20 Facts About Oliver Golding


Oliver Golding was born on 29 September 1993 and is a former British professional tennis player and former child actor.

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Oliver Golding is a Youth Olympic Games gold medallist, having won gold in the boys' doubles event in tennis at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics with Czech partner Jiri Vesely, with whom he reached the final in the boys' doubles at the 2010 US Open.

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In 2004, Oliver Golding began playing tennis for the Esporta Riverside Club, Chiswick, and later that year went to Wimbledon, under the Lawn Tennis Association's "Ariel Champions of the Future" scheme, to meet former professionals Martina Navratilova and Todd Woodbridge.

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On 27 November 2005, in the first ever Aberdeen Cup tennis match, Oliver Golding was selected to represent England in one of the junior matches, beating Scotland's Scott Lister 11 games to 4 in their "tie-break" style rubber, to square the match however, Jamie Murray and Elena Baltacha won their subsequent doubles game, to secure a Scottish victory.

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Oliver Golding was the recipient of a £2,000 grant from "Tennis First", a charity set up to help young players fulfil their potential, and tennis kit from the manufacturers Fred Perry.

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Oliver Golding won his first ITF tournament in July 2008 at the Grade 5 Scottish International ITF doubles competition, partnering Nick Jones.

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At the Youth Olympics Oliver Golding beat world No 1 and Junior Wimbledon champion Marton Fucsovics in round 1 of the singles, and won gold in the boys' doubles with Czech partner Jiri Vesely.

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In September 2011, Oliver Golding won the US Open boys' singles, reaching as high as No 2 in the junior combined rankings as a result.

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Oliver Golding was given a wildcard to play at the Aegon Championships in London but lost in the first round to 2007 finalist Nicolas Mahut in his first non-junior event.

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At the French Open Oliver Golding was a Boys' Singles quarterfinalist.

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Oliver Golding finished the 2011 season with an ITF Junior Boys' Rankings world ranking of 3; his highest season ranking was 2.

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Oliver Golding made his ATP Tour debut at the 2012 Aegon Championships and his grand slam debut at Wimbledon, losing both matches.

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Oliver Golding stated that he felt he would have to relocate to France to continue in top-class tennis, because of a shortage of high quality training locations in the UK.

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Oliver Golding followed this by reaching the final of his next futures event in Nottingham.

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Oliver Golding admitted to being approached by Alexandros Jakupovic to throw a match.

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Oliver Golding was educated at Newland House School, an independent school in Twickenham in south west London.

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Oliver Golding attended Ganeass Educational Support Services from 2003 to 2010.

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In 2003 Oliver Golding portrayed Jeremy Potts in another stage show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in London's West End.

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In March 2004, Oliver Golding made an appearance as a young customer in "Elephants and Hens", episode 2 of the third season of Black Books, the television comedy series about a dysfunctional bookshop owner, played by Dylan Moran.

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In June 2008, Oliver Golding appeared in the BBC Three TV documentary Child Stars, featuring three promising youngsters with outstanding talent and ambition.

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