Fred Alexander

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Fred Alexander
Frederick Beasley Alexander.jpg
Frederick Beasley Alexander playing a low forehand volley
Full name Frederick Beasley Alexander
Country  United States
Born (1880-08-14)August 14, 1880
Sea Bright NJ, USA
Died March 3, 1969(1969-03-03) (aged 88)
Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Turned pro 1899 (amateur tour)
Retired 1920
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
College Princeton University
Int. Tennis HOF 1991 (member page)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 7 (1909, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1908)
US Open F (1908)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1908)
US Open W (1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1917)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open F (1918)
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (1908Ch)

Frederick Beasley Alexander (Sea Bright, New Jersey, August 14, 1880 – March 3, 1969 in Beverly Hills, California) was an American tennis player in the early 20th century.

Career[edit]

The right-handed Alexander in 1908 became the first foreigner to win the singles title at the Australasian/Australian Championships, the amateur precursor to the Australian Open. He then teamed with the man he defeated in the final, Alfred Dunlop, to win the doubles.

Alexander attended Princeton University and won the Intercollegiate doubles championship in 1900 and the singles in 1901. Between 1904 and 1918, he was a U.S. top ten player at year's end six times and was ranked the U.S. No. 3 in 1908 and the World No. 7 for 1909 by Karoly Mazak.[1] He was a finalist in doubles at the U.S. Championships, precursor to the US Open, seven straight times beginning in 1905. He and partner Harold Hackett won the U.S. doubles each year from 1907 to 1910. At age 37, Alexander won again in 1917, partnering with Harold Throckmorton.

He competed in the USA Davis Cup team in 1908 which lost the final against Australia at the Albert Ground, Melbourne. Alexander lost both his singles matches against Norman Brookes and Tony Wilding as well as the doubles match against these two together with his partner Beals Wright.[2]

In 1915 he authored How to Play Lawn Tennis, part of the Spalding's athletic library series.[3]

Alexander was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1961.[4]

U.S. Indoor Championships[edit]

  • Men's Doubles champion: 1906, 1907, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1917

Grand Slam singles finals[edit]

Titles (1)[edit]

Year Tournament Opponent Score
1908 Australasian Championships New Zealand Alfred Dunlop 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3

Grand Slam doubles finals[edit]

Titles (6)[edit]

Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
1907 US Championships United States Harold Hackett United States Nat Thornton
United States Bryan M. Grant
6-2, 6-1, 6-1
1908 Australasian Championships New Zealand Alfred Dunlop New Zealand G. G. Sharp
New Zealand Anthony Wilding
6-3, 6-2, 6-1
1908 US Championships United States Harold Hackett United States Raymond Little
United States Beals Wright
6-1, 7-5, 6-2
1909 US Championships United States Harold Hackett United States George Janes
United States Maurice McLoughlin
6-4, 6-4, 6-0
1910 US Championships United States Harold Hackett United States Tom Bundy
United States Trowridge Hendrick
6-1, 8-6, 6-3
1917 US Championships United States Harold Throckmorton United States Harry Johnson
United States Irving Wright
11-9, 6-4, 6-4

Runner-ups (5)[edit]

Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
1900 US Championships United States Raymond Little United States Dwight Davis
United States Holcombe Ward
4-6, 7-9, 10-12
1905 US Championships United States Harold Hackett United States Holcombe Ward
United States Beals Wright
4-6, 4-6, 1-6
1906 US Championships United States Harold Hackett United States Holcombe Ward
United States Beals Wright
3-6, 6-3, 3-, 3-6
1911 US Championships United States Harold Hackett United States Raymond Little
United States Gustav Touchard
5-7, 15-13, 2-6, 4-6
1918 US Championships United States Beals Wright United States Vincent Richards
United States Bill Tilden
3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 37.
  2. ^ "Davis Cup - Player Profile Fred Alexander". ITF. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "How to play lawn tennis". Open Library. 
  4. ^ "Hall of Famers - Fred Alexander". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 April 2012.