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Oliver Edward Michael Campbell (February 25, 1871 – July 11, 1953) was an American male tennis player who won the three consecutive singles titles at the U.S. Championships from 1890 through 1892.

Oliver Campbell
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Full nameOliver Edward Michael Campbell
Country (sports) United States
Born(1871-02-25)February 25, 1871
Brooklyn, NY, U.S.
DiedJuly 11, 1953(1953-07-11) (aged 82)
Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada
Turned pro1886 (amateur tour)
Retired1892
Int. Tennis HoF1955 (member page)
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon2R (1892)
US OpenW (1890, 1891, 1892)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonSF (1892)
US OpenW (1890, 1891, 1892)

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CareerEdit

For over a century, Campbell had the honour of being the youngest male player to win the U.S. singles title. He did it as a 19-year, 6 months and 9 days old student in 1890. That record went to fellow American Pete Sampras, 19 years and 28 days, when he won the title in 1990.[1]

Campbell defended his title in the challenge round matches in 1891, defeating Clarence Hobart, and in 1892, defeating Fred Hovey, but did not defend it in 1893 and thereby defaulted the title to Robert Wrenn. The challenge round against Clarence Hobart was the first title match played over five sets.[2][3]

In addition to his singles titles Campbell won the men's doubles titles at the U.S. National Championships in 1888, 1891 and 1892.[4]

Campbell was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1955.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (3 titles)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1890 U.S. Championships Grass   Henry Slocum 6–2, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1
Win 1891 U.S. Championships Grass   Clarence Hobart 2–6, 7–5, 7–9, 6–1, 6–2
Win 1892 U.S. Championships Grass   Fred Hovey 7–5, 3–6, 6–3, 7–5

Doubles (3 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1888 U.S. Championships Grass   Valentine Hall   Clarence Hobart
  Edward MacMullen
6–4, 6–2, 6–4
Loss 1889 U.S. Championships Grass   Valentine Hall   Henry Slocum
  Howard Taylor
1–6, 3–6, 2–6
Win 1891 U.S. Championships Grass   Bob Huntington   Valentine Hall
  Clarence Hobart
6–3, 6–4, 8–6
Win 1892 U.S. Championships Grass   Bob Huntington   Edward L. Hall
  Valentine Hall
6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Loss 1893 U.S. Championships Grass   Bob Huntington   Clarence Hobart
  Fred Hovey
3–6, 4–6, 6–4, 2–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 488. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  2. ^ "In The Tennis Court" (PDF). The New York Times. August 27, 1891. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  3. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 455. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  4. ^ "Campbell and Huntington" (PDF). The New York Times. August 25, 1892. Retrieved 3 June 2012.

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