Mal Whitman

MAL WHITMAN (U. S. A.)

Born: 15/3/1877 Died: 28/12/1932

US Open 1898,1899,1900

Malcolm Whitman pioneered the reverse kick serve and allied to a solid baseline game and good play at the net, Whitman dominated the game in the US at the turn of the 20th Century. He first entered the US championships in 1896, beating Holcombe Ward before losing to Bill Larned in the quarters. The following year he beat Bill Clothier and Harold Mahony before losing in the quarters to Harold Nisbet. In 1898 Whitman beat Dwight Davis in four sets in the All Comers final and won the Challenge Round by default to take his first Grand Slam title. Defending his title in the Challenge Round the following year, Whitman beat Parmly Paret in four sets. Whitman took a hat trick of titles in 1900, beating Bill Larned in four sets in the Challenge Round. He did not enter the following year but he returned in 1902 and made it to the All Comers Final before losing to Reggie Doherty in four sets. Whitman then retired at the age of just 25. He died in 1932 at the age of 55.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: B.Clothier 1-0, R.Doherty 0-1, B.Larned 1-1, H.Mahony 1-0, H.Ward 1-0, B.Wright 1-0

GRAND SLAM RECORD
1896 US 5 1897 US 5 1898 US 8 1899 US 8 1900 US 8 1902 US 7


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