HENRY SLOCUM(U. S. A.)
Born: 28/5/1862 Died: 22/1/1949
US Open 1888,1889
Henry Slocum was the second winner of the US Championships. He made his Grand Slam debut in the US Open in 1884, where he lost in the second round to William Thorne. The following year he lost in the second round to Godfrey Brinley. In 1886 he reached the quarter finals, where he lost to Joseph Clark. The following year he beat Clark in the semis and Howard Taylor in the All Comers final before losing to Dick Sears in the final. Then Sears retired, which left the door open for Slocum to take the title in 1888. He beat James Dwight in the quarters, Oliver Campbell in the semis and Taylor in the All Comers final to win his first Grand Slam title. The following year Slocum successfully defended his title in the Challenge Round over Quincy Shaw in four sets. In the Challenge Round in 1890, Slocum's gentle backcourt game was taken apart by Oliver Campbell in 4 sets. Two years later he lost in the second round to Bill Larned in 4 sets. Slocum then concentrated full time on a career as a lawyer and had little time for playing tennis over the next few years. Eleven years after his last appearance, Slocum returned to play in the US Championship in 1903, losing in the second round. In 1905 he beat Nat Niles before losing in the third round to Lewis Perry. After first round defeats in 1907 and 1908, Slocum made the third round in 1909, where he lost to Bill Clothier. In 1910 he made the third round but lost to Craig Biddle in five sets. In 1911 he lost in the third round to E.T.Gross. In 1912 Slocum made it to the fourth round before losing to Maurice McLoughlin in straight sets. He made his final appearance in 1913, when he lost in the second round to Wallace Johnson at the age of 51. Slocum was active in the USTA, serving as president (1892-1893), vice president, secretary and treasurer. He died in 1949 at the age of 86.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: O.Campbell 2-1, B.Clothier 0-1, B.Larned 0-1, M.McLoughlin 0-1, D.Sears 0-1
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