Blast from the past: So close yet so far for Norton at Wimby


Blast from the past: So close yet so far for Norton at Wimby


Today in SA sports history: July 2

1907 — SA skipper Percy Sherwell scores the country’s first century on foreign soil, hitting 115 in the enforced second innings on the second day against England at Lord’s. It’s the first Test the visitors have played outside of SA. With no play possible on the final third day, the match ends in a draw.

1921 — Brian Norton becomes the first South African to get into the men’s singles final at Wimbledon, and takes defending champion Bill Tilden the distance as he goes down in five sets 6-4 6-2 1-6 0-6 5-7. But it was a match Norton might have won, failing to convert two match points in the final set. Officially he remains the only South African to have reached the men’s final, with Kevin Curren having switched nationality to the US by the time he appeared on centre court in 1985...

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