Watson Washburn

June 13, 1894
December 02, 1973
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
United States
United States
Induction Category:
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
U.S. Singles Ranking: 5

A founding father of the Tennis Hall of Fame, Washburn held a top ten ranking in the United States seven times between 1914 and 1922. But his distinctive prowess was in doubles. With Richard Norris Williams, he clinched the American Davis Cup triumph against Japan at Forest Hills in 1921. This remarkable duo reached two U.S. Championship finals and one at Wimbledon. Later, he chaired many USLTA committees, exerting leadership in all of his roles for the governing body of the game in his country.

Career Achievements

  • Indoor Doubles Champion 1915
  • Intercollegiate Doubles Champion 1913
  • Davis Cup Team Member 1921


  • USTA Committeeman