Frank Shields

November 18, 1909
August 19, 1975
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
United States
United States
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Highest Ranking
U.S. Singles Ranking: 1

A leg injury deprived Frank Shields of a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win Wimbledon, when the handsome star who had just beaten the esteemed Jean Borotra had to default the final against compatriot Sidney Wood in 1931. Shields, a self taught player with an overwhelming serve, also reached the U.S. Championships final in 1930. In a career characterized much more by triumph than failure, he was the No. 1 ranked American in 1933. He spent some time in Hollywood as an actor in relatively small roles but loomed large in the world of tennis.

Grand Slam Record


  • Singles Finalist 1930

US National Championship

  • Singles Finalist 1930
  • Doubles Finalist 1933
  • Mixed Doubles Finalist 1930

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1931-32, 1934
  • Davis Cup Team Captain 1951