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Francis "Frank" Townsend Hunter (June 28, 1894 – December 2, 1981) was an American tennis player who won an Olympic gold medal.

Frank Hunter
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Francis Hunter (left) with Daniel Prenn, 1929.
Full nameFrancis Townsend Hunter
Country (sports) United States
Born(1894-06-28)June 28, 1894
New York, NY, U.S.
DiedDecember 2, 1981(1981-12-02) (aged 87)
Palm Beach, FL, U.S.
Turned pro1931 (amateur tour from 1915)
Retired1944
PlaysRight-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1961 (member page)
Singles
Career record480-152 (75.9%) [1]
Career titles24 [1]
Highest rankingNo. 4 (1929, A. Wallis Myers)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenQF (1929)
WimbledonF (1923)
US OpenF (1928, 1929)
Professional majors
US ProF (1933)
Doubles
Career recordno value
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonW (1924, 1927)
US OpenW (1927)
Other doubles tournaments
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenF (1928, 1929)
WimbledonW (1927, 1929)

Early and personal lifeEdit

Hunter graduated from Cornell University in 1916, where he was also a member of the Quill and Dagger society.

Hunter was the second husband of the actress Lisette Verea in 1954.[3]

Tennis careerEdit

Hunter was a singles finalist at Wimbledon in 1923 (where he beat Gordon Lowe before losing to Bill Johnston).[4]

Hunter won a gold medal at the 1924 Paris Olympics, in the men's doubles event with partner Vincent Richards.

He reached the U. S. championships singles final in 1928 (where he beat Jack Crawford and George Lott before losing to Henri Cochet in five sets).[5]

 
German Daniel Prenn (left) and Hunter (right), in a Davis Cup match in Berlin in 1929.

He reached his third Grand Slam singles final at the U. S. championships in 1929 (where he beat R. Norris Williams before losing in five sets to Bill Tilden).[6] He was ranked World No. 4 in 1929 by A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph and World No. 5 in another Myers list in September the same year.[2][7]

Hunter turned professional in mid January 1931 joining Bill Tilden.[8] He reached the final of the U. S. Pro championships in 1933 (losing to Vincent Richards).[9] As well as playing on the pro tour, Hunter was also a promoter, including promoting the first Perry-Vines tour in 1937 with S. Howard Voshell.[10]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 3 runners-upEdit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1923 Wimbledon Grass   Bill Johnston 0–6, 3–6, 1–6 [11]
Runner-up 1928 U.S. National Championships Grass   Henri Cochet 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 5–7, 3–6 [12]
Runner-up 1929 U.S. National Championships Grass   Bill Tilden 6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 2–6, 4–6 [12]

Doubles: 3 titlesEdit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1924 Wimbledon Grass   Vincent Richards   Watson Washburn
  R. Norris Williams
6−3, 3−6, 8−10, 8−6, 6−3 [13]
Winner 1927 Wimbledon Grass   Bill Tilden   Jacques Brugnon
  Henri Cochet
1–6, 4–6, 8–6, 6–3, 6–4 [13]
Winner 1927 U.S. National Championships Grass   Bill Tilden   R. Norris Williams
  Bill Johnston
10–8, 6–3, 6–3 [14]

Mixed doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1927 Wimbledon Grass   Elizabeth Ryan   Kathleen McKane Godfree
  Leslie Godfree
8–6, 6–0 [15]
Runner-up 1928 French Championships Clay   Helen Wills   Eileen Bennett
  Henri Cochet
6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1929 French Championships Clay   Helen Wills   Eileen Bennett
  Henri Cochet
3–6, 2–6
Winner 1929 Wimbledon Grass   Helen Wills   Joan Fry
  Ian Collins
6–1, 6–4 [15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Frank Hunter: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Béla Kehrling, ed. (October 10, 1929). "Wallis Meyers a világ legjobb tenniszezőiröl" [Wallis Myers about the best players in the world] (pdf). Tennisz és Golf (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Bethlen Gábor irod. és Nyomdai Rt. I (11): 262–263. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "Mrs. Lisette Ruegg Wed to F. T. Hunter" New York Times (June 22, 1954): 23.
  4. ^ "Wimbledon 1923". www.tennis.co.nf.
  5. ^ "U. S. Open 1928". www.tennis.co.nf.
  6. ^ "U. S. Open 1929". www.tennis.co.nf.
  7. ^ "Tilden Ranks Fourth in London Telegraph Rankings", The Toledo News-Bee, September 19, 1929.
  8. ^ "History of the Pro Tennis Wars, Chapter 3: Tilden's Year of Triumph: 1931". Tennis Server. March 3, 2002.
  9. ^ "U.S. Pro Championships". www.tennis.co.nf.
  10. ^ "13 Nov 1937 - Howard Voshell Dead". Trove.
  11. ^ "Wimbledon Rolls of Honour / Gentlemen's Singles". Wimbledon official tournament website. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "U.S. Open Past Champions / Men's Singles". U.S. Open official website. Archived from the original on February 22, 2009. Retrieved 2015-09-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ a b "Wimbledon Rolls of Honour / Gentlemen's Doubles". Wimbledon official tournament website. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  14. ^ "U.S. Open Past Champions / Men's Doubles". U.S. Open official website. Archived from the original on October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2015-09-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. ^ a b "Wimbledon Rolls of Honour / Mixed Doubles". Wimbledon official tournament website. Retrieved September 28, 2015.

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