William Quillian (tennis)

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Bill Quillian
Country (sports) United States
BornApril 13, 1934[1]
Seattle, Washington
DiedJuly 12, 1973(1973-07-12) (aged 39)[2]
Victoria, B.C., Canada
Grand Slam Doubles results
US OpenF (1955)

William Whitcomb "Bill" Quillian (April 13, 1934 – July 12, 1973) was an American tennis player and coach.[2][3]

Quillian joined the University of Washington in Seattle as an undergrad in 1952. He played tennis throughout his time there, participating in the U.S. championships in 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, and 1958. In 1958, he competed in Europe at the Wimbledon Championships and French Championships. Quillian played for the U.S. in the 1958 Davis Cup against Venezuela; at the quarterfinal of the Americas zone in Caracas in May, he won his doubles and singles match.[4][5]

Quillian was a coach from 1965,[6] until his death in 1973 at the age of 39 from leukemia.[2][3] The outdoor tennis stadium at the University of Washington was renamed The Bill Quillian Stadium in his honor.[7][1] He was inducted into the University of Washington Hall of Fame in 1985. [2]

Grand Slam finals[edit]


Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1955 U.S. Championships United States Gerald Moss Japan Kosei Kamo
Japan Atsushi Miyagi
3–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–1, 4–6


  1. ^ Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Social Security Administration.
  2. ^ a b c "Bill Quillian, Tennis Star, Dies of Leukemia at 39". The New York Times. July 13, 1973.
  3. ^ a b "Ex-net star dead at 39". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). July 12, 1973. p. 34.
  4. ^ "Yanks advance in Cup tennis". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. May 19, 1958. p. 2B.
  5. ^ "Davis Cup – Results". ITF.
  6. ^ "Minute sports page". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). AP, UPI. November 29, 1965. p. 16.
  7. ^ "Bill Quillian Tennis Stadium". University of Washington Athletics. Retrieved April 16, 2018.

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