Gustave F. Touchard

Gustave "Gus" Fitzhugh Touchard Jr. (or Gustav) (January 11, 1888 – September 5, 1918) was an American tennis player in the early part of the 20th century. He was ranked as high as No. 4 in the United States during his career.

Gus Touchard
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Full nameGustave Fitzhugh Touchard Jr.
Country (sports) United States
BornJanuary 11, 1888
New York
DiedSeptember 5, 1918(1918-09-05) (aged 30)
Toronto, Canada
Career record185-51 (78.3%) [1]
Career titles18 [2]
Highest rankingNo. 4 (U.S. ranking)
Grand Slam Singles results
US OpenSF (1909, 1911)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US OpenW (1911)

Personal lifeEdit

He was born in New York on January 11, 1888.

In July 1915, Touchard confessed to a charge of stealing 24 dozen golf balls from the sporting goods store where he was employed.[3]

He joined the Royal Flying Corps Canada at Camp Borden after having been turned down by the United States aviation corps. He died in 1918 in Toronto General Hospital of a throat operation.[4]

Tennis careerEdit

At the US Nationals, Touchard paired with Raymond D. Little to win the 1911 doubles title and reach the 1912 doubles final.[5]

At the tournament now known as the Cincinnati Masters, Touchard won the 1912 singles title over Richard H. Palmer. He reached the singles final in 1913, losing to William S. McEllroy.[6]

He won the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships title three consecutive years (1913, 1914 and 1915) and won the singles title at the New Jersey state championship in 1915. In 1912, he reached the final of the US Clay Court Championship, losing to Richard Norris Williams.

Grand Slam tournament performance timelineEdit

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914
Grand Slam tournaments
Australasian Championships A A A A A A A
Wimbledon A A A A A A A
US National Championships QF SF Q1 SF Q1 1R QF

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles (1 title)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1911 U.S. Championships Grass   Raymond Little   Fred Alexander
  Harold Hackett
7–5, 13–15, 6–2, 6–4


  1. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Gustave Touchard: Career match record". Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Gustave Touchard: Career match record". Madrid, Spain: Tennismem SL. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Touchard Held for Trial". Boston Evening Transcript. July 1, 1915 – via Google News Archive.
  4. ^ "Lawn Tennis Champion and Aviator is Dead". Toronto World. September 6, 1918. Retrieved August 20, 2010 – via Google News Archive. ... by the Toronto tennis players and members of the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club At ... been transferred to Leaside Camp Toronto Lieut Touchard had competed at ...
  5. ^ "Died". Time magazine. August 8, 1932. Archived from the original on October 27, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010. Raymond D. Little, 52, publisher, sportsman, onetime (1906) Davis Cup tennist, with Gustave F. Touchard national doubles champion in 1911; by his own hand (shotgun) in Manhattan.
  6. ^ "M'Elroy Meets G.F. Touchard". Christian Science Monitor. July 5, 1913. Retrieved August 20, 2010. W.S. McElroy of Pittsburgh meets G.F. Touchard of New York in the challenge round of the annual tri-state lawn tennis championship tournament today.

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