Sidney Wood

Born:
November 01, 1911
Died:
January 10, 2009
Place of Birth:
Black Rock, Connecticut
United States
Citizenship:
United States
Induction Category:
Player
Year of Induction:
1964
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 5
U.S. Singles Ranking: 2

Although a slight of stature, the determined Sidney Wood grasped championship success early. At 19, he became the second-youngest man ever to win Wimbledon as compatriot Frank Shields was forced to default the 1931 final. Ranked second in the United States in 1934 and a perennial member of the U.S. top ten, his tactical awareness and shotmaking ability were supreme. After suffering from tuberculosis as a child, Wood grew up to become a tennis player of the highest order.

Grand Slam Record

Wimbledon

  • Singles Champion 1931

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1931, 1934

Contributions

  • Developer of the Supreme Court Synthetic Carpet