Charles Eugene Williams

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Charles Williams (1888-1935) was English rackets world champion.

Rackets career

Williams became a professional rackets player and the school coach at a young age, playing from the Harrow Club at Harrow School.[1] In January 1911 he competed in and won the Open Championship of England defeating Edgar Maximilian Baerlein.[2] 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[3] 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.[4]

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

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.[5] [6] 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

  1. ""Racquets." Times [London, England 14 Jan. 1911"]. Times Digital Archive. 
  2. ""Racquets." Times [London, England 26 Jan. 1911"]. Times Digital Archive. 
  3. ""Racquets." Times [London, England 1 May 1911"]. Times Digital Archive. 
  4. ""Rackets." Times [London, England 15 May 1911"]. Times Digital Archive. 
  5. ""Names Of The Survivors." Times [London, England 17 Apr. 1912"]. Times Digital Archive. 
  6. "A CORRESPONDENT. "Rackets." Times [London, England 6 Dec. 1935"]. Times Digital Archive.