|Full name||Gardnar Putnam Mulloy|
November 22, 1913 |
Washington, D.C., United States
|Turned pro||1934 (amateur tour)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|College||University of Miami|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1972 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 6 (1947, Harry Hopman)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1947)|
|French Open||QF (1952, 1953, 1954)|
|US Open||F (1952)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||F (1951, 1952)|
|US Open||W (1942, 1945, 1946, 1950)|
|Davis Cup||W (1946, 1948, 1949)|
Gardnar Putnam "Gar" Mulloy (born November 22, 1913) is a former U.S. No. 1 tennis player primarily known for playing in doubles matches with partner Billy Talbert. He was born in Washington, D.C. and turned 100 in November 2013.
When he was the Tennis Coach of the University of Miami, he recruited Pancho Segura for the tennis team. Pancho won three straight NCAA Singles Titles in 1943, 1944, and 1945, a college record now matched by Steve Johnson, who won in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Pancho went on to enjoy a very successful professional tennis career, competing against the top touring professional players from 1947 until retiring in 1962.
Gardnar Mulloy was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1967 as part of its inaugural class of inductees.
Mulloy reached the US Championships men's singles final in 1952, losing to Frank Sedgman. He reached the U.S. No. 1 ranking the same year and was ranked World No. 6 by Harry Hopman in 1947 and World No. 7 by American Lawn Tennis Magazine in 1949.
The pair of Mulloy and Talbert won the U.S. men's doubles title in 1942, 1945, 1946, and 1948. He also won the Wimbledon doubles with Budge Patty in 1957, at age 43.
Mulloy was a Davis Cup team member in 1946, 1948–50, 1952–53 and 1957, winning the Cup on three occasions against Australia. His Davis Cup record stands at 11 wins and 3 losses. Mulloy, who served as the commanding officer of LST 32 during World War II in the Mediterranean Theater, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1972.
A 1936 graduate of the University of Miami, and Tennis Coach at the school. He also is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He recruited to Miami and played doubles with George Toley, who went on to win 10 NCAA Team Titles at University of Southern California. Probably Mulloy's greatest contribution to tennis was advancing the popularity of Senior Tennis. He played the senior circuit around the world into his 90s, and contributed the Mulloy Cup for international competition between men tennis players 80 years of age and over. He has won over 127 National Championships and 25 International Titles over his 75 years of playing competitive tennis.
Grand Slam finals
Singles (1 runner-up)
|Outcome||Year||Tournament||Opponent in final||Score in final|
|Runner-up||1952||US National Championships||Frank Sedgman||1–6, 2–6, 3–6|
Doubles (5 titles, 9 runner-ups)
Mixed doubles (1 runner-up)
|Outcome||Year||Tournament||Partner||Opponents in final||Score in final|
|Runner-up||1956||Wimbledon||Althea Gibson|| Shirley Fry
|6–2, 2–6, 5–7|
Mulloy wrote an autobiography, The Will To Win, that was published in 1960. As of 2006, Mulloy was still participating in and winning senior matches. He currently lives on Fisher Island. In 2009, Mulloy came out with an update to his autobiography, titled As It Was, with an introduction by Billie Jean King. According to the book, Mulloy is enshrined in a record eight Halls of Fame.
- "World's Best 10 in Tennis", The Courier-Mail, February 3, 1947.
- "Ex-champ Gardnar Mulloy becomes first Hall of Famer to turn 100". Fox Sports. 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- "Gardnar Mulloy Tentatively Ranked No. 1 in Net World", The Palm Beach Post, December 14, 1952.
- "Richard Gonzalez World's No. 1: Amateur Lawn Tennis Rankings", The Sunday Indian Express, November 18, 1949.
- "Davis Cup Player Profile". ITF. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
- Howard, Chris (December 31, 2009), "Gardnar Mulloy's new book a good read", the Daily Courier, retrieved February 11, 2011
- Mulloy 2009
- Amdur, Neil (June 19, 2010), "He Forgot to Leave Tickets for the Queen", New York Times, retrieved February 11, 2011
- Mulloy, Gardnar. The Will To Win. An insider view of the world of tennis. New York: A. S. Barnes and Company, Inc., 1960.
- Mulloy, Gardnar. Advantage Striker. London: Allan Wingate, 1959.
- Mulloy, Gardnar P. As It Was. Flexigroup, 2009. ISBN 0-615-32745-1. A print-on-demand paperback book.
- Toley, George "The Golden Age of College Tennis" 2009
- Gardnar Mulloy at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
- ATP Player Profile
- Davis Cup Player Profile
- Boston Globe article, Aug 31, 2003