Tony Wilding

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Non-starter
Full nameAnthony Frederick "Tony"•Wilding
Used nameTony•Wilding
Born31 October 1883 in Opawa, Canterbury (NZL)
Died9 May 1915 in Neuve-Chapelle, Pas-de-Calais (FRA)
Measurements188 cm / 84 kg
NOC Australasia New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


The son of a New Zealand cricketer and pioneer cricket administrator, Frederick Wilding, Anthony Wilding learned his tennis at the family home in Christchurch and won a series of national titles. He went to Cambridge to study law but the tennis courts seemed to take more of his attention than the law torts. However, he was admitted to the Bar at the Inner Temple in England in 1906 and qualified as a barrister and solicitor at the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1909.

He won the Wimbledon singles title 1910-13 when the defending champion had to play only a challenge round, helped the combined team of Australasia win the Davis Cup three times, and won a bronze medal at the Stockholm Olympic Games in the covered court singles. Wilding won the Australian Championships in 1906 and 1909. In doubles he won Wimbledon titles in 1907-08, 1910, and 1914 and an Australian title in 1906, adding a mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 1914. Wilding also won the World Hard Court Championship in 1913-14 and the World Covered Court Championship in 1913, both of which were considered major championships in that era. He was a successful and popular figure on the world tennis circuit that was then centered on the tourist spots of Europe.

Wilding was also an accomplished competitive motorcyclist. Wilding joined the British Army, serving in the Royal Naval Armoured Car Division. He was leading an armoured car unit when he was killed at Aubers Ridge during the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1908 Summer Olympics Tennis NZL Tony Wilding
Singles, Covered Courts, Men (Olympic) DNS
1912 Summer Olympics Tennis ANZ NZL Tony Wilding
Singles, Covered Courts, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

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