Budge Patty

John Edward "Budge" Patty (born February 11, 1924) is a former world no. 1 American tennis player whose career spanned a period of 15 years after World War II. He won two Grand Slam singles titles in 1950.

Budge Patty
Budge Patty 1958.jpg
Budge Patty in 1958
Full nameJohn Edward Patty
Country (sports) United States
Born (1924-02-11) February 11, 1924 (age 97)
Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S.
Turned pro1940 (amateur tour)
PlaysRight-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1977 (member page)
Career record777–182 (81.02%) [1]
Career titles73 [2]
Highest rankingNo. 1 (1950, John Olliff)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenW (1950)
WimbledonW (1950)
US OpenQF (1951, 1953, 1957)
Grand Slam Doubles results
WimbledonW (1957)
US OpenF (1957)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenW (1946)
WimbledonSF (1946)


Patty was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States.

In 1950, he won the men's singles title at the French Championships defeating Egypt's Jaroslav Drobný in a five-set match. A few weeks later he also won the Wimbledon Championships in a four-set victory over Australian Frank Sedgman.[4] Only two other American male players have achieved this double victory: Don Budge in 1938 and Tony Trabert in 1955.

Patty was ranked world no. 1 in 1950 by John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph.[3]

He was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1977.[5]

Patty attended Los Angeles High School. He now lives in Lausanne, Switzerland, with his wife Marcina.

Grand Slams finalsEdit

Singles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1949 French Championships Clay   Frank Parker 3–6, 6–1, 1–6, 4–6
Win 1950 French Championships Clay   Jaroslav Drobný 6–1, 6–2, 2–6, 5–7, 7–5
Win 1950 Wimbledon Championships Grass   Frank Sedgman 6–1, 8–10, 6–2, 6–3

Doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1957 Wimbledon Grass   Gardnar Mulloy   Neale Fraser
  Lew Hoad
8–10, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 1957 US National Championships Grass   Gardnar Mulloy   Ashley Cooper
  Neale Fraser
6–4, 3–6, 7–9, 3–6

Mixed Doubles (1 title)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1946 French Championships Clay   Pauline Betz   Dorothy Bundy
  Tom Brown
7–5, 9–7

Performance timelineEdit

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1941 1942-1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
French A A QF 4R SF F W 4R QF 4R SF QF 4R 4R 4R 3R 2R
Wimbledon A A 4R SF QF 3R W 2R 4R 3R SF SF 2R 4R 4R 1R 1R
U.S. 2R A 4R A 3R A 1R QF A QF A A A QF 1R A A


  • Patty, Edward John (1951). Tennis my way by Budge Patty. New York: Hutchinson’s Library of Sports and Pastimes. LCCN 51008955.


  1. ^ "Budge Patty: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Tennismem SL. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Jesse Edward (Budge) Patty: Stats". tennisarchives.com. Tennis Archives. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  3. ^ a b United States Lawn Tennis Association (1972). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (First Edition), p. 426.
  4. ^ "Tennis Grand Slam Winners – Tennis – ESPN". ESPN. go.com. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  5. ^ "Tennis Hall of Fame – John Edward Patty "Budge"". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 11, 2012.

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