|Full name||Richard Dudley Sears|
|Born||October 26 1861
Boston, MA, USA
|Died||April 8, 1943
Boston, MA, USA
|Turned pro||1880 (amateur tour)|
|Plays||Right-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1955 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 5 (1887, Karoly Mazak)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|US Open||W (1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||W (1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887)|
He was the son of Frederic Richard Sears and Albertina Homer Shelton. He married Eleanor M. Cochrane on November 24, 1891 and they had Richard Dudley Sears, Jr. and Miriam Sears. His brothers Philip and Herbert were also tennis players.
He learned to play tennis in 1879. Sears was undefeated in the U.S. Championships, he won the first of his seven consecutive titles in 1881 while still a student at Harvard. In those days the previous year's winner had an automatic place in the final. Starting in the 1881 first round, he went on an 18-match unbeaten streak that would take him through the 1887 championships, after which he retired from the game. Not until 1921 was his 18-match unbeaten run overtaken (by Bill Tilden). During his first three championships Sears did not lose a single set. Sears was the first 19-year old to win in the U.S., slightly older than Oliver Campbell was in 1890 and the youngest winner ever, Pete Sampras, in 1990.
He died on April 8, 1943.
His grandson is the Massachusetts politician John W. Sears.
Sears was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1955, where his cousin Eleonora Sears also has a place.
Controversial date of birth
There are some controversial information regarding his date of birthday, however, the date of October 26 is considered as the most authentic one according the most of the genealogy reports and researches.
Grand Slam record
- Singles champion: 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887
- Doubles champion: 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887
Grand Slam singles finals
|Year||Championship||Opponent in Final||Score in Final|
|1881||U.S. Championships||William E. Glyn||6–0, 6–3, 6–2|
|1882||U.S. Championships (2)||Clarence Clark||6–1, 6–4, 6–0|
|1883||U.S. Championships (3)||James Dwight||6–2, 6–0, 9–7|
|1884||U.S. Championships (4)||Howard Taylor||6–0, 1–6, 6–0, 6–2|
|1885||U.S. Championships (5)||Godfrey Brinley||6–3, 4–6, 6–0, 6–3|
|1886||U.S. Championships (6)||R. Livingston Beeckman||4–6, 6–1, 6–3, 6–4|
|1887||U.S. Championships (7)||Henry Slocum||6–1, 6–3, 6–2|
Grand Slam doubles finals
|1882||U.S. Championships||James Dwight|| Crawford Nightingale
G M Smith
|6–2, 6–4, 6–4|
|1883||U.S. Championships||James Dwight|| Alexander Van Rensselaer
|6–0, 6–2, 6–2|
|1884||U.S. Championships||James Dwight|| Alexander Van Rensselaer
|6–4, 6–1, 8–10, 6–4|
|1885||U.S. Championships||Joseph Clark|| Henry Slocum
Wallace P. Knapp
|6–3, 6–0, 6–2|
|1886||U.S. Championships||James Dwight|| Howard Taylor
|6–3, 6–0, 6–2|
|1887||U.S. Championships||James Dwight|| Howard Taylor
|6–4, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–3|
- Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 15.
- Hall, Valentine G. (1889). Lawn tennis in America. New York: D. W. Granbery & Co. p. 1. OCLC 15175498.
- United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 407.
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