Clarence Hobart

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Clarence Hobart
Clarence Hobart.jpg
Country  United States
Born (1870-06-27)June 27, 1870
Waltham, MA, USA
Died August 2, 1930(1930-08-02) (aged 60)
Asheville, NC, USA
Turned pro 1888 (amateur tour)
Retired 1919
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 6 (1899, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon SF (1898)
US Open F (1891Ch, 1905)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1898, 1899)
US Open W (1890, 1893, 1894)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open W (1892, 1893, 1905)

Clarence Hobart (June 27, 1870 – August 2, 1930) was a tennis player from the United States. He was a six-time champion at the U.S. National Championships, winning three titles in men's doubles in 1890, 1893 and 1894 and three others in mixed doubles in 1892, 1893 and 1905.[2][3] Hobart also reached the Challenge Round in the Gentlemen's Singles in 1891, finishing runner-up.

In 1905 he won the mixed doubles title at the U.S. National Championship with Augusta Schultz whom he married in 1895.[4]

In 1899 he won the Championship of Germany, played in Homburg, by defeating A.W. Gore in the final in three straight sets and subsequently winning against Irishman Harold Mahoney in the challenge round in five sets.[5] At the same venue he reached the final of the Homburg Cup but lost in five sets to Wimbledon champion Reggie Doherty after leading 2–0 in sets.[6] During a 1903 tour in Europe he reached the finals of the Kent Championships and the Ostend International tournament in Belgium but was defeated by A.W. Gore and Paul de Borman respectively.

In 1907 Hobart competed in the Longwood tournament, at the time the most important tournament in the U.S. next to the national championship, and won the All-Comers tournament. This entitled him to play for the tournament title in the Challenge Round against Larned, the winner of the previous title, but he refused to play explaining "For many years I have opposed the practice of permitting the holders to stand out in our tournaments,... on the obvious ground that it is unjust to pit a tired man against a fresh one, and equally unjust to give the holder only one chance for defeat while the challenger must necessarily have several.". His refusal contributed to the abandonment in 1912 of the Challenge Round system at the U.S. National Championships.[7]

Clarence Hobart died on August 2, 1930 as a result of an accident at a swimming pool in Asheville, NC.[7]

Grand Slam record[edit]

U.S. National championships[edit]

  • Singles finalist: 1891Ch, 1905
  • Doubles champion: 1890, 1893, 1894
  • Doubles finalist: 1888, 1891, 1895
  • Mixed doubles champion: 1892, 1893, 1905

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Runner-ups (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent Score
1891 U.S. National Championships United States Oliver Campbell 6–2, 5–7, 9–7, 1–6, 2–6

Doubles[edit]

Titles (3)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1890 U.S. National Championships United States Valentine Hall United States Charles Carver
United States John Ryerson
6–3, 4–6, 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
1893 U.S. National Championships United States Fred Hovey United States Oliver Campbell
United States Robert Huntington
6–3, 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
1894 U.S. National Championships United States Fred Hovey United States Carr Neel
United States Sam Neel
6–3, 8–6, 6–1

Runner-ups (5)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1888 U.S. National Championships United States Edward MacMullen United States Oliver Campbell
United States Valentine Hall
4–6, 2–6, 2–6
1891 U.S. National Championships United States Valentine Hall United States Oliver Campbell
United States Robert Huntington
3–6, 4–6, 6–8
1895 U.S. National Championships United States Fred Hovey United States Malcolm Chace
United States Robert Wrenn
5–7, 1–6, 6–8
1898 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Harold Nisbet United Kingdom Reginald Doherty
United Kingdom Lawrence Doherty
4–6, 4–6, 2–6
1899 Wimbledon Championships United Kingdom Harold Nisbet United Kingdom Reginald Doherty
United Kingdom Lawrence Doherty
5–7, 0–6, 2–6

Mixed doubles[edit]

Titles (3)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1892 U.S. National Championships United Kingdom Mabel Cahill United States Elisabeth Moore
United States Rodmond Beach
6–1, 6–3
1893 U.S. National Championships United States Ellen Roosevelt United States Ethel Bankston
United States Robert Willson
6–4, 4–6, 10–6
1905 U.S. National Championships United States Augusta Schultz United States Elisabeth Moore
Australia Edward Dewhurst
6–2, 6–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 27.
  2. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 455, 476, 481. ISBN 978-0-942257-70-0. 
  3. ^ "Hobart and Hovey Champions" (PDF). The New York Times. July 30, 18. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Weddings Past and to Come". New York Tribune. December 20, 1895. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Championship of Germany.". Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907) (NSW: National Library of Australia). October 14, 1899. p. 55. 
  6. ^ "Lawn-tennis" (PDF). Algemeen Handelsblad. August 22, 1899. p. 2. 
  7. ^ a b Gillmeister, Heiner (1998). Tennis : A Cultural History. Washington Square, N.Y.: New York University Press. p. 277. ISBN 978-0-8147-3121-5. 

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