Buster Mottram

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Christopher Mottram
Tennis Het Melkhuisje Buster Mottram in actie, Bestanddeelnr 929-8364.jpg
Country (sports)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Residence Kingston upon Thames, England
Born (1955-04-25) 25 April 1955 (age 66)
Kingston upon Thames, England
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record285–171
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 15 (7 February 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 4R (1977)
Wimbledon 4R (1982)
US Open 4R (1980)
Doubles
Career record111–118
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 164 (3 January 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon 3R (1981, 1983)
US Open 3R (1973)

Christopher "Buster" Mottram (born 25 April 1955 in Kingston upon Thames) is a former English tennis player and UK number 1 who achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 15 in February 1983.

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Mottram represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup eight times, scoring 31 wins and 10 losses. His parents, Tony Mottram and Joy Gannon, were leading British tennis players in the 1950s.

Career titles

Singles (2)

ResultNoDateTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
Win1.Apr 1975 Johannesburg, South AfricaHard Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tom Okker 6–4, 6–2
Win2.Apr 1976Palma, MajorcaClay Flag of Japan.svg Jun Kuki 7–5, 6–3, 6–3

Doubles (5)

ResultNoDateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Win1.Apr 1974Charlotte, U.S.Unknown Flag of Mexico.svg Raúl Ramírez Flag of Australia (converted).svg Owen Davidson
Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Newcombe
6–3, 1–6, 6–3
Win2.Jul 1977Kitzbühel, AustriaClay Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roger Taylor Flag of Switzerland.svg Colin Dowdeswell
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Kachel
7–6, 6–4
Win3.Oct 1977Basle, SwitzerlandCarpet Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Cox Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Feaver
Flag of Australia (converted).svg John James
7–5, 6–4, 6–3
Win4.Mar 1981Stuttgart, West GermanyCarpet Flag of the United States.svg Nick Saviano Flag of the United States.svg Craig Edwards
Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Edwards
3–6, 6–1, 6–2
Win5.Apr 1982Bournemouth, UKClay Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul McNamee Flag of France.svg Henri Leconte
Flag of Romania.svg Ilie Năstase
3–6, 7–6, 6–3

Politics

While Mottram was still playing professionally, he became known for his right-wing views. He expressed support for the National Front, supported the policies of Enoch Powell, [1] and applied unsuccessfully for the Conservative parliamentary candidacy in several constituencies. [1] He subsequently formed a songwriting partnership with the black entertainer Kenny Lynch writing the song "Average Man". [2]

In November 2008, he was expelled from the UK Independence Party (UKIP) after attempting to broker an electoral pact with the British National Party. UKIP leader Nigel Farage called Mottram's offer "astonishing", declaring the party to be non-racist. [3]

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