Famed American tennis player (1893-1953) whose major tournament victories number in the dozens (including six consecutive years as U.S. Singles Champion). Though his reputation was tainted by a pedophilic scandal and a jail term in the 1940s, a 1950 Associated Press poll named him the greatest tennis player of the first half of the twentieth century.
1915 “Lawn Tennis Championship of Western New Jersey” First Prize trophy cup attributed to Bill Tilden (engraved “William T. Tilden II” and “W. Foster Reeve II”). The small handled trophy cup (5.5″ tall) has been engraved on the front to reflect the winners of the tournament. Marked “Wanamaker…Quadruple Plate” on the bottom with mild tarnish throughout and some wear.
An amazing tennis relic. The newspaper article shown in the images documents some of Tilden’s play at this tournament, including his singles title and his run to the finals in the doubles. Research shows the doubles final was:
W. T. Tilden, Jr. and W. F. Reeve d.
H. W. Page and E. C. Hall, 6/1, 6/8, 6/4, 4/6, 7/5