John Edward Patty "Budge"

February 11, 1924
Place of Birth:
Fort Smith, Arkansas
United States
United States
Induction Category:
Recent Player
Year of Induction:

Born in Arkansas, J. Edward “Budge” Patty received his tennis tutelage in California, and then moved to Paris when he was in his twenties. No matter where he played, Patty was a spectator’s delight. A remarkable all-court player with an exceptional forehand volley, he won the French Championships as well as Wimbledon in 1950. He stopped Jaroslav Drobny in a five-set final at Paris and overcame Frank Sedgman in the Wimbledon title match. Patty’s grace and regal demeanor made one think he belonged on a court of royalty rather than a tennis court. 

Grand Slam Record

French Open

  • Singles Champion 1950
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1946


  • Singles Champion 1950
  • Doubles Champion 1957

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1951


  • World Singles Ranking: 1
  • U.S. Singles Ranking: 1


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