Today in Tennis History

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1659-09-30 - Peter Stuyvesant of New Netherlands forbids tennis playing during religious services (1st mention of tennis in US)
1789-06-20 - Oath of Tennis Court (for a new constitution) in France taken
1793-09-29 - Tennis is 1st mentioned in an English sporting magazine
1874-02-23 - Mjr Walter Winfield patents game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)
1874-06-22 - Game of lawn tennis introduced
1874-07-29 - Major Walter Copton Wingfield patents a portable tennis court
1876-02-03 - Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football
1881-05-21 - US Nation Lawn Tennis Association forms
1881-08-03 - US Nation Lawn Tennis Association removes "Nation" from name
1881-08-31 - 1st US men's single tennis championships (Newport, RI)
1881-09-03 - 1st US Mens Tennis: Richard D Sears beats William E Glyn (6-0 6-3 6-2)
1886-08-18 - Carr Baker Neel & Samuel Neel win US Lawn Tennis Association doubles
1888-08-25 - 8th US Mens Tennis: Henry W Slocum Jr beats Howard A Taylor (64 61 60)
1889-08-29 - 1st American Intl pro lawn tennis contest (Newport RI)
1890-09-03 - Oliver S Campbell wins US Tennis Open
1891-09-03 - 11th US Mens Tennis: Oliver S Campbell beats C Hobart (2-6 7-5 7-9 6-1 6-2)
1893-07-24 - For only time in history of US Tennis championships, an event is held off the Eastern seaboard. Men's double championship in Chicago
1893-08-30 - 13rd US Mens Tennis: Robert D Wrenn beats Fred H Hovey (6-4 3-6 6-4 6-4)
1895-08-27 - 15th US Mens Tennis: Fred H Hovey beats Robert D Wrenn (6-3 6-2 6-4)
1898-08-23 - 18th US Mens Tennis: Malcolm Whitman beats Dwight Davis (3-6 6-2 6-2 6-1)
1901-08-21 - 21st US Mens Tennis: William Larned beats Beals C Wright (6-2 6-8 6-4 6-4)
1901-12-14 - 1st table tennis tournament is held (London Royal Aquarium)
1903-08-27 - 23rd US Mens Tennis: Hugh L Doherty beats William A Larned (6-0 6-3 10-8)
1904-08-24 - 24th US Mens Tennis: Holcombe Ward beats William Clothier (10-8 6-4 9-7)
1905-08-31 - 25th US Mens Tennis: Beals C Wright beats Holcombe Ward (6-2 6-1 11-9)
1905-11-21 - 1st game ever played in the Australian Tennis Open
1906-08-29 - William J Clothier wins the US Tennis Open
1909-06-26 - 23rd US Womens Tennis: H Hotchkiss beats Maud Barger-Wallach (6-0 6-1)
1909-06-27 - 23rd US Womens Tennis: Hazel H Wightman beats M Barger-Wallach (6-0 6-1)
1909-09-27 - 29th US Mens Tennis: W A Larned beats W J Clothier (6-1 6-2 5-7 1-6 6-1)
1910-06-26 - 24th US Womens Tennis: H Hotchkiss Wightman beats L Hammond (6-4 6-2)
1910-06-26 - Hazel Hotchkiss wins US Lawn Tennis Association championship
1910-08-25 - 30th US Mens Tennis: Wm Larned beats Thomas Bundy (6-1 5-7 6-0 6-8 6-1)
1911-03-20 - National Squash Tennis Association forms (NYC)
1911-09-03 - 31st US Mens Tennis: Wm A Larned beats Maurice E McLoughlin (6-4 6-4 6-2)
