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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 . 1910 Wimbledon All Comers' Final against Tony Wilding

CONTENTS

* 1 Biography * 2 Playing style

* 3 Grand Slam finals

* 3.1 Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up) * 3.2 Doubles: 7 (3 titles, 4 runners-up)

* 4 References * 5 External links

BIOGRAPHY

Beals was born in Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts
on December 19, 1879 to George Wright , the shortstop for the Cincinnati Red Stockings and founder of the sporting goods store Wright ">

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

Wright won the Canadian Tennis
Tennis
Championship , played in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara-on-the-Lake
, in 1902, 1903 and 1904. In 1902 he won the Niagara International Tennis
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.

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.

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

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

PLAYING STYLE

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

Beals Wright
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
Tennis
- 1903

GRAND SLAM FINALS

SINGLES: 4 (1 TITLE, 3 RUNNERS-UP)

RESULT YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE OPPONENT SCORE

Runner-up 1901 U.S. National Championships Grass William Larned 2–6, 8–6, 4–6, 4–6

Winner 1905 U.S. National Championships Grass Holcombe Ward 6–2, 6–1, 11–9

Runner-up 1906 U.S. National Championships Grass William Clothier 3–6, 0–6, 4–6

Runner-up 1908 U.S. National Championships Grass William Larned 1–6, 2–6, 6–8

DOUBLES: 7 (3 TITLES, 4 RUNNERS-UP)

RESULT YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE PARTNER OPPONENTS SCORE

Runner-up 1901 U.S. National Championships Grass Leo Ware
Leo Ware
Dwight Davis Holcombe Ward 3–6, 7–9, 1–6

Winner 1904 U.S. National Championships Grass Holcombe Ward Kreigh Collins Raymond Little 1–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1

Winner 1905 U.S. National Championships Grass Holcombe Ward Fred Alexander Harold Hackett 6–4, 6–4, 6–1

Winner 1906 U.S. National Championships Grass Holcombe Ward Fred Alexander Harold Hackett 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3

Runner-up 1907 Wimbledon Grass Karl Behr Norman Brookes Anthony Wilding
Anthony Wilding
4–6, 4–6, 2–6

Runner-up 1908 U.S. National Championships Grass Raymond Little Fred Alexander Harold Hackett 1–6, 5–7, 2–6

Runner-up 1918 U.S. National Championships Grass Fred Alexander Vincent Richards Bill Tilden
Bill Tilden
3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2, 2–6

REFERENCES

* ^ "Beals Wright:Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 3 November 2017. * ^ "Beals Wright:Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennis Base. Retrieved 3 November 2017. * ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 33. * ^ A B "Beals C. Wright, 82, Former Tennis
Tennis
Star". New York Times
New York Times
. August 24, 1961. * ^ Baltzell, E. Digby (2013). Sporting Gentlemen: Men's Tennis from the Age of Honor to the Cult of the Superstar. Somerset, NJ: Transaction Publishers. p. 67. ISBN 978-1412851800 . * ^ A B "Wright Brothers Win at Tennis" (PDF). The New York Times. July 13, 1902. * ^ " Beals Wright
Beals Wright
Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014. * ^ Ohnsorg, Roger W. Robert Lindley Murray: The Reluctant U.S. Tennis
Tennis
Champion. Victoria, BC: Trafford On Demand Pub. p. 339. ISBN 978-1-4269-4514-4 . * ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis
Tennis
(2nd ed.). New York: New Chapter Press. p. 456. ISBN 978-0942257700 . * ^ "Beals C. Wright Injured". New York Times
New York Times
. July 25, 1915. * ^ "Beals C. Wright Arrested. Ex-National Tennis
Tennis
Champion Bumps Motor Car And Carriage". New York Times
New York Times
. June 21, 1921. * ^ "Hall of Famers - Beals Wright". 1 International Tennis
Tennis
Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 21, 2015. * ^ Doherty, R.F. (1903). R.F. and H.L. Doherty on Lawn Tennis
Tennis
(1st ed.). London: Lawn Tennis. p. 63.

EXTERNAL LINKS

* Beals Wright
Beals Wright
at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
International Tennis Hall of Fame
* Beals Wright

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