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Bill Talbert

Bill Talbert
Full name William Franklin Talbert
Country 23x15px United States
Born (1918-09-04)September 4, 1918
Cincinnati, OH
Died February 28, 1999(1999-02-28) (aged 80)
New York, NY
Plays Right-handed
Int. Tennis HoF 1967 (member page)
Singles
Career record {{#property:P564}}
Highest ranking No. 3 (1949, John Olliff)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1947)
French Open SF (1950)
Wimbledon QF (1950)
US Open F (1944, 1945)
Doubles
Career record {{#property:P555}}
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1947, 1954)
French Open W (1950)
US Open W (1942, 1945, 1946, 1948)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open W (1943, 1944, 1945, 1946)

William Franklin "Billy" Talbert (September 4, 1918 – February 28, 1999) was an American tennis player and administrator.[2]

Tennis career

He was ranked in the U.S. Top 10 13 times between 1941 and 1954, and was ranked World No. 3 in 1949 by John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph.[1] He won nine Grand Slam doubles titles, and also reached the men's doubles finals of the U.S. National Championship nine times, mainly with his favorite partner, Gardnar Mulloy. He also was a Davis Cup player and one of the most successful Davis Cup captains in U.S. history.

Talbert was a Type 1 diabetic, one of the few known to be in sports at a highly competitive level, and for many years was held up as an example of how this disease could be surmounted.[3]

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Talbert still holds records at the Cincinnati Masters in his hometown. His records are for most doubles titles (six), most total finals appearances (14), and most singles finals appearances (seven). He won three singles titles (in 1943, '45 & '47), and his six doubles titles came in 1943, '44, '45, '47, '51 & '54.

Talbert also won the singles title at the U.S. Clay Court Championship in 1945 and was a finalist in 1946 and '43. Before starting out on the international tour, he played for the University of Cincinnati and won an Ohio State singles title in 1936 while at Cincinnati's Hughes High School.

Talbert was enshrined into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1967 and was in the first class, along with his former protégé Tony Trabert, enshrined into the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002. Barry MacKay, another protégé, was inducted into the same Hall of Fame in 2003. After his playing career, he wrote tennis books, including the best seller The Game of Doubles in Tennis with Bruce Old in 1977, served as a tennis commentator for NBC Sports, and was Tournament Director of the US Open.

Grand Slam finals

Singles

Runner-ups (2)
Result Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1944 U.S. Championships Grass 23x15px Frank Parker 4–6, 6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1945 U.S. Championships Grass 23x15px Frank Parker 12–14, 1–6, 2–6

Doubles: 10 (5 titles, 5 runners-up)

Result Year Championship Partner Opponents in the final Score
Winner 1942 U.S. Championships 23x15px Gardnar Mulloy 23x15px Ted Schroeder
23x15px Sidney Wood
9–7, 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 1943 U.S. Championships 23x15px David Freeman 23x15px Jack Kramer
23x15px Frank Parker
2–6, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1944 U.S. Championships 23x15px Pancho Segura 23x15px Don McNeill
23x15px Bob Falkenburg
5–7, 4–6, 6–3, 1–6
Winner 1945 U.S. Championships 23x15px Gardnar Mulloy 23x15px Bob Falkenburg
23x15px Jack Tuero
12–10, 8–10, 12–10, 6–2
Winner 1946 U.S. Championships 23x15px Gardnar Mulloy 23x15px Don McNeill
23x15px Frank Guernsey
3–6, 6–4, 2–6, 6–3, 20–18
Runner-up 1947 U.S. Championships 23x15px Bill Sidwell 23x15px Jack Kramer
23x15px Ted Schroeder
4–6, 5–7, 3–6
Winner 1948 U.S. Championships 23x15px Gardnar Mulloy 23x15px Frank Parker
23x15px Ted Schroeder
1–6, 9–7, 6–3, 3–6, 9–7
Winner 1950 French Championships 23x15px Tony Trabert 23x15px Jaroslav Drobný
23x15px Eric Sturgess
6–2, 1–6, 10–8, 6–2
Runner-up 1950 U.S. Championships 23x15px Gardnar Mulloy 23x15px John Bromwich
23x15px Frank Sedgman
5–7, 6–8, 6–3, 1–6
Runner-up 1953 U.S. Championships 23x15px Gardnar Mulloy 23x15px Rex Hartwig
23x15px Mervyn Rose
4–6, 6–4, 2–6, 4–6

References

  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 426.
  2. ^ "Bill Talbert, Tennis Champion, Is Dead at 80". The New York Times. March 2, 1999. 
  3. ^ William F. Talbert; John Sharnik (May 4, 1959). "What Price Independence?". Sports Illustrated. pp. 5–10. 

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