General Bryan Morel (Bitsy)
Grant
Male
United States of America
1909-12-25
Atlanta, United States of America
1986-06-05
Atlanta, United States of America


About

Bitsy Grant was a champion tennis player from Georgia and the first Georgian to make it to the semifinals of the U.S. Open tournament. He was ranked in the top ten in the United States nine times

Bryan "Bitsy" Grant between 1930 and 1941, achieving a rank of third in 1935 and 1936. He was ranked eighth in the world in 1936 and sixth in the world in 1937. Standing 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds, Grant was the smallest American male ever to reach champion status on the international tennis circuit.
Bryan Morel Grant was born in Atlanta on December 25, 1910, into a tennis-playing family. His father, Bryan M. Grant Sr., was the southern doubles champion for many years. His older brother, Berry, became captain of the tennis team at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. When Grant\'s mother, Hattie, took up tennis, she began playing with Bitsy as a child, although his father believed that he was too small to become a good player. Grant himself had hoped to play professional baseball, but when he realized that he was too small for the sport, he concentrated on tennis.
Grant\'s desire to compete was evident from an early age; in 1927 he won the Southern championship at age sixteen. With little power and limited reach, Grant adopted a retriever style (running down every ball and keeping it in play as long as possible), which, combined with phenomenal ball control and excellent conditioning, made him difficult to defeat. He learned to play tennis on red Georgia clay and was almost unbeatable on this surface. He won the U.S. Championships (later known as the U.S. Open) on clay three times, in 1930, 1934, and 1935, but he also achieved success on the grass courts of Forest Hills, New York, where the tournament is played. He beat Don Budge there in 1935 to reach the semifinals but lost to the eventual champion, Fred Perry. Some tennis analysts believe that Grant\'s retriever style of play was so draining that after a demanding match he had little energy for the next round.
Grant played in Davis Cup matches in 1935, 1936, and 1937 and helped the United States win the tournament in 1937, for the first time in ten years. Grant continued to compete as a senior player and won nineteen U.S. singles titles on the four competition surfaces: grass, indoor, clay, and hard. He was named to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1972 and is an inductee in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
In the 1950s the city of Atlanta built the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, a public complex with thirteen of the finest clay courts in the country. Although Grant is reported to have been embarrassed by the honor, he played there almost every day for the rest of his life. Even at the age of seventy, he had a remarkable lob and drop shot.
Grant died of cancer in Atlanta in 1986. He and his wife, Marie Cleveland, had two children, Mary and Bryan III.



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Archive statistics 1929 - 1969
35
495
362


Tournament wins 1952 - Southern Championships (Open)
1949 - Southern Championships (Open)
1947 - Dixie Championships (Amateur)
1943 - Texas Sectional Championships (Open)
1940 - Dixie Championships (Amateur)
1940 - Southern Championships (Open)
1939 - Cincinnati (ATP)
1939 - Southern Championships (Open)
1939 - Atlanta Invitation Tournament (Open)
1938 - Sugar Bowl (Open)
1938 - Miami-Biltmore Tournament (Amateur)
1937 - Miami-Biltmore Tournament (Amateur)
1937 - River Oaks Tournament (WCT Circuit)
1937 - Dixie Championships (Amateur)
1936 - Bermuda Championships (Amateur)
1936 - Dixie Championships (Amateur)
1936 - River Oaks Tournament (WCT Circuit)
1936 - Mason & Dixon Tournament (Open)
1935 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1935 - River Oaks Tournament (WCT Circuit)
1935 - All-South Championships ()
1935 - Bermuda Championships (Amateur)
1935 - Southern Championships (Open)
1935 - Eastern Grass Court Championships (Amateur)
1934 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1934 - Western States Championships (Open)
1934 - Southern Championships (Open)
1933 - Southern Championships (Open)
1933 - Cincinnati (ATP)
1933 - Seigniory Club Tournament (Amateur)
1930 - Southern Championships (Open)
1930 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1929 - Southern Championships (Open)
1928 - Southern Championships (Open)
1927 - Southern Championships (Open)


