18 Facts About Gardnar Mulloy


Gardnar Putnam "Gar" Mulloy was a US No 1 tennis player primarily known for playing in doubles matches with partner Billy Talbert.


Gardnar Mulloy was born in Washington, DC and turned 100 in November 2013.


Gardnar Mulloy was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1967 as part of its inaugural class of inductees.


Gardnar Mulloy reached the US Championships men's singles final in 1952, losing to second-seeded Frank Sedgman in three straight sets.


Gardnar Mulloy reached the US 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.


Gardnar Mulloy won the Wimbledon doubles with Budge Patty in 1957, at age 43.


Gardnar Mulloy, who served as the commanding officer of USS LST-32 during World War II in the Mediterranean Theater, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1972.


In 2015 Gardnar Mulloy was awarded a French Legion of Honor knighthood for his service in the US Navy in relation to operations in Italy and Provence.


Gardnar Mulloy was a 1936 graduate of the University of Miami, and tennis coach at the school.


Gardnar Mulloy was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.


Gardnar Mulloy recruited to Miami and played doubles with George Toley, who went on to win 10 NCAA team titles at the University of Southern California.


Gardnar Mulloy played the senior circuit around the world into his nineties, and established the Mulloy Cup for international competition between men tennis players 80 years of age and over.


Gardnar Mulloy won over 127 national championships and 25 international titles in 75 years of playing competitive tennis.


In 1938, Mulloy married Madeleine L Cheney, with whom he had two daughters, Diane Mulloy Mazzone and Janice Mulloy Poindexter.


Gardnar Mulloy married his second wife, Jacqueline Mayer, in 2008, when he was 95 years old.


Gardnar Mulloy was a vegetarian and avoided alcohol, coffee, sugary drinks and tea.


Gardnar Mulloy died in Miami on November 14,2016, from stroke complications, aged 102, survived by his second wife, his daughters, four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.


Gardnar Mulloy wrote an autobiography, The Will To Win, that was published in 1960.