Fred Alexander

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Fred Alexander
Frederick Beasley Alexander.jpg
Alexander playing a low forehand volley
Full nameFrederick Beasley Alexander
Country (sports)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Born(1880-08-14)August 14, 1880
Sea Bright NJ, U.S.
DiedMarch 3, 1969(1969-03-03) (aged 88)
Beverly Hills, CA, U.S.
Turned pro1899 (amateur tour)
Retired1920
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
College Princeton University
Int. Tennis HoF 1991 (member page)
Singles
Career record29–11
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1908)
US Open F (1908)
Doubles
Career record0–0
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1908)
US Open W (1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1917)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open F (1918)
Team competitions
Davis Cup F (1908Ch)

Frederick Beasley Alexander (August 14, 1880 – March 3, 1969) was an American tennis player in the early 20th century. He won the singles title at the 1908 Australasian Championships and six double titles at Grand Slam events.

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Career

The right-handed Alexander in 1908 became the first foreigner to win the singles title at the Australasian/Australian Championships, the amateur precursor to the Australian Open. He then teamed with the man he defeated in the final, Alfred Dunlop, to win the doubles.

Alexander attended Princeton University and won the Intercollegiate doubles championship in 1900 and the singles in 1901. Between 1904 and 1918, he was a U.S. top ten player at year's end six times. He was a finalist in doubles at the U.S. Championships, precursor to the US Open, seven straight times beginning in 1905. He and partner Harold Hackett won the U.S. doubles each year from 1907 to 1910. At age 37, Alexander won again in 1917, partnering with Harold Throckmorton. In the singles, Alexander reached the all comers final in 1908, beating William Clothier before losing to Beals Wright in straight sets. [1]

He competed in the USA Davis Cup team in 1908 which lost the final against Australia at the Albert Ground, Melbourne. Alexander lost both his singles matches against Norman Brookes and Anthony Wilding as well as the doubles match against these two together with his partner Beals Wright. [2]

In 1915 he authored How to Play Lawn Tennis, part of the Spalding's athletic library series. [3]

Alexander was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1961. [4]

U.S. Indoor Championships

Grand Slam finals

Singles (1 title)

ResultYearChampionshipSurfaceOpponentScore
Win1908 Australasian Championships Grass Flag of New Zealand.svg Alfred Dunlop 3–6, 3–6, 6–0, 6–2, 6–3

Doubles (6 titles, 5 runner-ups)

ResultYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Loss1900 US Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Raymond Little Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Dwight Davis
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Holcombe Ward
4–6, 7–9, 10–12
Loss1905 US Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Harold Hackett Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Holcombe Ward
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Beals Wright
4–6, 4–6, 1–6
Loss1906 US Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Harold Hackett Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Holcombe Ward
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Beals Wright
3–6, 6–3, 3-, 3–6
Win1907 US Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Harold Hackett Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Nat Thornton
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg Bryan M. Grant
6–2, 6–1, 6–1
Win1908 Australasian Championships Grass Flag of New Zealand.svg Alfred Dunlop Flag of New Zealand.svg G. G. Sharp
Flag of New Zealand.svg Anthony Wilding
6–3, 6–2, 6–1
Win1908 US Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1908-1912).svg Harold Hackett Flag of the United States (1908-1912).svg Raymond Little
Flag of the United States (1908-1912).svg Beals Wright
6–1, 7–5, 6–2
Win1909 US Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1908-1912).svg Harold Hackett Flag of the United States (1908-1912).svg George Janes
Flag of the United States (1908-1912).svg Maurice McLoughlin
6–4, 6–4, 6–0
Win1910 US Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1908-1912).svg Harold Hackett Flag of the United States (1908-1912).svg Tom Bundy
Flag of the United States (1908-1912).svg Trowridge Hendrick
6–1, 8–6, 6–3
Loss1911 US Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1908-1912).svg Harold Hackett Flag of the United States (1908-1912).svg Raymond Little
Flag of the United States (1908-1912).svg Gustav Touchard
5–7, 15–13, 2–6, 4–6
Win1917 US Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Harold Throckmorton Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Harry Johnson
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Irving Wright
11–9, 6–4, 6–4
Loss1918 US Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Beals Wright 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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References

  1. Talbert, Bill (1967). Tennis Observed. Boston: Barre Publishers. pp. 80, 81. OCLC   172306.
  2. "Davis Cup – Player Profile Fred Alexander". International Tennis Federation (ITF). Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  3. "How to play lawn tennis". Open Library.
  4. "Hall of Famers – Fred Alexander". International Tennis Hall of Fame . Retrieved 28 October 2016.