Ellsworth Vines

September 28, 1911
March 17, 1994
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
United States
United States
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Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 1

When he was at the height of his powers in the 1930s, serving prodigiously and striking the ball with awesome power off the ground, Vines was nearly invincible on his best days. An overwhelming force on grass courts, he won two U.S. Championships in singles and once ruled at Wimbledon in the early 1930s. Turning professional at 22, he went on to topple Bill Tilden, 47 matches to 26, in a 1934 head-to-head tour, and then eclipsed Don Budge, 49 matches to 35, four years later. Vines later switched passions and became a teaching professional in golf.

Grand Slam Record

Australian Championship

  • Doubles Champion 1933


  • Singles Champion 1932

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1931-32
  • Doubles Champion 1932
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1933

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1932-33


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