Beals Wright

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Beals Wright
Beals Coleman Wright.jpg
Full name Beals Coleman Wright
Country  United States
Born December 19, 1879
Boston, MA, USA
Died August 23, 1961(1961-08-23) (aged 81)
Alton, IL, USA
Plays Left-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 1956 (member page)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 2 (1905, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon F (1910)
US Open W (1905)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games Gold medal.svg Gold Medal (1904)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open W (1904, 1905, 1906)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Gold medal.svg Gold Medal (1904)
Last updated on: September 11, 2012.
Olympic medal record
Men's tennis
Gold 1904 St. Louis Singles
Gold 1904 St. Louis Doubles

Beals Coleman Wright (December 19, 1879 – August 23, 1961), was an American male tennis player.

1910 Wimbledon All Comers' Final against Tony Wilding

Biography[edit]

Beals was born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, the son of Cincinnati Red Stockings great George Wright and nephew of Cincinnati Red Stockings team founder Harry Wright. In 1890 Beals Wright travelled with his father George to California where he played at the Delmonte Tennis Championship in Monterey. George Wright managed the team the same year he coached at Harvard. Two Harvard University players participated in the DelMonte Tournament-the first time east coast players took on California tennis champions. (Source:David Sentance, SCCA Cricket historian-research in progress.)

Wright played at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics and won gold medals in both the singles and doubles competition.[2] He also won three consecutive singles titles (1904–1906) at the tournament now known as the Cincinnati Masters, and reached the doubles final (with Edgar Leonard) in 1904.

Wright won the Canadian Tennis Championship, played in Niagara-on-the-Lake, in 1902, 1903 and 1904.[3] In 1902 he won the Niagara International Tennis Tournament, also played in Niagara-on-the-Lake, by defeating Harold Hackett in the final in five sets and the default of Raymond Little in the challenge round.[4]

Wright's most important victory came in 1905 when he won the men's singles title at the U.S. National Championships by defeating reigning champion Holcombe Ward in the Challenge Round in straight sets 6–2, 6–1, 11–9.[5]

Beals was the brother of Irving Wright, the 1917 and 1918 U.S. Championship men's doubles champion. Together they won the men's doubles title at the Canadian Tennis Championship four times (1902, 1903, 1904, 1905).[3]

Beals Wright was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1956. He died in Alton, Illinois.[6]

Playing style[edit]

In their book R.F. and H.L. Doherty - On Lawn Tennis (1903) multiple Wimbledon champions Reginald and Lawrence Doherty described Wright's playing style:

On Lawn Tennis - 1903[7]

Grand Slam record[edit]

U.S. National Championships[edit]

  • Singles champion: 1905
  • Singles finalist: 1901, 1906, 1908
  • Doubles champion: 1904, 1905, 1906
  • Doubles finalist: 1901, 1908, 1918

Grand Slam singles finals[edit]

Titles (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent Score
1905 U.S. Championships United States Holcombe Ward 6–2, 6–1, 11–9

Runner-ups (3)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent Score
1901 U.S. Championships United States William Larned 2-6, 8-6, 4-6, 4-6
1906 U.S. Championships United States William Clothier 3-6, 0-6, 4-6
1908 U.S. Championships United States William Larned 1-6, 2-6, 6-8

Grand Slam doubles finals[edit]

Titles (3)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1904 U.S. Championships United States Holcombe Ward United States Kreigh Collins
United States Raymond Little
1–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
1905 U.S. Championships United States Holcombe Ward United States Fred Alexander
United States Harold Hackett
6–4, 6–4, 6–1
1906 U.S. Championships United States Holcombe Ward United States Fred Alexander
United States Harold Hackett
6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3

Runners-up (3)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1901 U.S. Championships United States Leo Ware United States Holcombe Ward
United States Dwight F. Davis
3-6, 7-9, 1-6
1908 U.S. Championships United States Raymond Little United States Fred Alexander
United States Harold Hackett
1-6, 5-7, 2-6
1918 U.S. Championships United States Fred Alexander United States Vincent Richards
United States Bill Tilden
3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 33.
  2. ^ "Beals Wright Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Wright Brothers Win at Tennis" (PDF). The New York Times. July 13, 1902. 
  4. ^ Ohnsorg, Roger W. Robert Lindley Murray: The Reluctant U.S. Tennis Champion. Victoria, BC: Trafford On Demand Pub. p. 339. ISBN 978-1-4269-4514-4. 
  5. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 456. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Famers - Beals Wright". 1 International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ Doherty, R.F. (1903). R.F. and H.L. Doherty on Lawn Tennis (1st ed.). London: Lawn Tennis. p. 63. 

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