Bruce Barnes (tennis)

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Bruce Barnes
Full name Bruce Parkhouse Barnes
Country (sports)  United States
Born November 24, 1909
Dallas, Texas
Died March 12, 1990(1990-03-12) (aged 80)
Turned pro 1932 (amateur tour from 1929)
Retired 1943
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Highest ranking No. 7 (1938, Ray Bowers)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open 3R (1931)
Professional majors
US Pro W (1943)
Wembley Pro RR – 5th (1934)
French Pro SF (1933)
Last updated on: October 1, 2012.

Bruce Parkhouse Barnes (November 24,[2] 1909 – March 12, 1990) was a high-ranking professional American tennis player of the 1930s.


Barnes was born in Dallas, Texas. As a professional, he won the 1933 world men's doubles championship with Bill Tilden, and lost the finals of the 1937 United States Professional Championship to Karel Koželuh and the 1938 finals to Fred Perry. In 1943, with the ranks of players severely depleted by World War II, he won the championship by beating John Nogrady.

He was ranked World No. 7 in Ray Bowers' pro rankings for both 1938 and 1942 (and in the amateur-pro combined rankings for the latter).[1][3]

Barnes attended Austin High School. As a collegiate player at the University of Texas, Austin he won the NCAA doubles championship in 1931 partnering Karl Kamrath. He lost the singles final to Keith Gledhill of Stanford, 6–3, 2–6, 1–6, 4–6. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.[4]

Barnes was the coach of the United States Davis Cup team in 1939.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bowers, Ray (2005). "History of the Pro Tennis Wars, Chapter IX: Readying for Budge, 1938", Tennis Server: Between the Lines, 30th July 2005.
  2. ^ American Lawn Tennis
  3. ^ Bowers, Ray (2007). "Forgotten Victories: A History of Pro Tennis 1926-1945, Chapter XII: AMERICA, 1942", Tennis Server: Between the Lines, 19th March 2007.
  4. ^ The Rainbow, vol. 132, no. 3, p. 52