Maurice McLoughlin

Maurice Evans McLoughlin (January 7, 1890 – December 10, 1957) was an American tennis player. Known for his powerful serve and overhead volley, McLoughlin was the first male tennis champion from the western United States.[3]

Maurice McLoughlin
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Full nameMaurice Evans McLoughlin
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceAKA "The California Comet"
Born(1890-01-07)January 7, 1890
Carson City, NV, U.S.
DiedDecember 10, 1957(1957-12-10) (aged 67)
Hermosa Beach, CA, U.S.
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1957 (member page)
Career record189–25 (88.3%)[1]
Career titles29[1]
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1914, A. Wallis Myers)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonF (1913Ch)
US OpenW (1912, 1913)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US OpenW (1912, 1913, 1914)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1913)
Maurice McLoughlin (1890-1957), Henry Ward Dawson (1890-?), William Johnston (1894-1946), Clarence Griffin (1888-1973) on August 30, 1916 at the national men's doubles championship.
McLoughlin vs. Melville H. Long on September 9, 1911 at The Championships, Wimbledon


He was born on January 7, 1890 in Carson City, Nevada.[3][4]

At the U.S. Championships, he won the singles twice, 1912[5] and 1913, and the doubles three times with Thomas Bundy, 1912-1914. In 1913 he also became the first American to be a finalist in the singles at Wimbledon when he defeated Stanley Doust in the final of the All-Comers tournament. He lost the Challenge Round in straight sets to defending champion Anthony Wilding.[6][7]

The "California Comet" was the World No. 1 player for 1914.[8] He married Helen Mears in 1918 and they had three children.

He died on December 10, 1957 in Hermosa Beach, California.[3]


In 1915, McLoughlin published an instructional tennis book titled Tennis as I Play It,[9] ghostwritten by Sinclair Lewis.[10]

McLoughlin was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1957.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: (2 titles, 4 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1911 U.S. National Championships Grass   William Larned 4–6, 4–6, 2–6
Win 1912 U.S. National Championships Grass   Wallace F. Johnson 3–6, 2–6, 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
Loss 1913 Wimbledon Grass   Anthony Wilding 6–8, 3–6, 8–10
Win 1913 U.S. National Championships Grass   Richard Norris Williams 6–4, 5–7, 6–3, 6–1
Loss 1914 U.S. National Championships Grass   Richard Norris Williams 3–6, 6–8, 8–10
Loss 1915 U.S. National Championships Grass   Bill Johnston 6–1, 0–6, 5–7, 8–10

Doubles (3 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1912 U.S. National Championships Grass   Tom Bundy   Raymond Little
  Gustave Touchard
3–6, 6–2, 6–1, 7–5
Win 1913 U.S. National Championships Grass   Tom Bundy   John Strachan
  Clarence Griffin
6–4, 7–5, 6–1
Win 1914 U.S. National Championships Grass   Tom Bundy   George Church
  Dean Mathey
6–4, 6–2, 6–4
Loss 1915 U.S. National Championships Grass   Tom Bundy   Clarence Griffin
  Bill Johnston
6–2, 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 1916 U.S. National Championships Grass   Henry Ward Dawson   Clarence Griffin
  Bill Johnston
4–6, 3–6, 7–5, 3–6


  1. ^ a b "Maurice McLoughlin: Career match record". Tennis Base. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Lawn Tennis". Auckland Star. Auckland, New Zealand. XLVI (91): 15. April 17, 1915. Retrieved July 5, 2013 – via PapersPast.
  3. ^ a b c "'California Comet,' Noted for Flashy Style, Helped Game to National Popularity. Maurice McLoughlin Dies at 67. U.S. Tennis Champion in '12-13". Associated Press in the New York Times. December 12, 1957. Retrieved August 5, 2014. Maurice E. McLoughlin, tennis star in the early part of the century, died at his home last night after a short illness. He was 67 years old. He suffered a heart attack a week ago. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  4. ^ "American Lawn Tennis". United States Lawn Tennis Association. 1931. Retrieved December 17, 2010. Maurice E. McLoughlin, born January 7, 1890; Melville H. Long, born October 18, 1889. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  5. ^ "M'Loughlin is New Tennis Champion" (PDF). The New York Times. August 27, 1912.
  6. ^ "Mc'Loughlin Beats Doust At Tennis". New York Times. July 2, 1913. Retrieved October 29, 2010. Maurice E. McLoughlin of San Francisco, the United States lawn tennis champion, by defeating to-day in three straight sets Stanley N. Doust, the Australasian Davis Cup Captain, in the final round of the all-England lawn tennis singles championship tournament, won the right to challenge A. F. Wilding of New Zealand, the title holder, and the match will be played here on Friday. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  7. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 417, 457, 477. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  8. ^ Runyon, Damon (November 1914), "McLoughlin—The World's Greatest Tennis Player", Munsey's Magazine, 53 (11): 331–8
  9. ^ McLoughlin, Maurice (1915). Tennis As I Play It. New York: George H. Doran.
  10. ^ Pastore, Stephen R., Sinclair Lewis: A Descriptive Bibliography, New Haven, YALEbooks, 1997, pp.323–5.

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