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Harold Segerson Mahony (13 February 1867 – 27 June 1905) was a Scottish-born tennis player who is best known for winning the singles title at the Wimbledon Championships in 1896. His career lasted from 1888 until his death in 1905. Mahony was born in Scotland but lived in Ireland for the majority of his life; his family were Irish including both of his parents, the family home was in County Kerry, Southwestern Ireland. He was the last Scottish born man to win Wimbledon until the victory of Andy Murray at the 2013 championships.[3]

Harold Mahony
Harold mahony.jpg
Full nameHarold Segerson Mahony
Country (sports)United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom
Born(1867-02-13)13 February 1867
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Died27 June 1905(1905-06-27) (aged 38)
County Kerry, Ireland, UK
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1890 (amateur tour)
Retired1905 (due to death)
Singles
Career titles59 [1]
Highest rankingNo. 2 (1896, Karoly Mazak)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonW (1896)
US Open4R (1903)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonF (1892, 1903)
US OpenF (1897)

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CareerEdit

Mahony was born at 21 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh to Richard John Mahony, an Irish barrister and prominent landowner. The family had a home in Scotland but spent most of their time at Dromore Castle, in County Kerry, Ireland. Harold trained on a specially built tennis court at Dromore.[4]

Mahony made his Wimbledon debut in 1890 exiting in the first round.[5] He reached the semifinal in 1891 and 1892.[4] Mahony spent some time in America in the mid-1890s, before returning to England and finally taking the Wimbledon crown in 1896. In the final he beat Wilfred Baddeley of Great Britain in five sets: 6–2, 6–8, 5–7, 8–6, 6–3.[4] Under the challenger system Mahony was entitled to defend the Wimbledon title in 1897 but this time he was beaten in the Challenge Round in three straight sets by Reginald Doherty.[5] He was the last Scottish-born player to win a grand slam until Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012 and win Wimbledon until Murray won it in 2013. He was recognised as the third and last Irishman to win the Wimbledon singles.[6]

He won the singles title at the British Covered Court Championships, played at the Queen's Club in London, in 1893 and successfully defended his title the following year. In 1895 Mahony forfeited the defence of his title due to illness.[7] In 1898 he won the singles titles at the prestigious Irish Championships. That same year Mahony, who was a regular competitor in Germany and spoke fluent German, also won the singles title at the German Championships.[8]

At the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris he won a silver medal in the men's singles event and a bronze medal in the doubles competition (for Great Britain and Ireland) as well as a silver medal in the mixed doubles event with Hélène Prévost from France. Mahony won the Kent Championships in 1899, defeating Wilberforce Eaves in the final, and in 1904, defeating Brame Hillyard in the final.[9]

Mahony was a member of the 1903 British Isles Davis Cup team that won the against the United States at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston but did not play in the event. When four-time Wimbledon champion Reginald Doherty had a shoulder injury the British team captain William Collins elected to forfeit his first match, instead of letting Mahony play, so that Doherty would be allowed to play the reverse singles match later in the event.[10]

Mahony was 1.91m (6 ft 3in) tall and possessed a formidable backhand. His forehand was less notable: his fellow player, George Hillyard, wrote that he "never did acquire the right method of hitting the ball on the forehand".[4]

Mahony was killed on 27 June 1905, aged 38, in a bicycling accident while descending a steep hill near Caragh Lake in Co. Kerry.[4][7]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

SinglesEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1896 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Wilfred Baddeley 6–2, 6–8, 5–7, 8–6, 6–3

DoublesEdit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1897 U.S. Championships Grass   Harold Nisbet   George Sheldon
  Leo Ware
13–11, 2–6, 7–9, 6–1, 1–6

Olympic medal matchesEdit

Singles: 1 (1 silver medal)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Silver 1900 Paris Clay   Laurence Doherty 6–4, 6–2, 6–3

Doubles: 1 (1 Bronze medal)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 1900 Paris Clay   Arthur Norris   Laurence Doherty
  Reginald Doherty
4–6, 1–6

Mixed Doubles: 1 (1 silver medal)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 1900 Paris Clay   Hélène Prévost   Charlotte Cooper
  Reginald Doherty
2–6, 4–6

Challenge RoundsEdit

Challenge Round: the final round of a tournament, in which the winner of a single-elimination phase (final) faces the previous year's champion, who plays only that one match. The challenge round was used in the early history of tennis (from 1877 through 1921),[11] in some tournaments not all. (**) denotes challenge round

