Charles Dixon (tennis)

Charles Dixon (tennis)

Charles Percy Dixon (February 7, 1873 in Grantham, LincolnshireApril 29, 1939 in West Norwood, London) was a male tennis player from Great Britain. He was a four-time Olympic medalist.

Olympics

At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London he won a bronze medal in the men's doubles event. Four years later he won three medals in the indoor tennis events: gold in the mixed doubles, silver in men's singles and bronze in men's doubles.

Tennis tournaments

Dixon was better known at the time for his many successes when representing Britain in the Davis Cup: starting in the 1909 Cup in Philadelphia,he led the British team to victory in the 1912 Cup in Australia.

He was a member of the English Drive Club team in South Africa in 1910-1911, and reached the final of the Wimbledon Tennis Championship later that year. He was runner-up to H Roper Barrett, his partner in the Davis Cup, and with whom he won the doubles at Wimbledon in 1912 and 1913.

From 1929 to 1932 he represented the International Club of Great Britain against France at Queens and at Ateuil in 1932 and 1933.

After retiring from tournaments, he coached juniors and umpired at Wimbledon, becoming President of the Umpire's Association.

Other sports

He represented Haileybury and Cambridge at racquets, winning the silver medal in 1891. He was also a keen prize-winning golfer, and represented Britain in international fencing in Paris.

His brother, J A Dixon, was captain of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

Sources

* Obituary, The Manchester Guardian 1 May 1939
* Will, The Observer 25 June 1939


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