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William 'Bill' Jackson Clothier (September 27, 1881 – September 4, 1962) was an American tennis player.

William Clothier
William Clothier.jpg
Full nameWilliam Jackson Clothier
Country (sports) United States
Born(1881-09-27)September 27, 1881
Sharon Hill, PA, United States
DiedSeptember 4, 1962(1962-09-04) (aged 80)
Philadelphia, United States
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HoF1956 (member page)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon4R (1905)
US OpenW (1906)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US OpenF (1912)


Clothier reached the singles final of the United States Championships three times. In his first final appearance in 1904 he lost in three straight sets to compatriot Holcombe Ward. Two years later, in 1906, Clothier achieved his greatest success by emphatically beating Beals Wright in the final in three straight sets at the Newport Casino. This despite breaking his pelvic bone in a riding accident earlier that year.[1] His last final appearance came in 1909 when he lost in five sets to William Larned who claimed his fifth singles title.[2]

He was a member of the winning USA Davis Cup Team in 1905 and 1909 and won both his singles matches in the 1909 final against the British Isles.[3]

Together with his son, William J. Clothier II, they two won the national father-son title twice.[4]

Clothier was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1956 and he was elected as its first President in 1954.[5]

Clothier also played amateur ice hockey from 1900–1904 with the Quaker City Hockey Club in Philadelphia and the Harvard Crimson intercollegiate team in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Playing styleEdit

In their book R.F. and H.L. Doherty - On Lawn Tennis (1903) multiple Wimbledon champions Reginald and Lawrence Doherty described Clothier's playing style:

On Lawn Tennis - 1903[6]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles (1 title, 2 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1904 U.S. National Championships Grass   Holcombe Ward 8–10, 4–6, 7–9
Win 1906 U.S. National Championships Grass   Beals Wright 6–3, 6–0, 6–4
Loss 1909 U.S. National Championships Grass   William Larned 1–6, 2–6, 7–5, 6–1, 1–6

Mixed doubles: (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1912 U.S. National Championships Grass   Eleonora Sears   Mary Kendall Browne
  Richard Williams
4–6, 6–2, 9–11


  1. ^ "Clothier Beats Wright for the Tennis Title" (PDF). The New York Times. 30 Aug 1906. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Champion Larned Retains his Title" (PDF). The New York Times. 28 Aug 1909. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Davis Cup - Profile William Clothier". ITF. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  4. ^ "William Clothier, 86, Spy and Tennis Star". The New York Times. 3 Nov 2002. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers - William Clothier". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  6. ^ Doherty, R.F. (1903). R.F. and H.L. Doherty on Lawn Tennis (1st ed.). London: Lawn Tennis. pp. 62–63.

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