Harold Mahony

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Harold Mahony
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Full name Harold Segerson Mahony
Country (sports) United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom
Born (1867-02-13)13 February 1867
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 27 June 1905(1905-06-27) (aged 38)
County Kerry, Ireland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 1890 (amateur tour)
Retired 1905 (due to death)
Singles
Career titles 59 [1]
Highest ranking No. 2 (1896, Karoly Mazak)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon W (1896)
US Open 4R (1903)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1892AC, 1903AC)
US Open F (1897)

Harold Segerson Mahony (13 February 1867 – 27 June 1905) was a Scottish-born Irish tennis player who is best known for winning the singles title at the Wimbledon Championships in 1896. His career lasted from 1888 until his death in 1905. Mahony was born in Scotland but lived in Ireland for the majority of his life; his family were Irish including both of his parents, the family home was in County Kerry, Southwestern Ireland. He was the last Scottish born man to win Wimbledon until the victory of Andy Murray at the 2013 championships.[3]

Career[edit]

Mahony was born at 21 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh to Richard John Mahony, an Irish barrister and prominent landowner. The family had a home in Scotland but spent most of their time at Dromore Castle, in County Kerry, Ireland. Harold trained on a specially built tennis court at Dromore.[4]

Mahony made his Wimbledon debut in 1890 exiting in the first round.[5] He reached the semifinal in 1891 and 1892.[4] Mahony spent some time in America in the mid-1890s, before returning to England and finally taking the Wimbledon crown in 1896. In the final he beat Wilfred Baddeley of Great Britain in five sets: 6–2, 6–8, 5–7, 8–6, 6–3.[4] Under the challenger system Mahony was entitled to defend the Wimbledon title in 1897 but this time he was beaten in the Challenge Round in three straight sets by Reginald Doherty.[5] He was the last Scottish-born player to win a grand slam until Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012 and win Wimbledon until Murray won it in 2013. He was recognised as the third and last Irishman to win the Wimbledon singles.[6]

He won the singles title at the British Covered Court Championships, played at the Queen's Club in London, in 1893 and successfully defended his title the following year. In 1895 Mahony forfeited the defence of his title due to illness.[7] In 1898 he won the singles titles at the prestigious Irish Championships. That same year Mahony, who was a regular competitor in Germany and spoke fluent German, also won the singles title at the German Championships.[8]

At the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris he won a silver medal in the men's singles event and a bronze medal in the doubles competition (for Great Britain and Ireland) as well as a silver medal in the mixed doubles event with Hélène Prévost from France. Mahony won the Kent Championships in 1899, defeating Wilberforce Eaves in the final, and in 1904, defeating Brame Hillyard in the final.[9]

Mahony was a member of the 1903 British Isles Davis Cup team that won the against the United States at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston but did not play in the event. When four-time Wimbledon champion Reginald Doherty had a shoulder injury the British team captain William Collins elected to forfeit his first match, instead of letting Mahony play, so that Doherty would be allowed to play the reverse singles match later in the event.[10]

Mahony was 1.91m (6 ft 3in) tall and possessed a formidable backhand. His forehand was less notable, his fellow-player, George Hillyard, wrote that he "never did acquire the right method of hitting the ball on the forehand".[4]

Mahony was killed on 27 June 1905, aged 38, in a bicycling accident while descending a steep hill near Caragh Lake in Co. Kerry.[4][7]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1896 Wimbledon Championships Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Wilfred Baddeley 6–2, 6–8, 5–7, 8–6, 6–3

Doubles[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1897 U.S. Championships Grass United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Harold Nisbet United States George Sheldon
United States Leo Ware
13–11, 2–6, 7–9, 6–1, 1–6

Olympic medal matches[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 silver medal)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Silver 1900 Paris Clay United Kingdom Laurence Doherty 6-4, 6-2, 6-3

Doubles: 1 (1 Bronze medal)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 1900 Paris Clay United Kingdom Arthur Norris United Kingdom Laurence Doherty
United Kingdom Reggie Doherty
4–6, 1–6

Mixed Doubles: 1 (1 silver medal)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 1900 Paris Clay France Hélène Prévost United Kingdom Charlotte Cooper
United Kingdom Reggie Doherty
2–6, 4–6

Challenge Rounds[edit]

Challenge Round: the final round of a tournament, in which the winner of a single-elimination phase (final) faces the previous year's champion, who plays only that one match. The challenge round was used in the early history of tennis (from 1877 through 1921),[11] in some tournaments not all. (**) denotes challenge round

Singles titles and finals[edit]

