Roger Federer is not the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist of all time – Arthur Gore is

By Jürgen Fritz, Tue 06 Jul 2021, Cover picture: Arthur Gore 1912, Agence Rol, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Roger Federer is in his 18th Wimbledon quarter-final at 39.9 years old. What incredible numbers! This makes him the oldest men’s quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in the Open Era since April 1968, when professionals became eligible to play in Grand Slam tournaments, but he is not the oldest ever. That’s someone else: Arthur Gore.

Reached the quarter-finals 15 times, last at 46.4 years old

Arthur Gore, born on 2 January 1868, first reached the quarter-finals of the men’s singles at Wimbledon in 1892 at the age of 24. In 1901, aged 33.5, he won the tournament for the first time and in early July 1909, aged 41.5, he won his third Wimbledon title. In 1910 and 1912 he reached the men’s final for the eighth time, the last time at the age of 44.5.

In 1914, at the age of 46.4, he reached the quarter-finals once again. Then came the First World War and the tournament was not played for four years. But even from 1919 to 1922, Gore competed again every year in the men’s singles competition, the last time at over 54 years of age. In the years that followed, only in doubles.

Arthur Gore at Wimbledon 1901 - Unknown authorUnknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Arthur Gore at Wimbledon 1901 – Unknown authorUnknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In all, Gore reached the men’s singles final eight times, winning three of them, and reached the quarter-finals 15 times. Federer is now in the quarter-finals for the 18th time (a unique all-time record) with eight titles – also a unique all-time record, ahead of Pete Sampras (1993 to 2000) and William Renshaw (1881 to 1889) with seven singles titles each. Federer was thus even more successful than the great Arthur Gore, who, however, was a few years older at his last quarter-final, namely six and a half years (46.4 instead of 39.9).

In 1911 and 1912, at the age of 43 and 44, Arthur Gore was president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. By 1927, despite missing four years of the war, he had competed 33 times in the men’s singles and a total of 36 times in the Wimbledon Championships, the last time at the age of 59, a record that remains unbroken to this day. In 2006, Arthur Gore was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

So there’s still a lot left to do, Roger. 😉

Arthur Gore before 1903 - Unknown authorUnknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Arthur Gore before 1903 – Unknown authorUnknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Most Wimbledon Men’s Quarter-final Appearances (all-time)

  • Roger Federer: 18 (between 2001 and 2021) – 8 titles
  • Arthur Gore: 15 (between 1892 and 1914) – 3 titles
  • Jimmy Connors: 14 (between 1972 and 1987) – 2 titles
  • Novak Djokovic: 12 (between 2007 and 2021) – 5 titles
  • Boris Becker: 11 (between 1985 and 1997) – 3 titles

Most Wimbledon titles in men’s singles

  1. Roger Federer: 8 titles in 12 finals (titles between 2003 and 2017)
  2. William Renshaw: 7 titles in 8 finals (titles between 1881 and 1889)
  3. Pete Sampras: 7 titles in 7 finals (titles between 1993 and 2000)
  4. Novak Djokovic: 5 titles in 6 finals and three further semi-final appearances (titles between 2011 and 2019)
  5. Laurence Doherty: 5 titles in 6 finals and one further semi-final appearance (titles between 1902 and 1906)
  6. Björn Borg: 5 titles in 6 finals, no further semi-final appearances (titles between 1976 and 1980)

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