William Charles Renshaw and James Ernest Renshaw blue plaque in Leamington Spa

Birthplace of
William Charles Renshaw
(1861-1904)
and James Ernest Renshaw
(1861-1899)
The first great stars of
lawn tennis

William "Willie" Charles Renshaw (3 January 1861 in Leamington, Warwickshire – 12 August 1904 in Swanage, Dorset) was a former World No. 1 British tennis player active during the late 19th century. He was one of the most successful male players in the history of the Wimbledon Championships. The right-hander was known for his power and technical ability which put him ahead of competition at the time.

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Ernest James Renshaw (3 January 1861 in Leamington Spa – 2 September 1899 at his home in Waltham St. Lawrence) was a former World No. 1 English tennis player.Together with his twin brother William Renshaw, Ernest won the men's doubles at Wimbledon five times. He also won the singles championship at Wimbledon once, in 1888 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1983. He won the singles title at the Irish Championships on four occasions (1883, 1887, 1888, 1892). Ernest was the older of the brothers by 15 minutes and half an inch taller.The boom in popularity of the game during the 1880s due to the modern tennis style of the Renshaw brothers became known as the 'Renshaw Rush'.

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