Harold Hackett

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Harold Hackett
Full name Harold Humphrey Hackett
Country  United States
Born July 12, 1878
Hingham, MA, USA
Died November 20, 1937(1937-11-20) (aged 59)
New York, NY, USA
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 1961 (member page)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 7 (1906 U.S. ranking)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open QF (1906)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open W (1907, 1908, 1909, 1910)

Harold Humphrey Hackett (July 12, 1878 – November 20, 1937) was an American tennis player.

Biography[edit]

Born in Hingham, Massachusetts, but a long-time resident of New York, Hackett turned in his best results in doubles with Fred Alexander. Beginning in 1905, they were finalists at the U.S. National Championships a record seven consecutive years, winning in 1907, 1908, 1909, and 1910.[2][3]

A graduate of Yale University, Hackett and Princeton University graduate Alexander won the U.S. Indoor doubles three times (1906–08), and he teamed with Walter Hall to win the U.S. Clay Court doubles title in 1912.

The following year, 1913, he was player-captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team that beat the United Kingdom in the final to win the Cup.

Hackett was ranked in the U.S. Top 10 twice: No. 9 in 1902 and at No. 7 in 1906 (when he was a U.S. quarter-finalist).[1] He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1961.[4]

Hackett was a member of the Tennis Players' Committee who in 1915 advocated moving the National Tennis Championships from Newport, MA to Forrest Hills, NY.[5]

Grand Slam doubles finals[edit]

Titles (4)[edit]

Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
1907 US Championships United States Fred Alexander United States Nat Thornton
United States Bryan M. Grant
6-2, 6-1, 6-1
1908 US Championships United States Fred Alexander United States Raymond Little
United States Beals Wright
6-1, 7-5, 6-2
1909 US Championships United States Fred Alexander United States George Janes
United States Maurice McLoughlin
6-4, 6-4, 6-0
1910 US Championships United States Fred Alexander United States Tom Bundy
United States Trowbridge Hendrick
6-1, 8-6, 6-3

Runner-ups (3)[edit]

Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
1905 US Championships United States Fred Alexander United States Holcombe Ward
United States Beals Wright
4-6, 4-6, 1-6
1906 US Championships United States Fred Alexander United States Holcombe Ward
United States Beals Wright
3-6, 6-3, 3-, 3-6
1911 US Championships United States Fred Alexander United States Raymond Little
United States Gustav Touchard
5-7, 15-13, 2-6, 4-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 409.
  2. ^ "Old Doubles Team Wins Championships". The New York Times. August 20, 1909. pp. PDF. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hold Tennis Title in Doubles Play" (PDF). The New York Times. August 18, 1910. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tennis Hall of Fame - Harold Hackett". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Newport May Lose Tennis Tourney" (PDF). The New York Times. January 17, 1915. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 

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