Francis Hunter

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Frank Hunter
Bundesarchiv Bild 102-08103, Berlin, Davis-Pokal.jpg
Francis Hunter (left) with Daniel Prenn, 1929.
Full name Francis Townsend Hunter
Country  United States
Born (1894-06-28)June 28, 1894
New York, NY, USA
Died December 2, 1981(1981-12-02) (aged 87)
Palm Beach, FL, USA
Turned pro 1931 (amateur tour from 1915)
Retired 1944
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 1961 (member page)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 4 (1929, A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open QF (1929)
Wimbledon F (1923)
US Open F (1928, 1929)
Professional majors
US Pro F (1933)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1924, 1927)
US Open W (1927)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open F (1928, 1929)
Wimbledon W (1927, 1929)
Olympic medal record
Men's tennis
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1924 Paris Doubles

Francis "Frank" Townsend Hunter (June 28, 1894 – December 2, 1981) was a male tennis player from the United States of America. He is best remembered for his gold medal at the Paris Olympics, 1924, in the men's doubles event partnering Vincent Richards. He was ranked World No. 4 in 1929 by A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and World No. 5 in another Myers list in September the same year.[1][2]

Hunter graduated from Cornell University in 1916, where he was also a member of the Quill and Dagger society.

Hunter reached the singles final of the 1923 Wimbledon Championships but was defeated by Bill Johnston in straight sets and managed to win only four games, 0–6, 3–6, 1–6.

He turned professional in mid January 1931 joining Bill Tilden.[3]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (0 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Opponents Score
Runner-up 1923 Wimbledon United States Bill Johnston 0–6, 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 1928 U.S. Championships France Henri Cochet 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 1929 U.S. Championships United States Bill Tilden 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 2–6, 4–6

Doubles: 3 (3 titles, 0 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1924 Wimbledon United States Vincent Richards United States Watson Washburn
United States Richard Norris Williams
6−3, 3−6, 8−10, 8−6, 6−3
Winner 1927 Wimbledon United States Bill Tilden France Jacques Brugnon
France Henri Cochet
1–6, 4–6, 8–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 1927 U.S. Championships United States Bill Tilden United States Richard Norris Williams
United States Bill Johnston
10–8, 6–3, 6–3

Mixed doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1927 Wimbledon United States Elizabeth Ryan United Kingdom Kathleen McKane
United Kingdom Leslie Godfree
8–6, 6–0
Runner-up 1928 French Championships United States Helen Wills United Kingdom Eileen Bennett
France Henri Cochet
6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1929 French Championships United States Helen Wills United Kingdom Eileen Bennett
France Henri Cochet
3–6, 2–6
Winner 1929 Wimbledon United States Helen Wills Moody United Kingdom Joan Fry
United Kingdom Ian Collins
6–1, 6–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Béla Kehrling, ed. (October 10, 1929). "Wallis Meyers a világ legjobb tenniszezőiröl" [Wallis Myers about the best players in the world] (pdf). Tennisz és Golf (in Hungarian) (Budapest, Hungary: Bethlen Gábor irod. és Nyomdai Rt.) I (11): 262–263. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tilden Ranks Fourth in London Telegraph Rankings", The Toledo News-Bee, September 19, 1929.
  3. ^ "History of the Pro Tennis Wars, Chapter 3: Tilden’s Year of Triumph: 1931". Tennis Server. 3 March 2002. 

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