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Spalding de Garmendia

Full name: Basil Spalding de Garmendia
Gender: Male
Born: February 28, 1860 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: November 9, 1932 in Saint-Raphaël, Var, France
Country: USA United States
Sport: Tennis

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Spalding de Garmendia was best known as a racquets player, having been the U.S. champion in that sport for six years beginning with the first time it was held in 1890. He was from a wealthy family in Baltimore and spent much of his life in France. He was there in 1900 and decided to try his hand at a similar sport, lawn tennis. De Garmendia teamed up that year with Max Decugis of France, the most successful Olympic tennis player ever. They played well enough to reach the finals but, like every other pairing of that time, they were no match for the great Doherty brothers from England and went down in straight sets. In the singles, de Garmendia lost early, to the younger of the Doherty brothers, Laurie. Spalding de Garmendia was also an accomplished golfer and polo player and was a member of the Organizing Committee for the Yachting Regatta at the 1900 Olympics. In 1895 he entered the first U.S. Amateur golf tournament, but did not get by the first round. Due to his family’s wealth he never had to work, but served during World War I as a special attaché to the American Embassy in Paris.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 40 Paris Tennis Men's Singles United States USA 5T
1900 Summer 40 Paris Tennis Men's Doubles United States/France USA 2 Silver

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1900 Summer 40 Paris Tennis United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #1 2 Doherty (GBR) 2, de Garmendia (USA) 0 0
1900 Summer 40 Paris Tennis United States USA Round One Match #1 1 de Garmendia (USA) 2, Voigt (USA) 0 2

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1900 Summer 40 Paris Tennis United States/France USA Max Décugis Final Round Match 1/2 2 GBR-1 3, United States/France-1 0 0
1900 Summer 40 Paris Tennis United States/France USA Max Décugis Semi-Finals Match #1 1 United States/France-1 2, FRA-1 0 2
1900 Summer 40 Paris Tennis United States/France USA Max Décugis Round One Match #2 1 United States/France-1 2, MIX-2 0 2