Holcombe Ward

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Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward. Champion (with Davis) in doubles in 1899-1900 Book of Sport cropped.jpg
Country (sports)  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 (November 23, 1878 – January 23, 1967) was an American male tennis player who was active during the last years of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th. He won the US National Championships singles title in 1904 and additionally won six doubles titles at the Grand Slam event.

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 finals[edit]

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score Ref
Winner 1904 U.S. National Championships Grass United States William Clothier 10–8, 6–4, 9–7 [6]
Runner-up 1905 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Beals Wright 2–6, 1–6, 9–11 [6]

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score Ref
Runner-up 1898 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Dwight F. Davis United States George Sheldon
United States Leo Ware
6–1, 5–7, 4–6, 6–4, 5–7 [7]
Winner 1899 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Dwight F. Davis United States George Sheldon
United States Leo Ware
6–4, 6–4, 6–3 [7]
Winner 1900 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Dwight F. Davis United States Fred Alexander
United States Raymond Little
6–4, 9–7, 12–10 [7]
Runner-up 1901 Wimbledon Grass United States Dwight F. Davis United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Laurence Doherty
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Reginald Doherty
6–4, 2–6, 3–6, 7–9 [8]
Winner 1901 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Dwight F. Davis United States Leo Ware
United States Beals Wright
6–3, 9–7, 6–1 [7]
Runner-up 1902 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Dwight F. Davis United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Laurence Doherty
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Reginald Doherty
9–11, 10–12, 4–6 [7]
Winner 1904 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Beals Wright United States Kreigh Collins
United States Raymond Little
1–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1 [7]
Winner 1905 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Beals Wright United States Fred Alexander
United States Harold Hackett
6–4, 6–4, 6–1 [7]
Winner 1906 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Beals Wright United States Fred Alexander
United States Harold Hackett
6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3 [7]

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.). [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. 
  6. ^ a b "US Open Past Champions / Men's Singles". US Open official website. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "US Open Past Champions / Men's Doubles". US Open official website. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  8. ^ "Wimbledon Rolls of Honour / Gentlemen's Doubles". Wimbledon official tournament website. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 

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