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Grant Golden (born August 21, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois) was an American former amateur tennis player in the 1940s and 1950s.

Grant Golden
Full nameGrant Golden
Country (sports) United States
Born (1929-08-21) August 21, 1929 (age 90)
Chicago, Illinois
Died(2018-12-15)December 15, 2018
Glenview, Illinois
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open2R (1952)
Wimbledon4R (1952)
US Open4R (1956, 1958)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (1952, 1953)[1]
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon2R (1952)[1]
Team competitions
Davis CupF (1957Ch)
Grant Golden
Medal record
Representing  United States
Maccabiah Games
Men's tennis
Gold medal – first place 1953 Israel Men's Singles
Gold medal – first place 1953 Israel Men's Doubles
Gold medal – first place 1953 Israel Mixed Doubles

Golden was ranked in the U.S. top 10 in singles in 1953, 1956, and 1957, and was ranked # 2 in the U.S. in doubles in 1953.[2]

Tennis careerEdit

Golden played collegiate tennis from 1948 to 1951 at Northwestern University, where he was Big Ten Conference singles and doubles champion in 1950, and named an All American.[3] He earned his doubles title with Bill Landin. He won the Illinois State Singles Championship 13 times, and the Western Indoor Singles Championship 10 consecutive times.[3]

Golden won the United States National Indoor Doubles championship in 1957 and 1958, and the United States National Clay Court Doubles championship in 1952, 1953, and 1959.[4]

At the Cincinnati Masters, Golden won three consecutive doubles titles: in 1956 (with Bernard Bartzen), in 1957 (with Bill Quillian), and in 1958 (with Bartzen). He also reached the doubles final in 1951 (with Hugh Stewart) and in 1959 (with Whitney Reed).

In singles in Cincinnati, he was a finalist in 1957 (losing to Bartzen); a semifinalist in 1951 (losing to future International Tennis Hall of Fame enshrinee Tony Trabert), 1952, and 1956; and a quarterfinalist in 1949. He also reached the Round of 16 in 1950 (losing 8–10 in the final set to Ham Richardson), and in 1958.

Davis CupEdit

Golden was 2–1 in Davis Cup play in 1957.[3]

Maccabiah GamesEdit

Golden, who was Jewish,[2][5] competed in the 1953 Maccabiah Games, winning gold medals in men's singles, (over South African Sid Levy), men's doubles with partner Pablo Eisenberg, and mixed doubles with partner Anita Kanter.[6][3]

Halls of FameEdit

Golden was inducted into the Northwestern University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.[7]

Grant was also inducted into the USTA Midwest Section Hall of Fame.[8]

He was inducted in 2014 into the Chicago Tennis Hall of Fame.[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Wimbledon Results Archive
  2. ^ a b The Jewish lists: physicists and generals, actors and writers, and hundreds ... - Martin Harry Greenberg
  3. ^ a b c d e "Grant Golden" - Chicago Tennis Patrons
  4. ^ "Golden, Grant". Jews in Sports. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Day by Day in Jewish Sports History - Bob Wechsler
  6. ^ Jewish Post 28 June 1957
  7. ^ Northwestern University Official Athletic Site - Athletics
  8. ^ USTA Midwest Section - USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame Members

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