By Sidney Wood, David Wood
The one time within the background of Wimbledon that the men’s singles ultimate was once no longer performed is advised intimately via the topped champion during this illuminating tennis biography. Sidney wooden gained the 1931 Wimbledon name by means of default over Frank Shields—his tuition blood brother, doubles accomplice, roommate, and Davis Cup teammate—in some of the most curious episodes in activities heritage. wooden tells the story of the way Shields was once ordered via the U.S. Tennis organization to not compete within the championship fit in order that he may possibly leisure his injured knee in practise for an upcoming Davis Cup fit. 3 years later the tale keeps whilst he and Shields performed a fit on the Queen’s membership for the Wimbledon trophy. additionally integrated are a compilation of brief tales that bring attention-grabbing anecdotes of the Nineteen Thirties and a signature record of the play and types of 20th-century tennis legends.
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A 6'4" all-sports gifted athlete, could palm a basketball in either hand and shoot with the best. Name the sport and he did it effortlessly and professionally. In the view of everyone who has ever faced Frank’s first serve – it was the greatest ever hit. In one Ripley-like demonstration in France for a $100 prize for the most hits out of a hundred on a 24" square target placed in an optional service box corner, Frank hit an incredible 56 consecutive serves on the plate – and 67 overall. His Davis Cup teammates, George Lott, Johnny Van Ryn and myself among them, amassed just 39 out of our combined 300 tries.
However, the chemistry of one-on-one matches is something that only those who have been involved in them – and lost at Wimbledon – can ever really comprehend. The gallery was always normally with Borotra. He was Wood in action at Wimbledon in 1931 25 t he w im bl e don f inal t hat n e v e r was. . their darling and anything he did, they would rise to laugh with him. But with Frank, he was put down. Not that Frank put him down, but just that Frank’s personality was such that it commanded so much of the gallery’s interest.
The gallery was always normally with Borotra. He was Wood in action at Wimbledon in 1931 25 t he w im bl e don f inal t hat n e v e r was. . their darling and anything he did, they would rise to laugh with him. But with Frank, he was put down. Not that Frank put him down, but just that Frank’s personality was such that it commanded so much of the gallery’s interest. Borotra did his routine and changed his beret, which he would do about four or five times a set sometimes. ) He’d change his racquets and rush over and change his beret.