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  Bill Tilden - Personal life, Influence on tennis, Greatness as a player, Tilden the intellectual, Professional tennis ...
Tilden had no sexual relationships with women at all and apparently very few sexual encounters with members of his own sex until he was well into his 40s and becoming increasingly effeminate in his mannerisms, particularly in the more liberal atmosphere of 1930s Europe.
Tilden was a champion player of the 1920s and 1930s who was the single most influential person in the history of tennis.
Tilden was first arrested on Nov. 23, 1946 on Sunset Boulevard when he was caught placing his hand in a teenage boy's pants (the boy was a prostitute whose services Tilden had solicited).
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 Bill Tilden - MSN Encarta
William Tatem Tilden II (February 10, 1893 – June 5, 1953), often called "Big Bill", was an American tennis player who was the World No. 1 player for 7 years, the last time...
Tilden was born William Tatem Tilden II in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and educated at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tilden won the Wimbledon singles championship in 1920, 1921, and 1930.
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  Bill Tilden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tilden had no sexual relationships with women at all and apparently very few sexual encounters with members of his own sex until he was well into his 40s and becoming increasingly effeminate in his mannerisms, particularly in the more liberal atmosphere of 1930s Europe.
Although Tilden almost never drank, he smoked heavily and disdained what today would be considered a healthy life style for an athlete; for most of his life his diet consisted of 3 enormous meals a day of steak and potatoes, with, perhaps, the occasional lamb chop.
In 1941, when Bill Tilden was 48 years old, he toured the United States playing head-to-head matches with Don Budge, who at that time was incontestably the greatest player in the world.
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 ESPN.com: Tilden brought theatrics to tennis
Tilden was a shining light during sports' Golden Age.
Tilden's mother early on warned her son of the evils of contracting venereal disease from women.
Tilden's mother died of a stroke in 1911 with her son sitting outside her door all night, crying.
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 Bill Johnston - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
William ("Little Bill") Johnston (born November 2, 1894 in San Francisco, California – died May 1, 1946 in San Francisco, California) was an American tennis champion.
Until "Big Bill" Tilden began to defeat him regularly in 1920, Johnston had been the best American player for a number of years.
He remained competitive with Tilden for the next seven or eight years, but was never again able to beat him in an important match.
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 New York Blade Online
Bill Tilden is arguably the greatest men’s tennis player in history.
Always flamboyant on the court, Tilden’s sexual escapades with ball boys that toured with him were off the radar screen until the 1930s, when he abandoned his amateur status for a more lucrative jaunt across the professional tour.
Tilden is defiant, refusing to date a woman and making reservations at the biggest, most high-profile restaurant in town so he can be seen with his young lover.
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 Bill Tilden - encyclopedia article - Citizendium
Tilden was generally considered to be the world's best player for 7 years, second only to Gonzales's 9 No. 1 ratings, tied with Rod Laver but ahead of Jack Kramer, Ken Rosewall, and Pete Sampras, all of whom had 6.
Tilden was born into a wealthy family that was overshadowed by the death of three older siblings.
Tilden apparently had no sexual relationships with women at all and apparently very few sexual encounters with members of his own sex until he was well into his 40s and becoming increasingly effeminate in his mannerisms, particularly in the more liberal atmosphere of 1930s Europe.
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 ESPN Classic - More Info on Bill Tilden
Tilden came to the court in Forest Hills dressed in his camel's hair coat, the big sash tied, and carried an armful of rackets.
Tilden, with the backhand drive that he had developed last winter and a brilliant first serve, easily won the first set, 6-1.
Tilden was first arrested on Nov. 23, 1946 on Sunset Boulevard when he had his hand in a teenage boy's pants.
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 Bill Tilden's Ghost -- Outsports.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Spectator overloads at Tilden matches were a big factor in forcing the removal of tournaments from the traditional coziness of country clubs, with a few hundred people sitting on wooden bleachers, to regular stadiums where ten or 15 thousand could sit, plus standing room for a few thousand more.
Tilden’s tour was one of the reasons why tennis courts began popping up all over the country, at schools, in public parks.
