Wilmer Allison

December 08, 1904
April 20, 1977
Place of Birth:
San Antonio, Texas
United States
United States
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The finest tennis player to come from the state of Texas during the first half of the twentieth century, Wilmer Allison was the top ranked player in the United States in 1934 and 1935. He defeated the formidable Fred Perry in the 1935 U.S. National Championships in one of his greatest performances, and later eliminated Sidney Wood in the final. He was known for his impeccable overhead, consistent volley and peerless backhand. His doubles prowess was showcased in Davis Cup competition as he won 14 of 16 matches with John Van Ryn.

Grand Slam Record


  • Doubles Champion 1929-30

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1935
  • Doubles Champion 1931, 1935
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1930

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1928-33, 1935-36