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Gardnar Mulloy

Gardnar Mulloy
Full name Gardnar Putnam Mulloy
Country 23x15px United States
Born (1913-11-22) November 22, 1913 (age 102)
Washington, D.C., United States
Turned pro 1934 (amateur tour)</td></tr>
Retired 1969</td></tr>
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)</td></tr>
College University of Miami</td></tr>
Int. Tennis HoF 1972 (member page)</td></tr>
Career record 567-215</td></tr>
Career titles 46</td></tr>
Highest ranking No. 6 (1947, Harry Hopman)[1]</td></tr>
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1947)</td></tr>
French Open QF (1952, 1953, 1954)</td></tr>
Wimbledon SF (1948)</td></tr>
US Open F (1952)</td></tr>
Career record {{#property:P555}}</td></tr>
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open F (1951, 1952)</td></tr>
Wimbledon W (1957)</td></tr>
US Open W (1942, 1945, 1946, 1950)</td></tr>
Team competitions
Davis Cup

W (1946, 1948, 1949)</td></tr></table> Gardnar Putnam "Gar" Mulloy (born November 22, 1913) is a former U.S. No. 1 tennis player primarily known for playing in doubles matches with partner Billy Talbert. He was born in Washington, D.C. and turned 100 in November 2013.[2]

Tennis career

When he was the Tennis Coach of the University of Miami, he recruited Pancho Segura for the tennis team. Pancho won three straight NCAA Singles Titles in 1943, 1944, and 1945, a college record now matched by Steve Johnson, who won in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Pancho went on to enjoy a very successful professional tennis career, competing against the top touring professional players from 1947 until retiring in 1962.

Gardnar Mulloy was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1967 as part of its inaugural class of inductees.

Mulloy reached the US Championships men's singles final in 1952, losing to Frank Sedgman. He reached the U.S. No. 1 ranking the same year and was ranked World No. 6 by Harry Hopman in 1947 and World No. 7 by American Lawn Tennis Magazine in 1949.[3][1][4]

The pair of Mulloy and Talbert won the U.S. men's doubles title in 1942, 1945, 1946, and 1948. He also won the Wimbledon doubles with Budge Patty in 1957, at age 43.

Mulloy was a Davis Cup team member in 1946, 1948–50, 1952–53 and 1957, winning the Cup on three occasions against Australia. His Davis Cup record stands at 11 wins and 3 losses.[5] Mulloy, who served as the commanding officer of LST 32 during World War II in the Mediterranean Theater, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1972.

A 1936 graduate of the University of Miami, and Tennis Coach at the school. He also is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He recruited to Miami and played doubles with George Toley, who went on to win 10 NCAA Team Titles at University of Southern California. Probably Mulloy's greatest contribution to tennis was advancing the popularity of Senior Tennis. He played the senior circuit around the world into his 90s, and contributed the Mulloy Cup for international competition between men tennis players 80 years of age and over. He has won over 127 National Championships and 25 International Titles over his 75 years of playing competitive tennis.

Grand Slam finals

Singles (1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Tournament Opponent in final Score in final
Runner-up 1952 US National Championships 23x15px Frank Sedgman 1–6, 2–6, 3–6

Doubles (5 titles, 9 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Tournament Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Runner-up 1940 US National Championships 23x15px Wayne Sabin 23x15px Jack Kramer
23x15px Ted Schroeder
7–6, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1941 US National Championships 23x15px Henry Prussoff 23x15px Jack Kramer
23x15px Ted Schroeder
4–6, 6–8, 7–9
Winner 1942 US National Championships 23x15px Bill Talbert 23x15px Ted Schroeder
23x15px Sidney Wood
9–7, 7–5, 6–1
Winner 1945 US National Championships 23x15px Bill Talbert 23x15px Bob Falkenburg
23x15px Jack Tuero
12–10, 8–10, 12–10, 6–2
Winner 1946 US National Championships 23x15px Bill Talbert 23x15px Don McNeill
23x15px Frank Guernsey
3–6, 6–4, 2–6, 6–3, 20–18
Runner-up 1948 Wimbledon 23x15px Tom Brown 23x15px John Bromwich
23x15px Frank Sedgman
7–5 5–7, 5–7, 7–9
Winner 1948 US National Championships 23x15px Bill Talbert 23x15px Frank Parker
23x15px Ted Schroeder
1–6, 9–7, 6–3, 3–6, 9–7
Runner-up 1949 Wimbledon 23x15px Ted Schroeder 23x15px Pancho Gonzales
23x15px Frank Parker
4–6, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 1950 French Championships 23x15px Dick Savitt 23x15px Ken McGregor
23x15px Frank Sedgman
2–6, 6–2, 7–9, 5–7
Runner-up 1950 US National Championships 23x15px Bill Talbert 23x15px John Bromwich
23x15px Frank Sedgman
5–7, 6–8, 6–3, 1–6
Runner-up 1951 French Championships 23x15px Dick Savitt 23x15px Ken McGregor
23x15px Frank Sedgman
3–6, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1953 US National Championships 23x15px Bill Talbert 23x15px Rex Hartwig
23x15px Mervyn Rose
4–6, 6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 1957 Wimbledon 23x15px Budge Patty 23x15px Neale Fraser
23x15px Lew Hoad
8–10, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1957 US National Championships 23x15px Budge Patty 23x15px Ashley Cooper
23x15px Neale Fraser
6–4, 3–6, 7–9, 3–6

Mixed doubles (1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Tournament Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Runner-up 1956 Wimbledon 23x15px Althea Gibson 23x15px Shirley Fry
23x15px Vic Seixas
6–2, 2–6, 5–7


Mulloy wrote an autobiography, The Will To Win, that was published in 1960. As of 2006, Mulloy was still participating in and winning senior matches. He currently lives on Fisher Island.[6] In 2009, Mulloy came out with an update to his autobiography, titled As It Was, with an introduction by Billie Jean King. According to the book, Mulloy is enshrined in a record eight Halls of Fame.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b "World's Best 10 in Tennis", The Courier-Mail, February 3, 1947.
  2. ^ "Ex-champ Gardnar Mulloy becomes first Hall of Famer to turn 100". Fox Sports. 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  3. ^ "Gardnar Mulloy Tentatively Ranked No. 1 in Net World", The Palm Beach Post, December 14, 1952.
  4. ^ "Richard Gonzalez World's No. 1: Amateur Lawn Tennis Rankings", The Sunday Indian Express, November 18, 1949.
  5. ^ "Davis Cup Player Profile". ITF. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ Howard, Chris (December 31, 2009), "Gardnar Mulloy's new book a good read", the Daily Courier, retrieved February 11, 2011 
  7. ^ Mulloy 2009
  8. ^ Amdur, Neil (June 19, 2010), "He Forgot to Leave Tickets for the Queen", New York Times, retrieved February 11, 2011 
  • Mulloy, Gardnar. The Will To Win. An insider view of the world of tennis. New York: A. S. Barnes and Company, Inc., 1960.
  • Mulloy, Gardnar. Advantage Striker. London: Allan Wingate, 1959.
  • Mulloy, Gardnar P. As It Was. Flexigroup, 2009. ISBN 0-615-32745-1. A print-on-demand paperback book.
  • Toley, George "The Golden Age of College Tennis" 2009

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