Tilden was arrested and convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
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 Fame and shame of a tennis pioneer - Tennis - Sport - theage.com.au
Tilden, who was homosexual, was shunned after twice being sent to prison, the first time for having sex with a male teenage prostitute, the second time for groping a male teenage hitchhiker.
Tilden, or "Big Bill" as he became known, was born William Taten Tilden II to a privileged family in Philadelphia in 1893.
Tilden was first arrested in late 1946 when he was caught engaging in a sexual act with a teenage prostitute on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
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 Knitting Circle Bill Tilden   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Eventually he was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sent to prison in 1947, although it was clear that the young man with whom he was caught having sex had no objection to the sexual relations.
A fl and white photograph of Bill Tilden in action is reproduced in Martin Greif, (1989), page 39.
Some geezers claim Tilden was the greatest of all, but this much is sure: he was the greatest choker of significance.
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 Bill Tilden - Born Into Privilege
William Tatem Tilden, Jr., was born on February 10, 1893, at the family mansion, Overleigh, in the wealthy Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bill Tilden's father was a result of this southern line of the Tilden clan.
It is not an exaggeration to say that much of the way Bill Tilden was to be was determined years before his birth." A brother was born six years before Bill Tilden, but with the birth of this fifth child, the mother decided she would shelter him from the world.
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 Bill Tilden - The Tilden Age
During the course of play, Tilden employed his drop shot, a stroke he had not invented but had perfected and was the first to use in major competitions.
Tilden maintained his number one position throughout the first half of the 1920s, winning the U.S. singles titles six years in a row and leading his Davis Cup teams in an unprecedented run against worldwide challengers.
Tilden was always the first to throw his racquet down before the match to decide who would begin serving, and always the first to call out to see if the opponent was ready to begin play.
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Tilden was "Big Bill" (6-foot-2) and Johnston "Little Bill" (5-foot-81/2) and they were the twin terrors who turned back Australasians, French and Japanese in the Davis Cup challenge round from 1920 through 1926, a seven-year span of invincibility unequaled in those international team matches.
As it was, Little Bill won it twice, in 1915 and in 1919, defeating Maurice McLoughlin the first time and Tilden in the 1919 final.
Such was the case in his U.S. final with Tilden in 1922 at the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia in which Johnston won the first two sets and led by 3-0 in the fourth.
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 Bill Tilden
Bill Tilden was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 10, 1893.
Tilden lost three siblings to diphtheria in a span of less than a month before he was born, leaving his father a more distant, less-emotional man towards Bill.
Tilden wanted to be a fatherly figure for young boys he taught or became acquainted with on the tennis court.
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 Bill Tilden – FREE Bill Tilden Information | Encyclopedia.com: Find Bill Tilden Research
Bill Tilden, a journalist before he became the world's...
The trouble with Big Bill: tennis great Bill Tilden was disgraced because of his sexuality.
Tilden, a homosexual, was shunned after twice being...
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 Bill Tilden: Gay Sports' Dirty Little Secret
Bill Tilden was born into an extremely wealthy Pennsylvania family in 1893, and was nearly totally sheltered by his family.
Tilden began taking young ball boys and tennis protégé’s under his wing and was frequently seen traveling with his underage companions to tennis matches.
Bill Tilden was perhaps not the best role model for the gay community, but his willingness to be open about his life and his unapologetic attitude is something that has made it possible for other sportsmen to be accepted no matter what their sexual orientation.
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 Tennis strategy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bill Tilden, the dominant player of the 1920s, preferred to play from the backcourt and liked nothing better than to face an opponent who rushed the net -- one way or another Tilden would find a way to hit the ball past him.
Among the best all-court players of all time are Bill Tilden, Ellsworth Vines, Don Budge, Ken Rosewall, Rod Laver, and Jimmy Connors.
Pancho Gonzales was seen by most observers as being as a serve-and-volleyer; he considered himself, however, an all-court player.
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 Tilden Bill - Search Results - MSN Encarta
On February 20, 1893, Bill Tilden, US tennis player who dominated the sport during the early 1920s, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d.
Tennis, game played with a racket and a ball by two (as in singles) or four (as in doubles) competitors, on a rectangular court with a net strung...
This obituary for Bill Tilden appeared in The Times on June 8, 1953.
