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Olympic medalist
Lawrence Doherty (right), in 1908
Medal record
Men's Tennis
Gold 1900 Paris Singles
Gold 1900 Paris Doubles
Bronze 1900 Paris Mixed doubles

Hugh Lawrence "Laurie" Doherty (8 October 1875 in Wimbledon, London – 21 August 1919 in Broadstairs, Kent) was an English tennis player and younger brother of Reggie Doherty. He was an Olympic gold medalist in the sport.

Doherty was the shorter of the two brothers, at 5-foot-10, who played championship tennis in their native England and at Wimbledon at the turn of the century.

He was educated at the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall), where he played for the Cambridge University Lawn Tennis Club.

Known as "Little Do",[1] Doherty won Wimbledon five consecutive times in singles and eight times in doubles with his brother. In 1903, he became the first tennis player to win a Grand Slam tournament outside of his native country by beating defending champion William Larned at the U.S. Championships 6–0, 6–3, 10–8. He also won Queens indoor six times in a row (1901-1906) and The South of France Championships (Nice) seven times in a row (1900-1906). He gave up tennis for golf in 1906 and distinguished himself in that sport as well.[2]

In World War I, Doherty served in the Anti-Aircraft branch of the Royal Navy Reserves but was released due to ill health.[3]

The brothers were reportedly urged to play tennis by their father, for health reasons.[4] The brothers apparently had respiratory problems.[2]

The brothers co-wrote R.F. and H.L. Doherty on Lawn Tennis (1903).

Doherty was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1980.

Grand Slam record

  • Wimbledon
    • Singles champion: 1902-1906 (5 times)
    • Singles runner-up: 1898
    • Men's Doubles champion: 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905
    • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1902, 1906
  • U.S. Championships
    • Singles champion: 1903
    • Men's Doubles champion: 1902, 1903
    • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1902, 1906


  1. ^ "Famous Tennis Player Dead: R.F. Doherty, Once American Champion, Passes Away in London", The New York Times, 30 December 1910
  2. ^ a b Hugh Laurence Doherty (UK)
  4. ^ "Famous Tennis Player Dead: R.F. Doherty, Once American Champion, Passes Away in London", The New York Times, 30 December 1910

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