Holcombe Ward

Holcombe Ward ( born November 23, 1878 in New York City; † January 23, 1967 in Red Bank, New Jersey) was an American tennis player and winner of the 1904 U.S. Championships in singles.


Ward, a student at Harvard University, was with Dwight Filley Davis and Malcolm Whitman for American tennis team at the first edition of the " International Lawn Tennis Challenge" (now Davis Cup) in 1900 in Boston. There defeated in a double with the British Davis Ernest Herbert Roper Barrett and Black; the U.S. team finally won the encounter 3-0. 1902, 1905 and 1906, he was able to repeat this success with the team in the USA.

As a single player his greatest success winning the U.S. Championships was in the men's singles in 1904 in a double he was there equal to six times -. , 1899, 1900, 1901, 1904, 1905 and 1906 - successfully. 1901 and 1905 he performed beyond at the Wimbledon Championships and reached 1901 in a double along with Davis the Challenge Round, in which both had to give, however, struck the brothers Laurence and Reginald Doherty. During his stay in London in 1905 Ward won the tournament before Wimbledon Queen's Club.

After 1906 Ward ended his tennis career substantially. In 1922 he won with Davis the national championships for seniors over 45 years.

From 1937 to 1947 Ward was president of the American Tennis Association USTA. In 1956 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He died in 1967 at the age of 88 years.




Sources and links

  • ITF profile Holcombe Ward ( English)
  • Davis Cup stats by Holcombe Ward ( English)
  • Holcombe Ward in the " International Tennis Hall of Fame" (English, with picture)
  • Bud Collins: History of tennis. 2nd edition. New Chapter Press, New York, 2010. ISBN 978-0-942257-70-0, pp. 659
  • Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Davis Cup player (United States)
  • Americans
  • Born in 1878
  • Died in 1967
  • Man