Holcombe Ward
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Holcombe Ward

Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward. Champion (with Davis) in doubles in 1899-1900 Book of Sport cropped.jpg
Country (sports) United States
Born(1878-11-23)November 23, 1878
New York, NY, United States
DiedJanuary 23, 1967(1967-01-23) (aged 88)
Red Bank, NJ, United States
Turned pro1895 (amateur tour)
Retired1905 (brief comeback in 1917)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1956 (member page)
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1904, ITHF)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon1R (1905)
US OpenW (1904)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonF (1901)
US OpenW (1899, 1900, 1901, 1904, 1905, 1906)

Holcombe Ward (November 23, 1878 - January 23, 1967) was an American tennis player who was active during the last years of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th. He won the U.S. National Championships singles title in 1904 and additionally won six doubles titles at the Grand Slam event.


Ward is best remembered for winning the men's singles title at the U.S. National Championships in 1904 after defeating William Clothier in straight sets in the all-comer's final.[2] He graduated from Harvard University.[1]

In 1905 Ward won the London Grass Court Championships, now known as Queen's Club Championships, after a walkover in the final against compatriot Beals Wright.[3]

Ward was a member of the USA Davis Cup Team in 1900, 1902, 1905 and 1906. In 1900 and 1902 he played the doubles match in the challenge round which the US team won against the British Isles. In total Ward played 14 Davis Cup matches in seven ties and compiled a 7-7 win-loss record.[4]

After his active career Ward became President of the USLTA (U.S. Lawn Tennis Association) from 1937 to 1947.[1]

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1904 U.S. National Championships Grass United States William Clothier 10-8, 6-4, 9-7 [5]
Loss 1905 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Beals Wright 2-6, 1-6, 9-11 [5]

Doubles: 9 (6 titles, 3 runners-up)


  1. ^ a b c "Hall of Famers - Profile Holcombe Ward". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 456. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  3. ^ McKelvie, Roy (1986). The Queen's Club Story, 1886-1986. London: Stanley Paul. p. 32. ISBN 0091660602.
  4. ^ "Davis Cup - Profile Holcombe Ward". ITF. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ a b "US Open Past Champions / Men's Singles". US Open official website. Archived from the original on February 22, 2009. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "US Open Past Champions / Men's Doubles". US Open official website. Archived from the original on October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Wimbledon Rolls of Honour / Gentlemen's Doubles". Wimbledon official tournament website. Retrieved 2015.

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