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Bill Tilden

WILLIAM TATEM TILDEN II d1953. American tennis player nicknamed "Big Bill". He is often considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He was the World's No1 player for six years between 1920-1925. He won 15 Major singles titles (including ten Grand Slam events) / one World Hard court Championship and four Pro Slam tournaments. He was the first American to win Wimbledon in 1920. He also won a record seven US Championships. He dominated the world of international tennis in the first half of the 1920s and during his 18-year amateur period of 1912–29, won 138 of 192 tournaments. He owns a number of all-time tennis achievements including a career match winning record and a career winning percentage at the US Nationals. At the 1929 US Nationals, he became the first player to reach 10 finals at a single Grand Slam event. His ten finals at a grand slam tournament remained a record until 2017 when Roger Federer reached his 11th Wimbledon Final. He was frequently at odds with the rigid US Lawn Tennis Association concerning his amateur status and income derived from newspaper articles. He won his last Major title in 1930 at Wimbledon aged 37. He turned professional on the last day of that year and toured with a handful of other professionals for the next 15 years. He died of heart complications aged 60 in Los Angeles on June 5th 1953.

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Bill Tilden

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9686
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Description:

A rare original vintage RMS Berengaria embossed card, clearly signed & dated in ink by Bill Tilden (Wm T Tilden 2nd 1929)

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One of a fine collection of original circa 1920-30s Cunard RMS Berengaria signed cards obtained by a Miss Brain who was a stewardess on board this famous cruise-liner. RMS Berengaria was originally named the SS Impersonator (built for the Hamburg America Line) and first launched in 1912. At the time of her completion (in June 1913) she was the largest passenger ship in the world, surpassing the RMS Olympic and her sister ship RMS Titanic by 24ft. During World War 1, she remained in port in Hamburg ; after the war she was briefly commissioned by the US Navy as a troop transport ship (USS Imperator). Following her US Navy Service, her name was changed to "RMS Berengaria" and she was handed over to Britain's Cunard Line as part of war reparations. She became their flagship cruise-liner between 1919-1934. She was retired in 1938 and later sold to Sir John Jarvis to be broken up and scrapped on the Tyne between 1939-1946. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Size:

11x9cm Sized Embossed Card

Condition:

Good. View Image

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