George Hillyard

George Whiteside Hillyard ( born February 6, 1864 in Hanwell, Middlesex, † March 24 1943 in Pulborough, Sussex ) was a British tennis player.


Hillyard served in his youth in the Royal Navy and met the future King George V. know. In 1887 he married Blanche Bingley, six times the women's singles Wimbledon Championships won. In the same year he also began to participate in tennis tournaments. Several times he was at the Wimbledon Championships reach the quarter-finals (1889, 1897, 1901), but never got beyond that. In the doubles competition, he reached in 1889 and 1890 on the side of Ernest Lewis in the final. At the Summer Olympics in 1908 in London he won together with Reginald Doherty the gold medal in the lawn - double of the men.

During the First World War Hillyard again served in the Navy and was promoted to Commander. From 1907 to 1924 he was Managing Director of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

Hillyard, who was also an avid golfer and cricketer, died in 1943 at the age of 79 years.