Kevin Fixler
    Sport Matters

23 June 2015

He courted Wimbledon wins and controversy

After losing the first set to the reigning Wimbledon champ on July 3, 1920, the upper-crust Pennsylvanian looked destined for defeat. But the American hadn’t devoted those many months to honing his backhand to be disgraced by his well-built Australian opponent. So instead of matching stroke for stroke to overcome his rival, this “consummate tactician” relied on his brains.

Surprisingly, perhaps, the first U.S. man to win the Wimbledon singles title wasn’t an obvious powerhouse destined for stardom, but rather an uphill contender who hadn’t even made his college tennis team — and lived a troubled, secretive life.

Read the story exclusively at OZY.

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