SIDNEY WOOD(U. S. A.)
Born: 1/11/1911 Died: 10/1/2009
Sidney Burr Beardslee Wood is famous for being the only man to win a Grand Slam final by default. Wood was just 15 when he made his Grand Slam debut at the French Open in 1927, losing in the second round. At Wimbledon he went out in the opening round to Rene Lacoste. At the 1930 US Open, Wood made the semis where he lost to Frank Shields. At Wimbledon the following year, Wood overcame Fred Perry in a marathon semi final and was due to face Shields in the final. However, Shields had injured his ankle during the course of his semi final victory and the injury got worse. Shields had no option but to default and hand Wood the title. Defending his title the following year, Wood lost in the quarters to Jiri Satoh. In 1934, Wood reached the semis at Wimbledon, where he lost to Perry and the semis of the US, where he lost to Wilmer Allison. Making his last appearance at Wimbledon in 1935, Wood went out in five sets in the quarters to Jack Crawford. He reached the final of the US Open, where he lost to Wilmer Allison. In 1938 Wood lost in the US Open semis to Donald Budge. Wood continued to play during the War years. In 1945 he made the US Open quarters. Wood last entered the US Open in 1956, when he lost in the opening round to Johan Kupferberger. In 2000, the sprightly 88-year-old Wood was the eldest and only surviving pre-war champion in attendance at the Wimbledon champions Parade. He got a huge cheer when he walked forward to collect his replica medal. Wood died in 2009 aged 97; the longest lived men's singles Grand Slam champion ever.
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