Holcombe Ward

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Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward. Champion (with Davis) in doubles in 1899-1900 Book of Sport cropped.jpg
Country  United States
Born (1878-11-23)November 23, 1878
New York, NY, USA
Died January 23, 1967(1967-01-23) (aged 88)
Red Bank, NJ, USA
Turned pro 1895 (amateur tour)
Retired 1905 (brief comeback in 1917)
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 1956 (member page)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 4 (1904, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 1R (1905)
US Open W (1904)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1901)
US Open W (1899, 1900, 1901, 1904, 1905, 1906)

Holcombe Ward (b. New York, New York, November 23, 1878 – Red Bank, New Jersey, January 23, 1967) was an American male tennis player.

Biography[edit]

Ward is best remembered for winning the men's singles title at the US National Championships in 1904 after defeating William Clothier in straight sets in the all-comer's final.[2]

In 1905 Ward won the London Grass Court Championships, now known as Queen's Club Championships, after a walkover in the final against compatriot Beals Wright.[3]

Ward was a member of the USA Davis Cup Team in 1900, 1902, 1905 and 1906. In 1900 and 1902 he played the doubles match in the challenge round which the US team won against the British Isles. In total Ward played 14 Davis Cup matches in seven ties and compiled a 7–7 win-loss record.[4]

After his active career Ward became President of the USLTA (U.S. Lawn Tennis Association) from 1937 to 1947.[5]

Grand Slam record[edit]

Wimbledon Championships[edit]

  • Doubles champion: -
    • Doubles finalist: 1901

US Championships[edit]

  • Singles champion: 1904
    • Singles finalist: 1905
  • Doubles champion: 1899, 1900, 1901, 1904, 1905, 1906
    • Doubles finalist: 1898, 1902

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1904 U.S. Championships United States William Clothier 10–8, 6–4, 9–7
Runner-up 1905 U.S. Championships United States Beals Wright 2–6, 1–6, 9–11

Doubles: 9 (6 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Runner-up 1898 U.S. Championships United States Dwight F. Davis United States Leo Ware
United States George Sheldon
6–1, 5–7, 4–6, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 1899 U.S. Championships United States Dwight F. Davis United States Leo Ware
United States George Sheldon
6–4, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 1900 U.S. Championships United States Dwight F. Davis United States Fred Alexander
United States Harold Hackett
6–3, 9–7, 6–1
Runner-up 1901 Wimbledon Championships United States Dwight F. Davis United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Lawrence Doherty
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Reginald Doherty
6–4, 2–6, 3–6, 7–9
Winner 1901 U.S. Championships United States Dwight F. Davis United States Leo Ware
United States Beals Wright
6–3, 9–7, 6–1
Runner-up 1902 U.S. Championships United States Dwight F. Davis United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Reginald Doherty
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Lawrence Doherty
9–11, 10–12, 4–6
Winner 1904 U.S. Championships United States Beals Wright United States Kreigh Collins
United States Raymond Little
1–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 1905 U.S. Championships United States Beals Wright United States Fred Alexander
United States Harold Hackett
6–4, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 1906 U.S. Championships United States Beals Wright United States Fred Alexander
United States Harold Hackett
6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 32.
  2. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 456. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  3. ^ McKelvie, Roy (1986). The Queen's Club Story, 1886-1986. London: Stanley Paul. p. 32. ISBN 0091660602. 
  4. ^ "Davis Cup - Profile Holcombe Ward". ITF. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers - Profile Holcombe Ward". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 18, 2012.