Bill Johnston

November 02, 1894
May 01, 1946
Place of Birth:
San Francisco, California
United States
United States
Induction Category:
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 1

The most popular American player of his era, William “Little Bill” Johnston contributed to seven consecutive U.S. Davis Cup triumphs, and garnered a top ten American ranking 12 times between 1913 and 1926. Perhaps the smallest male champion in history at 120 pounds, he nevertheless used his potent western forehand to beat “Big Bill” Tilden in the final of the 1919 U.S. Championships. Four years later, he ruled at Wimbledon. He twice secured the No. 1 ranking in his nation.

Grand Slam Record


  • Singles Champion 1923

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1915, 1919
  • Doubles Champion 1915-16, 1920
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1921

Career Achievements

  • Davis Cup Team Member 1920-27


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