Charles Eugene Williams
|Full name||Charles Eugene Williams|
|Born||July 28, 1888|
East Fulham, London
|Died||October 27, 1935 (aged 47)|
Chicago, United States
Rackets career[edit | edit source]
Williams became a professional rackets player and the school coach at a young age, playing from the Harrow Club at Harrow School. In January 1911 he competed in and won the Open Championship of England defeating Edgar Maximilian Baerlein. Just over three months later he was the challenger for the World Championship against the holder Jamsetji Merwanji from India. Williams won the first leg at the Queen's Club and then in the second leg played out a draw at the Prince's Club after he had already secured the one game he needed to claim the title outright. He had become the world champion aged just 22.
He lost the Championship to Jock Soutar from the United States in 1913 before failing to regain the title in a rematch in 1922. He finally regained the Championship after beating Soutar in 1929.
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
Born in East Fulham in 1888 he was a ball boy at the Prince's Club before turning professional. During the journey to defend his title in 1912 he boarded the RMS Titanic as a second class passenger. After it sunk he was rescued by the RMS Carpathia and developed pneumonia.  He resided in the United States from 1924 and was married and had six children.
He died in 1935 while living in Chicago aged 47.
References & Notes[edit | edit source]
- ""Racquets." Times [London, England] 14 Jan. 1911". Times Digital Archive.
- ""Racquets." Times [London, England] 26 Jan. 1911". Times Digital Archive.
- ""Racquets." Times [London, England] 1 May 1911". Times Digital Archive.
- ""Rackets." Times [London, England] 15 May 1911". Times Digital Archive.
- ""Names Of The Survivors." Times [London, England] 17 Apr. 1912". Times Digital Archive.
- "A CORRESPONDENT. "Rackets." Times [London, England] 6 Dec. 1935". Times Digital Archive.
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