Gardnar Mulloy (1913 - 2016)

Gardnar Mulloy, a former No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States, died Nov. 14, 2016, in Miami, Florida, according to multiple news sources. He was 102 and would have celebrated his 103rd birthday next week.

Mulloy, who played competitive tennis into his 90s, was known primarily as a doubles player with partner Billy Talbert. The pair won the U.S. men’s doubles title four times between 1942 and 1948. Mulloy also won the doubles championship at Wimbledon, England, in 1957 with a different partner, Budge Patty, also of the United States.

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Gardnar Putnam Mulloy was born Nov. 22, 1913, in Washington, D.C. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1936 and later coached tennis at the school. Mulloy also became a lawyer.

Mulloy was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in 1952, when he reached the U.S. Championships, now the U.S. Open, but lost to Frank Sedgman.

Mulloy is often credited with advancing the popularity of tennis among older adults. He competed on the senior circuit when he was in his 90s.

During his 75-year tenure playing competitive tennis, Mulloy has won 129 U.S. national titles and 25 international championships.

He was a member of nine tennis halls of fame including the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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