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Gardnar Mulloy

Gardnar Mulloy
Full name Gardnar Putnam Mulloy
Country  United States
Born (1913-11-22) November 22, 1913
Washington, D.C., United States
Turned pro 1934 (amateur tour)
Retired 1969
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
College University of Miami
Int. Tennis HOF 1972 (member page)
Career record 567-215
Career titles 46
Highest ranking No. 6 (1947, Harry Hopman)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1947)
French Open QF (1952, 1953, 1954)
Wimbledon SF (1948)
US Open F (1952)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open F (1951, 1952)
Wimbledon W (1957)
US Open W (1942, 1945, 1946, 1950)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1946, 1948, 1949)

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 44.

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 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


Runner-ups (1)

Year Tournament Opponent Score
1952 US National Championships Frank Sedgman 1–6, 2–6, 3–6


Titles (5)

Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
1942 US National Championships Bill Talbert Ted Schroeder
Sidney Wood
9–7, 7–5, 6–1
1945 US National Championships Bill Talbert Bob Falkenburg
Jack Tuero
12–10, 8–10, 12–10, 6–2
1946 US National Championships Bill Talbert Don McNeill
Frank Guernsey
3–6, 6–4, 2–6, 6–3, 20–18
1948 US National Championships Bill Talbert Frank Parker
Ted Schroeder
1–6, 9–7, 6–3, 3–6, 9–7
1957 Wimbledon Budge Patty Neale Fraser
Lew Hoad
8–10, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4

Runner-ups (9)

Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
1940 US National Championships Wayne Sabin Jack Kramer
Ted Schroeder
7–6, 4–6, 2–6
1941 US National Championships Henry Prussoff Jack Kramer
Ted Schroeder
4–6, 6–8, 7–9
1948 Wimbledon Tom Brown John Bromwich
Frank Sedgman
7–5 5–7, 5–7, 7–9
1949 Wimbledon Ted Schroeder Pancho Gonzales
Ted Schroeder
4–6, 4–6, 2–6
1950 French Championships Dick Savitt Ken McGregor
Frank Sedgman
2–6, 6–2, 7–9, 5–7
1950 US National Championships Bill Talbert John Bromwich
Frank Sedgman
5–7, 6–8, 6–3, 1–6
1951 French Championships Dick Savitt Ken McGregor
Frank Sedgman
3–6, 4–6, 4–6
1953 US National Championships Bill Talbert Rex Hartwig
Mervyn Rose
4–6, 6–4, 4–6, 2–6
1957 US National Championships Budge Patty Ashley Cooper
Neale Fraser
6–4, 3–6, 7–9, 3–6


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".  
  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

External links

  • International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • ATP Player Profile
  • Davis Cup Player Profile
  • Boston Globe article, Aug 31, 2003
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