Budge Patty

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Budge Patty
Budge Patty 1958.jpg
Budge Patty in 1958
Full name John Edward Patty
Country  United States
Born (1924-02-11) February 11, 1924 (age 91)
Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
Turned pro 1940 (amateur tour)
Retired 1960
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 1977 (member page)
Career record 378–107
Career titles 46
Highest ranking No. 1 (1950, John Olliff)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open W (1950)
Wimbledon W (1950)
US Open QF (1951, 1953, 1957)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1957)
US Open F (1957)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1946)
Last updated on: September 20, 2012.

John "Budge" Edward Patty (born February 11, 1924) is a former World No. 1 American tennis player.


Patty was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States.

In 1950, he won the men's singles title at the French Championships defeating Czechoslovak Jaroslav Drobný in a five-set match. A few weeks later he also won the Wimbledon Championships in a four-set victory over Australian Frank Sedgman.[2] Only two other American male players have achieved this double victory: Don Budge in 1938 and Tony Trabert in 1955.

Patty was ranked World No. 1 in 1950 by John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph.[1]

He was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1977.[3]

Patty attended Los Angeles High School. He now lives in Lausanne, Switzerland, with his wife, Marcina.

Grand Slam record[edit]

  • Wimbledon
    • Singles champion: 1950
    • Men's Doubles champion: 1957

Grand Slams finals[edit]


Titles (2)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent Score
1950 French Championships Egypt Jaroslav Drobný 6–1, 6–2, 2–6, 5–7, 7–5
1950 Wimbledon Championships Australia Frank Sedgman 6–1, 8–10, 6–2, 6–3

Runner-ups (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent Score
1949 French Championships United States Frank Parker 3–6, 6–1, 1–6, 4–6

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1941 1942-1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
French A A QF 4R SF F W 4R QF 4R SF QF 4R 4R 4R 3R 2R
Wimbledon A A 4R SF QF 3R W 2R 4R 3R SF SF 2R 4R 4R 1R 1R
U.S. 2R A 4R A 3R A 1R QF A QF A A A QF 1R A A


  • Patty, Edward John (1951). Tennis my way by Budge Patty. New York: Hutchinson’s Library of Sports and Pastimes. LCCN 51008955. 


  1. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 426.
  2. ^ "Tennis Grand Slam Winners – Tennis – ESPN". ESPN. go.com. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tennis Hall of Fame – John Edward Patty "Budge"". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 

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