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Wilmer Lawson Allison, Jr. (December 8, 1904 – April 20, 1977) was an American amateur tennis champion of the 1930s. Allison's career was overshadowed by the arrival of Don Budge, although he was both a fine singles player and, along with his frequent partner, John Van Ryn, a great doubles player. At the University of Texas
Texas
at Austin, Allison was the Intercollegiate tennis champion in 1927. One of Allison's earliest tournament wins was the 1928 Canadian Championship, where he won the final over doubles partner Van Ryn 6–2, 6–4, 6–3.

Contents

1 Career

1.1 Davis Cup 1.2 Playing style

2 Grand Slam finals

2.1 Singles (1 titles, 2 runners-up) 2.2 Doubles (4 titles, 5 runners-up) 2.3 Mixed doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)

3 References 4 External links

Career[edit] Right-handed, Allison's greatest triumph was winning the 1935 U.S. Championship singles, defeating Fred Perry
Fred Perry
in the semifinals and Sidney Wood
Sidney Wood
in the finals, both in three sets. He had previously lost to Perry 8–6 in the fifth set in the 1934 finals. He was ranked U.S. No. 1 both years and World No. 4 in 1932 and again in 1935 by A. Wallis Myers of The Daily Telegraph.[1] At the Wimbledon Championships his best results in singles came in 1930 when he finished runner-up to Bill Tilden, losing the final in straight sets.[2] En route to the final he defeated reigning champion and first-seed Henri Cochet
Henri Cochet
in straight sets in the quarterfinals.[3] As a doubles player with partner John Van Ryn, Allison won the 1929 and 1930 Wimbledon and 1935 U.S. doubles championships. Allison's last major tournament was a 1936 quarterfinal loss to Bunny Austin.[4] Davis Cup[edit] Allison played a total of 44 matches, 29 in doubles with Van Ryn, in Davis Cup
Davis Cup
for the United States, the third most of any player behind John McEnroe
John McEnroe
and Vic Seixas. He won 32 of those matches but never the cup. Playing style[edit] In his 1979 autobiography Jack Kramer, who had a fine volley himself, devotes a page to the best tennis strokes he had ever seen. He writes: "FOREHAND VOLLEY — Wilmer Allison of Texas, who won the 1935 Forest Hills, had the best I ever saw as a kid, and I've never seen anyone since hit one better. Budge Patty
Budge Patty
came closest, then Newcombe".[5] George Lott, who himself won five U.S. doubles titles as well as two at Wimbledon, wrote an article in the May 1973, issue of Tennis Magazine in which he ranked the great doubles teams and the great players. He called the team of Allison and Van Ryn the ninth best of all time. Allison was a colonel in the United States
United States
Army Air Forces in World War II. He coached tennis for the varsity team of his alma mater from 1946 through 1972 and was head coach from 1957.[6] Allison was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame
International Tennis Hall of Fame
in Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island
in 1963.[7] Grand Slam finals[edit] Singles (1 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponents Score

Runner-up 1930 Wimbledon Grass Bill Tilden 3–6, 7–9, 4–6

Runner-up 1934 U.S. National Championships Grass Fred Perry 4–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–1, 6–8

Winner 1935 U.S. National Championships Grass Sidney Wood 6–2, 6–2, 6–3

Doubles (4 titles, 5 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Winner 1929 Wimbledon Grass John Van Ryn Ian Collins Colin Gregory 6–4, 5–7, 6–3, 10–12, 6–4

Winner 1930 Wimbledon Grass John Van Ryn John Doeg George Lott 6–3, 6–3, 6–2

Runner-up 1930 U.S. National Championships Grass John Van Ryn John Doeg George Lott 6–8, 3–6, 6–3, 15–13, 4–6

Winner 1931 U.S. National Championships Grass John Van Ryn Berkeley Bell Gregory Mangin 6–4, 6–3, 6–2

Runner-up 1932 U.S. National Championships Grass John Van Ryn Keith Gledhill Ellsworth Vines 4–6, 3–6, 2–6

Runner-up 1934 U.S. National Championships Grass John Van Ryn George Lott Lester Stoefen 4–6, 7–9, 6–3, 4–6

Runner-up 1935 Wimbledon Grass John Van Ryn Jack Crawford Adrian Quist 3–6, 7–5, 2–6, 7–5, 5–7

