Brian Norton

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBrian Ivan Cobham•Norton
Used nameBrian•Norton
Born10 October 1899 in Robben Island, Western Cape (RSA)
Died16 July 1956 in Santa Clara, California (USA)
NOC South Africa


Brian “Babe” Norton was a South African who was one of the top players in the world for a few years in the early 1920s. Norton eventually settled in the United States, played there a lot, and died in Santa Clara, California. He won the 1920 South African singles title, and was 1923 US doubles champion, playing with Bill Tilden. Norton was runner-up in singles at Wimbledon in 1921, losing to Tilden. He won the All-England Plate in 1922, the consolation tournament for those who lost in the first or second round. Norton’s highest world ranking was #7 in 1921.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Tennis RSA Brian Norton
Singles, Men (Olympic) =32
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Louis Raymond =5