Which story should you believe? “The Wimbledon Mystery”

Which story is fact?

Why did lineswoman Dorothy Cavis Brown not give the call? when a ball was obviously out
during a first round match at Wimbledon between Abe Segal and Clark Graebner in 1964?
If she had have called it, Segal would have won the match there and then.
Clue: Nudge nudge.
A. She fell asleep!

The infamous case of Mrs Dorothy Cavis-Brown, who was a line judge on the opening day of the 1964 Championships, springs to
mind. She fell asleep in her chair on Court Three during the first-round match between Abe Segal of South Africa and Clark Graebner
of the United States. So solidly was she napping that
Segal eventually had to go over and tap her on the shoulder to rouse her from
her slumber.
The cause of her drowsiness was not too much work (it was the first day, after all), nor too much sun, nor boredom. In the morning
she had attended the traditional opening-day umpires' cocktail party. The event has never taken place since.

The Independent Court News

During a 1964 match between Clark Graebner and Abe Segal, lineswoman Dorothy Cavis-Brown fell asleep at courtside.
Graebner walked over and woke her. Wimbledon officials gave her a few days off to get some sleep.

Sports line USA

“The true facts of the incident that can be confirmed by Goldings Ball Boys”
But we all knew at Goldings that it was neither Clark Graebner or Abe Segal who woke up the Line judge on Court 3 during the first
round match in 1964, it was one of our own Goldings Ball boys Freddie Workman (from Belfast) Mac Andrew House 1963-1965
The boy named has been confirmed by Brian Perrier Mac Andrew House, and Tommy Hill Cairns.
Confirmed by the picture above from a National paper from the time

Page Compiled June 2007

All images and text copyright © to Goldings Old Boys reunion members

Wimbledon 1964

THIS YEAR, as far as ladies were concerned, was a time to show off
their frills and laces as many did. It was also the year the Australians
swept the board in every event except the Women's Singles. Maggie
Smith was the favourite and No.1 seed. She was to meet Maria Bueno
the No. 2 seed but the brilliant Brazilian beat Maggie Smith, who was
also beaten by her nerves, 6-4, 6-8, 6-2. Reporters described it as the
best final played on Centre Court for years, and it was a rewarding
tribute to Maria, who mastered all the touch line strokes and artistry
to humble her opponent. For Maria it was the third time she had won
the ladies' title.
In the Men's Singles Roy Emerson, the No.i seed, beat his fellow
countryman Fred Stolle in an exciting and enthralling match which
was unfortunately interrupted by rain after the first set. Maggie Smith
made another appearance in a final partnering Leslie Turner in the
Ladies' Doubles. They met and beat the American challenge of Billie
Jean Moffit and Karen Susman. Last year Maggie and Ruth Ebbern
won the Ladies' Doubles for Australia.
Energetic Maggie appeared in yet another final, the Mixed Doubles, in which she and Ken Fletcher were the holders. They were
paired together again and held on to their title by beating fellow Australians Fred Stolle and Leslie Turner in a match which both
women excelled to make it difficult for the men o shine through stamina.
Finally, to make their mark at Wimbledon, Australians Ken Fletcher and Roy Emerson played and beat Bob Hewitt and Fred Stolle.
The lucky people on Centre Court were able to witness some superb tennis.
So far as tennis is concerned the Aussies got in every final, but the lucky and reputed efficient ball-boys from Goldings were in
every match!

DEREK HAMMOND Goldonian 1964

Wimbledon 1964

The grey flannel parade - l-r: George Brittain,Graham
Ferris, Maurice Munsen, Charlie Stephenson,
Michael Maxin, and Brian McCarthy.
“Note the wearing of long trousers in
the early days they must of been hot”

