Howard Kinsey

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Howard Kinsey
Full name Howard Oreon Kinsey
Country  United States
Born (1899-12-03)December 3, 1899
St. Louis, MO, USA
Died July 26, 1966(1966-07-26) (aged 66)
San Francisco, CA, USA
Turned pro 1927 (amateur tour from 1920)
Retired 1931
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 7 (1924, A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open QF (1926)
Wimbledon F (1926)
US Open QF (1924, 1925)
Professional majors
US Pro F (1927)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open W (1924)
Wimbledon F (1926)
US Open W (1926)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1926)

Howard Oreon Kinsey (December 3, 1899 in St. Louis, Missouri – July 26, 1966 in San Francisco, California) was an American tennis player in the 1920s. He was originally from California.[2]

Playing record[edit]

His most significant championships were the 1926 French National men's doubles championship, where he and Vincent Richards beat Henri Cochet and Jacques Brugnon (a pairing who went on to win three other French National doubles titles) in the final, and the 1924 U.S. National men's doubles championship with his brother, Robert Kinsey. Bill Tilden wrote of the pair that he had "seldom seen a team work together more smoothly than the Kinseys."[3] In 1926, he reached the Wimbledon final losing to Jean Borotra.[4]

Kinsey was ranked World No. 7 in 1924 by A. Wallis Myers in his amateur rankings for The Daily Telegraph.[1] As a pro, American Lawn Tennis Magazine ranked Kinsey as World No. 6 in 1930.[5]

Later in 1926, he went on to be one of the first players signed up by the promoter Charles C. Pyle to play in his professional tennis league. After a split with Pyle, he joined Richards in forming an association of professional tennis players.[6]

In 1936, he and Helen Wills Moody volleyed a tennis ball back and forth 2,001 times without missing. The feat took them 1 hour and 18 minutes. They only broke off the exchange so that Kinsey could go teach a lesson that he had scheduled.

Kinsey is a member of the USTA Northern California Hall of Fame.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 424.
  2. ^ "HOWARD KINSEY, 66, A TENNIS CHAMPION". New York Times. July 28, 1966. Retrieved July 11, 2008. 
  3. ^ Tillden, William T. (1922). The Art of Lawn Tennis. Kessinger Publishing. p. 151. ISBN 978-1161456775 Check |isbn= value (help). 
  4. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 399, 418, 458, 477. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  5. ^ K. De Lang, ed. (January 14, 1930). "Lawntennis" (PDF). Het Vaderland (in Dutch) (Beetsterzwaag, Netherlands: C.M. Schilt) 61: 15. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 33. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  7. ^ "USTA Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame". USTA. 

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