Watson Washburn

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Watson Washburn
Watson Washburn 1919.jpg
Full name Watson McLean Washburn
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1894-06-13)June 13, 1894
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Died December 2, 1973(1973-12-02) (aged 79)
Manhattan, New York City, NNew York, United States
Turned pro 1910 (amateur tour
Retired 1937
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF 1965 (member page)
Highest ranking No. 5 (U.S. ranking)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon QF (1924)
US Open QF (1911, 1912, 1913, 1916, 1920)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon F (1924)
US Open F (1921, 1923)
Other doubles tournaments
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (1921)
Thomas Bundy, Maurice Evans McLoughlin, Gustave F. Touchard and Watson Washburn circa 1914-1915

Watson McLean Washburn (June 13, 1894 – December 2, 1973) was an American tennis player who was in the top 10 in the US seven times between 1914 and 1922. He was also one of the founders of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, to which he was inducted in 1965.[1]


He was born in Manhattan, New York City on June 13, 1894.[1]

He was primarily a doubles player and teamed with Richard Norris Williams to take the Davis Cup in 1921. Also with Williams, he reached two US Championship finals and one at Wimbledon. He won the US Intercollegiate Doubles Championship in 1913 and the Indoor Doubles Championship in 1915. In July 1915 Washburn and Williams won the doubles title at the Eastern Tennis Championship in Brookline defeating Irving C. Wright and Wallace F. Johnson in four sets.[2]

In 1917 Washburn joined the American Expeditionary Forces and served during World War I in France as a Captain in the artillery.[3][4]

In 1921 Washburn defeated Richard Norris Williams in the final of the Newport Casino Invitational in five sets.[5]

After his tennis career he became an Assistant State Prosecutor.[1]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles (3 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Runner-up 1921 U.S. National Championships United States Richard Norris Williams United States Vincent Richards
United States Bill Tilden
11–13, 10–12, 1–6
Runner-up 1923 U.S. National Championships United States Richard Norris Williams South Africa Brian Norton
United States Bill Tilden
6–3, 2–6, 3–6, 7–5, 2–6
Runner-up 1924 Wimbledon United States Richard Norris Williams United States Frank Hunter
United States Vincent Richards
3–6, 6–3, 10–8, 6–8, 3–6


  1. ^ a b c "Watson Washburn, Tennis Star On Davis Cup Team in '20's, Dies". The New York Times. December 3, 1973. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Eastern Tennis Championship" (PDF). The New York Times. August 1, 1915. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Watson Washburn Writes of Flourishing Tennis Prospects in European Lands". Washington Daily News. January 21, 1919. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Paul B. Williams (1921). United States Lawn Tennis Association and the World War. Robert Hamilton Company. p. 2. 
  5. ^ "Washburn Victor in Tennis Final" (PDF). The New York Times. August 7, 1921. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 

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