Winner 1935 U.S. National Championships Grass John Van Ryn Don Budge Gene Mako 6–2, 6–3, 2–6, 3–6, 6–1

Runner-up 1936 U.S. National Championships Grass John Van Ryn Don Budge Gene Mako 4–6, 2–6, 4–6

Mixed doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Winner 1930 U.S. National Championships Grass Edith Cross Marjorie Morrill Frank Shields 6–4, 6–4

Runner-up 1931 U.S. National Championships Grass Anna McCune Harper Betty Nuthall George Lott 3–6, 3–6

References[edit]

^ a b "Moody, Perry Rated Tops By British Expert", Reading Eagle, 17 October 1935. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Wilmer Allison". www.wimbledon.com. AELTC.  ^ "Allison, Wilmer Lawson". Texas
Texas
State Historical Association (TSHA).  ^ Bud Collins (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis
Tennis
(2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 541. ISBN 978-0942257700.  ^ Kramer, Jack; Frank Deford (1981). The Game : My 40 Years in Tennis. London: Andre Deutsch. pp. 295, 296. ISBN 9780233973074.  ^ " Texas
Texas
Official Athletic Site – Athletics News". Texassports.com. Retrieved 2010-05-14.  ^ "Hall of Famers – Wilmer Allison". International Tennis
Tennis
Hall of Fame. 

External links[edit]

Wilmer Allison at the International Tennis
Tennis
Hall of Fame Wilmer Allison at the International Tennis
Tennis
Federation Wilmer Allison at the Association of Tennis
Tennis
Professionals Wilmer Allison at the Davis Cup

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US Open men's singles champions

(1968) Arthur Ashe (1969) Rod Laver (1970) Ken Rosewall (1971) Stan Smith (1972) Ilie Năstase (1973) John Newcombe (1974) Jimmy Connors (1975) Manuel Orantes (1976) Jimmy Connors (1977) Guillermo Vilas (1978) Jimmy Connors (1979) John McEnroe (1980) John McEnroe (1981) John McEnroe (1982) Jimmy Connors (1983) Jimmy Connors (1984) John McEnroe (1985) Ivan Lendl (1986) Ivan Lendl (1987) Ivan Lendl (1988) Mats Wilander (1989) Boris Becker (1990) Pete Sampras (1991) Stefan Edberg (1992) Stefan Edberg (1993) Pete Sampras (1994) Andre Agassi (1995) Pete Sampras (1996) Pete Sampras (1997) Pat Rafter (1998) Pat Rafter (1999) Andre Agassi (2000) Marat Safin (2001) Lleyton Hewitt (2002) Pete Sampras (2003) Andy Roddick (2004) Roger Federer (2005) Roger Federer (2006) Roger Federer (2007) Roger Federer (2008) Roger Federer (2009) Juan Martín del Potro (2010) Rafael Nadal (2011) Novak Djokovic (2012) Andy Murray (2013) Rafael Nadal (2014) Marin Čilić (2015) Novak Djokovic (2016) Stan Wawrinka (2017) Rafael Nadal

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Pre Open Era Wimbledon gentlemen's doubles champions

