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Ex-tennis champ Mulloy celebrates 100th birthday

11/22/2013 12:06:00 PM

MIAMI (AP) - Gardnar Mulloy, who helped the United States win the Davis Cup three times in the 1940s, is celebrating his 100th birthday.

Mulloy became the first International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee to reach the milestone Thursday.

He won the U.S. Championship doubles with Bill Talbert in 1942, 1945, 1946 and 1948. In 1957, a 43-year-old Mulloy became the oldest player to win the men's doubles at Wimbledon, where his partner was Budge Patty.

Mulloy, who grew up in Miami, played on winning Davis Cup teams in 1946, 1948 and 1949. He won senior titles into his late 80s and played tennis until 95.

Mulloy shares his birth date with tennis great Billie Jean King, winner of 39 Grand Slam titles, who turns 70.