William Clothier

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William Clothier
William Clothier.jpg
Full name William Jackson Clothier
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1881-09-27)September 27, 1881
Sharon Hill, PA, United States
Died September 4, 1962(1962-09-04) (aged 80)
Philadelphia, United States
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF 1956 (member page)
Highest ranking No. 4 (1906, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 4R (1905)
US Open W (1906)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open F (1912)

William 'Bill' Jackson Clothier (September 27, 1881, Sharon Hill – September 4, 1962, Philadelphia) was a male tennis player from the United States.


Clothier reached the singles final of the United States Championships three times. In his first final appearance in 1904 he lost in three straight sets to compatriot Holcombe Ward. Two years later, in 1906, Clothier achieved his greatest success by emphatically beating Beals Wright in the final in three straight sets at the Newport Casino. This despite breaking his pelvic bone in a riding accident earlier that year.[2] His last final appearance came in 1909 when he lost in five sets to William Larned who claimed his fifth singles title.[3]

He was a member of the winning USA Davis Cup Team in 1905 and 1909 and won both his singles matches in the 1909 final against the British Isles.[4]

Together with his son, William J. Clothier II, they two won the national father-son title twice.[5]

Clothier was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1956 and he was elected as its first President in 1954.[6]

Playing style[edit]

In their book R.F. and H.L. Doherty - On Lawn Tennis (1903) multiple Wimbledon champions Reginald and Lawrence Doherty described Clothier's playing style:

On Lawn Tennis - 1903[7]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (1 title, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1904 U.S. Championships Grass United States Holcombe Ward 8–10, 4–6, 7–9
Winner 1906 U.S. Championships Grass United States Beals Wright 6–3, 6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 1909 U.S. Championships Grass United States William Larned 1–6, 2–6, 7–5, 6–1, 1–6

Mixed doubles: (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1912 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Eleonora Sears United States Mary Kendall Browne
United States Richard Williams
4–6, 6–2, 9–11


  1. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 34.
  2. ^ "Clothier Beats Wright for the Tennis Title.". The New York Times. 30 Aug 1906. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Champion Larned Retains his Title". The New York Times. 28 Aug 1909. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Davis Cup - Profile William Clothier". ITF. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "William Clothier, 86, Spy and Tennis Star". The New York Times. 3 Nov 2002. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hall of Famers - William Clothier". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Doherty, R.F. (1903). R.F. and H.L. Doherty on Lawn Tennis (1st ed.). London: Lawn Tennis. pp. 62–63. 

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