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Herbert Barrett

tennis player

Nickname: Roper
Born November 24, 1873 in Upton, Essex, England, UK
Died July 27, 1943 in Horsham, West Sussex, England, UK
Plays Right-handed
Misc According to William Tilden: "One of the real tennis tacticians, a man who is to-day a veteran of many a notable encounter, yet still dangerous at all times, is H. Roper Barrett.

A member of every Davis Cup team since the matches were inaugurated, a doubles player of the highest strategy, Roper Barrett needs no introduction or analysis. His, game is soft. His service looks a joke. In reality it is hard to hit, for Barrett pushes it to the most unexpected places. His ground strokes, soft, short, and low, are ideal doubles shots. He angles off the ball with a short shove in the direction. He can drive hard when pressed, but prefers to use the slow poke.

His volleying is the acme of finesse. He angles soft to the side-lines, stop volleys the hardest drives successfully. He picks openings with an unerring eye. His overhead lacks "punch," but is steady and reliable.

Barrett is a clever mixer of shots. He is playing the unexpected shot to the unexpected place. His sense of anticipation is remarkable, and he retrieves the most unusual shots. It is his great tennis tactics that make him noteworthy. His game is round but not wonderful."

Herbert Roper Barrett has been described as a skillful and energetic player. He was known for his habit of appearing in tennis tournaments under pseudonyms such as AL Gydear, Mr.Player, Verne or D'Agger.
Tournament AO RG W US Win-Loss
1898 A A R16 A 2-1
1899 A A SF A 4-1
1900 A A QF A 3-1
1901 A A SF A 4-1
1902 A A QF A 3-1
1903 A A A A 0-0
1904 A A A A 0-0
1905 A A A A 0-0
1906 A A A A 0-0
1907 A A A A 0-0
1908 A A F A 6-1
1909 A A F A 6-1
1910 A A R128 A 0-1
1911 A A RU A 7-1
1912 A A QF A 4-1
1913 A A R128 A 0-1
1914 A A R64 A 1-1
1915 A A A A 0-0
1916 A A A A 0-0
1917 A A A A 0-0
1918 A A A A 0-0
1919 A A R64 A 1-1
1920 A A A A 0-0
1921 A A R16 A 3-1
Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 44-14 0-0 44-14