Wimbledon, 1960
THIS YEAR'S Wimbledon once again provided all the splendour and glamour of past years. Whilst walking round, judging from the
clothes and hats some of the ladies wear, you would think that you were at a fashion show. Men also put on their best suits for this,
one of the world's major sporting events.
The tennis produced some very exciting and unexpected results, the one that springs to mind being the Men's Doubles final in which
the twenty-one year-old Mexican, Rafael Osuna, and the seventeen-year-old American Junior Champion, Dennis Ralston, defeated
the British pair, Mike Davies and Bobby Wilson in three straight sets. Both pairs were unseeded.
After the British girls' victory in the Wightman Cup, most people expected them to do well here. Two of them, Christine Truman and
Ann Haydon played very well and reached the semi-finals, Christine Truman going down to the eventual winner, Maria Bueno, in
three sets. If she had kept up the form she showed in the second set which she won 7-5, she could quite easily have been in the final.
Ann Haydon also went down over three sets against Sandra Reynolds of South Africa. Christine Truman gave everyone a shock
when in the third round she came up against Dorothy Knode of America, and lost the first set 1-6. She soon recovered though and
easily won the last two, 6-0, 6-3. Also in the fifth round she had a tough time against Karen Hantze, whom she had previously beaten
in the Wightman Cup. Once again she lost the first set; this time 4-6, but pulled back to win the last two, 6-4, 6-4. Ann Haydon also
had a tough task of disposing of Miss R. Schuurman in the fifth round. Ann won the first set 7-5, lost the second 1-6, and won the
third 6-2, gaining herself a place in the semi-final. Another British girl, Miss Angela Mortimer who was seeded No. 5, reached the
quarterfinals and then lost to Maria Bueno 1-6, 1-6. One of the most exciting of the ladies' matches was the Centre Court match
between No. 8 seed Sandra Reynolds and No. 2 seed Darlene Hard. Sandra Reynolds won the first set 6-1, lost the second 2-6, and
won the final set 6-1.
The first seeded lady to be knocked out was Mrs. Z. Kormoczy, of Hungary, who lost in the second round to Miss J. S. Hopps of
America. Mrs. Kormoczy is rated as the finest hard-court player in the world. Miss Anna Dmitrieva surprised everyone by beating
Darlene Hard in the first set of their fourth round match, 7-5. But as often happens, Miss Hard went on to win the last two sets 6-2,
6-1. Miss Dmitrieva was one of the two Russian girls in the tournament. The other, Miss Rjazanova, lost in the first round to Britain's
Miss R. Hales. In the final of the Ladies' Singles, Maria Bueno proved that she is undoubtedly the best woman player in the world
today. Miss Bueno, the twenty-year-old Brazilian schoolteacher, defeated South Africa's Sandra Reynolds 7-5, 6-0. In the third game
of the second set there were nine dueces, proving that the game was closer than the score suggests.
In the Men's Singles, the competition was just as keen, the final being between Neil Fraser and his fellow Australian Rod Laver
whom he beat in three sets. Incidentally, both these two are lefthanders. Neil Fraser was very lucky in the fifth round when he met
Earl Bucholz of America, the No. 8 seed. The score was two sets to one to Bucholtz and fifteen games all in the fourth set. Bucholz
went for a ball and then doubled up with pain, he had cramp in his leg. A doctor came on and soon cured him of this, and play was
resumed. After playing for a short while he once again collapsed, this time with an ankle injury. Play was called off, and Bucholz
was carried off on a stretcher. This was the worst thing that could have happened to him as he was in an advantageous position and
could very well have won the match. One of the best matches of the tournament was the one between R. Krishnan, the No. 7 seed
from India, and L. Ayala the No. 4 seed from Chile. Krishnan won the match mainly due to the perfect placing of his shots. The final
score was 7-5, 10-8, 6-2, which earned Krishnan a place in the semi-final. Another exciting match was the one between Pietrangeli,
the No. 5 seed from Italy, and Mackay, the No. 2 seed from America. Pietrangeli, who has since been offered professional terms by
Jack Kramer, won the match 16-14, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. At the end of this match, Pietrangeli ran up to shake hands with Mackay, whilst
doing so, he threw his racket in the air. It came down and hit him on the top of his head, much to the amusement of the crowd. In this
event all eight seeds reached the last eight in the fifth round. The semi-finalists were Pietrangeli v. Laver and Krishnan v. Fraser.
In the Men's Doubles event, Osuna and Ralston reached the final by beating the No. 4 seeds Sirola and Pietrangeli in five sets, then
they beat Lundquist and Schmidt, Gaertner and Veermark, Laver and Mark, the No. 2 seeds, and in the final beat Da vies and Wilson.
Davies and Wilson surprised everyone by beating the No. i seeds, Emerson and Fraser of Australia, in the quarter-finals. Only one
seeded pair in this event reached the semi-finals, they being Laver and Mark, the Australian pair.
The Ladies' Doubles was won by No. i seeds Maria Bueno and Darlene Hard, who beat South Africans and No. 4 seeds, Sandra
Reynolds and Renee Schuurman in the final in two straight sets, after narrowly beating No. 3 seeds Karen Hantze and Janet Hopps of
America in the semi-final, Miss Reynolds and Miss Schuurman having beaten Jan Lehane and Mrs. K. Hawton. The most successful
of the British pairs in the doubles were Miss S. Armstrong and Miss D. Catt, who reached the quarter-finals and then lost to Miss
Hantze and Miss Hopps. Ann Haydon and Angela Mortimer, another British couple, reached the third round and then lost to Sandra
Reynolds and Renee Schuurman. The Ladies' Doubles event had the least entries, forty-eight pairs in all.
The Mixed Doubles Tournament also produced some very interesting tennis. In the final the No. i seeds Rod Laver and Darlene Hard
beat the No. 2 seeds Bob Howe and Maria Bueno in three sets. A lot of controversy was caused in the final set of this match with the
score 5-2 to Howe and Miss Bueno, for as they were changing ends, Darlene Hard rushed off the court without permission from the
umpire. She was off for six minutes during which time Miss Bueno went to see what was happening whilst the two men sat on the
ice-box and had a drink. When Miss Hard returned, play was resumed, and from trailing 2-5, Laver and Miss Hard went on to win the
final set 7-5. Javorsky and Miss V. Puzeyova, the top two Czechoslovakian players, played very well and reached the semifinal before
losing to Howe and Miss Bueno in three sets. Another unseeded pair, Mark and Miss Hopps, also reached the semi-final and then lost
to Laver and Miss Hard.
In the All-England Plate Men's Final, T. Ulrich of Denmark beat 0. Sirola of Italy. In the Ladies' final Miss D. Catt of England beat
Miss J. W. Cawthorn, also of England.
In the Junior Finals, the Boys' event was won by A. R. Mandel-ston of South Africa who beat J. Mukerjea of India in the final. The
Girl's event was won by Miss Karen Hantze of America, who beat Miss L. Hutchings of South Africa.
Althea Gibson, in a report in one of the evening papers, gave the ball-boys a very creditable report, which coming from her is proof
that once again the ball-boys did their very best. Also this year twelve boys from the School acted as ball-boys in the Davis Cup-tie
between Great Britain and Italy. This is the first time the School has provided boys for this tournament.

