Frederick Beasley Alexander playing a low forehand volley
|Full name||Frederick Beasley Alexander|
August 14, 1880|
Sea Bright NJ, USA
|Died||March 3, 1969
Beverly Hills, CA, USA
|Turned pro||1899 (amateur tour)|
|Plays||Right-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1991 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 7 (1909, Karoly Mazak)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1908)|
|US Open||F (1908)|
|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)|
|Davis Cup||F (1908Ch)|
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. 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.
In 1915 he authored How to Play Lawn Tennis, part of the Spalding's athletic library series.
U.S. Indoor Championships
- Men's Doubles champion: 1906, 1907, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1917
Grand Slam singles finals
|1908||Australasian Championships||Alfred Dunlop||3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3|
Grand Slam doubles finals
|1907||US Championships||Harold Hackett|| Nat Thornton
Bryan M. Grant
|6-2, 6-1, 6-1|
|1908||Australasian Championships||Alfred Dunlop|| G. G. Sharp
|6-3, 6-2, 6-1|
|1908||US Championships||Harold Hackett|| Raymond Little
|6-1, 7-5, 6-2|
|1909||US Championships||Harold Hackett|| George Janes
|6-4, 6-4, 6-0|
|1910||US Championships||Harold Hackett|| Tom Bundy
|6-1, 8-6, 6-3|
|1917||US Championships||Harold Throckmorton|| Harry Johnson
|11-9, 6-4, 6-4|
|1900||US Championships||Raymond Little|| Dwight Davis
|4-6, 7-9, 10-12|
|1905||US Championships||Harold Hackett|| Holcombe Ward
|4-6, 4-6, 1-6|
|1906||US Championships||Harold Hackett|| Holcombe Ward
|3-6, 6-3, 3-, 3-6|
|1911||US Championships||Harold Hackett|| Raymond Little
|5-7, 15-13, 2-6, 4-6|
|1918||US Championships||Beals Wright|| Vincent Richards
|3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6|
- Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 37.
- "Davis Cup - Player Profile Fred Alexander". ITF. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
- "How to play lawn tennis". Open Library.
- "Hall of Famers - Fred Alexander". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 April 2012.