1884: William Renshaw
William Renshaw
/ Ernest Renshaw 1885: William Renshaw
William Renshaw
/ Ernest Renshaw 1886: William Renshaw
William Renshaw
/ Ernest Renshaw 1887: Herbert Wilberforce / Patrick Bowes-Lyon 1888: William Renshaw
William Renshaw
/ Ernest Renshaw 1889: William Renshaw
William Renshaw
/ Ernest Renshaw 1890: Joshua Pim
Joshua Pim
/ Frank Stoker 1891: Wilfred Baddeley
Wilfred Baddeley
/ Herbert Baddeley 1892: Ernest Lewis
Ernest Lewis
/ Harry S. Barlow 1893: Joshua Pim
Joshua Pim
/ Frank Stoker 1894: Wilfred Baddeley
Wilfred Baddeley
/ Herbert Baddeley 1895: Wilfred Baddeley
Wilfred Baddeley
/ Herbert Baddeley 1896: Wilfred Baddeley
Wilfred Baddeley
/ Herbert Baddeley 1897: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1898: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1899: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1900: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1901: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1902: Sydney Smith / Frank Riseley 1903: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1904: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1905: Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty 1906: Sydney Smith / Frank Riseley 1907: Norman Brookes
Norman Brookes
/ Anthony Wilding 1908: Anthony Wilding
Anthony Wilding
/ Major Ritchie 1909: Arthur Gore / Herbert Barrett 1910: Anthony Wilding
Anthony Wilding
/ Major Ritchie 1911: André Gobert
André Gobert
/ Max Decugis 1912: Herbert Barrett / Charles Dixon 1913: Herbert Barrett / Charles Dixon 1914: Norman Brookes
Norman Brookes
/ Anthony Wilding 1915–18: No competition (due to World War I) 1919: R. V. Thomas / Pat O'Hara Wood 1920: R. Norris Williams
R. Norris Williams
/ Chuck Garland 1921: Randolph Lycett / Max Woosnam 1922: James Anderson / Randolph Lycett 1923: Leslie Godfree / Randolph Lycett 1924: Francis Hunter
Francis Hunter
/ Vincent Richards 1925: Jean Borotra
Jean Borotra
/ René Lacoste 1926: Jacques Brugnon
Jacques Brugnon
/ Henri Cochet 1927: Francis Hunter
Francis Hunter
/ Bill Tilden 1928: Jacques Brugnon
Jacques Brugnon
/ Henri Cochet 1929: Wilmer Allison / John Van Ryn 1930: Wilmer Allison / John Van Ryn 1931: George Lott / John Van Ryn 1932: Jean Borotra
Jean Borotra
/ Jacques Brugnon 1933: Jean Borotra
Jean Borotra
/ Jacques Brugnon 1934: George Lott / Lester Stoefen 1935: Jack Crawford / Adrian Quist 1936: Pat Hughes / Raymond Tuckey 1937: Don Budge
Don Budge
/ Gene Mako 1938: Don Budge
Don Budge
/ Gene Mako 1939: Elwood Cooke
Elwood Cooke
/ Bobby Riggs 1940–45: No competition (due to World War II) 1946: Tom Brown / Jack Kramer 1947: Bob Falkenburg / Jack Kramer 1948: John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Frank Sedgman 1949: Pancho Gonzales
Pancho Gonzales
/ Frank Parker 1950: John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Adrian Quist 1951: Ken McGregor
Ken McGregor
/ Frank Sedgman 1952: Ken McGregor
Ken McGregor
/ Frank Sedgman 1953: Lew Hoad
Lew Hoad
/ Ken Rosewall 1954: Rex Hartwig
Rex Hartwig
/ Mervyn Rose 1955: Rex Hartwig
Rex Hartwig
/ Lew Hoad 1956: Lew Hoad
Lew Hoad
/ Ken Rosewall 1957: Budge Patty
Budge Patty
/ Gardnar Mulloy 1958: Sven Davidson / Ulf Schmidt 1959: Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Neale Fraser 1960: Rafael Osuna / Dennis Ralston 1961: Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Neale Fraser 1962: Bob Hewitt
Bob Hewitt
/ Fred Stolle 1963: Rafael Osuna / Antonio Palafox 1964: Bob Hewitt
Bob Hewitt
/ Fred Stolle 1965: John Newcombe
John Newcombe
/ Tony Roche 1966: Ken Fletcher
Ken Fletcher
/ John Newcombe 1967: Bob Hewitt
Bob Hewitt
/ Frew McMillan

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U.S. National Championships men's doubles champions