Tournaments Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1969 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1968 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1967 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1966 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1965 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1964 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1961 Anniston Invitation - 1961 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1960 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1959 Anniston Invitation - 1959 Atlanta City Open - 1959 Southern Championships - 1958 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1958 Anniston Invitation - 1958 Southern Championships - 1957 Anniston Invitation - 1957 Southern Championships - 1956 Dixie Championships - 1956 Triple A - 1956 Anniston Invitation - 1956 Southern Championships - 1955 US Clay Courts - 1955 Dixie Championships - 1955 Anniston Invitation - 1955 Southern Championships - 1954 Dixie Championships - 1954 Druid Hills Invitation - 1954 Southern Championships - 1953 Dixie Championships - 1953 Georgia State Championships - 1953 Southern Championships - 1952 Dixie Championships - 1952 River Oaks Tournament - 1951 Dixie Championships - 1951 Southern Championships - 1950 River Oaks Tournament - 1950 Dixie Championships - 1950 Villars - 1950 Southern Championships - 1949 River Oaks Tournament - 1949 Dixie Championships - 1949 Villars - 1949 Southern Championships - 1948 Dixie Championships - 1948 US Open - 1947 Dixie Championships - 1947 US Open - 1946 Southern Championships - 1946 River Oaks Tournament - 1946 Dixie Championships - 1946 Florida West Coast - 1946 US Open - 1943 Texas Sectional Championships - 1943 US Open - 1941 Newport Casino Tournament - 1941 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1941 Seabright Invitational - 1941 Southern Championships - 1941 Sugar Bowl - 1941 US Clay Courts - 1941 River Oaks Tournament - 1941 Dixie Championships - 1941 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1941 South Florida - 1941 Heart of America - 1941 US Open - 1940 Illinois State Championship - 1940 Newport Casino Tournament - 1940 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1940 Seabright Invitational - 1940 Southern Championships - 1940 Sugar Bowl - 1940 US Clay Courts - 1940 River Oaks Tournament - 1940 Dixie Championships - 1940 Seigniory Club Tournament - 1940 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1940 US Open - 1939 Newport Casino Tournament - 1939 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1939 Seabright Invitational - 1939 Southern Championships - 1939 Cincinnati - 1939 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1939 River Oaks Tournament - 1939 Dixie Championships - 1939 Palm Beach Invitation - 1939 US Open - 1938 Miami-Biltmore Tournament - 1938 Miami - 1938 Newport Casino Tournament - 1938 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1938 Seabright Invitational - 1938 Sugar Bowl - 1938 US Clay Courts - 1938 River Oaks Tournament - 1938 Dixie Championships - 1938 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1938 Davis Island - 1938 Richmond County Exhibition - 1938 Wimbledon - 1937 US Open - 1937 Miami-Biltmore Tournament - 1937 Miami - 1937 Newport Casino Tournament - 1937 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1937 Queens Club Tournament - 1937 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1937 Hot Springs Invitation Tournament - 1937 River Oaks Tournament - 1937 Dixie Championships - 1937 Atlanta Round Robin - 1937 Wimbledon - 1936 US Open - 1936 Bermuda Championships - 1936 Mason & Dixon Tournament - 1936 Newport Casino Tournament - 1936 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1936 Sugar Bowl - 1936 River Oaks Tournament - 1936 Dixie Championships - 1936 Team Match (Informal) US vs. France - 1936 US vs. France Exhibition - 1936 US Open - 1935 Bermuda Championships - 1935 Newport Casino Tournament - 1935 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1935 Southern Championships - 1935 US Clay Courts - 1935 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1935 River Oaks Tournament - 1935 All-South Championships - 1935 US Open - 1934 Bermuda Championships - 1934 Mason & Dixon Tournament - 1934 Miami-Biltmore Tournament - 1934 Newport Casino Tournament - 1934 Seabright Invitational - 1934 Southern Championships - 1934 US Clay Courts - 1934 Western States Championships - 1934 Atlanta Invitation Tournament - 1934 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1934 US Open - 1933 Seabright Invitational - 1933 Cincinnati - 1933 US Clay Courts - 1933 Seigniory Club Tournament - 1933 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1933 US Open - 1932 Pacific Coast Championship - 1932 Southern Championships - 1932 US Clay Courts - 1932 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1932 US Open - 1931 Newport Casino Tournament - 1931 US Clay Courts - 1931 US Open - 1930 Newport Casino Tournament - 1930 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1930 Southern Championships - 1930 US Clay Courts - 1930 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1930 Southern Championships - 1929 US Clay Courts - 1929

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