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Ex-Davis Cup, Wimbledon champ Gardnar Mulloy turns 100

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Gardnar Mulloy, show here at age 83, was the oldest player to win a doubles championship at Wimbeldon when he was 43 in 1957.

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.

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