(1881) Clarence Clark / Frederick Winslow Taylor (1882) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1883) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1884) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1885) Richard Sears / Joseph Clark (1886) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1887) Richard Sears / James Dwight (1888) Oliver Campbell
Oliver Campbell
/ Valentine Hall (1889) Henry Slocum / Howard Taylor (1890) Valentine Hall / Clarence Hobart (1891) Oliver Campbell
Oliver Campbell
/ Bob Huntington (1892) Oliver Campbell
Oliver Campbell
/ Bob Huntington (1893) Clarence Hobart
Clarence Hobart
/ Frederick Hovey (1894) Clarence Hobart
Clarence Hobart
/ Frederick Hovey (1895) Malcolm Greene Chace
Malcolm Greene Chace
/ Robert Wrenn (1896) Carr Neel
Carr Neel
/ Sam Neel (1897) Leo Ware
Leo Ware
/ George Sheldon (1898) Leo Ware
Leo Ware
/ George Sheldon (1899) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Dwight F. Davis (1900) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Dwight F. Davis (1901) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Dwight F. Davis (1902) Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty (1903) Reginald Doherty
Reginald Doherty
/ Laurence Doherty (1904) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Beals Wright (1905) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Beals Wright (1906) Holcombe Ward
Holcombe Ward
/ Beals Wright (1907) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Hackett (1908) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Hackett (1909) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Hackett (1910) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Hackett (1911) Raymond Little
Raymond Little
/ Gus Touchard (1912) Maurice E. McLoughlin
Maurice E. McLoughlin
/ Tom Bundy (1913) Maurice E. McLoughlin
Maurice E. McLoughlin
/ Tom Bundy (1914) Maurice E. McLoughlin
Maurice E. McLoughlin
/ Tom Bundy (1915) Clarence Griffin
Clarence Griffin
/ Bill Johnston (1916) Clarence Griffin
Clarence Griffin
/ Bill Johnston (1917) Fred Alexander
Fred Alexander
/ Harold Throckmorton (1918) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ Bill Tilden (1919) Norman Brookes
Norman Brookes
/ Gerald Patterson (1920) Clarence Griffin
Clarence Griffin
/ Bill Johnston (1921) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ Bill Tilden (1922) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ Bill Tilden (1923) Brian Norton
Brian Norton
/ Bill Tilden (1924) Howard Kinsey
Howard Kinsey
/ Robert Kinsey (1925) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ R. Norris Williams (1926) Vincent Richards
Vincent Richards
/ R. Norris Williams (1927) Francis Hunter
Francis Hunter
/ Bill Tilden (1928) George Lott / John F. Hennessey (1929) George Lott / Johnny Doeg (1930) George Lott / Johnny Doeg (1931) Wilmer Allison / John Van Ryn (1932) Ellsworth Vines
Ellsworth Vines
/ Keith Gledhill (1933) George Lott / Lester Stoefen (1934) George Lott / Lester Stoefen (1935) Wilmer Allison / John Van Ryn (1936) Don Budge
Don Budge
/ Gene Mako (1937) Gottfried von Cramm
Gottfried von Cramm
/ Henner Henkel (1938) Don Budge
Don Budge
/ Gene Mako (1939) John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Adrian Quist (1940) Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
/ Ted Schroeder (1941) Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
/ Ted Schroeder (1942) Gardnar Mulloy / Bill Talbert (1943) Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
/ Frank Parker (1944) Bob Falkenburg / Don McNeill (1945) Gardnar Mulloy / Bill Talbert (1946) Gardnar Mulloy / Bill Talbert (1947) Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
/ Ted Schroeder (1948) Gardnar Mulloy / Bill Talbert (1949) John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Bill Sidwell (1950) John Bromwich
John Bromwich
/ Frank Sedgman (1951) Ken McGregor
Ken McGregor
/ Frank Sedgman (1952) Mervyn Rose
Mervyn Rose
/ Vic Seixas (1953) Rex Hartwig
Rex Hartwig
/ Mervyn Rose (1954) Vic Seixas
Vic Seixas
/ Tony Trabert (1955) Kosei Kamo / Atsushi Miyagi (1956) Lew Hoad
Lew Hoad
/ Ken Rosewall (1957) Ashley Cooper / Neale Fraser (1958) Alex Olmedo / Ham Richardson (1959) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Neale Fraser (1960) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Neale Fraser (1961) Chuck McKinley / Dennis Ralston (1962) Rafael Osuna / Antonio Palafox (1963) Chuck McKinley / Dennis Ralston (1964) Chuck McKinley / Dennis Ralston (1965) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Fred Stolle (1966) Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
/ Fred Stolle (1967) John Newcombe
John Newcombe
/ Tony Roche

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U.S. National Championships mixed doubles champions

