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Howard Kinsey

Howard Kinsey (born December 3, 1899 in St. Louis, Missouri - died July 26 1966 in San Francisco, California) was an American tennis player in the 1920s who won a number of championships; he was originally from California.

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His most significant championships were the 1926 French National Men's Doubles Championship, where he and Vincent Richards beat the Henri Cochet and Jacques Brugnon (a pairing who went on to win three other French National doubles titles) in the final, and the 1924 U.S. National Men's Doubles Championship (with his brother, Robert Kinsey; Bill Tilden wrote of the pair that he had "seldom seen a team work together more smoothly than the Kinseys.") In 1926 he reached the Wimbledon final losing to Jean Borotra,

Later in 1926, he went on to be one of the first players signed up by the promoter Charles C. Pyle to play in his professional tennis league; after a split with Pyle, he joined Vincent Richards in forming an association of professional tennis players.

In 1936 he and Helen Wills Moody volleyed a tennis ball back and forth 2,001 times without ever missing; the feat took them 1 hour and 18 minutes. They only broke off the exchange so that Kinsey could go teach a lesson that he had scheduled.

Kinsey is a member of the USTA Northern California Hall of Fame.

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