Gardnar Mulloy
Full nameGardnar Putnam Mulloy
CountryFlag of the United States.svg.png United States
Born (1913-11-22) November 22, 1913 (age 106)
Washington, D.C., USA
CollegeUniversity of Miami
Turned pro1934 (amateur tour)</td></tr>
PlaysRight-handed (1-handed backhand)</td></tr>
Int. Tennis HOF1972 (member page)</td></tr>
Career record567-215</td></tr>
Career titles46</td></tr>
Highest rankingNo. 6 (1947, Harry Hopman)[1]</td></tr>
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1947)</td></tr>
French OpenQF (1952, 1953, 1954)</td></tr>
WimbledonSF (1948)</td></tr>
US OpenF (1952)</td></tr>
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenF (1951, 1952)</td></tr>
WimbledonW (1957)</td></tr>
US OpenW (1942, 1945, 1946, 1950)</td></tr>
Last updated on: September 27, 2012.</td></tr>

</table> Gardnar Putnam ("Gar") Mulloy (born November 22, 1913, in Washington, D.C.) is a former U.S. No. 1 tennis player primarily known for playing in doubles matches with partner Billy Talbert.

Tennis careerEdit

When he was the Tennis Coach of the University of Miami, he recruited Pancho Segura for the tennis team. Pancho won three straight NCAA Singles Titles in 1943, 1944, and 1945, a college record now matched by Steve Johnson, who won in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Pancho went on to enjoy a very successful professional tennis career, competing against the top touring professional players from 1947 until retiring in 1962.

Mulloy reached the US Championships men's singles final in 1952, losing to Frank Sedgman in the final. He reached the U.S. No. 1 ranking the same year and was ranked World No. 6 by Harry Hopman in 1947 and World No. 7 by American Lawn Tennis Magazine in 1949.[2][1][3]

The pair of Mulloy and Talbert won the U.S. men's doubles title in 1942, 1945, 1946, and 1948. He also won the Wimbledon doubles with Budge Patty in 1957, at age 44. Mulloy was a Davis Cup team member in 1946, 1948–50, 1952–53 and 1957, winning the Cup on three occasions against Australia. His Davis Cup record stands at 11 wins and 3 losses.[4] Mulloy, who served as the commanding officer of LST 32 during WWII in the Mediterranean Theater, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1972.

A 1936 graduate of the University of Miami, and Tennis Coach at the school. He also is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He recruited to Miami and played doubles with George Toley, who went on to win 10 NCAA Team Titles at University of Southern California. Probably Mulloy's greatest contribution to tennis was advancing the popularity of Senior Tennis. He played the senior circuit around the world into his 90s, and contributed the Mulloy Cup for international competition between men tennis players 80 years of age and over. He has won over 127 National Championships and 25 International Titles over his 75 years of playing competitive tennis.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles Edit

Runner-ups (1)Edit

Year Tournament Opponent Score
1952 US National Championships 22x20px Frank Sedgman 1–6, 2–6, 3–6


Titles (5)Edit

Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
1942 US National Championships 22x20px Bill Talbert 22x20px Ted Schroeder
22x20px Sidney Wood
9–7, 7–5, 6–1
1945 US National Championships 22x20px Bill Talbert 22x20px Bob Falkenburg
22x20px Jack Tuero
12–10, 8–10, 12–10, 6–2
1946 US National Championships 22x20px Bill Talbert 22x20px Don McNeill
22x20px Frank Guernsey
3–6, 6–4, 2–6, 6–3, 20–18
1948 US National Championships 22x20px Bill Talbert 22x20px Frank Parker
22x20px Ted Schroeder
1–6, 9–7, 6–3, 3–6, 9–7
1957 Wimbledon 22x20px Budge Patty 22x20px Neale Fraser
22x20px Lew Hoad
8–10, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4

Runner-ups (9)Edit

Year Tournament Partner Opponents Score
1940 US National Championships 22x20px Wayne Sabin 22x20px Jack Kramer
22x20px Ted Schroeder
7–6, 4–6, 2–6
1941 US National Championships 22x20px Henry Prussoff 22x20px Jack Kramer
22x20px Ted Schroeder
4–6, 6–8, 7–9
1948 Wimbledon 22x20px Tom Brown 22x20px John Bromwich
22x20px Frank Sedgman
7–5 5–7, 5–7, 7–9
1949 Wimbledon 22x20px Ted Schroeder 22x20px Pancho Gonzales
22x20px Ted Schroeder
4–6, 4–6, 2–6
1950 French Championships 22x20px Dick Savitt 22x20px Ken McGregor
22x20px Frank Sedgman
2–6, 6–2, 7–9, 5–7
1950 US National Championships 22x20px Bill Talbert 22x20px John Bromwich
22x20px Frank Sedgman
5–7, 6–8, 6–3, 1–6
1951 French Championships 22x20px Dick Savitt 22x20px Ken McGregor
22x20px Frank Sedgman
3–6, 4–6, 4–6
1953 US National Championships 22x20px Bill Talbert 22x20px Rex Hartwig
22x20px Mervyn Rose
4–6, 6–4, 4–6, 2–6
1957 US National Championships 22x20px Budge Patty 22x20px Ashley Cooper
22x20px Neale Fraser
6–4, 3–6, 7–9, 3–6


Mulloy wrote an autobiography, The Will To Win, that was published in 1960. As of 2006, Mulloy was still participating in and winning senior matches. He currently lives on Fisher Island.[5] In 2009, Mulloy came out with an update to his autobiography, titled As It Was, with an introduction by Billie Jean King. According to the book, Mulloy is enshrined in a record eight Halls of Fame.[6][7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "World's Best 10 in Tennis", The Courier-Mail, 3rd February 1947.
  2. "Gardnar Mulloy Tentatively Ranked No. 1 in Net World", The Palm Beach Post, 14 December 1952.
  3. "Richard Gonzalez World's No. 1: Amateur Lawn Tennis Rankings", The Sunday Indian Express, 18th November 1949.
  4. "Davis Cup Player Profile". ITF. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  5. Howard, Chris (December 31, 2009), "Gardnar Mulloy's new book a good read", the Daily Courier,, retrieved February 11, 2011
  6. Mulloy 2009
  7. Amdur, Neil (June 19, 2010), "He Forgot to Leave Tickets for the Queen", New York Times,, retrieved February 11, 2011
  • Mulloy, Gardnar. The Will To Win. An insider view of the world of tennis. New York: A. S. Barnes and Company, Inc., 1960.
  • Mulloy, Gardnar. Advantage Striker. London: Allan Wingate, 1959.
  • Mulloy, Gardnar P. As It Was. Flexigroup, 2009. ISBN 0-615-32745-1. A print-on-demand paperback book.
  • Toley, George "The Golden Age of College Tennis" 2009

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