(1892) Mabel Cahill
Mabel Cahill
/ Clarence Hobart (1893) Ellen Roosevelt
Ellen Roosevelt
/ Clarence Hobart (1894) Juliette Atkinson / Edwin P. Fischer (1895) Juliette Atkinson / Edwin P. Fischer (1896) Juliette Atkinson / Edwin P. Fischer (1897) Laura Henson / D.L. Magruder (1898) Carrie Neely
Carrie Neely
/ Edwin P. Fischer (1899) Elizabeth Rastall / Albert Hoskins (1900) Margaret Hunnewell / Alfred Codman (1901) Marion Jones / Raymond Little (1902) Elisabeth Moore
Elisabeth Moore
/ Wylie Grant (1903) Helen Chapman / Harry Allen (1904) Elisabeth Moore
Elisabeth Moore
/ Wylie Grant (1905) Augusta Schultz Hobart / Clarence Hobart (1906) Sarah Coffin / Edward Dewhurst (1907) May Sayers / Wallace Johnson (1908) Edith Rotch / Nathaniel Niles (1909) Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
/ Wallace Johnson (1910) Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
/ Joseph Carpenter, Jr. (1911) Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
/ Wallace Johnson (1912) Mary Browne
Mary Browne
/ R. Norris Williams (1913) Mary Browne
Mary Browne
/ Bill Tilden (1914) Mary Browne
Mary Browne
/ Bill Tilden (1915) Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
/ Harry Johnson (1916) Eleonora Sears
Eleonora Sears
/ Willis E. Davis (1917) Molla Bjurstedt Mallory / Irving Wright (1918) Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
/ Irving Wright (1919) Marion Jessup
Marion Jessup
/ Vincent Richards (1920) Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
/ Wallace Johnson (1921) Mary Browne
Mary Browne
/ Bill Johnston (1922) Molla Bjurstedt Mallory / Bill Tilden (1923) Molla Bjurstedt Mallory / Bill Tilden (1924) Helen Wills
Helen Wills
/ Vincent Richards (1925) Kathleen McKane Godfree
Kathleen McKane Godfree
/ John Hawkes (1926) Elizabeth Ryan
Elizabeth Ryan
/ Jean Borotra (1927) Eileen Bennett Whittingstall
Eileen Bennett Whittingstall
/ Henri Cochet (1928) Helen Wills
Helen Wills
/ John Hawkes (1929) Betty Nuthall
Betty Nuthall
Shoemaker / George Lott (1930) Edith Cross / Wilmer Allison (1931) Betty Nuthall
Betty Nuthall
Shoemaker / George Lott (1932) Sarah Palfrey Cooke
Sarah Palfrey Cooke
/ Fred Perry (1933) Elizabeth Ryan
Elizabeth Ryan
/ Ellsworth Vines (1934) Helen Jacobs
Helen Jacobs
/ George Lott (1935) Sarah Palfrey Cooke
Sarah Palfrey Cooke
/ Enrique Maier (1936) Alice Marble
Alice Marble
/ Gene Mako (1937) Sarah Palfrey Cooke
Sarah Palfrey Cooke
/ Don Budge (1938) Alice Marble
Alice Marble
/ Don Budge (1939) Alice Marble
Alice Marble
/ Harry Hopman (1940) Alice Marble
Alice Marble
/ Bobby Riggs (1941) Sarah Palfrey Cooke
Sarah Palfrey Cooke
/ Jack Kramer (1942) Louise Brough
Louise Brough
Clapp / Ted Schroeder (1943) Margaret Osborne duPont
Margaret Osborne duPont
/ Bill Talbert (1944) Margaret Osborne duPont
Margaret Osborne duPont
/ Bill Talbert (1945) Margaret Osborne duPont
Margaret Osborne duPont
/ Bill Talbert (1946) Margaret Osborne duPont
Margaret Osborne duPont
/ Bill Talbert (1947) Louise Brough
Louise Brough
Clapp / John Bromwich (1948) Louise Brough
Louise Brough
Clapp / Tom Brown (1949) Louise Brough
Louise Brough
Clapp / Eric Sturgess (1950) Margaret Osborne duPont
Margaret Osborne duPont
/ Ken McGregor (1951) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Frank Sedgman (1952) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Frank Sedgman (1953) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Vic Seixas (1954) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Vic Seixas (1955) Doris Hart
Doris Hart
/ Vic Seixas (1956) Margaret Osborne duPont
Margaret Osborne duPont
/ Ken Rosewall (1957) Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson
/ Kurt Nielsen (1958) Margaret Osborne duPont
Margaret Osborne duPont
/ Neale Fraser (1959) Margaret Osborne duPont
Margaret Osborne duPont
/ Neale Fraser (1960) Margaret Osborne duPont
Margaret Osborne duPont
/ Neale Fraser (1961) Margaret Smith / Bob Mark (1962) Margaret Smith / Fred Stolle (1963) Margaret Smith / Ken Fletcher (1964) Margaret Smith / John Newcombe (1965) Margaret Smith / Fred Stolle (1966) Donna Floyd Fales / Owen Davidson (1967) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
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