Vines Jr., Ellsworth


Card signed by the great 1930’s Tennis Hall of Fame amateur and pro, left tennis for golf in 1945

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Autograph ID: 7146
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1911-1994) 1930’s tennis champion, World No. 1 or co-No. 1 in 1932, 1935, 1936 & 1937, able to win Pro Slam titles on 3 different surfaces. He later became a professional golfer and won 3 titles on the PGA tour. Vines was mentored by Perry T. Jones through the Los Angeles Tennis Club and the Southern California Tennis Assn. As an amateur he won 3 Grand Slam tournaments, the 1932 Wimbledon Championship, and the 1931 & 1932 US Championships and lost the 1933 Wimbledon final match. He played his 1st professional match Jan. 10, 1934 and became the leading pro until 1938 (and World No. 1 or No. 2 in the combined amateur-professional rankings). In 1934 & 1935 he won almost all the great pro events and the 2 big annual tours. Vines won 4 professional majors, the 1934 & 1935 Wembley Pro, the 1935 French Pro, and the 1939 US Pro. He also won the 1934 Paris Indoor and 1935 Southport Pro. After 2 years as undisputed pro king in 1934 & 1935, he retained his crown by 3 other great 1936-38 annual pro tours. In 1939 Vines narrowly lost his world pro crown to Don Budge. In May 1940 Vines retired from tennis competition and became a professional golfer in 1942 and had several high finishes in tournaments, including a semifinal in the 1951 PGA Championship when it was a match play tournament. He was inducted in 1962 into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.

Frameable 2 ¼ x 3 ¼ card signed as “. Vines Jr””

Type: Signed Card

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