Henry Slocum (tennis)

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Henry Warner Slocum, Jr. (May 28, 1862 – January 22, 1949) was an American male tennis player who was active in the late 19th century.[2]

Henry Slocum
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Full nameHenry Warner Slocum, Jr.
Country (sports) United States
Born(1862-05-28)May 28, 1862
Syracuse, New York, United States
DiedJanuary 22, 1949(1949-01-22) (aged 86)
Manhattan, New York City, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Turned pro1884 (amateur tour)
Retired1913
PlaysRight-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1955 (member page)
Singles
Career record112-57 (66.2%) [1]
Career titles9 [1]
Grand Slam Singles results
US OpenW (1888, 1889)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
US OpenW (1889)

BiographyEdit

He was born on May 28, 1862 in Syracuse, New York to Henry Warner Slocum.[2]

Slocum graduated from Yale University in 1883 and started playing tennis in 1884 although he entered few prominent tournaments until the spring of 1886.[3] Slocum won the 1888 Men's Singles title at the U.S. National Championships' in Newport against defending champion and compatriot Howard Taylor in straight sets. The next year he successfully defended his title in the Challenge Round with a victory over Quincy Shaw.[4]

He was president of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association (USNLTA) in 1892 and 1893.[2]

He died on January 22, 1949 at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan, New York City.[2]

LegacyEdit

Slocum was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1955. In 1890 he published a book titled Lawn Tennis In Our Own Country.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (2 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1887 U.S. Championships Grass   Richard Sears 1–6, 3–6, 2–6
Win 1888 U.S. Championships Grass   Howard Taylor 6–4, 6–1, 6–0
Win 1889 U.S. Championships Grass   Quincy Shaw 6–3, 6–1, 4–6, 6–2
Loss 1890 U.S. Championships Grass   Oliver Campbell 2–6, 6–4, 3–6, 1–6

Doubles (1 title, 2 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1885 U.S. Championships Grass   Percy Knapp   Joseph Clark
  Richard Sears
3–6, 0–6, 2–6
Loss 1887 U.S. Championships Grass   Howard Taylor   James Dwight
  Richard Sears
4–6, 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 3–6
Win 1889 U.S. Championships Grass   Howard Taylor   Valentine Hall
  Oliver Campbell
14–12, 10–8, 6–4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Henry Slocum: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennismem SL.
  2. ^ a b c d "H. W. Slocum Dies. Once Tennis Star. National Lawn Champion In '88 And '89 Was Twice Head Of Governing Association". New York Times. January 23, 1949.
  3. ^ Hall, Valentine G. (1889). Lawn tennis in America. New York: D. W. Granbery & Co. pp. 1, 2. OCLC 15175498.
  4. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 454. ISBN 978-0942257700.

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