Maud Barger-Wallach (June 15, 1870 – April 2, 1954) was an American tennis player of the early 1900s.

Maud Barger-Wallach
Country (sports) United States
BornJune 15, 1870
New York, New York
DiedApril 2, 1954(1954-04-02) (aged 83)
Baltimore, Maryland
PlaysRight-handed
Int. Tennis HoF1958 (member page)
Singles
Grand Slam singles results
US OpenW (1908)
Doubles
Grand Slam doubles results
US OpenF (1912)

She was the daughter of Samuel F. Barger, a lawyer and director of the New York Central Railroad, and Edna Jenie LaFavor. In June 1890 she married sportsman Richard Wallach.[1]

She only began playing tennis when she was about 30 years old.[1] In 1908, Barger-Wallach became the oldest U.S. Open champion at the age of 38 (42-year-old Molla Mallory won in 1926, taking away her old-age record).[2]

At the age of 61 in 1931, she traveled overseas with the U.S. men's tennis contingent, and when Sidney Wood of the U.S. won the Wimbledon Gentlemen's Singles over Frank Shields of the U.S. in the final, in a walkover because Shields was injured, Wood gave his trophy to Barger-Wallach to hold until the next time that he and Shields should play each other on grass (as at Wimbledon), telling her to give it to the winner. Wood finally met Shields in a tournament on grass at Queen's Club in London three years later, beating him, and Barger-Wallach then gave Wood's Wimbledon trophy to him.[3]

She was a right-handed baseline player with an accurate but soft forehand and a weak backhand which, if possible, she tried to run around. She had an unorthodox playing style characterized by an underhand serve, accurate placements as well as tennis intelligence and determination.[1]

Barger-Wallach was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1958.

Grand Slam finals

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Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)

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Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1906 U.S. National Championships Grass   Helen Homans 4–6, 3–6
Winner 1908 U.S. National Championships Grass   Evelyn Sears 6–3, 1–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1909 U.S. National Championships Grass   Hazel Hotchkiss 0–6, 1–6

Doubles: 1 runner-up

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Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1912 U.S. National Championships Grass   Mrs. Frederick Schmitz   Mary Browne
  Dorothy Green
2–6, 7–5, 0–6

References

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  1. ^ a b c David L. Porter (1995). Biographical Dictionary of American Sports: 1992-1995 Supplement for Baseball, Football, Basketball, and Other Sports. Westport: Greenwood. pp. 651, 652. ISBN 978-0313284311.
  2. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 15, 467. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  3. ^ "Sydney Wood". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
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