Irving Wright

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Irving Wright
Full name Irving Christian Wright
Country (sports)  USA
Born (1882-05-13)May 13, 1882
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died 23 June 1953 (aged 71)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open QF (1915, 1920)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open F (1917)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open W (1917, 1918)

Irving Christian Wright (1882-1953) was an American male tennis player who was active in the early 20th century.


In 1907 Irving won the Long Island Lawn Tennis Championship.[2] In 1917 he won the U.S. National Championship mixed doubles championship with Norwegian Molla Bjurstedt by defeating Bill Tilden and Florence Ballin in three sets. The next year he successfully defended the title, this time partnering Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, winning against Molla Bjurstedt and Fred Alexander in straight sets.[3]

In 1917 he also reached the final of the U.S. National Championship men's doubles competition with Harry Johnson but lost in straight sets to Fred Alexander and Harold Throckmorton.

Irving was the son of George Wright, an American baseball pioneer and one of the founders of the Wright & Ditson sporting goods firm and the brother of U.S. Championship winner and Olympic gold medalist Beals Wright. Together they won the men's doubles title at the Canadian Tennis Championship four times (1902, 1903, 1904, 1905).[4] Irving Wright was president of Longwood Cricket Club and vice president of A. G. Spalding.[1]

Grand Slam finals

Doubles (1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1917 U.S. Championships Grass United States Harry Johnson United States Fred Alexander
United States Harold Throckmorton
9–11, 4–6, 4–6

Mixed doubles (2 titles)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1917 U.S. Championships Grass Norway Molla Bjurstedt United States Florence Ballin
United States Bill Tilden
10–12, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 1918 U.S. Championships Grass United States Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman Norway Molla Bjurstedt
United States Fred Alexander
6–2, 6–4


  1. ^ a b "The Tampa Tribune, June 24 1953, Page 22". 
  2. ^ "Tennis Title Goes to Boston Player" (PDF). The New York Times. May 26, 1907. 
  3. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 481. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  4. ^ "Wright Brothers Win at Tennis" (PDF). The New York Times. July 13, 1902. 

External links

  • TennisArchives Profile
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