Harold Mahony

HAROLD MAHONY (IRELAND)

Born: 13/2/1867 Died: 27/6/1905

Wimbledon 1896

Harold Mahony was the third and last Irishman to win the Wimbledon championships. Mahony was a very popular player who would often joke with spectators during his matches. Mahony made his Wimbledon debut in 1890 and went out in the opening round to D.Miller. The following year he made the semis, where he lost to Joshua Pim. Pim beat him at the same stage in 1892. Mahony made it to the All Comers final in 1893 but Pim was the stumbling block once again. In 1896 Mahony made it to the Challenge Round, where he faced Wilfred Baddeley. Baddeley led two sets to one but Mahony won a tight fourth set 8-6 and went on to take the fifth 6-3 to win his first Grand Slam title. Defending his title in the Challenge Round the following year, Mahony lost in straight sets to Reggie Doherty. Making his debut in the US championships later in the year, Mahony went out in the third round to Malcolm Whitman. At Wimbledon in 1898, Mahony lost in the All Comers final to Laurie Doherty. The following year he lost in the semis to Arthur Gore. In 1901 Mahony lost in the semis to C.P.Dixon and he made the semis again the following year, this time losing to Laurie Doherty. In the 1903 US Open Mahony lost in the fourth round to Laurie Doherty. He made his last Grand Slam appearance at Wimbledon the following year, when he lost in the third round to Frank Riseley. On the second day of the Championships in 1905, Mahony was found dead across his wrecked bicycle at the base of a hill in County Kerry. He was just 38.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: W.Baddeley 1-0, L.Doherty 0-3, R.Doherty 1-1, A.Gore 3-1, J.Pim 0-3, E.Renshaw 1-0, M.Whitman 0-1, A.Wilding 1-0

Harold Mahony's Grand Slam record

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