Brian Ivan Cobb Norton (10 October 1899 – 16 July 1956), nicknamed "Babe", was a South African male tennis player.
He was born in Cape Province, South Africa, and died in Santa Clara, California, United States.
At Wimbledon 1921, Norton beat Frank Hunter and Manuel Alonso Areizaga, before having two championship points in the Challenge Round against Bill Tilden but losing in five sets.
Norton is one of only two men to hold championship point in a Grand Slam mens singles final and yet not win a title (the other was Guillermo Coria at the 2004 French Open).
Norton won the 1923 U.S.
National Championships doubles, alongside Tilden.
In the singles that year, Norton beat R.
Norris Williams in a five set quarter final before losing to Tilden in the semi finals.After Norton, the next South African citizen to reach the gentlemen's singles final at Wimbledon would be Kevin Anderson 97 years later in 2018.
Although another South African-born tennis player, Kevin Curren, had also reached the Wimbledon final in 1985 against Boris Becker (Germany), Curren played as a US (American) citizen.
He competed in the singles and doubles events at the 1920 Summer Olympics.
Norton was ranked World No.
7 by A.
Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph in 1921 and 1922.In 1921 he won the singles title at the South of England Championships after a five-set victory in the final against Mohammed Sleem.