Bill Larned

Born:
December 30, 1872
Died:
December 16, 1926
Place of Birth:
Summit, New Jersey
United States
Citizenship:
United States
Induction Category:
Player
Year of Induction:
1956
Highest Ranking
U.S. Singles Ranking: 1

With ground strokes that whistled down the line and crosscourt, and an attitude which left no room for compromise, Bill Larned remained at or near the top of American tennis for two decades, capturing seven U.S. National Singles titles early in the twentieth century. When he won the last of those prestigious championships, he was 38, establishing himself as the oldest man to realize that significant feat. While his forehand was the stroke that made him a champion, he was formidable off both sides, and an obstinate competitor. 

Grand Slam Record

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1901-02, 1907-11

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1902-03, 1905, 1908-09, 1911-12

Contributions

  • Served in the Rough Riders