1911-09-17 - 25th US Women's Tennis: Hazel H Wightman beats F Sutton (8-10 6-1 9-7)
1912-02-09 - US Tennis Association amends rule taking bye away from defending champion
1912-06-15 - 26th US Women's Tennis: Mary K Browne beats Eleonora Sears (6-4 6-2)
1912-08-26 - 32nd US Mens Tennis: M E McLoughlin beats W F Johnson (3-6 2-6 6-2 6-4 6-2)
1913-08-26 - 33rd US Mens Tennis: M E McLoughlin beats R N Williams (6-4 5-7 6-3 6-1)
1913-09-14 - 27th US Womens Tennis: Mary K Browne beats Dorothy Green (6-2 7-5)
1914-06-13 - 28th US Womens Tennis: Mary K Browne beats Marie Wagner (6-2 1-6 6-1)
1914-09-01 - 34th US Mens Tennis: R Norris W III beats M E McLoughlin (6-3 8-6 10-8)
1915-06-12 - 29th US Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats Hazel Wightman (4-6 6-2 6-0)
1915-09-05 - 35th US Mens Tennis: William Johnston beats McLoughlin (1-6 6-0 7-5 10-8)
1915-09-07 - 35th US Mens Tennis: Wm Johnston beats M E McLoughlin (1-6 6-0 7-5 10-8)
1916-06-12 - 30th US Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats Louise Raymond (6-0 6-1)
1916-06-12 - Tennis legend Bill Tilden's 1st appearance at US tennis championship
1916-09-05 - 36th US Mens Tennis: R N Williams III beats Johnston (4-6 6-4 0-6 6-2 6-4)
1917-06-23 - 31st US Womens Tennis: Molla Mallory beat Marion Vanderhoef (4-6 6-0 6-2)
1917-08-25 - 37th US Mens Tennis: R Lindley Murray beats N W Niles (5-7 8-6 6-3 6-3)
1918-06-22 - 32nd US Womens Tennis: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats E E Goss (6-4 6-3)
1918-09-03 - 38th US Mens Tennis: R L Murray beats William T Tilden (6-3 6-1 7-5)
1919-09-04 - 39th US Mens Tennis: William M Johnston beats Wm T Tilden (6-4 6-4 6-3)
1919-09-21 - 33rd US Womens Tennis: Hazel H Wightman beats M Zinderstein (6-1 6-2)
1920-09-06 - 40th US Mens Tennis: Wm Tilden beats Wm M Johnston (6-1 1-6 7-5 5-7 6-3)
1920-09-25 - 34th US Womens Tennis: M B Mallory beats M Zinderstein (6-3 6-1)
1921-08-20 - 35th US Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats M Browne (4-6 6-4 6-2)
1921-09-19 - 41st US Men's Tennis: William T Tilden beats Wm M Johnston (6-1 6-3 6-1)
1922-08-19 - 36th US Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats Helen Wills Moody (6-3 6-1)
1922-09-06 - 42nd US Mens Tennis: Wm T Tilden beats Wm M Johnston (4-6 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4)
1922-09-16 - 42nd US Mens Tennis: Bill Tilden beats W M Johnston (4-6 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4)
1923-08-18 - 37th US Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla B Mallory (6-2 6-1)
1923-09-15 - 43rd US Mens Tennis: William T Tilden beats W M Johnston (6-4 6-1 6-4)
1923-09-15 - Bill Tilden wins US Lawn Tennis Open
1924-08-16 - 38th US Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla B Mallory (6-1 6-3)
1924-09-02 - 44th US Mens Tennis: William Tilden beats William Johnston (6-1 9-7 6-2)
