Tennis was one of the original Olympic games from 1896-1924 and re-instituted in 1988.
Men’s Tennis 1952-1956
“Their streak, unmatched before or since in University athletic annals, began May 10, 1952, with a win against the Seattle University Chieftains. Four years later, on May 19, 1956, coach Mike Tichy’s Pilot men’s tennis team lost a match (to Seattle). Between those two May days the men won 79 consecutive matches and went 17-0 in 1953, 22-0 in 1954, 18-0 in 1955, and 18-1 in 1956, that one loss being the killer on the very last day of the season. In any sport, a mammoth streak like the Pilots’ record run is fueled by a mysterious combination of talent, skill, hard work, perseverance, good coaching, and a vast eagerness to seize every opportunity to win.” (from University of Portland Athletic Hall of Banquet Program, Thursday, June 22, 1995)
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p.s. shameless promotion. The story of Coaches Bill Rose and Mike Tichy, the Streak, and players such as Jim Flynn are told delightfully in the book, The Magnus Factor: The Bill Rose Story, Rise to One, by Mike Wittmayer, ’69. Available at the Pilot House Bookstore!