|Full name||William Franklin Talbert|
|Country (sports)||United States|
September 4, 1918|
|Died||February 28, 1999
New York, NY
|Int. Tennis HoF||1967 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (1949, John Olliff)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1947)|
|French Open||SF (1950)|
|US Open||F (1944, 1945)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1947, 1954)|
|French Open||W (1950)|
|US Open||W (1942, 1945, 1946, 1948)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||F (1950)|
|US Open||W (1943, 1944, 1945, 1946)|
He was ranked in the U.S. Top 10 13 times between 1941 and 1954, and was ranked World No. 3 in 1949 by John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph. He won nine Grand Slam doubles titles, and also reached the men's doubles finals of the U.S. National Championship nine times, mainly with his favorite partner, Gardnar Mulloy. He also was a Davis Cup player and one of the most successful Davis Cup captains in U.S. history.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Talbert still holds records at the Cincinnati Masters in his hometown. His records are for most doubles titles (six), most total finals appearances (14), and most singles finals appearances (seven). He won three singles titles (in 1943, '45 & '47), and his six doubles titles came in 1943, '44, '45, '47, '51 & '54.
Talbert also won the singles title at the U.S. Clay Court Championship in 1945 and was a finalist in 1946 and '43. Before starting out on the international tour, he played for the University of Cincinnati and won an Ohio State singles title in 1936 while at Cincinnati's Hughes High School.
Talbert was enshrined into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1967 and was in the first class, along with his former protégé Tony Trabert, enshrined into the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002. Barry MacKay, another protégé, was inducted into the same Hall of Fame in 2003. After his playing career, he wrote tennis books, including the best seller The Game of Doubles in Tennis with Bruce Old in 1977, served as a tennis commentator for NBC Sports, and was Tournament Director of the US Open.
Grand Slam finals
Singles (2 runner-ups)
|Runner-up||1944||U.S. Championships||Grass||Frank Parker||4–6, 6–3, 3–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||1945||U.S. Championships||Grass||Frank Parker||12–14, 1–6, 2–6|
Doubles (5 titles, 5 runners-up)
Mixed Doubles (4 titles, 3 runner-ups)
|Winner||1943||U.S. Championships||Grass||Margaret Osborne|| Pauline Betz
|Winner||1944||U.S. Championships||Grass||Margaret Osborne|| Dorothy Bundy
|Winner||1945||U.S. Championships||Grass||Margaret Osborne|| Doris Hart
|Winner||1946||U.S. Championships||Grass||Margaret Osborne|| Louise Brough Clapp
|Runner-up||1948||U.S. Championships||Grass||Margaret Osborne duPont|| Louise Brough Clapp
|Runner-up||1949||U.S. Championships||Grass||Margaret Osborne duPont|| Louise Brough Clapp
|6–4, 3–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||1950||French Championships||Clay||Patricia Canning Todd|| Barbara Scofield
- United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 426.
- "Bill Talbert, Tennis Champion, Is Dead at 80". The New York Times. March 2, 1999.
- William F. Talbert; John Sharnik (May 4, 1959). "What Price Independence?". Sports Illustrated. Vol. 10 no. 18. pp. 76–88.