Beals Wright

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Beals Wright
Wright (LOC) (28319838813).jpg
Wright circa 1915
Full nameBeals Coleman Wright
Country (sports)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
BornDecember 19, 1879
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
DiedAugust 23, 1961(1961-08-23) (aged 81)
Alton, Illinois, United States
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF 1956 (member page)
Singles
Career record254–70 (78.4%) [1]
Career titles27 [1]
Highest rankingNo. 2 (1905, ITHF ) [2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon F (1910 AC)
US Open W (1905)
Doubles
Career record0–0
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1907)
US Open W (1904, 1905, 1906)
Medal record
Olympic Games – Tennis
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1904 St. Louis Singles
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1904 St. Louis Doubles

Beals Coleman Wright (December 19, 1879 – August 23, 1961) was an American tennis player who was active at the end of the 1890s and early 1900s. He won the singles title at the 1905 U.S. National Championships. Wright was a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and the older brother of American tennis player Irving Wright. [3] [4]

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1910 Wimbledon All Comers' Final against Tony Wilding Anthony Wilding and Beals Wright, Wimbledon 1910.jpg
1910 Wimbledon All Comers' Final against Tony Wilding

Biography

Beals was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 19, 1879 to George Wright, the shortstop for the Cincinnati Red Stockings and founder of the sporting goods store Wright & Ditson. [5] Beals was the brother of Irving Wright, the 1917 and 1918 U.S. Championship men's doubles champion. Together they won the men's doubles title at the Canadian Tennis Championship four times (1902, 1903, 1904, 1905). [6] Beals was the nephew of baseball pioneer Harry Wright.

In 1899 Beals Wright traveled with his father to California where he played at the Delmonte Tennis Championship in Monterey. George Wright managed the team the same year he coached at Harvard. Two Harvard University players participated in the DelMonte Tournament-the first time east coast players took on California tennis champions.[ citation needed ]

Wright played at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics and won gold medals in both the singles and doubles competition. [7] He also won three consecutive singles titles (1904–1906) at the tournament now known as the Cincinnati Masters, and reached the doubles final (with Edgar Leonard) in 1904.

Wright won the Canadian Tennis Championship, played in Niagara-on-the-Lake, in 1902, 1903 and 1904. [6] In 1902 he won the Niagara International Tennis Tournament, also played in Niagara-on-the-Lake, by defeating Harold Hackett in the final in five sets and the default of Raymond Little in the challenge round. [8]

Wright's most important victory came in 1905 when he won the men's singles title at the U.S. National Championships by defeating reigning champion Holcombe Ward in the Challenge Round in straight sets 6–2, 6–1, 11–9. [9]

In 1915 he was hit by an errant baseball during a baseball game. [10] In 1921 he was arrested following a car accident. [11]

Beals Wright was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1956. He died in Alton, Illinois on August 23, 1961. [2] [3]

Playing style

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

Beals Wright is certainly the best in America at low volleys, and is very good overhead. His volleying is distinctly superior to his ground strokes, and his forehand somewhat stronger than his backhand. He has a good service, which he follows up to the net.

On Lawn Tennis - 1903 [12]

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)

ResultYearChampionshipSurfaceOpponentScore
Loss 1901 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg William Larned 2–6, 8–6, 4–6, 4–6
Win 1905 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Holcombe Ward 6–2, 6–1, 11–9
Loss 1906 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg William Clothier 3–6, 0–6, 4–6
Loss 1908 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg William Larned 1–6, 2–6, 6–8

Doubles: 7 (3 titles, 4 runners-up)

ResultYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Loss 1901 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Leo Ware Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Dwight Davis
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Holcombe Ward
3–6, 7–9, 1–6
Win 1904 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Holcombe Ward Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Kreigh Collins
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Raymond Little
1–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
Win 1905 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Holcombe Ward Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Fred Alexander
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Harold Hackett
6–4, 6–4, 6–1
Win 1906 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Holcombe Ward Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Fred Alexander
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Harold Hackett
6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Loss 1907 Wimbledon Grass Flag of the United States.svg Karl Behr Flag of Australia (converted).svg Norman Brookes
Flag of New Zealand.svg Anthony Wilding
4–6, 4–6, 2–6
Loss 1908 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Raymond Little Flag of the United States.svg Fred Alexander
Flag of the United States.svg Harold Hackett
1–6, 5–7, 2–6
Loss 1918 U.S. National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Fred Alexander Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Vincent Richards
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Bill Tilden
3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2, 2–6

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  6. 1 2 "Wright Brothers Win at Tennis" (PDF). The New York Times. July 13, 1902.
  7. "Beals Wright Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
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  10. "Beals C. Wright Injured". The New York Times . July 25, 1915.
  11. "Beals C. Wright Arrested. Ex-National Tennis Champion Bumps Motor Car And Carriage". The New York Times. June 21, 1921.
  12. Doherty, R.F. (1903). R.F. and H.L. Doherty on Lawn Tennis (1st ed.). London: Lawn Tennis. p. 63.