The Info List - Budge Patty

John Edward "Budge" Patty (born February 11, 1924) is a former World No. 1 American tennis player whose career spanned a period of fifteen years after World War II. He won two Grand Slam singles titles in 1950.


Patty was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States.

In 1950, he won the men's singles title at the French Championships defeating Egypt's Jaroslav Drobný in a five-set match. A few weeks later he also won the Wimbledon Championships in a four-set victory over Australian Frank Sedgman.[4] Only two other American male players have achieved this double victory: Don Budge in 1938 and Tony Trabert in 1955.

Patty was ranked World No. 1 in 1950 by John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph.[3]

He was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1977.[5]

Patty attended Los Angeles High School. He now lives in Lausanne, Switzerland, with his wife, Marcina.

Grand Slams finals

Singles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1949 French Championships Clay United States Frank Parker 3–6, 6–1, 1–6, 4–6
Winner 1950 French Championships Clay Egypt Jaroslav Drobný 6–1, 6–2, 2–6, 5–7, 7–5
Winner 1950 Wimbledon Championships Grass Australia Frank Sedgman 6–1, 8–10, 6–2, 6–3

Doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1957 Wimbledon Grass United States Gardnar Mulloy Australia Neale Fraser
Australia Lew Hoad
8–10, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1957 US National Championships Grass United States Gardnar Mulloy Australia Ashley Cooper
Australia Neale Fraser
6–4, 3–6, 7–9, 3–6

Mixed Doubles (1 title)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1946 French Championships Clay United States Pauline Betz United States Dorothy Bundy
United States Tom Brown
7–5, 9–7

Performance timeline

Tournament 1941 1942-1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
French A A QF 4R SF F W 4R QF 4R SF QF 4R 4R 4R 3R 2R
Wimbledon A A 4R SF QF 3R W 2R 4R 3R SF SF 2R 4R 4R 1R 1R
U.S. 2R A 4R A 3R A 1R QF A QF A A A QF 1R A A


  • Patty, Edward John (1951). Tennis my way by Budge Patty. New York: Hutchinson’s Library of Sports and Pastimes. LCCN 51008955. 


  1. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Budge Patty: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "Jesse Edward (Budge) Patty: Stats". tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 426.
  4. ^ "Tennis Grand Slam Winners – Tennis – ESPN". ESPN. go.com. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tennis Hall of Fame – John Edward Patty "Budge"". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 

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