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Charles Garland

tennis player
Full name: Charles Stedman Garland
Nickname: Chuck
Born October 29, 1898 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died January 28, 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Class of HOF 1969
Plays Right-handed
Bio Three times a member of the U.S. top ten in singles, Garland was a non-playing member of the victorious American Davis Cup team in 1920. He won the Wimbledon Men’s Doubles title that year with Richard Norris Williams. Having created the platform for his international triumphs when he won the U.S. Intercollegiate Championships while representing Yale University in 1919, Garland served the game honorably after his playing days were over, becoming Vice President of the USLTA.
Misc According to William Tilden: The last member of the Davis Cup team and youngest player of the Americans is Charles S. Garland, the Yale star.

Garland is the perfect stylist, the orthodox model for ground strokes. He is an example of what stroke perfection can do.

He uses a soft slice service, of no particular peculiarity, yet places it so well that he turns it into an attack. His forehand is hit with a full swing, flat racquet face, and a slight top spin. It is deadly accurate and of moderate speed. He can put the ball at will anywhere in the court off his forehand. His backhand is slightly sliced down the line and pulled flat across the court. It is not a point winner but is an excellent defence. His overhead is steady, reliable, and accurate, but lacks aggressiveness. His high volleying is fine, deep, and fast. His low volleying is weak and uncertain. He anticipates wonderfully, and covers a tremendous amount of court. His attack is rather obvious in that he seldom plays the unusual shot, yet his accuracy is so great that he frequently beats a man who guesses his shot yet can't reach it.

N. E. Brookes stated he considered Garland one of the greatest ground-stroke players in the world. This is true of his forehand, but his backhand lacks punch. His whole game needs speed and aggressiveness.

He is quiet, modest, and extremely popular. His perfect court manner and pleasant smile have made Garland a universal favourite in America and England. His game is the result of hard, conscientious work. There is no genius about it, and little natural talent. It is not an interesting game as it lacks brilliancy, yet it is very sound, and much better than it looks.
Tournament AO RG W US Win-Loss
1915 A A A R64 1-1
1916 A A A R128 0-1
1917 A A A QF 3-1
1918 A A A A 0-0
1919 A A SF R16 8-2
1920 A A SF R16 8-2
1921 A A A R128 0-1
1922 A A A R64 1-1
1923 A A A R64 0-1
1924 A A A A 0-0
1925 A A R32 A 2-1
1926 A A A R64 0-1
1927 A A A A 0-0
1928 A A A R64 0-1
Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 12-3 11-10 23-13