James Dwight

James Dwight (* July 14, 1852 in Paris, France, † July 13, 1917 in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts ) was an American tennis player.


Dwight was born in 1852 in Paris. In August 1874 he played with his cousin Fred Sears, brother of the future seven-time U.S. champion Richard Sears, in Nahant, near Boston that may first modern game of tennis on American soil, which is why it is also referred to as the "father " of American tennis. In addition, he was next to Clarence Clark and EH Outerbridge, the brother of Mary Outerbridge (the " mother " of American tennis), one of the main initiators of the founding of the American Tennis Association USTA in May 1881. From 1882-84 and from 1894 to 1911 he was its president and instrumental in 1900 in the founding of the Davis Cup.

As a player, he won 1882-1887 with his partner Richard Sears five times the U.S. Most properties in doubles. His greatest single achievement was reaching the finals of the U.S. Championships in 1883, which he lost to Sears. He was in 1884 one of the first players who were not from the UK at the Wimbledon Championships.

Dwight died in 1917 in Mattapoisett. His son, Richard Dwight, also a tennis player who even played yet with more than 85 years. In 1955 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Sources and links

  • Commons: James Dwight - collection of images, videos and audio files
  • Collins, B.: History of tennis. 2nd edition. New Chapter Press, New York, 2010. ISBN 978-0-942257-70-0, pp. 573 f
  • James Dwight in the " International Tennis Hall of Fame" (English, with picture)