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 Wilmer Lawson Allison, Jr

Wilmer Lawson Allison, Jr

San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Death 20 Apr 1977 (aged 72)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 2, Lot 801 (Caswell Lot)
Memorial ID 18095 · View Source
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Professional Tennis Player. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Wilmer was one of two children of Dr. and Mrs. Wilmer L. Allison. A graduate of Fort Worth Central High School, where he was an outstanding amateur baseball player. He enrolled at the University of Texas in 1925 after his father refused to permit him to sign a professional baseball contract with the Beaumont team of the Texas League. At UT he began an internationally acclaimed career as a tennis player. Under the tutelage of Daniel A. Penick he won the Southwest Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association championships in 1927. Wilmer won the Wimbledon doubles title in 1929 and 1930 with partner John Van Ryn. Wilmer's finest moment as a singles player was when he upset the legendary Henri Cochet of France in the quarterfinal round of the 1930 Wimbledon tournament. He achieved the number one ranking in the United States in 1934 and again in 1935 and won the United States National Open Championship in 1935 by defeating Fred Perry in the semifinals and then Sydney Wood for the title at Forest Hills, New York. Along with partner Van Ryn he claimed National Doubles in 1931 and 1935 and finished second in 1930, 1932, 1934, and 1936. Allison competed on behalf of the United States in Davis Cup competition from 1928 until 1937. He retired from full time competition in 1937 after a serious injury to his lower abdomen. Upon retirement, he served as an assistant to Penick at the University of Texas from 1938 to 1941, when he left to join the army air corps; he achieved the rank of colonel. After his discharge he returned to the university in 1947 and served as Penick's assistant until 1957. That year he became the head tennis coach at the university, where he served until his retirement in 1972. He was elected to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1957 and is a member of the Longhorn Hall of Honor. In 1963 he was enshrined in both the national and international tennis halls of fame.

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  • Added: 25 Oct 2000
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Wilmer Lawson Allison, Jr (8 Dec 1904–20 Apr 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18095, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .