(Last Updated on : 07/03/2015)
Mohammed Sleem is an Indian tennis player who represented India in many prestigious tournaments like Davis Cup
and Olympic Games. He participated in many games organised during the time of British Rule
Early Life of Mohammed Sleem
Mohammed Sleem was born on 14th January in the year 1892. Mohammed Sleem was the son of Sheikh Mohammed Umar of Lahore, which is now in Pakistan. He became a criminal lawyer after graduating at the Cambridge University. Later, Mohammed Sleem practised as a Barrister-at-Law in England and was inducted into the Lincoln's Inn in 1910. Mohammed Sleem was efficient in speaking the English language and Urdu language. Mohammed Sleem was the uncle of Manzur Qadir. Mohammed Sleem practised tennis at the Gymkhana Club of Punjab
when he resided in India.
Career of Mohammed Sleem
Mohammed Sleem competed in the singles event at the 1924 Summer Olympics, reaching the third round in which he lost to eventual Olympic champion Vincent Richards. With his compatriot Sydney Jacob, Mohammed Sleem competed in the men's doubles event and lost in the first round.
Later Career of Mohammed Sleem
In September 1921, Mohammed Sleem was a runner-up at the Eastbourne tournament losing to South African Brian Norton in five sets. In the mid of October, Mohammed Sleem clinched the Queen's Club Hard Court crown by beating Walter Crawley for the title. In late October he became the Welsh Indoors Champion. Mohammed Sleem defeated Arthur Lovibond, the holder, Francis Gordon Lowe and Crawley for the second time within two weeks on his way to the trophy. A couple of weeks earlier, Mohammed Sleem won the Hendon hard court tournament by defeating Jacobs in the final. In July 1924, Mohammed Sleem won the Deauville tournament, for which he upset compatriot Syed Mohammad Hadi who gave the match up after two sets. In September, Mohammed Sleem was victorious at the South of England Championships where he had a clean win over Gordon Lowe in the final.
Awards of Mohammed Sleem
Mohammed Sleem won several titles at the Punjab Championships, the first of which was in the year 1915. Mohammed Sleem was also the member of the Queen's Club.