Career finalsEdit

Singles (43 titles, 43 runner-ups)Edit

Legend (43–43)
Win
Loss
No. Result Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. Loss May 1888 Fitzwilliam Club Championship[12] Grass   Tom Campion 9–7, 7–5, 5–7, 6–0
2. Loss Jun 1889 Northern Championships Grass   Willoughby Hamilton 6–3, 3–6, 6–1, 6–2
3. Win Jun 1889 Dublin University LT Championships[13] Hard   Hume R. Jones 9–7, 7–5, 5–7, 6–0
4. Loss May 1890 Dublin University LT Championships[14] Hard   David Chaytor 6–3, 3–6, 8–6, 6–1
5. Win Jun 1889 Cheltenham[15] Grass   Tom Campion 9–7, 7–5, 5–7, 6–0
6. Loss Jul 1890 Middlesex Championships Grass   Ernest Lewis 6–1, 6–4, 6–2
7. Loss Aug 1890 St. Leonards-On-Sea[16] Grass   Joshua Pim 3–6, 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
8. Loss Jun 1891 Welsh Championships Grass   Harry S. Barlow 5–7, 6–2, 7–5, 0–6, 6–1
9. Loss Jul 1891 Queens Challenge Cup[17] Grass   Joshua Pim 2–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–3
10. Loss Jul 1891 Warwickshire Championships Grass   Joshua Pim 8-10, 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
11. Win Jul 1891 Leicestershire Championships Grass   Joshua Pim 7–5, 6–2, 2–6, 4–6, 6–4
12. Win Aug 1891 Northumberland Championships Grass   Thomas Chaytor 6–2 6–4 6–3
13. Loss Apr 1892 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i)   Ernest George Meers 6–2 6–4 6–3
14. Win Jul 1892 Leicestershire Championships Grass   Joshua Pim 6–1, 6–2, 6–1
15. Loss Jul 1892 Northumberland Championships Grass   Thomas Chaytor 6–0, 10–8, 6–2
14. Win Apr 1893 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i)   Ernest George Meers 6–2, 6–2, 6–4
15. Win Jue 1893 Middlesex Championships Grass   Ernest Lewis w.o
16. Win Apr 1893 Queens Covered Court Championship Hard (i)   Horace Chapman 6–0, 2–6, 6–1
17. Win Apr 1893 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i)   Ernest George Meers 6–2, 6–2, 6–4
18. Win Jun 1893 Middlesex Championships Grass   Horace Chapman 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
19. Loss Jun 1893 Northern Championships Grass   Joshua Pim 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–2
20. Loss Jun 1893 Yorkshire Championships Grass   Joshua Pim 3–6, 6–2, 6–3, 8–6
21. Loss Jul 1893 Championship of London Grass   Joshua Pim 9–7, 1–6, 6–1, 6–8, 6–3
22. Loss Jul 1893 Wimbledon Championships[18] Grass   Joshua Pim 9–7, 6–3, 6–0
23. Win Aug 1893 Darlington Grass   David Chaytor w.o
24. Win Apr 1894 Queens Covered Court Championship Hard (i)   Guy Brabazon Pilkington 6–4, 8–10, 6–2
25. Win Apr 1894 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i)   Ernest George Meers 6–4, 8–10, 6–2
26. Loss May 1894 Irish Championships Grass   Thomas Chaytor 6–2, 5–7, 6–3, 2–6, 6–1
27. Loss Jun 1894 Middlesex Championships Grass   Harry S. Barlow 3–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–1 **
28. Win Jun 1894 Leicestershire Championships Grass   Edward Roy Allen w.o.
29. Win Jun 1894 Championship of London Grass   Joshua Pim 6–4, 8–10, 6–2 **
30. Win Jun 1894 Nottinghamshire Championships Grass   Edward Roy Allen 8–6, 6–3, 9–7
31. Win Aug 1894 Northumberland Championships Grass   Harry Barlow 6–3, 6–3, 8–6
32. Loss Apr 1895 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i)   Edward Roy Allen w.o.
33. Loss Jun 1895 Irish Championships Grass   Wilberforce Eaves 6–3, 6–8, 6–2, 6–4
34. Loss Jun 1895 Middlesex Championships Grass   Turketil G. P. Greville 6–2 7–5 6–4
35. Loss Jun 1895 Neighborhood (u.s.) Clay   Joshua Pim 6–4, 6–8, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
36. Loss Jul 1895 Warwickshire Championships Grass   Edward Roy Allen 6–2, 6–4
37. Win Aug 1895 Derbyshire Championships Grass   David Chaytor 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 7–5, 6–3
38. Loss Apr 1896 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i)   Wilberforce Eaves 2–6, 6–2, 7–5, 6–3
39. Loss May 1896 Irish Championships Grass   Wilfred Baddeley 6–1 6–2 3–6 6–3
40. Win Jun 1896 Middlesex Championships Grass   Edwin A. Barlow 6–2 7–5 6–4 **
41. Loss Jun 1896 Northern Championships Grass   Wilfred Baddeley 6–1, 10–12, 7–5, 6–4 **
42. Win Jun 1896 Championship of London[19] Grass   Reginald Doherty 11–9, 6–4, 6–4
