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Irish  Team 1932 v. Scotland

Irish Team 1932 v. Scotland

Standing (l to r) J. L Rankin, E. D. Hill, T. H. Boyle, O. L. Goldsmith, unknown. Seated Miss M. Hamilton, A. Hamilton, Mrs J. A. F. Swann,W. Hamilton, Miss O. Wilson.

Willoughby (Rat) Hamilton was one of Ireland’s great players. At one stage he was the best singles player in the UK and Ireland. In the early 30s there was a major circuit of the Open Championships of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. There was one year in which Hamilton won the men’s singles in three. He never won an All-England - the story was that the Royal Horticultural Hall in London was “too big” for him !

Olive Wilson was an outstanding mixed player. She had the unlucky experience in 1939 of losing a matchpoint when playing with Tom Boyle to win Ireland’s only victory over England.

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