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 Beach Pneumatic : 12
Discussion of the Husted bill was of the dryest and most uninteresting order, the main subjects of debate being the shaping of amendments calculated to protect the interests of the horse railroad companies, and the efforts made by various Representatives … to exempt the counties which they represent from the provisions of the act.
Tilden drew attention to the order, saying that it meant that its provisions should be controlled by the general law wherever the two are in conflict, on the principle that a later law supersedes an earlier one.
Tilden thought that the New York Elevated bill was unconstitutional, but Dows persuaded him to sign it and let the courts decide.
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 glbtq >> arts >> Tilden, William "Big Bill"
Tilden's homosexuality was an open secret in the tennis world of his day, as was his penchant for underage boys, which would eventually lead to his downfall.
In 1946, Tilden was arrested and convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
In 1949, Tilden was arrested again for approaching a sixteen-year-old hitchhiker and sentenced to another year in prison, of which he served ten months.
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 History of Lawn Tennis, Articles by Jim McCready
Because of the success of this traveling troupe and the fierce rivalry between Big Bill Tilden and the Musketeers, a state-of-the-art complex was built to house these great match-ups in defense of the Cup.
On Bill's home court at the US Nationals in 1926, Cochet came from behind, hitting the lines in a fury of aggressive, on-the-rise plays, taking away Tilden's bid for a seventh straight national title.
Tilden and the American brigade kept the Davis Cup and most Slam titles as secure as Fort Knox directly after World War I. But the Musketeers were one for all and all for one, and from that first Forest Hills' moment, they fought and defeated the worlds' best regularly.
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 The Cincinnati Enquirer -- 1999 ATP Tournament
Tilden smoked non-stop and was known to eat big meals before matches.
Both Tilden's parents died when he was young after an epidemic in Philadelphia claimed many lives of those in his family.
Collins said Tilden went to jail later in his life for contributing to delinquency of a minor, then for violating his parole.
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 Bill Tilden   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Although Tilden was deeply closeted most of his life, many of his fellow players knew of his inclinations; it was only the public that ironically never learned of his orientation until many years later, by which time he had made tennis the major sport it now is.
In spite of his powerful serve, Tilden preferred to play from the backcourt, where he dazzled opponents with his ever-changing tactics: a mixture of guile, of chopped and sliced shots, of dropshots and lobs, and of sudden powerful ground strokes deep to the corners.
Born to wealth, Tilden lost all of his immediate family in a very short period of time during his boyhood and was raised by a maiden aunt.
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 Bill Tilden
Flamboyant both in public and private, Tilden was eventually arrested — and shunned — for his homosexuality.
Unlike most champions who can perform great athletic feats but can't articulate how they or others perform them, Tilden was an accomplished tennis journalist and author who could explain the entire spectrum of physical, mental, and emotional attributes that made a great tennis champion.
Not even Bill Tilden's penchant for self-destruction was enough for anyone to challenge his place in tennis history.
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 Theater Review | 'Big Bill': A Tennis Star’s Life, in Glory and in the Shadows   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Scenes of Tilden in his prime, playing to adoring crowds like a Barrymore of the net, are punctuated by sequences in which he hangs his head, a broken man, before a censorious judge.
The shaping conceit is that for Tilden, a son of financially strapped gentility from the Philadelphia Main Line, all the world was a tennis court, and every tennis court a stage.
(Tilden to a judge after his first arrest: "Apparently, I reached across the net.") The anecdote-heavy, famous-name-spiced script is also stocked with images of the theater, as when Tilden and the opera diva Mary Garden (Margaret Welsh, the only woman in the show's protean ensemble) compare notes on winning an audience over.
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 "Big Bill" brings a sports legend to life -- Newsday.com
In the far younger study of gays in sports, however, Tilden belongs with the untold number of virtuosos who have lived-and are still living-isolated, secret lives of loneliness, danger and denial.
Bill is wearing white flannel pants - no shorts for him - and is never without a wooden racket to flip.
Tilden died alone, in shame, ignored by the tennis association.
www.newsday.com /entertainment/stage/ny-etsec3682270feb23,0,292168.story?coll=ny-theater-print   (729 words)

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