General Richard Norris (Dick)
Williams jr
Male
United States of America
1891-01-29
Geneva, Switzerland
1968-06-02
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America


About

The early years of Dick Williams\' life were spent in Lausanne where his father, a tennis enthusiast, was working; under his father?s tutelage he won the Swiss Junior title at the age of 12. In 1912, Mr. Williams accompanied his son to America when Dick was accepted for Harvard. Tragically they chose to travel aboard the ill-fated _Titanic_. Although his son survived the ordeal of spending more than an hour in the icy Atlantic, Mr. Williams, Sr. perished. Dick Williams won the mixed doubles at the U.S. championships and the national clay court singles in his first American season (1912) and was ranked second nationally that year. In 1913, while still at Harvard, he began his Davis Cup career and in his eight single matches that year he lost only to James Parke, the Irish rugby football international, in the match against Great Britain. Williams was to remain a Davis Cup player until 1926 and in the intervening years he won the U.S. singles title twice and the men?s doubles on two occasions. Williams graduated from Harvard in 1916 and was soon with the armed forces. He saw active service as a captain of artillery and served as an aide to Major Gen. John Harbord, winning the Croix de Guerre and the Legion d\'Honneur in the second battle of the Marne. After the war, Williams played his tennis at the Longwood Cricket Club and started his career as a stockbroker. In 1920 he teamed up with Charles Garland and they became the only Harvard-Yale combination to ever win the Wimbledon doubles. At the 1924 Olympics, Dick Williams went out to Henri Cochet in the quarter-finals of the singles; in the men?s doubles, playing with his former Harvard teammate, Watson Washburn, he again lost in the quarter-finals when the South Africans, Condon and Richardson, came back to win after trailing by two sets to one. However, in the mixed doubles, with Hazel Wightman as his partner, they scored a comfortable victory after disposing of the Wimbledon champions, Kitty McKane and Brian Gilbert of Great Britain, in the semi-finals.



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Archive statistics 1905 - 1938
26
280
205


Tournament wins 1929 - Hot Springs Fall Tournament (Amateur)
1927 - Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship (Open)
1923 - Longwood Bowl (Amateur)
1922 - Nassau Bowl (Amateur)
1922 - Intercollegiate Championships (Amateur)
1921 - Florida State Championship (Open)
1921 - Massachusetts State Championships (Open)
1920 - Norwood (Amateur)
1916 - US Open (Grandslam)
1915 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1915 - Newport Casino Tournament (Amateur)
1914 - US Open (Grandslam)
1914 - Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship (Open)
1912 - Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship (Open)
1912 - US Clay Courts (Open)
1912 - Niagara International Tournament (Amateur)
1911 - Swiss International Championships (Amateur)
1911 - Geneva Spring Tournament (Amateur)
1911 - French Switzerland Championships (Amateur)
1911 - Les Avants (Amateur)
1911 - Geneva International Championship (Amateur)
1911 - Caux (Amateur)
1910 - Geneva International Championship (Amateur)
1910 - Lausanne Autumn Meeting (Amateur)
1909 - Château-d'Œx (Amateur)
1909 - Les Avants (Amateur)


Tournaments Seabright Invitational - 1938 US Open - 1935 Middle States Championships - 1935 Seabright Invitational - 1935 Wimbledon - 1934 Queens Club Tournament - 1934 US Open - 1933 US Open - 1932 US Open - 1931 US Open - 1930 Seabright Invitational - 1930 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1930 Florida State Championship - 1930 US Open - 1929 Seabright Invitational - 1929 Hot Springs Fall Tournament - 1929 US Open - 1928 US Open - 1927 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1927 River Forest Invitational - 1927 US Open - 1926 US Open - 1925 Seabright Invitational - 1925 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1925 Wimbledon - 1924 US Open - 1924 Olympics, Olympic Games - 1924 US Open - 1923 Longwood Bowl - 1923 Seabright Invitational - 1923 US Open - 1922 Longwood Bowl - 1922 Nassau Bowl - 1922 Seabright Invitational - 1922 Intercollegiate Championships - 1922 US Open - 1921 Longwood Bowl - 1921 Newport Casino Tournament - 1921 Seabright Invitational - 1921 Florida State Championship - 1921 Wimbledon - 1920 US Open - 1920 Queens Club Tournament - 1920 Norwood - 1920 US Open - 1919 Delaware State Championship - 1919 Longwood Bowl - 1919 Greenwich Tennis Club Invitation - 1919 US Open - 1917 US Open - 1916 US Clay Courts - 1916 US Open - 1915 Newport Casino Tournament - 1915 US Clay Courts - 1915 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1915 US Open - 1914 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1914 Davis Cup - Challenge Round - 1914 Davis Cup - Semi-Finals - 1913-b Davis Cup - Quarter-Finals - 1913-b Wimbledon - 1913 US Open - 1913 US Clay Courts - 1913 Davis Cup - Final - 1913 Davis Cup - Challenge Round - 1913 US Open - 1912 US Clay Courts - 1912 Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship - 1912 Niagara International Tournament - 1912 Monte Carlo - 1911 Geneva International Championship - 1911 Swiss International Championships - 1911 Cannes Championships - 1911 Riviera Championships - 1911 South of France Championships - 1911 French Switzerland Championships - 1911 Caux - 1911 Geneva Spring Tournament - 1911 Geneva International Championship - 1910 French Switzerland Championships - 1910 Les Avants - 1910 Caux - 1910 Lausanne Autumn Meeting - 1910 Geneva Spring Tournament - 1910 Geneva International Championship - 1909 Lugano - 1909 French Switzerland Championships - 1909 Château-d'Œx - 1909 Luzern - 1909 Les Avants - 1909 Swiss International Championships - 1908 French Switzerland Championships - 1908 French National Championships - 1908 Château-d'Œx - 1908 Les Avants - 1908 French Switzerland Championships - 1907 Château-d'Œx - 1907 Les Avants - 1907 Château-d'Œx - 1906 Les Avants - 1906 Château-d'Œx - 1905

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