The Development and Transformation of Anglo-American Relations in Lawn Tennis around the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Robert J Lake, Simon J Eaves, Bob Nicholson

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Abstract

Anglo-American relations in tennis are a fascinating subject, particularly in the period of the late-19th/early-20th century, during which on- and off-court developments reflected and indicated broader societal shifts, as the US gradually replaced Britain as the world’s leading industrialized nation. This paper aims to discuss how Anglo-American relations in lawn tennis shifted throughout this period, from when lawn tennis was “invented” in Britain to the onset of the Great War, and to contextualize these developments in the light of shifting broader cultural relations more generally between both nations, alongside developments within sport and tennis more specifically. The following aspects are examined: attitudes toward the relative standards of both American and British players from correspondents of both nations in terms of their overall rank and possibilities of success; and, attitudes from tennis officials toward the formal organization of competitions between players of both nations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
JournalSport History Review
Volume49
Issue number1
Early online date31 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 May 2018

Keywords

  • American exceptionalism
  • Americanization
  • trans-Atlantic relations
  • British imperialism
  • Davis Cup
  • British empire

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