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Vinnie Richards

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameVincent "Vinnie"•Richards
Used nameVinnie•Richards
Born20 March 1903 in Yonkers, New York (USA)
Died28 September 1959 in New York, New York (USA)
Measurements178 cm
NOC United States

Biography

In 1918, Vinnie Richards, at the age of 15 years 139 days, became the youngest player ever to win a U.S. national title when he won the men’s doubles with Bill Tilden. He was a student at Fordham Prep at the time and later attended Fordham University and Columbia University. Richards went on to win four more U.S. men’s doubles titles, and he won once at Wimbledon, once at the French championships, and took the U.S. mixed doubles twice. Although he was the only triple medal winner in the 1924 Olympic lawn tennis events, he survived some desperately close matches. Of the five matches Richards played on the way to the singles title, three went to five sets and another to four sets. Both the semi-final and the final of the men’s doubles went to five sets and, adding in his mixed doubles schedule, it is not surprising that Richards lost 18 lbs. (8 kg.) during the tournament. After the Davis Cup matches of 1926, Vinnie Richards turned professional at the age of 23 and won the first U.S. pro singles title.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Tennis USA Vinnie Richards
Singles, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Doubles, Mixed (Olympic) Marion Jessup 2 Silver
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Frank Hunter 1 Gold

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