Maurice McLoughlin

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Maurice McLoughlin
Maurice McLoughlin 02.jpg
Full nameMaurice Evans McLoughlin
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceAKA "The California Comet"
Born(1890-01-07)January 7, 1890
Carson City, NV, U.S.
DiedDecember 10, 1957(1957-12-10) (aged 67)
Hermosa Beach, CA, U.S.
Retired1919
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1957 (member page)
Singles
Career record189–25 (88.3%) [1]
Career titles29 [1]
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1914, A. Wallis Myers)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonF (1913Ch)
US OpenW (1912, 1913)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
US OpenW (1912, 1913, 1914)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1913)
Maurice McLoughlin (1890-1957), Henry Ward Dawson (1890-?), William Johnston (1894-1946), Clarence Griffin (1888-1973) on August 30, 1916 at the national men's doubles championship.
McLoughlin vs. Melville H. Long on September 9, 1911 at The Championships, Wimbledon

Maurice Evans McLoughlin (January 7, 1890 – December 10, 1957) was an American tennis player. Known for his powerful serve and overhead volley, McLoughlin was the first male tennis champion from the western United States.[3]

Biography[edit]

He was born on January 7, 1890 in Carson City, Nevada.[3][4]

At the U.S. Championships, he won the singles twice, 1912[5] and 1913, and the doubles three times with Thomas Bundy, 1912-1914. In 1913 he also became the first American to be a finalist in the singles at Wimbledon when he defeated Stanley Doust in the final of the All-Comers tournament. He lost the Challenge Round in straight sets to defending champion Anthony Wilding.[6][7]

The "California Comet" was the World No. 1 player for 1914.[8] He married Helen Mears in 1918 and they had three children.

He died on December 10, 1957 in Hermosa Beach, California.[3]

Legacy[edit]

In 1915 McLoughlin published an instructional tennis book titled 'Tennis As I Play It',[9] ghostwritten by Sinclair Lewis.[10]

McLoughlin was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1957.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: (2 titles, 4 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1911 U.S. National Championships Grass United States William Larned 4–6, 4–6, 2–6
Win 1912 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Wallace F. Johnson 3–6, 2–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
Loss 1913 Wimbledon Grass New Zealand Anthony Wilding 6–8, 3–6, 8–10
Win 1913 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Richard Norris Williams 6–4, 5–7, 6–3, 6–1
Loss 1914 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Richard Norris Williams 3–6, 6–8, 8–10
Loss 1915 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Bill Johnston 6–1, 0–6, 5–7, 8–10

Doubles (3 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1912 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Tom Bundy United States Raymond Little
United States Gustave Touchard
3–6, 6–2, 6–1, 7–5
Win 1913 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Tom Bundy United States John Strachan
United States Clarence Griffin
6–4, 7–5, 6–1
Win 1914 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Tom Bundy United States George Church
United States Dean Mathey
6–4, 6–2, 6–4
Loss 1915 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Tom Bundy United States Clarence Griffin
United States Bill Johnston
6–2, 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 1916 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Henry Ward Dawson United States Clarence Griffin
United States Bill Johnston
4–6, 3–6, 7–5, 3–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Maurice McLoughlin: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Lawn Tennis". Auckland Star. Auckland, New Zealand. XLVI (91): 15. April 17, 1915. Retrieved July 5, 2013 – via PapersPast.
  3. ^ a b c "'California Comet,' Noted for Flashy Style, Helped Game to National Popularity. Maurice McLoughlin Dies at 67. U.S. Tennis Champion in '12-13". Associated Press in the New York Times. December 12, 1957. Retrieved August 5, 2014. Maurice E. McLoughlin, tennis star in the early part of the century, died at his home last night after a short illness. He was 67 years old. He suffered a heart attack a week ago.
  4. ^ "American Lawn Tennis". United States Lawn Tennis Association. 1931. Retrieved December 17, 2010. Maurice E. McLoughlin, born January 7, 1890; Melville H. Long, born October 18, 1889.
  5. ^ "M'Loughlin is New Tennis Champion" (PDF). The New York Times. August 27, 1912.
  6. ^ "Mc'Loughlin Beats Doust At Tennis". New York Times. July 2, 1913. Retrieved October 29, 2010. Maurice E. McLoughlin of San Francisco, the United States lawn tennis champion, by defeating to-day in three straight sets Stanley N. Doust, the Australasian Davis Cup Captain, in the final round of the all-England lawn tennis singles championship tournament, won the right to challenge A. F. Wilding of New Zealand, the title holder, and the match will be played here on Friday.
  7. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 417, 457, 477. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  8. ^ Runyon, Damon (November 1914), "McLoughlin—The World's Greatest Tennis Player", Munsey's Magazine, 53 (11): 331–8
  9. ^ McLoughlin, Maurice (1915). Tennis As I Play It. New York: George H. Doran.
  10. ^ Pastore, Stephen R., Sinclair Lewis: A Descriptive Bibliography, New Haven, YALEbooks, 1997, pp.323–5.

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