Berkeley Bell

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Berkeley Bell
Full name Richard Berkeley Bell
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1907-11-08)November 8, 1907
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Died July 15, 1967(1967-07-15) (aged 59)
Plays Right-handed
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 3R (1930)
US Open QF (1931)
Professional majors
US Pro SF (1938)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open F (1929, 1931)

Richard Berkeley Bell (November 8, 1907 – June 15, 1967) was an American male tennis player who ranked No. 7 among the U.S. amateurs in 1934.

He twice reached the final of the men's doubles competition at the U.S. National Championships (now US Open). In 1929 he partnered with Lewis White and lost the final in four sets against George Lott and John Doeg. Two years later, in 1931, he teamed up with Gregory Mangin and lost to John Van Ryn and Wilmer Allison in three straight sets.[1] His best singles performance came in 1931 when he reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. National Championships but lost in three straight sets to Fred Perry.

Bell won the Seabright Invitational in 1934. Together with Gregory Mangin he won the doubles title National Indoors Tennis Championships, played at the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York.[2] He turned pro in December 1935.[3][4]

Berkeley Bell died aged 59 of a heart attack after taking part in a tennis tournament for veteran players.[5]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles (2 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1929 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Lewis White United States George Lott
United States John Doeg
8–10, 6–1, 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 1931 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Gregory Mangin United States John Van Ryn
United States Wilmer Allison
4–6, 3–6, 2–6


  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2016). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (3rd ed.). New York: New Chapter Press. p. 506. ISBN 978-1-937559-38-0. 
  2. ^ USTA, United States Tennis Association (1979). Bill Shannon, ed. Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (Rev. and updated 1st ed.). New York: Harper & Row. p. 255. ISBN 0060144785. 
  3. ^ Ray Bowers. "History of the Pro Tennis Wars". Tennis Server. 
  4. ^ McCauley, Joe (2000). The History of Professional Tennis. Windsor: The Short Run Book Company Limited. p. 27. 
  5. ^ "Berkeley Bell, Tennis Star, 59". The New York Times. June 16, 1967. 

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