Bill Tilden

February 10, 1893
June 05, 1953
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
United States
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Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 1
U.S. Singles Ranking: 1

A handsome genius with a full compendium of strokes, Bill Tilden reigned supreme over the world of tennis in the 1920s. He won a record seven U.S. Championships, played on a record seven consecutive victorious American Davis Cup squads, and held the No. 1 American ranking an unprecedented 10 times. Tilden was in many ways larger than the game he played, a master strategist who wrote probing instruction books that held up decades later. Exceedingly tall for a player of his era at 6’2”, Tilden was a towering figure of almost ineffable greatness.

Grand Slam Record

French Open

  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1930


  • Singles Champion 1920-21, 1930
  • Doubles Champion 1927

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1920-25, 1929
  • Doubles Champion 1918, 1921-23, 1927
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1913-14, 1922-23

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1920-30