with National Power. Tennis for him was a hobby rather than a profession. Quite simply, a living had to be earned and his tennis, good as it was, couldn’t provide it.

Later in life he had a particularly strong relationship with the University of Bradford, and a 1997 edition of their staff magazine said this of him: “Jimmy Tattersall was an inspirational speaker, and one who everybody admired. And we were always surprised to hear that he had a secret former life. Little did we know that at the age of 17 he had been ranked ‘world number one’ at junior tennis.”

Jimmy Tattersall lived for the latter period of his life at Evesham, Worcestershire, and remained a keen sportsman until he died there on 4 February 1997, aged only 57.



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Archive statistics 1955 - 1972
6
84
27


Tournament wins 1963 - North of England Hardcourts (Open)
1962 - North of England Hardcourts (Open)
1961 - North Angus (Amateur)
1961 - Scottish Hard Courts (Open)
1957 - Berkshire Championships (Amateur)
1956 - Carlisle (Amateur)


Tournaments Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1972 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1970 Stalybridge - 1970 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1969 North of England Hardcourts - 1963 Eindhoven - 1963 Wimbledon - 1962 Welsh Championships - 1962 South of England Championships - 1962 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1962 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1962 Cumberland Hard Courts - 1962 North of England Hardcourts - 1962 British Covered Court Championships - 1961 Scottish Hard Courts - 1961 North Angus - 1961 US Open - 1960 Newport Casino Tournament - 1960 Cincinnati - 1960 US Clay Courts - 1960 Western States Championships - 1960 River Oaks Tournament - 1960 Maine State Championships - 1960 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1960 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1960 Southwest Open - 1960 Wimbledon - 1959 Queens Club Tournament - 1959 British Hard Court Championships - 1959 West of England Championships - 1959 Surrey Championships - 1959 Northumberland Championships - 1959 British Covered Court Championships - 1959 Scandinavian Championships - 1959 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1959 Surrey - 1959 Wimbledon - 1958 French Covered Court Championships - 1958 British Hard Court Championships - 1958 West of England Championships - 1958 Welsh Championships - 1958 Palace Hotel - 1958 Surrey Hard Court Championships - 1958 Cumberland Hard Courts - 1958 London Hard Courts - 1958 Sutton Coldfield - 1958 Wimbledon - 1957 British Hard Court Championships - 1957 West of England Championships - 1957 Surrey Championships - 1957 Welsh Championships - 1957 Roehampton Grass Courts - 1957 Palace Hotel - 1957 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1957 Cumberland Hard Courts - 1957 London Hard Courts - 1957 Berkshire Championships - 1957 Lee-on-Solent - 1957 East Lothian - 1957 British Covered Court Championships - 1956 Palace Hotel - 1956 Carlisle - 1956 Northern Lawn Tennis Association Tournament - 1955

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