Oliver Campbell

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Oliver Campbell
Oliver S Campbell.jpg
Full name Oliver Edward Michael Campbell
Country  United States
Born (1871-02-25)February 25, 1871
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Died July 11, 1953(1953-07-11) (aged 82)
Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada
Turned pro 1886 (amateur tour)
Retired 1892
Int. Tennis HOF 1955 (member page)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 8 (1890, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 2R (1892)
US Open W (1890, 1891, 1892)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon SF (1892)
US Open W (1888, 1891, 1892)
Last updated on: October 9, 2012.

Oliver Edward Michael Campbell (February 25, 1871, Brooklyn, New York – July 11, 1953, Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada) was a former American male tennis player.

Career[edit]

For over a century, Campbell had the honour of being the youngest male player to win the U.S. singles title. He did it as a 19 year, 6 months and 9 days old student in 1890. That record went to fellow American Pete Sampras, 19 years and 28 days, when he won the title in 1990.[2]

Campbell defended his title in the challenge round matches in 1891, defeating Clarence Hobart, and in 1892, defeating Fred Hovey, but did not defend it in 1893 and thereby defaulted the title to Robert Wrenn. The challenge round against Clarence Hobart was the first title match played over five sets.[3][4]

In addition to his singles titles Campbell won the men's doubles titles at the U.S. National Championships in 1888, 1891 and 1892.[5]

Campbell was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1955.

Grand Slam record[edit]

U.S. Championships[edit]

  • Singles champion: 1890, 1891, 1892
  • Men's Doubles champion: 1888, 1891, 1892
  • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1889, 1893

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Titles (3)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent Score in Final
1890 U.S. Championships United States Henry Slocum 6–2, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1
1891 U.S. Championships (2) United States Clarence Hobart 2–6, 7–5, 7–9, 6–1, 6–2
1892 U.S. Championships (3) United States Fred Hovey 7–5, 3–6, 6–3, 7–5

Doubles[edit]

Titles (2)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1888 U.S. Championships United States Valentine Hall United States Clarence Hobart
United States Edward MacMullen
6–4, 6–2, 6–4
1891 U.S. Championships United States Bob Huntington United States Valentine Hall
United States Clarence Hobart
6–3, 6–4, 8–6
1892 U.S. Championships United States Bob Huntington United States Edward L. Hall
United States Valentine Hall
6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 18.
  2. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 488. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  3. ^ "In The Tennis Court" (PDF). The New York Times. August 27, 1891. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 455. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  5. ^ "Campbell and Huntington" (PDF). The New York Times. August 25, 1892. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 

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