Richard Sears

RICHARD SEARS (U. S. A.)

Born: 16/10/1861 Died: 8/4/1943

US Open 1881,1882,1883,1884,1885,1886,1887

Dick Sears was the first winner of the US Championships and retired undefeated 7 years later. Sears learnt a lot from the English players of the time which meant he was a standard above the rest of the American players. In the inaugural championship in 1881, Sears didnít drop a set in the tournament and beat William Glyn in the final. The following year he didnít drop a set again and beat Clarence Clark in the final. In 1883 he again did not lose a set and beat James Dwight in the final. In 1884 the Challenge Round was instituted and the Bagnall-Wilde system of draw was introduced, meaning that byes would be confined to the opening round. Sears only had to win one match to retain his title. He beat Howard Taylor and in doing so dropped a set. In 1885 he beat Godfrey Brinley in four sets. In 1886 Sears was suffering from cramps in both his hands and went a set down to the big hitting R.Livingston Beeckmann. However, he battled on to claim a four set victory. In 1887 Sears despatched Henry Slocum without losing a set to take his seventh title. Then he retired from competition with an unblemished record. A neck injury was a contributory reason for his retirement. Sears served as president of USTA from 1887-1889. He died in 1943 at the age of 81.

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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: H.Slocum 1-0

GRAND SLAM RECORD
1881 US 8 1882 US 8 1883 US 8 1884 US 8 1885 US 8 1886 US 8 1887 US 8


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