Beals Wright

BEALS WRIGHT (U. S. A.)

Born: 19/12/1879 Died: 23/8/1961

US Open 1905

Beals Wright was a lefthander with an unorthodox style. He stood two feet inside the court to receive serve, met the ball on the rise and chopped it low over the net. Many of Wright's strokes were weak but he had a sound serve and volley attack and was a very shrewd tactician. Wright made his debut in the 1897 US Championships, where he lost in the third round to Harold Nisbet. In 1900 he beat Leo Ware and Dwight Davis before losing in the semis to Bill Larned in four sets. In 1901 Wright beat Davis, Clarence Hobart and Ray Little before losing in the All Comers Final to Larned in four sets. At the 1904 US Championships Wright lost to Larned in the quarter finals in straight sets. At Wimbledon in 1905 he lost in the fourth round to Arthur Gore in four sets. At the US Open he beat Wallace Johnson, Bill Clothier in the quarters, Larned in the semis, Clarence Hobart in the All Comers Final and Holcombe Ward in the Challenge Round in straight sets to take his first Grand Slam title. In 1908 Wright beat Johnson, Nat Emerson in the semis and Fred Alexander in the All Comers Final before losing to Larned in straight sets in the Challenge Round. At Wimbledon in 1910, Wright reached the All Comers Final and led Anthony Wilding two sets to love before losing in five. At the US Open he beat Niles and Maurice McLoughlin before losing to Tom Bundy in four sets. In the 1911 US Championships Wright beat Niles and Bundy before losing to McLoughlin in the All Comers Final in four sets. He made his last Grand Slam appearance at the US Championships in 1918 and lost in the fourth round to Ichiya Kumagae in four sets. He died in 1961 at the age of 81.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: F.Alexander 1-0, B.Clothier 1-2, A.Gore 0-1, B.Larned 1-4, G.Lowe 1-0, M.McLoughlin 1-1, H.Ward 1-0, M.Whitman 0-1, A.Wilding 0-2

Beals Wright's Grand Slam record

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