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Wilmer Allison

tennis player
Full name: Wilmer Lawson Allison
Nickname: Tumbling Texan
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Bio At the University of Texas at Austin, Allison was the Intercollegiate tennis champion in 1927. At Wimbledon, Allison lost the 1930 title to Bill Tilden.
As a doubles player with partner John Van Ryn, Allison won the 1929 and 1930 Wimbledon as well as 1931 and 1935 U.S. doubles championships.
Wilmer Allison was the top ranked amateur player in the United States in 1934 and 1935.
He defeated the world No. 1 Fred Perry in the 1935 U.S. National Championships in one of his greatest performances, however Perry suffered a painful injury to his right kidney in the first set. Allison later eliminated Sidney Wood Jr. in the final.
His doubles prowess was showcased in Davis Cup competition as he won 14 of 16 matches with John Van Ryn.
Allison coached tennis for the varsity team of his alma mater from 1946 through 1972 and from 1957 head coach.

Wilmer was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in 1963.
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