Holcombe Ward

HOLCOMBE WARD (U. S. A.)

Born: 23/11/1878 Died: 23/1/1967

US Open 1904

Holcombe Ward lacked the speed and strokes of many of his contemporaries but he did posses a high bouncing twisting serve, which was difficult to return. Ward made his Grand Slam debut in the US Championships in 1896, where he lost in the third round to Mal Whitman. The following year he lost in the quarters to Leo Ware. In 1898 he made the quarters again but lost to W.S.Bond. In 1899 he lost in the quarters to Ware in five sets. In 1900 he beat Bill Clothier before losing to Arthur Gore in five sets in the third round. In 1904 Ward beat Wallace Johnson in the third round, Fred Alexander in the quarters and Bill Clothier in the All Comers Final in straight sets before winning the Challenge Round by default to take his first Grand Slam title. Defending his title in the Challenge Round the following year, Ward lost to Beals Wright in straight sets. Ward then retired but 12 years later he returned to play in the 1917 US Championships named the Patriotic tournament. He lost in the third round to Nat Niles in four sets. Later he became a long-serving president of the USTA from 1937-1948. He died in 1967 at the age of 88.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: F.Alexander 1-0, B.Clothier 2-1, A.Gore 0-1, M.Whitman 0-1, B.Wright 0-1

Holcombe Ward's Grand Slam record

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