Florence Ballin

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Florence Ballin
Full name Florence Antoinette Ballin
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1887-04-27)April 27, 1887
New York City, NY, United States
Died April 1, 1975(1975-04-01) (aged 87)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open F (1916, 1917, 1919)

Florence A. Ballin was an American female tennis player. She played in the mixed doubles in the early 1900s. She made it to three US Open finals with Bill Tilden.


In 1915 Ballin reached the doubles final at the US Indoor Championships, playing with Molla Bjursted.

Ballin reached the final of the mixed doubles competition at the U.S. National Championships on three occasions (1916, 1917, 1919).[1] Each time she partnered with multiple champion Bill Tilden but they lost all three finals, coming closest to success in 1919 when they were defeated in three sets by Marion Zinderstein and Vincent Richards.

In 1919 she wrote a tennis book titled Tennis for Girls.[2]

In 1920 she won the women's championships of New Jersey[3] and Long Island.[4] She won the women's lawn tennis championship of Pennsylvania and Eastern States in 1922 defeating Anne Townsend in straight sets.[5]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Mixed doubles (3 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1916 U.S. Championships Grass United States Bill Tilden United States Eleonora Sears
United States Willis E. Davis
4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 1917 U.S. Championships Grass United States Bill Tilden Norway Molla Bjurstedt
United States Irving Wright
12–10, 1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1919 U.S. Championships Grass United States Bill Tilden United States Marion Zinderstein
United States Vincent Richards
6–2, 9–11, 2–6


  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 481. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  2. ^ Ballin, Florence (1919). Tennis for Girls. New York: American Sports Publishing Company. OCLC 613230889. OL 7171663M.
  3. ^ "Miss Ballin Takes New Jersey Title" (PDF). The New York Times. June 21, 1920.
  4. ^ "Miss Ballin Takes Long Island Title" (PDF). The New York Times. August 2, 1920.
  5. ^ "Miss Ballin Wins Title" (PDF). The New York Times. June 19, 1922.