James Cecil Parke
|Country (sports)||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|
|Born||26 July 1881|
Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland
|Died||27 February 1946 (aged 64)|
Llandudno, Conwy, Wales
|Turned pro||1900 (amateur tour)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||193-40 (82.83%)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1912)|
|Wimbledon||SF (1910, 1913)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1912)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Davis Cup||W (1912)|
Parke was born in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland. He played rugby with both Monkstown and Dublin University and between 1901 and 1908 played ten times for Leinster. Between 1903 and 1909, he won twenty Ireland caps.
As a tennis player, Parke was a baseliner whose best shot was a running down-the-line forehand. Parke won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title in 1914. He won the Australian Men's singles and doubles tennis titles in 1912. He was Singles Champion of Europe in 1907 and played for Britain in the Davis Cup. In 1908 he won an Olympic Silver medal in Men's Doubles. He won eight Irish Lawn Tennis Singles titles, four doubles and two mixed titles. Parke was ranked world No. 4 in both 1913 and 1920 by A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph. He recorded his greatest feats in the Davis Cup where he defeated Norman Brookes and Rodney Heath in the Challenge Round on 28–30 November 1912 when his team, the British Isles captured the Cup and next year he beat Maurice McLoughlin and Richard Norris Williams in the Challenge Round on 25–28 July 1913, though his nation lost the meeting against the USA. He also won the depleted Australasian Championships in 1912.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 title
|Win||1912||Australasian Championships||Grass||Alfred Beamish||3–6, 6–3, 1–6, 6–1, 7–5|
Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
|Win||1912||Australasian Championships||Grass||Charles Dixon|| Alfred Beamish
|6–4, 6–4, 6–2|
|Loss||1920||Wimbledon||Grass||Algernon Kingscote|| Chuck Garland
R. Norris Williams
|6–4, 4–6, 5–7, 2–6|
Mixed doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
|Loss||1913||Wimbledon||Grass||Ethel Thomson Larcombe|| Agnes Tuckey
|6–3, 3–5 retired|
|Win||1914||Wimbledon||Grass||Ethel Thomson Larcombe|| Marguerite Broquedis
|4–6, 6–4, 6–2|
- Irish Identity: Ireland's greatest all-round sportsman
- "James Cecil Parke". Dictionary of Ulster Biography. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
- James Parke rugby union profile Scrum.com
- "J. Cecil Parke". www.tennis.co.nf.
- "James Cecil Parke Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 422.
- James Cecil Parke at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- James Cecil Parke at the International Tennis Federation
- James Cecil Parke at the Davis Cup
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