MAURICE McLOUGHLIN(U. S. A.)
Born: 7/1/1890 Died: 10/12/1957
US Open 1912,1913
The Red headed 'California Comet' Maurice McLoughlin seemed to herald a new era in the game of tennis. He was the first public parks player to win the US title and the first player to successfully employ the big serve and volley game to good effect. The cannonball serving McLoughlin made his debut in the US Championship in 1909, when he lost in the All Comers Final to Bill Clothier in four sets. In the 1910 Championships McLoughlin lost in the quarters to Beals Wright. The following year he beat Wright in the All Comers Final before losing in the Challenge Round to Bill Larned in straight sets. In 1912 McLoughlin beat former champion Henry Slocum in the fourth round, Dick Williams in the quarters in five long sets, Clothier in the semis in four sets and Wallace Johnson in the final from 2 sets to love down. At Wimbledon in 1913 McLoughlin beat Williams in the fourth round and J.Cecil Parke in the semis before losing in the Challenge Round to Anthony Wilding. McLoughlin successfully defended his US title later in the year, beating Clothier in the quarters, Johnson in the semis and Williams in the final in four sets. In 1914 he beat Clothier in the semis before losing to Williams in the final in straight sets. In 1915 he beat Fred Alexander in the fourth round, Frank Hunter in the quarters and Theodore Pell in the semis before losing to Bill Johnston in a four set final. The following year he lost in the fourth round to George Church. McLoughlin spent the next two years on Army service during the latter years of the First World War and in 1919 made his last appearance in the US Championships, where he looked a shadow of his former self in losing to Williams in the quarter finals 6-0,6-3,6-2. He then quit tennis and concentrated on golf. He died in 1957 at the age of 67.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: F.Alexander 1-0, B.Clothier 3-1, B.Johnston 0-1, B.Larned 0-1, C.Parke 1-0, H.Slocum 1-0, A.Wilding 0-1, D.Williams 3-2, B.Wright 1-1
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