W. CHARLTON AND D. CHARLTON Goldonian Summer 1960

Ball Boys on Court 3 Wimbledon

The Wimbledon tennis championship is always a great sporting event. Especially for Goldings Old Boys who were ball boys there
between 1946 and 1966.
Between 21 June and 4 July , you will have someone in every household in Britain probably watching the television and hoping
against all odds a British player will be the one to win the championship.
October 1940 Wimbledon was bombed, a stick of five 500lb bombs had totally flattened centre court and over 1,000 seats.
After the war Wimbledon was struggling to survive six years of bombing, and with rationing and shortages. Most of the green in
London plus the club Grounds were being used to farm small livestock pigs hens geese rabbits and the like. The grounds were being
used to accommodate the fire and ambulance services, the home guard had also made it their base. Most of the staff had left to join
the services ,and a host of problems created by the rationing as lots of things were only available by coupon, permit or licence.
The decision to restart the championship was made in early 1946, although repairs weren’t finished until 1949 when building
restrictions were eased.
And so it was that Barnardo's boys came to the championships, at the lowest point in their 130 year history. And they stayed - bused
each day during Wimbledon fortnight from Hertford to London and back - until Goldings closed 1966.
The job of a Wimbledon ball boy was only given to one third of the school and competition was fierce to be selected. For around a
month before each championship, Goldings boys would practice throwing, catching and chasing balls on the staff grass courts hoping
to be chosen for a coveted place. Inevitably, this was also a time when boys were on their 'best behaviour' as any misdemeanour could
lead to your name being dropped from the list. All training was under the watchful eye of a supervisor and trainer. In the 1950s this
was the school chaplain, Rev Corbett, a strict disciplinarian, and in the early '60s it was the Rev Bernard. L Nixon.
Going to Wimbledon gave young men aged 14 to 18 years the chance to be a part of one of the most prestigious international
sporting events. It also meant freedom, freedom from bugle calls and the regimented routine, freedom to meet celebrities and
players with 'exotic' American, French and Australian accents from around the world; and, best of all, a Goldonians blazer gave ball
boys the right to go almost anywhere in the Wimbledon complex, no wonder it led to some practical pranks and joking around.
Goldonian boys were not the only ones who wanted to attend, it was rumoured that the masters used to cajole and do their best to go
along too, for once they had escorted the boys to the courts, there was little to do except watch the matches.
Between 1946 and 1966, the Wimbledon championship gradually grew in size and status. The advent of air travel in the 1950s
attracted many more overseas players. But the greatest changes of all occurred in 1967, the year after the Goldings boys had left the
courts for good. For it was in this year that an invitation tournament was sponsored by the BBC to mark the introduction of colour
television and later that year professional players were admitted to the championships for the first time. It was the start of a new era.
The Wimbledon of today bears little resemblance in many ways to the championships of years gone by. And, as noted by the Old
Boys, ball boys today need three months training before the event, whereas Barnardo's boys only needed one month!

Boys in training at Goldings

Former trainer Reverend Nixon

Wimbledon 1949 with their trainer
Reverend S. C. Corbett to the extreme left

John and Beverly Fleitz with the Ball Boys in 1956
the lad with his hand on his hip is a young Eric Holden
Goldings 1954 -1962

Ball Boys ready to put covers on “rain stopped play”

Goldings Ball Boys “Game set and match” 1946-1966!

“New balls please ball boy”

“What did you do Dad when you were young”?

“Me! I was a Goldings Ball Boy”

Wimbledon Continued