Rob Lindley Murray

ROB LINDLEY MURRAY (U. S. A.)

Born: 3/11/1892 Died: 17/1/1970

US Open 1917,1918

Rob Lindley Murray was a left hander with a good spin serve. Murray trained assiduously before every tournament and had good stamina as a result. Murray made his debut in the 1914 US Championships, losing in the fourth round to Karl Behr in five sets. In 1916 he reached the semis, where he lost to Bill Johnston in straight sets. At the Patriotic tournament in 1917, Murray beat Bill Tilden in the third round and Nat Niles in four sets in the final to take his first Grand Slam title. The following year he beat Fred Alexander in the third round and Niles in the quarters to set up a final against Tilden. Murray served 12 aces and Tilden, who was suffering from a blistered heel, was no match for him. Murray won in straight sets to retain his title. Defending his title in 1919, Murray lost in the quarters to Johnston in four sets. He then retired. Though his career was brief, Murray will go down in history as one of the few men to beat Bill Tilden in the US Championships. Murray died in 1970 at the age of 77.

GRAND SLAM TENNIS ARCHIVE

HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: F.Alexander 1-0, B.Johnston 0-2, B.Tilden 2-0

GRAND SLAM RECORD
1914 US 4 1916 US 6 1917 US 8 1918 US 8 1919 US 5


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