The First Great Tennis Player From Texas

Wilmer Allison upset Fred Perry, number one in the world, in the semi-finals of the National Singles Tennis Championship on September 8, 1935 and went on to win the title the next day in straight sets over Sidney Wood.

The Forth Worth native was the national college champion in 1927 and won the Wimbledon doubles crown twice with partner John Van Ryn.  He returned to his alma mater after World War and coached the University of Texas tennis team from 1946 until 1972, the last 15 years as head coach.

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