H. Ellsworth Vines

H. ELLSWORTH VINES (U. S. A.)

Born: 28/9/1911 Died: 17/3/1994

Wimbledon 1932

US Open 1931,1932

Pro Champion 1934,1935,1936,1937,1938

French Pro 1935

British Pro 1934,1935

US Pro 1939

Ellsworth Vines had one of the biggest serves ever seen at that time and had a go for broke style of play that caused him to be erratic. Vines made his Grand Slam debut in the US Open in 1930 and led the seeded George Lyttelton Rogers by two sets to love in the third round before losing in five sets. Vines was only 19 years old and competing in only his second Grand Slam event when he won his first Grand Slam title, the 1931 U.S. Open. With his cannonball serve doing most of the damage, Vines defeated George Lott in the final in four sets. At Wimbledon the following year Vines thrashed Jack Crawford in the semis and overwhelmed home favourite Bunny Austin for the loss of just 6 games including a final winning ace which Austin claimed was so fast he didn't see it! Then Vines moved on to Forest Hills and took the title beating Henri Cochet in the final in straight sets. In 1933 Vines made the long trip down to Australia to play in the Australian Open. Though he was pre-tournament favourite he surprisingly lost in the quarters to Viv McGrath in four sets. Defending his Wimbledon title, Vines made it through to the final where he faced Jack Crawford. In an epic match Crawford prevailed 6-4 in the fifth set. Vines surprisingly lost in the fourth round of the U.S. Open to Bitsy Grant in straight sets and turned professional at the end of the year. He then beat Tilden in a head to head tour and when Perry joined the pro ranks, Vines won two close head to head tours against him. His last head to head tour was in 1939, when he lost narrowly to Don Budge. He then retired from tennis aged 28. He turned his attention to golf and never played tennis again. He had a reasonably successful pro golf career. Vines was a semi finalist at the 1951 PGA Championship in the days when it was a match play format (the other three golf majors were stroke play). Vines died in 1994 at the age of 82.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: H.Cochet 2-0, J.Crawford 1-1, V.McGrath 0-1, F.Perry 1-0

PRO SLAM HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: D.Budge 0-2, H.Nusslein 3-1, F.Perry 1-0, B.Tilden 2-1

GRAND SLAM RECORD
1930 US 3 1931 US 8 1932 Wimbledon 8 1932 US 8 1933 Australian 5 1933 Wimbledon 7 1933 US 4

H. Ellsworth Vines' Pro Slam record

GOLF MAJORS RECORD (T=Tie)
1946 US OPEN T26th
1946 US PGA R64 (64 draw)
1947 US MASTERS T24th
1947 US OPEN T51st
1948 US MASTERS T28th
1948 US OPEN T14th
1949 US MASTERS 38th
1949 US OPEN T14th
1949 US PGA R64 (64 draw)
1950 US PGA R32 (64 draw)
1951 US PGA SF (64 draw)
1953 US PGA R64 (64 draw)
1954 US PGA R64 (64 draw)
1956 US PGA R64 (128 draw)
1957 US PGA R32 (128 draw)

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