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Malcolm Whitman

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Country (sports)  United States
Int. Tennis HoF  1955 (member page)
Role  Tennis player
Grand slams won (singles)  3
Handed  Right-handed
Turned pro  1896 (amateur tour)
Name  Malcolm Whitman
Height  1.87 m
Retired  1917
Malcolm Whitman
Full name  Malcolm Douglass Whitman
Born  March 15, 1877 New York, NY, USA (1877-03-15)
Plays  Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Highest ranking  No. 1 (1900, Karoly Mazak)
Died  December 28, 1932, New York City, New York, United States
Books  Tennis Origins and Mysteries

Malcolm "Mal" Douglass Whitman (born March 15, 1877 – December 28, 1932) was an American tennis player.



He graduated from The Roxbury Latin School, where he is celebrated as one of its greatest athletes. Whitman was American intercollegiate singles tennis champion in 1896 and doubles champion in 1897 and 1898 as a student at Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1899 and received his bachelor in law degree in 1902.

In 1896 Whitman entered his first U.S. National Championships at the Newport Casino and lost in the quarterfinals to Bill Larned. The following year, 1897, he again lost in the quarterfinals, this time against Harold Nisbet. Whitman is best known for this hat-trick of singles titles at the U.S. National Championships. Between 1898 and 1900, he stayed undefeated there. In 1901 he did not compete and in the 1902 Championships he lost in the All-Comers final to Englishman Reginald Doherty. According to the Doherty brothers Malcolm Whitman and Bill Larned were at the time the best American singles players.

He played on the inaugural American Davis Cup squad in 1900 and beat Englishman Arthur Gore in Boston, MA to help his US team win the trophy. In the 1902 Davis Cup final against Great Britain in Brooklyn, NY he again contributed to his team's win by defeating Joshua Pim and Reginald Doherty in the singles.

Whitman retired from tennis in 1902 at the age of 25. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. National Lawn Tennis Association (USNLTA) and held management positions in several companies.

In 1932 he wrote a book on the origin of tennis titled "Tennis - Origins and Mysteries".

Playing style

In their book R.F. and H.L. Doherty - On Lawn Tennis (1903) multiple Wimbledon champions Reginald and Lawrence Doherty described Whitman's playing style:

On Lawn Tennis - 1903

Personal life

Whitman married his first wife, Janet McCook in 1907. She died in December 1909 after the birth of their second child. In July 1912 Whitman married Jennie Adeline Crocker but they divorced in 1924. In 1926, Whitman married Lucilla Mara de Vescovi, known as the Countess Mara. In December 1931 his daughter Mary, 16, from his second marriage, died of pneumonia. On December 28, 1932 Whitman committed suicide by jumping off an apartment building after a nervous breakdown.


Malcolm Whitman Wikipedia

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