WILMER ALLISON(U. S. A.)
Born: 8/12/1904 Died: 20/4/1977
US Open 1935
Wilmer Allison was a fierce competitor who made the most of his ability. He seemed destined to remain in the ranks of the also rans for much of his career. He made his Grand Slam debut in 1928 at the US Open, where he lost in the second round to Rene de Buzelet. At Wimbledon in 1929 Allison lost in the fourth round to Jean Borotra in four sets. At the US Open he beat George Lott before losing in the quarters to Fritz Mercur. At Wimbledon in 1930 Allison beat reigning Australian Open champion Gar Moon in the first round, top seed Henri Cochet in the quarters in straight sets and John Doeg in the semis before losing in the final to Tilden in straight sets. At the US Championships in 1932, Allison beat Sidney Wood in the quarters before losing to Cochet in five sets in the semis. At the Australian Open in 1933, Allison beat Adrian Quist in the quarters before losing to Jack Crawford in the semis. At the US in 1934 he beat Gene Mako in an early round, Lester Stoefen from two sets to love down in the quarters and Wood in straight sets in the semis before losing in the final to Fred Perry having been two sets to one up. The following year the 30 year old Allison was rewarded for his persistence as he beat Mako in the fourth round, Enrique Maier in the quarters, an injured Perry in the semis and Wood in the final in straight sets to take his first Grand Slam title. His ambition achieved, he played only one Grand Slam event after that; at Wimbledon in 1936, where he lost in the quarters to Bunny Austin in straight sets. Allison died in 1977 at the age of 72.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: J.Borotra 0-1, H.Cochet 1-1, J.Crawford 0-1, J.Doeg 1-0, V.McGrath 0-1, G.Moon 3-0, F.Perry 1-2, A.Quist 1-1, B.Tilden 0-1, S.Wood 3-0
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