Budge Patty

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Budge Patty
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Budge Patty in 1958
Full nameJohn Edward Patty
Country (sports)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Born (1924-02-11) February 11, 1924 (age 95)
Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S.
Turned pro1940 (amateur tour)
PlaysRight-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF 1977 (member page)
Career record777–182 (81.02%) [1]
Career titles73 [2]
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1950, John Olliff ) [3]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open W (1950)
Wimbledon W (1950)
US Open QF (1951, 1953, 1957)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1957)
US Open F (1957)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1946)
Wimbledon SF (1946)

John Edward "Budge" Patty (born February 11, 1924) is a former world no. 1 American tennis player whose career spanned a period of 15 years after World War II. He won two Grand Slam singles titles in 1950.

Tennis ball sport with racket and net

Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to maneuver the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.

Grand Slam (tennis) the four most important tennis tournaments

The Grand Slam tournaments, also called majors, are the four most important annual tennis events. They offer the most ranking points, prize money, public and media attention, the greatest strength and size of field, and greater number of "best of" sets for men. The Grand Slam itinerary consists of the Australian Open in mid January, the French Open around late May through early June, Wimbledon in June-July, and the US Open in August-September. Each tournament is played over a two-week period. The Australian and United States tournaments are played on hard courts, the French on clay, and Wimbledon on grass. Wimbledon is the oldest, founded in 1877, followed by the US in 1881, the French in 1891, and the Australian in 1905. However, of these four, only Wimbledon was a major before 1924–25, when all four became designated Grand Slam tournaments. Skipping majors—especially the Australian Open because of the remoteness, the inconvenient dates and the low prize money—was not unusual before 1982.



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

Fort Smith, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 86,209. With an estimated population of 88,037 in 2017, it is the principal city of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 298,592 residents that encompasses the Arkansas counties of Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian, and the Oklahoma counties of Le Flore and Sequoyah.

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.

French Open French Open Tennis Championships

The French Open, also called Roland-Garros, is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. The venue is named after the French aviator Roland Garros. It is the premier clay court tennis championship event in the world and the second of four annual Grand Slam tournaments, the other three being the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. The French Open is currently the only Grand Slam event held on clay, and it is the zenith of the spring clay court season. Because of the seven rounds needed for a championship, the slow-playing surface and the best-of-five-set men's singles matches, the event is widely considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world.

Jaroslav Drobný Czech tennis and ice hockey player

Jaroslav Drobný was a World No. 1 amateur tennis and ice hockey champion. He left Czechoslovakia in 1949 and travelled as an Egyptian citizen before becoming a citizen of Great Britain in 1959, where he died in 2001. In 1954, he became the first and, to date, only player with African citizenship to win the Wimbledon Championships.

Frank Sedgman Australian tennis player

Francis "Frank" Arthur Sedgman, AM is a retired World No. 1 amateur tennis champion. In his 1979 autobiography Jack Kramer, the long-time tennis promoter and player, included Sedgman in his list of the 21 greatest players of all time. Sedgman is one of only five tennis players all-time to win a multiple slam set in two disciplines, matching Margaret Court, Roy Emerson, Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams. In 1951 he and Ken McGregor won the men's doubles Grand Slam. Sedgman turned professional in 1953.

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]

International Tennis Hall of Fame Professional sports hall of fame; museum in Newport, Rhode Island

The International Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, United States. It honors players and contributors to the sport of tennis and includes a museum, grass tennis courts, an indoor tennis facility, and a court tennis facility.

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

Los Angeles High School public magnet secondary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., founded in 1873

Los Angeles High School is the oldest public high school in the Southern California Region and in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Its colors are royal blue and white and the teams are called the Romans.

Grand Slams finals

Singles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Loss1949French ChampionshipsClay Flag of the United States.svg Frank Parker 3–6, 6–1, 1–6, 4–6
Win1950French ChampionshipsClay Flag of Egypt.svg Jaroslav Drobný 6–1, 6–2, 2–6, 5–7, 7–5
Win1950 Wimbledon Championships Grass Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Sedgman 6–1, 8–10, 6–2, 6–3

Doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Win1957 Wimbledon Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Gardnar Mulloy Flag of Australia (converted).svg Neale Fraser
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lew Hoad
8–10, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Loss1957 US National Championships Grass Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Gardnar Mulloy Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ashley Cooper
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Neale Fraser
6–4, 3–6, 7–9, 3–6

Mixed Doubles (1 title)

Win1946 French Championships Clay Flag of the United States.svg Pauline Betz Flag of the United States.svg Dorothy Bundy
Flag of the United States.svg Tom Brown
7–5, 9–7

Performance timeline

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Grand Slam Tournaments
French AA QF 4R SF F W 4R QF 4R SF QF 4R 4R 4R 3R 2R
Wimbledon AA 4R SF QF 3R W 2R 4R 3R SF SF 2R 4R 4R 1R 1R


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