Henry Slocum (tennis)

Henry Warner Slocum, Jr. (May 28, 1862 – January 22, 1949) was an American male tennis player who was active in the late 19th century.[3]

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)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1955 (member page)
Career record112-57 (66.2%)[1]
Career titles9[1]
Highest rankingNo. 8 (1888, ITHF)[2]
Grand Slam singles results
US OpenW (1888, 1889)
Grand Slam doubles results
US OpenW (1889)


He was born on May 28, 1862, in Syracuse, New York, to Henry Warner Slocum.[3]

Slocum graduated from Yale University in 1883 and started playing tennis in 1884 although he entered few prominent tournaments until the spring of 1886.[4] 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.[5]

His other career highlights include winning the Wentworth Open Tournament at Wentworth, New Hampshire, in 1887.

He was president of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association (USNLTA) in 1892 and 1893.[3]

He died on January 22, 1949, at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan, New York City.[3]


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


  1. ^ a b "Henry Slocum: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennismem SL.
  2. ^ International Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee Page
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Hall, Valentine G. (1889). Lawn tennis in America. New York: D. W. Granbery & Co. pp. 1, 2. hdl:2027/loc.ark:/13960/t1fj3bd46. OCLC 15175498.
  5. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 454. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  6. ^ H.W. Slocum, Jr., Lawn Tennis Champion of New England 1887/88, from World's Champions, Second Series (N43) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes. Retrieved August 26, 2022 – via Metropolitan Museum of Art  . (MET, 63.350.202.43.20); JSTOR community.18393823, JSTOR community.18395494.

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