Budge Patty


Born: 11/2/1924

French Open 1950

Wimbledon 1950

John Edward 'Budge' Patty was a suave ladies man who was particularly popular with the French crowds. Although born and bred in America, Patty lived in France for many years. He made his Grand Slam debut at the 1941 US Open, where he lost in the second round to Ted Schroeder. After serving as a private in the US Army during the war, Patty's tennis career began to blossom. At Wimbledon 1947, Patty beat second seed John Bromwich and sixth seed Jaroslav Drobny before losing in the semis to Tom Brown. At the French Open in 1948, Patty lost in the semis to Drobny in five sets, having led two sets to one. In the 1949 French Open, Patty beat Pancho Gonzales in the semis before losing to Frank Parker in four sets in the final. Patty, who was renowned for his late nights rather than his training regime, was determined to become fitter in 1949 and it paid handsome dividends. He gave up smoking and this improved his stamina. At the 1950 French Open he beat Bill Talbert 13-11 in the fifth set in the semis before beating Drobny 7-5 in the fifth set in the final. At Wimbledon he beat Talbert in the quarters and Vic Seixas in the semis before beating Frank Sedgman in four sets in the final. Defending his title at the French in 1951, Patty lost in the fourth round to Lennart Bergelin. At Wimbledon he lost in the second round to Ham Richardson. At the US Open he lost in the quarters to Dick Savitt. At Wimbledon 1953, Patty was involved in a memorable match with Drobny in the third round. Patty had six match points but Drobny went on to win 8-6,16-18,3-6,8-6,12-10. At the 1954 French Open, Patty lost in the semis to Tony Trabert. At Wimbledon he lost in the semis to Drobny. In 1955 he made the quarters of the French and at Wimbledon he beat Lew Hoad in the quarters before losing to Trabert in the semis. In the 1958 French Open Patty served for the match at 5-0 and 40-0 in the fifth set of his fourth round encounter with Robert Hailett but then did the unthinkable and lost seven consecutive games. Hailett saved four match points in all in the course of his 5-7,7-5,10-8,4-6,7-5 victory. Patty retired in 1961. In 2000 he was in attendance at the Wimbledon Champions Parade fifty years after he won his Wimbledon title.


HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: M.Bernard 0-1, J.Bromwich 1-1, A.Cooper 0-1, S.Davidson 1-2, J.Drobny 2-4, B.Falkenburg 0-2, N.Fraser 0-2, P.Gonzales 1-0, L.Hoad 1-0, D.Pails 0-1, F.Parker 0-1, Y.Petra 1-0, N.Pietrangeli 1-1, M.Rose 2-0, D.Savitt 0-1, T.Schroeder 0-1, F.Sedgman 1-1, V.Seixas 2-1, T.Trabert 0-3

Budge Patty's Grand Slam record