William Clothier

September 27, 1881
September 04, 1962
Place of Birth:
Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania
United States
United States
Induction Category:
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
U.S. Singles Ranking: 1

Bill Clothier was elected as the first President of the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1954, holding that significant post until he retired three years later. Long before, back in the early stages of the twentieth century, he was a superb player. In 1906 he won the U.S. National Championships in spectacular and gritty fashion, recouping from 2-5, 0-40 down in the final set to topple Fred Alexander in the quarterfinals, and dispatching Beals Wright in a straight-sets final. He deservedly earned the U.S. No. 1 ranking for that season.

Grand Slam Record

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1906
  • Singles Finalist 1904, 1909

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1905, 1909