When the expression, “Tennis is a game for a lifetime,” was coined, the author must have had Gardnar Mulloy very much in mind. Mulloy broke into the top ten among Americans in 1939 when he was 26 and was still competing as a leading senior into his nineties. Mulloy, who served in the Navy during World War II, was 31 when the war ended, and his tennis career had barely begun. Graceful, athletic, disciplined and unbending as a competitor, Mulloy was a four time winner of the U.S. Doubles Championships alongside Bill Talbert. At Wimbledon in 1957, he won the Men’s Doubles title at age 43 with Budge Patty, becoming the oldest player to win the men's doubles on the fabled lawns. As well as he helped the U.S. Davis Cup team reach the final.
A 1936 graduate of the University of Miami, and Tennis Coach at the school. He also was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He recruited to Miami and played doubles with George Toley, who went on to win 10 NCAA Team Titles at University of Southern California. Probably Mulloy's greatest contribution to tennis was advancing the popularity of Senior Tennis. He played the senior circuit around the world into his 90s, and contributed the Mulloy Cup for international competition between men tennis players 80 years of age and over. He has won over 127 National Championships and 25 International Titles over his 75 years of playing competitive tennis.
He won senior titles into his late 80s and played tennis until 95.