|File:Robert Bob Wrenn.jpg|
|Full name||Robert Duffield Wrenn|
|Born||September 20, 1873|
Highland Park, IL, United States
|Died||November 21, 1925 (aged 52)|
New York, NY, United States
|Plays||Left-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HOF||1955 (member page)|
|Career record||111–40 (70.5%) |
|Career titles||11 |
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|US Open||W (1893, 1894, 1896, 1897)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||W (1895)|
Robert Duffield Wrenn (September 20, 1873 – November 21, 1925) was an American left-handed tennis player, four-time U.S. singles championship winner, and one of the first inductees in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Wrenn was born in Highland Park, Illinois. Wrenn attended Harvard University where he was a prominent quarterback on the football team. He won his tennis titles in 1893, 1894, 1896 and 1897 (losing out to Fred Hovey in 1895). In 1898, he was serving in Cuba with Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders in the Spanish–American War. He contracted yellow fever while in Cuba.
Wrenn played for the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1903 together with his brother George. In the final against the British Isles at the Longwood Cricket Club, Boston, MA they were defeated 1–4 and Wrenn lost both his singles matches against Reginald and Laurence Doherty as well as the doubles against the Doherty brothers.
He was arrested in 1914 when the car he was driving ran over and killed Herbert George Loveday, the choir director of St Mary's Church, in Tuxedo Park, New York. Wrenn was exonerated when, according to The New York Times (May 21, 1914), "The Grand Jury, finding from testimony that the mechanism of the car had become disarranged, and the steering gear powerless, declined to find an indictment, and the complaint was dismissed."
Grand Slam finals[edit | edit source]
Singles (4 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit | edit source]
|Win||1893||U.S. Championships||Grass||22x20px Fred Hovey||6–4, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4|
|Win||1894||U.S. Championships||Grass||22x20px Manliffe Goodbody||6–8, 6–1, 6–4, 6–4|
|Loss||1895||U.S. Championships||Grass||22x20px Fred Hovey||3–6, 2–6, 4–6|
|Win||1896||U.S. Championships||Grass||22x20px Fred Hovey||7–5, 3–6, 6–0, 1–6, 6–1|
|Win||1897||U.S. Championships||Grass||22x20px Wilberforce Eaves||4–6, 8–6, 6–3, 2–6, 6–2|
Doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit | edit source]
|Win||1895||U.S. Championships||Grass||22x20px Malcolm Chace||22x20px Clarence Hobart
22x20px Fred Hovey
|7–5, 6–1, 8–6|
|Loss||1896||U.S. Championships||Grass||22x20px Malcolm Chace||22x20px Carr Neel
22x20px Sam Neel
|3–6, 6–1, 1–6, 6–3, 1–6|
References[edit | edit source]
- "Robert Wrenn: Career match record". Tennismem SL. https://app.thetennisbase.com/?enlace=playern&player_input_enc=WRENN%2C+ROBERT&player_input=WRENN%2C+ROBERT&sub=2#aSubmenu.
- "Davis Cup - Profile Robert Wrenn". ITF. http://www.daviscup.com/en/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=10004723. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- "Exonerates R.D. Wrenn". The New York Times. May 21, 1914. https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1914/05/21/100090096.pdf. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- USTA (1979). Bill Shannon. ed. Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (Rev. and updated 1st ed.). New York: Harper & Row. p. 379. ISBN 0060144785.
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- Robert Wrenn at the Association of Tennis Professionals
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