General Robert Lindley
Murray
Male
United States of America
1893-11-03
San Francisco, United States of America
1970-01-17
Niagara, New York, United States of America


About

The first top-of-the-line left-handed player in tournament tennis, Murray ruled the American game impressively for two years. In 1917, he won the championship of his country (then called the National “Patriotic” Championships) for the first time. But when he defeated a promising player named Bill Tilden in the finals of the U.S. Nationals in 1918, he demonstrated indisputably that he was authentic. Boosted by a big serve, the 6’2” Murray was the best player in his nation in 1918.

He graduated from Stanford in 1913 with a degree in chemistry and received a chemical engineering masters degree the following year. During the WWI, he was a chemist whose duties in producing explosives were so important that he had to remain a civilian.
Murray played for the varsity team and became the 1913 Pacific Coast intercollegiate champion.

In the USLTA national rankings, he was the U.S. No. 1 in 1918, and was ranked fourth in 1914, 1916 and 1919.



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Archive statistics 1914 - 1933
8
51
40


Tournament wins 1923 - Niagara International Tournament (Amateur)
1922 - Niagara International Tournament (Amateur)
1921 - New York State Championships (Open)
1921 - Niagara International Tournament (Amateur)
1919 - Greenwich Tennis Club Invitation (Amateur)
1918 - US Open (Grandslam)
1917 - US Open (Grandslam)
1916 - US International Indoor Championships (Amateur)


Tournaments US Pro Indoors - 1933 Southern Professionals - 1932 US Pro Championships - 1930 Southern Professionals - 1930 Niagara International Tournament - 1923 Niagara International Tournament - 1922 US Open - 1921 New York State Championships - 1921 Niagara International Tournament - 1921 US Clay Courts - 1920 US Open - 1919 Greenwich Tennis Club Invitation - 1919 US Open - 1918 US Open - 1917 US Open - 1916 US International Indoor Championships - 1916 California State Championship - 1915 US Open - 1914 Ojai Championships - 1914

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