Maurice McLoughlin

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Maurice McLoughlin
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Full name Maurice Evans McLoughlin
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1890-01-07)January 7, 1890
Carson City, NV, U.S.
Died December 10, 1957(1957-12-10) (aged 67)
Hermosa Beach, CA, U.S.
Retired 1919
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF 1957 (member page)
Highest ranking No. 1 (1914, A. Wallis Myers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon F (1913Ch)
US Open W (1912, 1913)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open W (1912, 1913, 1914)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (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.[2]


He was born on January 7, 1890 in Carson City, Nevada.[2][3]

At the U.S. Championships, he won the singles twice, 1912[4] 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 to defending champion Tony Wilding.[5][6]

The "California Comet" was the World No. 1 player for 1914.[7] He married Helen Mears in 1918 and they had three children.

He died on December 10, 1957 in Hermosa Beach, California.[2]


In 1915 McLoughlin published an instructional tennis book titled 'Tennis As I Play It',[8] ghostwritten by Sinclair Lewis.[9]

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]

Outcome Year Championship Opponent Score
Runner-up 1911 U.S. Championships United States William Larned 4–6, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1912 U.S. Championships United States Wallace F. Johnson 3–6, 2–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1913 Wimbledon New Zealand Anthony Wilding 6–8, 3–6, 8–10
Winner 1913 U.S. Championships United States Richard Norris Williams 6–4, 5–7, 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 1914 U.S. Championships United States Richard Norris Williams 3–6, 6–8, 8–10
Runner-up 1915 U.S. Championships United States Bill Johnston 6–1, 0–6, 5–7, 8–10

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 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
Winner 1913 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Tom Bundy United States John Strachan
United States Clarence Griffin
6–4, 7–5, 6–1
Winner 1914 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Tom Bundy United States George Church
United States Dean Mathey
6–4, 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 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
Runner-up 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


  1. ^ "Lawn Tennis". Auckland Star. Auckland, New Zealand. XLVI (91): 15. April 17, 1915. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ 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 2014-08-05. 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. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "M'Loughlin is New Tennis Champion" (PDF). The New York Times. August 27, 1912. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 417, 457, 477. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  7. ^ Runyon, Damon (November 1914), "McLoughlin—The World's Greatest Tennis Player", Munsey's Magazine, 53 (11): 331–8 
  8. ^ McLoughlin, Maurice (1915). Tennis As I Play It. New York: George H. Doran. 
  9. ^ Pastore, Stephen R., Sinclair Lewis: A Descriptive Bibliography, New Haven, YALEbooks, 1997, pp.323–5.

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