H. LAURIE DOHERTY(GREAT BRITAIN)
Born: 8/10/1875 Died: 21/8/1919
US Open 1903
Hugh Laurence Doherty was born in Wimbledon in 1875. After attending Cambridge University, Doherty concentrated on a tennis career. J. Parmly Paret in Lawn tennis: Its past, present, and future said of Laurie Doherty "in his play there is no unnecessary swing and no sharp impact when the ball is struck; the power is applied at exactly the right instant, and the body swing and follow-through are nearly perfect. I have never seen a player get so much speed on the ball with so little apparent effort as the younger Doherty, and his racket follows it so long that he directs it with wonderful accuracy". Making his Wimbledon debut in 1896, Doherty lost his opening match to C.H.L.Cazalet. The following year he lost in the quarters to Wilfred Baddeley. In 1898 he beat Harold Mahony 14-12 in the fifth set in the All Comers final before losing in the Challenge Round to his brother Reggie in five sets. In 1900 he lost in the semis to Arthur Gore. After a third round defeat to George Hillyard in 1901, Doherty progressed to the semis in 1902, where he faced Harold Mahony. Mahony led two sets to love but was a spent force by the fourth set, when he had to retire. After winning the All Comers final, Doherty beat Arthur Gore in the Challenge Round in four sets to take his first Grand Slam title. The following year he successfully defended his title in the Challenge Round against Frank Riseley. At the US Open in 1903, Doherty beat Bill Clothier in the All Comers final before thrashing Bill Larned in the Challenge Round to become the first overseas winner of the event and the first man ever to win two different Grand Slam singles titles. In 1904 he beat Riseley again for a hat trick of Wimbledon titles. In 1905 the Australian Norman Brookes was his opponent and Doherty won in straight sets. He took his fifth consecutive title in 1906, beating Riseley in the Challenge Round in four sets. Then he promptly retired. During the First World War, Doherty was invalided out of the Anti-Aircraft branch of the R.N.R. He died in 1919 at the age of 43.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: W.Baddeley 0-1, N.Brookes 1-0, B.Clothier 1-0, R.Doherty 0-1, A.Gore 1-1, B.Larned 1-0, H.Mahony 3-0
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