1925-08-24 - 39th US Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats K McKane (3-6 6-0 6-2)
1925-09-18 - Bill Tilden wins 6th straight US tennis championship
1925-09-19 - 45th US Men's Tennis: Wm T Tilden beats Wm M Johnston (4-6 11-9 6-3 4-6 6-3)
1926-02-16 - Suzanne Lenglen defeats Helen Wills in Tennis at Cannes France
1926-06-14 - 2nd French Womens Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats Mary K Browne (6-1 6-0)
1926-08-23 - 40th US Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats Elizabeth Ryan (4-6 6-4 9-7)
1926-09-18 - 46th US Men's Tennis: Rene Lacoste beats Jean Borotra (6-4 6-0 6-4)
1926-09-18 - Jean Rene Lacoste wins US Tennis Open
1927-06-05 - 3rd French Mens Tennis: R Lacoste beats B Tilden (6-4 4-6 5-7 6-3 11-9)
1927-08-30 - 41st US Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Betty Nuthall (61 64)
1927-09-16 - Rene Lacoste beats Bill Tilden for US Lawn Tennis Association title
1927-09-17 - 47th US Men's Tennis: Rene Lacoste beats William T Tilden (11-9 6-3 11-9)
1928-07-12 - 1st televised tennis match
1928-08-27 - 42nd US Womens Tennis: Helen W Moody beats Helen Hull Jacobs (6-2 6-1)
1928-09-17 - 48th US Men's Tennis: Henri Cochet beats F T Hunter (4-6 6-4 3-6 7-5 6-3)
1928-09-17 - Henri Cochet wins US Tennis Open
1929-08-24 - 43rd US Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Phoebe H Watson (6-4 6-2)
1929-09-14 - 49th US Men's Tennis: Bill Tilden beats Francis Hunter (3-6 6-3 4-6 6-2 6-4)
1930-06-01 - 6th French Mens Tennis: Henri Cochet beats Bill Tilden (36 86 63 61)
1930-06-01 - 6th French Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs (6-2 6-1)
1930-08-23 - 44th US Womens Tennis: Betty Nuthall beats Anna McCune Harper (6-1 6-4)
1930-09-13 - 50th US Mens Tennis: J H Doeg beats Francis Shields (10-8 1-6 6-4 16-14)
1931-08-20 - 45th US Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Eileen Whitingstall (6-4 6-1)
1931-08-23 - 45th US Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Eileen B Whitingstall (6-4 6-1)
1931-09-12 - 51st US Mens Tennis: H E Vines beats George M Lott Jr (7-9 6-3 9-7 7-5)
1932-08-19 - 46th US Womens Tennis: Helen Jacobs beats Carolin A Babcock (6-2 6-2)
1932-09-03 - Ellsworth Vines beats Henri Cochet for US Tennis title
1932-09-10 - 52nd US Mens Tennis: Henry E Vines beats Henri Cochet (6-4 6-4 6-4)
1933-08-19 - 47th US Womens Tennis: Helen Jacobs beats Helen Moody (8-6 3-6 3-0 ret)
1933-09-09 - 53rd US Mens Tennis: Fred Perry beats Jack Crawford (6-3 11-13 4-6 6-0 6-1)
1933-09-10 - 53rd US Mens Tennis: Fred Perry beats J H Crawford (6-3 11-13 4-6 6-0 6-1)
1933-09-11 - Britain's Fred Perry thwarts Australian Jack Crawford's bid for a Grand Slam by defeating him at US Tennis championship
1934-01-27 - 27th Australian Men's Tennis Open: Fred Perry beat Crawford (6-3 7-5 6-1)

