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Bill Tilden

Bill Tilden (Tennis.  Born, Germantown, PA, Feb. 10, 1893; died, Los Angeles, CA, June 5, 1953.)  During the “Golden Age of Sports,” Bill Tilden was one of the great names of the age, ranking with Babe Ruth (q.v.), Jack Dempsey (q.v.), and Bobby Jones (q.v.).  Known as “Big Bill,” Tilden in comparison to his smaller […]

Helen Hull Jacobs

Helen Hull Jacobs (Tennis.  Born, Globe, AZ, Aug. 6, 1908; died, East Hampton, NY, June 2, 1997.)  A dominating force in women’s tennis for 15 years leading up to World War II, Helen Hull Jacobs was a four-time U.S. singles champion.  Jacobs made the singles final at Forest Hills eight times in 13 years (1928-40), […]

Helen Wills Moody

Helen Wills Moody (Tennis. Born, Centerville, CA, Oct. 6, 1905; died, Carmel, CA, Jan. 1, 1998.) By far the most impressive female sports personality of her time and a seven-time champion of the U.S. national singles at Forest Hills, Helen Newington Wills was the lone woman classed among the greats in the “Golden Age of […]

Roy Emerson

Roy Emerson (Tennis.  Born, Kingsway, Queensland, Aust., Nov. 3, 1936.)  Of all the international champions produced by Australian coach Harry Hopman, Roy Emerson was statistically the most successful, winning 12 major titles in seven years (1961-67).  Emerson won six Australian championships during that span, missing only in 1962.  He also won the men’s singles twice each […]

Maria Bueno

Maria Bueno (Tennis.  Born, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Oct. 11, 1939.)  Despite being dogged by illness and injury almost throughout her career, Maria Esther Bueno became one of the true tennis champions of her time, ranking in the world’s top ten every year but one from 1958-68.  She was the world’s No. 1 woman player in both […]

Don Budge

Don Budge (Tennis. Born, June 13, 1915, Oakland, CA; died, Scranton, PA., Jan. 26, 2000.)  John Donald Budge earned everlasting fame by becoming the first man ever to win the “Grand Slam” of tennis, capturing the U.S., Wimbledon, French and Australian titles in the same year.  That string of victories captured world headlines in 1938.  But […]

Boris Becker

Boris Becker (Tennis.  Born, Nov. 22, 1967, Leimen, West Germany.)  A wunderkind who astonished the tennis world as a 17-year-old by winning Wimbledon, Boris Becker was a crowd-pleasing, gregarious, athletic serve-and-volleyer who won the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadow in 1989, defeating Ivan Lendl in the final.  Becker’s only U.S. championship came after he had […]

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