Legend (43-43)
Winner
Runner up
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 26 May 1888 Fitzwilliam Club Championship[12] Grass Ireland Tom Campion 9-7 7-5 5-7 6-0
2. 22 June 1889 Northern Championships Grass Ireland Willoughby Hamilton 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2
3. 14 June 1889 Dublin University LT Championships[13] Hard Ireland Hume R. Jones 9-7 7-5 5-7 6-0
4. 7 May 1890 Dublin University LT Championships[14] Hard Ireland David Chaytor 6-3, 3-6, 8-6, 6-1
5. 14 June 1889 Cheltenham[15] Grass Ireland Tom Campion 9-7 7-5 5-7 6-0
6. 14 July 1890 Middlesex Championships Grass England Ernest Lewis 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
7. 2 August 1890 St. Leonards-On-Sea[16] Grass Ireland Joshua Pim 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
8. 13 June 1891 Welsh Championships Grass United Kingdom Harry S. Barlow 5-7, 6-2, 7-5, 0-6, 6-1
9. 18 July 1891 Queens Challenge Cup[17] Grass Ireland Joshua Pim 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
10. 23 July 1891 Warwickshire Championships Grass Ireland Joshua Pim 8-10, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
11. 25 July 1891 Leicestershire Championships Grass Ireland Joshua Pim 7-5, 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-4
12. 1 August 1891 Northumberland Championships Grass Ireland Thomas Chaytor 6-2 6-4 6-3
13. 2 April 1892 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i) United Kingdom Ernest George Meers 6-2 6-4 6-3
14. 24 July 1892 Leicestershire Championships Grass Ireland Joshua Pim 6-1, 6-2, 6-1
15. 30 July 1892 Northumberland Championships Grass Ireland Thomas Chaytor 6-0, 10-8, 6-2
14. 22 April 1893 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i) United Kingdom Ernest George Meers 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
15. 10 June 1893 Middlesex Championships Grass United Kingdom Ernest Lewis w.o
16. 16 April 1893 Queens Covered Court Championship Hard (i) United Kingdom Horace Chapman 6-0, 2-6, 6-1
17. 23 April 1893 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i) England Ernest George Meers 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
18. 11 June 1893 Middlesex Championships Grass United Kingdom Horace Chapman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
19. 18 June 1893 Northern Championships Grass Ireland Joshua Pim 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
20. 17 June 1893 Yorkshire Championships Grass Ireland Joshua Pim 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 8-6
21. 8 July 1893 Championship of London Grass Ireland Joshua Pim 9-7, 1-6, 6-1, 6-8, 6-3
22. 17 July 1893 Wimbledon Championships[18] Grass Ireland Joshua Pim 9-7, 6-3, 6-0
23. 1 August 1893 Darlington Grass Ireland David Chaytor w.o
24. 8 April 1894 Queens Covered Court Championship Hard (i) Ireland Guy Brabazon Pilkington 6-4, 8-10, 6-2
25. 15 April 1894 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i) United Kingdom Ernest George Meers 6-4, 8-10, 6-2
26. 26 May 1894 Irish Championships Grass Ireland Thomas Chaytor 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
27. 9 June 1894 Middlesex Championships Grass United Kingdom Harry S. Barlow 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 **
28. 23 June 1894 Leicestershire Championships Grass England Edward Roy Allen w.o.
29. 30 June 1894 Championship of London Grass Ireland Joshua Pim 6-4, 8-10, 6-2 **
30. 30 June 1894 Nottinghamshire Championships Grass England Edward Roy Allen 8-6, 6-3, 9-7
31. 5 August 1894 Northumberland Championships Grass England Harry Barlow 6-3, 6-3, 8-6
32. 6 April 1895 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i) England Edward Roy Allen w.o.
33. 2 June 1895 Irish Championships Grass England Wilberforce Eaves 6-3, 6-8, 6-2, 6-4
34. 8 June 1895 Middlesex Championships Grass England Turketil G. P. Greville 6-2 7-5 6-4
35. 30 June 1895 Neighborhood (u.s.) Clay Ireland Joshua Pim 6-4, 6-8, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
36. 24 July 1895 Warwickshire Championships Grass England Edward Roy Allen 6-2, 6-4
37. 17 August 1895 Derbyshire Championships Grass Ireland David Chaytor 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
38. 18 April 1896 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i) England Wilberforce Eaves 2-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-3
39. 30 May 1896 Irish Championships Grass England Wilfred Baddeley 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3
40. 7 June 1896 Middlesex Championships Grass United Kingdom Edwin A. Barlow 6-2 7-5 6-4 **
41. 20 June 1896 Northern Championships Grass England Wilfred Baddeley 6-1, 10-12, 7-5, 6-4 **
42. 27 June 1896 Championship of London[19] Grass England Reggie Doherty 11-9, 6-4, 6-4
43. 3 July 1896 West of England Championships Grass United States William Larned 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
