Richard Sears (tennis)
|Full name||Richard Dudley Sears|
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||October 26, 1861
Boston, MA, US
|Died||April 8, 1943
Boston, MA, US
|Turned pro||1880 (amateur tour)|
|Plays||Right-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1955 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 5 (1887, Karoly Mazak)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|US Open||W (1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||W (1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887)|
Richard Dudley "Dick" Sears (October 26, 1861 – April 8, 1943) – was an American tennis player, who won the US National Championships singles in its first seven years, from 1881-87, and the doubles for six years from 1882-87, after which he retired from tennis.
He was the son of Frederic Richard Sears and Albertina Homer Shelton. His brothers Philip and Herbert were also tennis players.
Sears learned to play tennis in 1879. He was undefeated in the U.S. Championships, he won the first of his seven consecutive titles in 1881 while still a student at Harvard. In those days the previous year's winner had an automatic place in the final. Starting in the 1881 first round, he went on an 18-match unbeaten streak that would take him through the 1887 championships, after which he retired from the game. Not until 1921 was his 18-match unbeaten run overtaken (by Bill Tilden). During his first three championships Sears did not lose a single set. Sears was the first 19-year-old to win in the U.S., slightly older than Oliver Campbell was in 1890 and the youngest winner ever, Pete Sampras, in 1990.
Sears married Eleanor M. Cochrane on November 24, 1891 and they had two children, Richard Dudley Sears, Jr. and Miriam Sears.
He died on April 8, 1943.
His grandson was the Massachusetts politician John W. Sears.
Sears was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1955, where his cousin Eleonora Sears also has a place.
Grand Slam finals
Singles (7 titles)
|Winner||1881||U.S. Championships||William E. Glyn||6–0, 6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||1882||U.S. Championships (2)||Clarence Clark||6–1, 6–4, 6–0|
|Winner||1883||U.S. Championships (3)||James Dwight||6–2, 6–0, 9–7|
|Winner||1884||U.S. Championships (4)||Howard Taylor||6–0, 1–6, 6–0, 6–2|
|Winner||1885||U.S. Championships (5)||Godfrey Brinley||6–3, 4–6, 6–0, 6–3|
|Winner||1886||U.S. Championships (6)||R. Livingston Beeckman||4–6, 6–1, 6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||1887||U.S. Championships (7)||Henry Slocum||6–1, 6–3, 6–2|
Doubles (6 titles)
|Winner||1882||U.S. Championships||James Dwight|| Crawford Nightingale
G M Smith
|6–2, 6–4, 6–4|
|Winner||1883||U.S. Championships||James Dwight|| Alexander Van Rensselaer
|6–0, 6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||1884||U.S. Championships||James Dwight|| Alexander Van Rensselaer
|6–4, 6–1, 8–10, 6–4|
|Winner||1885||U.S. Championships||Joseph Clark|| Henry Slocum
Wallace P. Knapp
|6–3, 6–0, 6–2|
|Winner||1886||U.S. Championships||James Dwight|| Howard Taylor
|6–3, 6–0, 6–2|
|Winner||1887||U.S. Championships||James Dwight|| Howard Taylor
|6–4, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–3|
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