BILL CLOTHIER(U. S. A.)
Born: 27/9/1881 Died: 4/9/1962
US Open 1906
Bill Clothier lacked a good serve and groundstrokes but managed to compensate for these weaknesses with a consistent volleying game. He made his debut in the US Championships in 1896, when he won just three games in losing to Everts Wrenn in the opening round. In 1901 he made the quarters, where he lost to Ray Little. In 1903 he beat Beals Wright in the opening round, Holcombe Ward in the third round and Edward Larned in the semis before losing to Laurie Doherty in the All Comers Final in straight sets. The following year he beat Bill Larned in the semis in five sets before losing to Holcombe Ward in the final in straight sets. Making his debut at Wimbledon in 1905, Clothier let a two set lead slip against Anthony Wilding in the fourth round. At the US Open he lost in the quarters to Wright. At the 1906 US Open, Clothier was 5-2,40-0 down in the final set against Fred Alexander in the quarter finals. Then Clothier hit a return that was very close to the baseline, which was called good. He didn't look back and went on to win five consecutive games to take the set and match 7-5. In the semis Clothier beat J.D.E.Jones and in the All Comers Final he beat Karl Behr in straight sets. He won the Challenge Round in straight sets against the holder Wright to take his first Grand Slam title. In the 1908 US Championships, Clothier lost in the semis to Alexander. The following year he beat Henry Slocum in the first round, Behr in the fourth round, Tom Bundy in the semis and Maurice McLoughlin in the All Comers Final before losing in five sets to Larned in the Challenge Round. In the 1912 US Championships Clothier beat Little in the quarters before losing in four sets to McLoughlin in the semis. Two years later Clothier beat Wallace Johnson in the quarters before losing easily to McLoughlin in the semis. He made his last Grand Slam appearance in the US Championships in 1922, when he lost a two set lead against Howard Kinsey in the third round. Years after retiring Clothier was instrumental in setting up the Tennis Hall of Fame and was inducted soon after it began. He died in 1962 at the age of 80.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: F.Alexander 1-1, L.Doherty 0-1, R.Doherty 0-1, B.Larned 1-1, M.McLoughlin 1-3, H.Slocum 1-0, H.Ward 1-2, M.Whitman 0-1, A.Wilding 0-1, D.Williams 0-1, B.Wright 2-1
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