44. 7 July 1896 Wimbledon Championships[20] Grass England Wilfred Baddeley 6-2, 6-8, 5-7, 8-6, 6-3 **
45. 10 April 1897 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i) England Wilberforce Eaves 6-3, 6-3, 6-0
46. 1 July 1897 Wimbledon Championships Grass England Reggie Doherty 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 **
47. 25 May 1898 Irish Championships Grass England Wilberforce Eaves 6-1, 5-7, 9-7, 8-6 **
48. 4 June 1898 Middlesex Championships Grass England Turketil G. P. Greville 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 **
49. 12 June 1898 Kent Championships Grass England Wilberforce Eaves 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
50. 28 June 1898 Wimbledon Championships[21] Grass England Laurence Doherty 6-1, 6-2, 4-6, 2-6, 14-12
51. 17 July 1898 Championship of London[22] Grass England Laurence Doherty 6-3, 6-4, 9-7
52. 23 July 1898 Midland Counties Championships Grass England Captain Ernest D. Black 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5
53. 20 August 1898 German International Championships Clay England George Hillyard w.o. **
54. 10 September 1898 Sussex Championships Grass Ireland David Chaytor 7-5, 0-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
55. 24 September 1898 Welsh Covered Court Championships[23] Hard (i) England Laurence Doherty 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
56. 23 April 1899 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i) England Wilberforce Eaves 6-2, 6-4, 6-8, 3-6, 6-4 **
57. 28 May 1899 Irish Championships Grass England Reggie Doherty 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 **
58. 4 June 1899 Middlesex Championships Grass England Turketil G. P. Greville 5-7, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 **
59. 11 June 1899 Kent Championships[24] Grass England Wilberforce Eaves 6-1, 6-1, 6-8, 3-6, 8-6 **
60. 16 July 1899 Championship of London Grass England Arthur Gore 8-10, 6-2, 7-5, 6-1
61. 29 July 1899 Northumberland Championships Grass England Arthur Gore 8-6, 6-3
62. 29 July 1899 European Championships Clay England Reggie Doherty w.o.
63. 17 September 1899 South of England Championships Grass England Sydney Howard Smith 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 **
64. 24 September 1899 Dinard Clay England Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
65. 22 April 1900 French Covered Court Championships Hard (i) United Kingdom George Caridia 3–6, 11–9, 6–3
66. 10 June 1900 Middlesex Championships Grass England Arthur Gore 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
67. 17 June 1900 Kent Championships[25] Grass England Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 **
68. 17 June 1900 Summer Olympics – Paris[26][27] Clay England Laurence Doherty 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
69. 16 September 1900 Dinard[28] Clay England Laurence Doherty 4-6, 6-1, 8-6, 7-5
70. 9 June 1901 Middlesex Championships Grass England Turketil G. P. Greville 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
71. 15 September 1901 South of England Championships Grass England Sydney Howard Smith 6-3, 7-9, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (retired)
72. 15 September 1901 Portuguese International Championships Clay England George Hillyard 6-0, 6-4
73. 8 June 1902 Leicestershire Championships[29] Grass England Laurence Doherty w.o.
74. 15 June 1902 Kent Championships Grass England George Miéville Simond 6-4, 6-0, 6-3 **
75. 22 June 1902 Northern Championships Grass England Sydney Howard Smith 7-5, 7-5, 3-6, 10-8
76. 5 October 1902 European Championships[30] Hard (i) England Laurence Doherty 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1
77. 26 April 1903 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i) England George Hillyard 6-3, 7-9, 6-4, 6-3
78. 7 June 1903 Middlesex Championships Grass United Kingdom Brame Hillyard 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
79. 12 July 1903 Berkshire Championships Grass United Kingdom Alfred E. Crawley 6-3, 8-6
80. 5 June 1904 Middlesex Championships Grass United Kingdom Frederick Payn 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
81. 12 June 1904 Kent Championships[31] Grass United Kingdom Brame Hillyard 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
82. 10 July 1904 North London Championships (Gipsy) Grass United Kingdom Alfred Beamish 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
83. 17 July 1904 Championship of London Grass United Kingdom Josiah Ritchie 6-3, 7-9, 6-4, 6-3
84. 17 July 1904 Berkshire Championships Grass United Kingdom Walter Crawley 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
85. 7 August 1904 Crystal Palace Grass United Kingdom Ernest Parton 6-3 6-2
86. 18 June 1905 Kent Championships Grass Australia Norman Brookes w.o.

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