Henry Slocum (tennis)

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Henry Slocum
Henry Slocum.jpg
Full name Henry Warner Slocum, Jr.
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1862-05-28)May 28, 1862
Syracuse, New York, United States
Died January 22, 1949(1949-01-22) (aged 86)
Manhattan, New York City, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Turned pro 1884 (amateur tour)
Retired 1913
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF 1955 (member page)
Singles
Career record 112-57 (66.2%) [1]
Career titles 9 [2]
Highest ranking No. 8 (1888, Karoly Mazak)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open W (1888, 1889)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open W (1889)

Henry Warner Slocum, Jr. (May 28, 1862 – January 22, 1949) was an American male tennis player who was active in the late 19th century.[4]

Biography

He was born on May 28, 1862 in Syracuse, New York to Henry Warner Slocum.[4]

Slocum graduated from Yale University in 1883 and started playing tennis in 1884 although he entered few prominent tournaments until the spring of 1886.[5] Slocum won the 1888 Men's Singles title at the U.S. National Championships' in Newport against defending champion and compatriot Howard Taylor in straight sets. The next year he successfully defended his title in the Challenge Round with a victory over Quincy Shaw.[6]

He was president of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association (USNLTA) in 1892 and 1893.[4]

He died on January 22, 1949 at Saint Lukes Hospital in Manhattan, New York City.[4]

Legacy

Slocum was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1955. In 1890 he published a book titled Lawn Tennis In Our Own Country.

Grand Slam finals

Singles (2 titles, 2 runners-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1887 U.S. Championships Grass United States Richard Sears 1–6, 3–6, 2–6
Win 1888 U.S. Championships Grass United States Howard Taylor 6–4, 6–1, 6–0
Win 1889 U.S. Championships Grass United States Quincy Shaw 6–3, 6–1, 4–6, 6–2
Loss 1890 U.S. Championships Grass United States Oliver Campbell 2–6, 6–4, 3–6, 1–6

Doubles (1 title, 2 runners-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1885 U.S. Championships Grass United States Percy Knapp United States Joseph Clark
United States Richard Sears
3–6, 0–6, 2–6
Loss 1887 U.S. Championships Grass United States Howard Taylor United States James Dwight
United States Richard Sears
4–6, 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 3–6
Win 1889 U.S. Championships Grass United States Howard Taylor United States Valentine Hall
United States Oliver Campbell
14–12, 10–8, 6–4

References

  1. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Henry Slocum: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  2. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Henry Slocum: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  3. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 17.
  4. ^ a b c d "H. W. Slocum Dies. Once Tennis Star. National Lawn Champion In '88 And '89 Was Twice Head Of Governing Association". New York Times. January 23, 1949.
  5. ^ Hall, Valentine G. (1889). Lawn tennis in America. New York: D. W. Granbery & Co. pp. 1, 2. OCLC 15175498.
  6. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 454. ISBN 978-0942257700.

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