Richard N. Williams

January 29, 1891
June 02, 1968
Place of Birth:
Geneva, Switzerland
United States
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Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 4
U.S. Singles Ranking: 1

Audacity set Richard Williams apart from other esteemed players of his day. National Singles Champion in 1914 and 1916, twice victor in the U.S. Doubles Championships, he played on five victorious U.S. Davis Cup teams and served as captain of the team as well. He was ranked second in the United States for four consecutive years before his bold stroke play, volleying acumen and shot selection lifted him into the top position in 1916. But historians remember perhaps his greatest triumph of all, surviving the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

Grand Slam Record


  • Doubles Champion 1920

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1914, 1916
  • Doubles Champion 1925-26
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1912

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1913-14, 1921, 1923, 1925-26
  • Olympic Gold Medallist in Mixed Doubles 1924