Oliver Campbell

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Oliver Campbell
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Full name Oliver Edward Michael Campbell
Country (sports)  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 (1890, 1891, 1892)

Oliver Edward Michael Campbell (February 25, 1871 – July 11, 1953) was an American male tennis player who won the three consecutive singles titles at the U.S. Championships from 1890 through 1892.

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 finals[edit]

Singles (3 titles)[edit]

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

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

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1888 U.S. Championships Grass United States Valentine Hall United States Clarence Hobart
United States Edward MacMullen
6–4, 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 1889 U.S. Championships Grass United States Valentine Hall United States Henry Slocum
United States Howard Taylor
1–6, 3–6, 2–6
Winner 1891 U.S. Championships Grass United States Bob Huntington United States Valentine Hall
United States Clarence Hobart
6–3, 6–4, 8–6
Winner 1892 U.S. Championships Grass United States Bob Huntington United States Edward L. Hall
United States Valentine Hall
6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1893 U.S. Championships Grass United States Bob Huntington United States Clarence Hobart
United States Fred Hovey
3–6, 4–6, 6–4, 2–6

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.). [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.). [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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