Birthdays in Sport

Results 1 - 39 of 39

1880-03-01 - Julian Myrick, promoter of junior tennis
1891-02-05 - Elizabeth Ryan, Anaheim California, doubles tennis champ (6 time Wimbled)
1897-05-07 - Kitty McKane, England, tennis (Oly-gold/2 silver/2 bronze-1920, 24)
1898-02-27 - Allison Danzig, sports writer (Tennis Pictorial History)
1901-08-03 - John Stennis, (Sen-D-Miss)
1901-08-30 - John C Stennis, (Sen-D-MS, 1947-88)
1902-09-19 - James Van Alen, created Simplified Scoring System for tennis
1903-03-20 - Vincent Richards, hall of fame tennis pro (elected 1961)
1908-08-06 - Helen Hull Jacobs, Berkley California, US tennis champ (1932-35)
1916-09-02 - Dorothy May Bundy-Cheney, winner of more than 141 US tennis titles
1918-09-04 - William Talbert, tennis doubles champ (US 1942, 45, 46, 48)
1921-10-12 - Jaroslav Drobny, Czech, hockey (Oly-gold-1948), tennis (Wimb-1954)
1923-07-31 - Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach and father of Chris Evert
1926-09-11 - Alfred Slote, author (Love & Tennis, Omega Station)
1927-08-25 - Althea Gibson, Silver SC, 1st black tennis champion in a major event
1931-07-31 - Nick Bollettieri, American tennis coach
1934-09-17 - Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly, Ca, tennis, 1st woman grand slam (1953)
1937-05-10 - Arthur Kopit, New York NY, US playwright ('Wings', 'Nine')
Tennis Player Rod LaverTennis Player Rod Laver (1938-08-09) 1938-08-09 - Rod Laver, Australia, tennis ace (1962, 1969 Grand Slam)
1939-05-09 - Ion Ţiriac, Romanian tennis manager
1942-07-16 - Margaret Smith Court, Australia, tennis pro (1970 Grand Slam)
1944-02-12 - Charles Pasarell, tennis pro
1945-06-17 - Tony Roche, tennis coach
1948-08-18 - Rudy Hartono Kurniawan, Indonesia, All-England tennis champ
1954-12-21 - Christine 'Chris' Evert, Fort Lauderdale Florida, tennis champion (18 singles Gram Slams, 3 doubles titles)
1960-02-27 - Andres Gomez, Ecuador, tennis pro (Madrid Grand Prix-1990)
1964-01-20 - Roger Smith, Freeport Bahamas, tennis doubles player
1965-08-27 - Patricia Hy-Boulais, Phnom Penh Kampuchea, Canada tennis (Oly-92, 96)
1966-04-15 - Andrei Olhovskiy, Moscow Russia, tennis pro
1970-03-15 - Diego Nargiso, Naples Italy, tennis pro
1970-08-17 - Jim Courier, Sanford Florida, tennis champ (1990, 91 French)
1970-09-29 - Nicolas Pereira, Salto Uruguay, tennis pro
1971-04-16 - Natasha Zvereva, Minsk Belarus, tennis ace (finals 1995 Indian Wells)
1974-06-07 - Mahesh Bhupathi, India, tennis pro
1975-03-18 - Claude N'Goran, Adzope Ivory Coast, tennis pro
1975-06-25 - Alberto Costa, professional tennis player, Lerida Spain
1976-03-29 - Jennifer Capriati, Long Is NY, tennis pro (Oly-gold-92)
1977-10-01 - Alejandro Hernandez, Tijuana Mexico, tennis pro
1981-06-02 - Nikolay Davydenko, Russian professional tennis pl

Deaths in Sport

Results 1 - 12 of 12

1941-09-01 - Benjamin Dwight, US tennis championship umpire, dies
1943-04-08 - Richard Sears, 1st to win US amateur national tennis match, dies at 81
1953-06-05 - Bill Tilden, tennis champ, dies at 60
1972-02-28 - Victor Barna, table tennis champ, dies
1984-02-03 - Anne Townsend, lacrosse/tennis/field hockey star, dies
1987-03-23 - Dean Paul Martin, musician/tennis pro, killed in plane crash at 29
1991-01-20 - Bill Riordon, US tennis promotor (Jimmy Connors), dies
1992-12-10 - Dan Maskell, English tennis commentator (b. 1908)
1995-04-23 - John Stennis, (Sen-D-MS), dies at 93
1995-07-04 - Richard "Pancho" Gonzalez, tennis great, dies of stomach cancer at 67
1995-11-23 - Frank Hammond, tennis umpire, dies of ALS at 66
1998-01-01 - Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (31 Grand Slams), dies at 92


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