Gardnar Mulloy: The Tennis Player Who Did Not Age

Gardnar Mulloy, who died less than a month ago, at the age of 103 years, became a model for all those who aim at a long career in tennis. He competed in tournaments for 35 years, reaching the greatest success of his career at the age of 38 years. Until today, the largest American tennis player who has won Davis Cup match.

It is common knowledge that sports is a solution for those chasing longevity. In particular the courts, which apart from the fact that one of the most demanding sports for the body, has "given birth" and many champions centenarians.


One of them was the Gardnar Mulloy, who died a few days ago, on 14 November. He died eight days before closing 103 years of life!

Gardnar Mulloy was a great tennis player in doubles, winning 4 times the US Open together with Billy Talbert (1942, 1945, 1946, 1950) and a Wimbledon, along with Burge Patty (1957). A model not only for those chasing longevity, but also for those who want to have a long career in tennis.

He began playing professionally in 1934 when he was 21 years old, and added 35 years to stop his career in 1969 at the age of 56 years! He also won the Davis Cup 3 times with the US team (1946, 1948, 1949), and was recognized as the leading American tennis player in 1947, the same year that ranked at no. 6 of the world, the Harry Hopman.

He had a remarkable career and single, scoring 567 wins in 35 years of his career. The most important achievement succeeded when she was 38 years old at the 1952 US Open, when he was a finalist (lost the final by Frank Sedgman 1-6, 2-6, 3-6).

Probably the best first round match in Wimbledon history, o Ted Schroeder, champion that year the British major, needed a "marathon" match up to bend the resistance Mulloy, 3-6, 9-11, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5.

On December 6, 1957, Mulloy made history as he became the oldest player to win a match Davis Cup. He was 44 years and 14 days when he won in the double Filipinos Felicisimo Ampon and Raymundo Deyro, along with his teammate, Vic Seixas.

Three years after the end of his professional career in 1972, Mulloy was included in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He had an intense activity and away from tennis. During World War II he fought for the allied forces, Running the warship LST 32 Mediterranean.

He married twice and made two daughters. The second time married, was 95 years old! He married Jacqueline Mayer, in 2008. Until 2006, ie until the 93 years, participated in a tournament for veteran players and won several races.

He died on November 14, 2016, from complications after stroke. Besides a rich life with enviable experience and much tennis, Mulloy the chance to see two wives, two daughters, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren!

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