43. Win Jul 1896 West of England Championships Grass   William Larned 6–3, 6–3, 6–3
44. Win Jul 1896 Wimbledon Championships[20] Grass   Wilfred Baddeley 6–2, 6–8, 5–7, 8–6, 6–3 **
45. Loss Apr 1897 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i)   Wilberforce Eaves 6–3, 6–3, 6–0
46. Loss Jul 1897 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Reginald Doherty 6–4, 6–4, 6–3 **
47. Win May 1898 Irish Championships Grass   Wilberforce Eaves 6–1, 5–7, 9–7, 8–6 **
48. Win Jun 1898 Middlesex Championships Grass   Turketil G. P. Greville 4–6, 6–4, 7–5, 6–2 **
49. Loss Jun 1898 Kent Championships Grass   Wilberforce Eaves 6–3, 7–5, 6–3
50. Loss Jun 1898 Wimbledon Championships[21] Grass   Laurence Doherty 6–1, 6–2, 4–6, 2–6, 14–12
51. Loss Jul 1898 Championship of London[22] Grass   Laurence Doherty 6–3, 6–4, 9–7
52. Win Jul 1898 Midland Counties Championships Grass   Captain Ernest D. Black 3–6, 6–4, 6–2, 7–5
53. Win Aug 1898 German International Championships Clay   George Hillyard w.o. **
54. Loss Sep 1898 Sussex Championships Grass   David Chaytor 7–5, 0–6, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
55. Win Sep 1898 Welsh Covered Court Championships[23] Hard (i)   Laurence Doherty 5–7, 6–4, 7–5, 6–4
56. Loss Apr 1899 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i)   Wilberforce Eaves 6–2, 6–4, 6–8, 3–6, 6–4 **
57. Loss May 1899 Irish Championships Grass   Reginald Doherty 6–3, 6–4, 5–7, 6–4 **
58. Win Jun 1899 Middlesex Championships Grass   Turketil G. P. Greville 5–7, 2–6, 6–1, 6–1, 6–4 **
59. Win Jun 1899 Kent Championships[24] Grass   Wilberforce Eaves 6–1, 6–1, 6–8, 3–6, 8–6 **
60. Win Jul 1899 Championship of London Grass   Arthur Gore 8-10, 6–2, 7–5, 6–1
61. Win Jul 1899 Northumberland Championships Grass   Arthur Gore 8–6, 6–3
62. Win Jul 1899 European Championships Clay   Reginald Doherty w.o.
63. Loss Sep 1899 South of England Championships Grass   Sydney Howard Smith 6–3, 6–3, 6–1 **
64. Win Sep 1899 Dinard Clay   Arthur Gore 6–4, 6–2, 6–4
65. Loss Apr 1900 French Covered Court Championships Hard (i)   George Caridia 3–6, 11–9, 6–3
66. Win Jun 1900 Middlesex Championships Grass   Arthur Gore 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
67. Loss Jun 1900 Kent Championships[25] Grass   Arthur Gore 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 **
68. Loss Jun 1900 Summer Olympics – Paris[26][27] Clay   Laurence Doherty 6–4, 6–2, 6–3
69. Loss Sep 1900 Dinard[28] Clay   Laurence Doherty 4–6, 6–1, 8–6, 7–5
70. Loss Jun 1901 Middlesex Championships Grass   Turketil G. P. Greville 7–5, 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
71. Loss Sep 1901 South of England Championships Grass   Sydney Howard Smith 6–3, 7–9, 4–6, 6–4, 1–0 (ret.)
72. Loss Sep 1901 Portuguese International Championships Clay   George Hillyard 6–0, 6–4
73. Win Jun 1902 Leicestershire Championships[29] Grass   Laurence Doherty w.o.
74. Loss Jun 1902 Kent Championships Grass   George Miéville Simond 6–4, 6–0, 6–3 **
75. Loss Jun 1902 Northern Championships Grass   Sydney Howard Smith 7–5, 7–5, 3–6, 10–8
76. Loss Oct 1902 European Championships[30] Hard (i)   Laurence Doherty 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–1
77. Loss Apr 1903 British Covered Court Championships Hard (i)   George Hillyard 6–3, 7–9, 6–4, 6–3
78. Win Jun 1903 Middlesex Championships Grass   Brame Hillyard 3–6, 6–2, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
79. Win Jul 1903 Berkshire Championships Grass   Alfred E. Crawley 6–3, 8–6
80. Win Jun 1904 Middlesex Championships Grass   Frederick Payn 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4
81. Win Jun 1904 Kent Championships[31] Grass   Brame Hillyard 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4
82. Win Jul 1904 North London Championships (Gipsy) Grass   Alfred Beamish 6–1, 5–7, 6–2, 6–1
83. Loss Jul 1904 Championship of London Grass   Josiah Ritchie 6–3, 7–9, 6–4, 6–3
84. Win Jul 1904 Berkshire Championships Grass   Walter Crawley 5–7, 6–1, 6–4
85. Win Aug 1904 Crystal Palace Grass   Ernest Parton 6–3 6–2
86. Loss Jun 1905 Kent Championships Grass   Norman Brookes w.o.

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