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Vinnie Richards

Full name: Vincent "Vinnie" Richards
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Born: March 20, 1903 in Yonkers, New York, United States
Died: September 28, 1959 in New York, New York, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Tennis

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

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 Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis Men's Singles United States USA 1 Gold
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis Mixed Doubles United States-2 USA 2 Silver
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis Men's Doubles United States-2 USA 1 Gold

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1924-07-20 Richards (USA) 3, Cochet (FRA) 2 3
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States USA Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1924-07-18 Richards (USA) 3, De Morpurgo (ITA) 1 3
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1924-07-17 Richards (USA) 3, Lacoste (FRA) 2 3
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States USA Round Four Match #8 1 Richards (USA) 3, Alonso (ESP) 1 3
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States USA Round Three Match #15 1 1924-07-15 Richards (USA) 3, Sleem (IND) 2 3
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States USA Round Two Match #30 1 Richards (USA) 3, de Laveleye (BEL) 0 3
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States USA Round One Match #30 AC 1924-07-13 Richards (USA) bye

Mixed Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States-2 USA Marion Jessup Final Round Match 1/2 2 1924-07-21 USA-1 2, USA-2 0 0
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States-2 USA Marion Jessup Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1924-07-20 USA-2 2, NED 0 2
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States-2 USA Marion Jessup Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 USA-2 2, ESP-1 0 2
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States-2 USA Marion Jessup Round Two Match #2 1 USA-2 2, NOR-2 0 2
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States-2 USA Marion Jessup Round One Match #5 1 USA-2 2, FRA 0 2

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States-2 USA Frank Hunter Final Round Match 1/2 1 1924-07-21 USA-2 3, FRA-1 2 3
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States-2 USA Frank Hunter Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1924-07-19 USA-2 3, FRA-2 2 3
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States-2 USA Frank Hunter Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1924-07-18 USA-2 3, ESP-2 0 3
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States-2 USA Frank Hunter Round Three Match #5 1 USA-2 3, TCH-2 0 3
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States-2 USA Frank Hunter Round Two Match #10 1 USA-2 3, AUS 0 3
1924 Summer 21 Paris Tennis United States-2 USA Frank Hunter Round One Match #26 AC 1924-07-14 USA-2 walkover
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