Mohammed Sleem

Mohammed Sleem (14 January 1892 – around 1980[3]) was a tennis player and lawyer who represented India at the Davis Cup and Olympic Games. He competed in the singles event at the 1924 Summer Olympics, reaching the third round in which he lost to eventual Olympic champion Vincent Richards. With compatriot Sydney Jacob he competed in the men's doubles event and lost in the first round.[4]

Mohammed Sleem
Mohammed Sleem 1921.jpg
Sleem in 1921
Country (sports)India British India
Born(1892-01-14)14 January 1892
Career record119-38, (75.8%) [1]
Career titles12 [2]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open4R (1928, 1934)
Wimbledon4R (1921)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games3R (1924)
Olympic Games1R (1924)

Tennis careerEdit

He played his first tournament at Craigside, on grass at County Durham, England in 1913 which he won.[5] Sleem won several titles at the Punjab Championships, the first of which was in 1915.[6] In June 1921 he reached the finals of the Queen's Club Championships on grass before losing to Japanese player Zenzo Shimizu in straight sets. In September 1921, he won the Sussex Championships at Brighton defeating compatriot Cotah Ramaswami in three sets.[7] he was a runner-up at the Eastbourne tournament losing to South African Brian Norton in five sets.[8] he won the London Country Club hard court tournament held at Hendon defeating Sydney Jacob in straight sets.[9][10] In mid October he clinched the Queen's Club Hard Court crown by beating Walter Crawley for the title.[11] In late October he won the Welsh Covered Court Championships. He defeated Arthur Lovibond, the holder, Francis Gordon Lowe and Crawley for the second time within two weeks on his way to the trophy.[12] . In February 1922 he won the All India Championships held in Allahabad defeating Australian player Harry Lewis-Barclay in three sets. 1924 was his most successful season winning eight titles from nine finals. In July 1924 he won the Deauville tournament, for which he upset compatriot Syed Mohammad Hadi who gave the match up after two sets.[13] In September he was victorious at the South of England Championships where he had a clean win over Gordon Lowe in the final.[14] 1928 was another successful season in which he won the All England Plate in July, followed by the Midland Counties Championships at Edgbaston and Herga LTC Championships at Harrow, Middlesex. In August 1928 he reached the semi-finals of the German International Championships, he then won the West Sussex Championships at Bognor Regis and the Southampton LTC Championships at Southampton the same month.[15] He played his final tournament in August 1937 at Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, England where he reached the quarter finals.[16] He was the member of the Queen's Club.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Sleem was the son of Sheikh Mohammed Umar of Lahore.[17] He became a criminal lawyer after graduating from Cambridge University.[17] He practised as a barrister in England and was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1910.[17] He spoke English and Urdu.[3] He was the uncle of Manzur Qadir.[3] He practised tennis at the Gymkhana Club of Punjab when he resided in India.[3] He was buried in the Miani Sahib Graveyard in Lahore, Pakistan.[18]


  1. ^ "Mohammed Sleem: Career match record". Tennis Base. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Mohammed Sleem: Career match record". Tennis Base. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e Singh 2006.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Mohammed Sleem: Tournament results 1913". Tennis Base. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  6. ^ Majumdar 2009, p. 118.
  7. ^ "Sussex Championships: Tournament Draw 1921". Tennis Base. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  8. ^ Le Figaro 1921/264; Lawn-Tennis.
  9. ^ "London Country Club: Tournament Draw 1921". Tennis Base. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  10. ^ The Northern Advocate p.5.
  11. ^ Le Figaro 1921/298; Lawn-Tennis.
  12. ^ Utica Morning Telegram 105; p.17.
  13. ^ Le Figaro 1924/211; Lawn-Tennis.
  14. ^ Le Figaro 1924/260; Lawn-Tennis.
  15. ^ "Mohammed Sleem: Tournament activity 1928". Tennis Base. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  16. ^ "'Mohammed Sleem: Tournament results 1937". Tennis Base. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  17. ^ a b c Sharafi 2012, p. 53.
  18. ^ Singh 2013.

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