General Malcolm Laird (Laird)
Watt
Male
Canada
1913-05-21
Montréal, Québec, Canada
2001-05-03
Montréal, Québec, Canada


About

Laird and Robert Watt competed together in the father-and-son doubles championship and won the USLTA title three times (1933, 1934 and 1937). Robert is also in the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame.

Laird Watt competed at several tournaments at home and overseas. He reached the quarter-finals of the Canadian Open men?s singles twice, the first time in 1937 and the second time a year later. He was runner-up twice in the men?s doubles (1937 and 1938) with partner Bob Murray and won the mixed doubles crown in 1937 partnering E. Dearman.

He competed in both the US Open and Wimbledon several times in the 1930s. He lost in the first round of the US Open in 1933 to George Lott in four sets. He competed again in the 1934 US Open and reached the second round, but fell to Vernon Kirby. The following year, in 1935, he reached even further as he competed in the third round, but lost in straight sets to Roderich Menzel 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. Watt also competed at Wimbledon in 1935 and 1936.

Watt was on the Davis Cup team for three years (1934, 1935 and 1946) and in 1946 he was playing captain. However, Canada did not enter a team in 1936-38 nor was Davis Cup played during the war years. He came back in 1947, only this time as the non-playing captain, but the Canadian team fell to Australia.

Watt was the top ranked Canadian player in 1938 and 1939 and was in the top 10 national rankings in four other years between 1932 and 1937.

After he retired from tennis, he followed in his fathers footsteps by becoming the President of the Canadian Lawn Tennis Association from 1962 to 1963.

From the internet: Laird Watt was born in Montréal and graduated from McGill University in 1934. He went on to become a governor of the university in 1970, was president of the McGill Graduates Society and received an honorary doctor of law degree in 1993.



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Archive statistics 1931 - 1940
8
85
53


Tournament wins 1940 - Montreal Cup (Amateur)
1939 - Province of Quebec Championships (Open)
1939 - Prince Edward Island Championships (Amateur)
1938 - Province of Quebec Championships (Open)
1933 - Province of Quebec Championships (Open)
1932 - Ontario Championships (Open)
1932 - Prince Edward Island Championships (Amateur)
1931 - Southern Ontario (Amateur)


Tournaments Province of Quebec Championships - 1940 Montreal Cup - 1940 Prince Edward Island Championships - 1940 Province of Quebec Championships - 1939 Montreal Cup - 1939 Prince Edward Island Championships - 1939 Canadian International Championships - 1938 Nassau Bowl - 1938 Maryland State Championships - 1938 Eastern Canadian Championships - 1938 Thistle Club - 1938 Province of Quebec Championships - 1938 US Open - 1937 Canadian International Championships - 1937 Eastern Canadian Championships - 1937 Province of Quebec Championships - 1937 Prince Edward Island Championships - 1937 Wimbledon - 1936 US Open - 1936 Bermuda Championships - 1936 Wimbledon - 1935 US Open - 1935 German International Championships - 1935 Seigniory Club Tournament - 1935 Wimbledon Plate (Consolation) - 1935 Canadian Covered Courts - 1935 US Open - 1934 Canadian International Championships - 1934 Bermuda Championships - 1934 Ontario Championships - 1934 Seigniory Club Tournament - 1934 Province of Quebec Championships - 1934 Canadian Covered Courts - 1934 US Open - 1933 Canadian International Championships - 1933 Province of Quebec Championships - 1933 Canadian Covered Courts - 1933 Ontario Championships - 1932 Prince Edward Island Championships - 1932 Canadian Covered Courts - 1932 Southern Ontario - 1931

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