R. Lindley Murray

November 03, 1892
January 17, 1970
Place of Birth:
San Francisco, California
United States
United States
Induction Category:
Master Player
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
U.S. Singles Ranking: 1

The first top-of-the-line left-handed player in tournament tennis, Murray ruled the American game impressively for two years. In 1917, he won the championship of his country (then called the National “Patriotic” Championships) for the first time. But when he defeated a promising player named Bill Tilden in the finals of the U.S. Nationals in 1918, he demonstrated indisputably that he was authentic. Boosted by a big serve, the 6’2” Murray was the best player in his nation in 1918. A graduate of Stanford University, he later became a chemical engineer.

Grand Slam Record

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1917-18