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Bill Johnston

Bill Johnston (Tennis.  Born, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 21, 1894; died, San Francisco, CA, May 1, 1946.)  When the U.S. national tennis championship moved to New York in 1915, William M. Johnston was the first to win the men’s singles title at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills.  Johnston was later to become […]

Slew Hester

Slew Hester (Tennis.  Born, Hazlehurst, Mass, May 8, 1912; died, Jackson, Miss., Feb. 8, 1993.)  By the time he assumed the U.S. Tennis Association presidency in 1977, William Ewing Hester, Jr., had already set in motion events that were to have a profound effect on tennis around the world, but especially in New York.  Hester, […]

Jack Crawford

Jack Crawford (Tennis.  Born, Albury, N.S.W., Australia, Mar. 22, 1908; died, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, Sept. 10, 1991.)  Australia’s John Herbert Crawford nearly became the first man to score the tennis “grand slam” but lost on the grass of the West Side Tennis Club at Forest Hills in 1933.  Crawford won the Australian, French, and Wimbledon […]

Margaret Smith Court

Margaret Smith Court (Tennis.  Born, Albury, New South Wales, Australia, July 16, 1942.)  Of all the great women tennis players, few have dominated the sport as much for as long as did Margaret Smith Court, who was the world’s No. 1 player seven times in 12 years from 1962-73, winning a record 24 singles titles […]

Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors (Tennis.  Born, Belleville, IL, Sept. 2, 1952.)  Perhaps the player most emblematic of tennis’ transition in the late 1960s and early 1970s from genteel country-club amateurism to noisy professionalism, James Scott Connors won the U.S. Open five times on three surfaces in two venues, but may today be best remembered for an Open […]

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