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Budge Patty
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Budge Patty in 1958
Full name Edward John Patty
Country  United States
Born (1924-02-11)February 11, 1924
Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S.
Died October 3, 2021(2021-10-03) (aged 97)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Turned pro 1940 (amateur tour)
Retired 1960
Plays Right-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 1977 (member page)
Career record 777–182 (81.02%)
Career titles 73
Highest ranking No. 1 (1950, John Olliff)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open W (1950)
Wimbledon W (1950)
US Open QF (1951, 1953, 1957)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1957)
US Open F (1957)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1946)
Wimbledon SF (1946)

Edward John Patty (February 11, 1924 – October 3, 2021), better known as Budge Patty, was an American world no. 1 tennis player whose career spanned a period of 15 years after World War II. He won two Grand Slam singles titles in 1950.

Life and career

Patty was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States in February 1924. He attended Los Angeles High School.

In 1950, he won the men's singles title at the French Championships defeating Egypt's Jaroslav Drobný in a five-set match. A few weeks later he also won the Wimbledon Championships in a four-set victory over Australian Frank Sedgman. Only two other American male players have achieved this double victory: Don Budge in 1938 and Tony Trabert in 1955.

Patty was ranked amateur world no. 1 in 1950 by John Olliff of The Daily Telegraph.

He was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1977.

For most of his life, Patty resided in Lausanne, Switzerland. He died there on October 3, 2021, at the age of 97, and was survived by his wife, Marcina, and two daughters.

Grand Slams finals

Singles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1949 French Championships Clay United States Frank Parker 3–6, 6–1, 1–6, 4–6
Win 1950 French Championships Clay Egypt Jaroslav Drobný 6–1, 6–2, 2–6, 5–7, 7–5
Win 1950 Wimbledon Grass Australia Frank Sedgman 6–1, 8–10, 6–2, 6–3

Doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1957 Wimbledon Grass United States Gardnar Mulloy Australia Neale Fraser
Australia Lew Hoad
8–10, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 1957 U.S. Championships Grass United States Gardnar Mulloy Australia Ashley Cooper
Australia Neale Fraser
6–4, 3–6, 7–9, 3–6

Mixed Doubles (1 title)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1946 French Championships Clay United States Pauline Betz United States Dorothy Bundy
United States Tom Brown
7–5, 9–7

Performance timeline

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1941 1942-1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
French A A QF 4R SF F W 4R QF 4R SF QF 4R 4R 4R 3R 2R
Wimbledon A A 4R SF QF 3R W 2R 4R 3R SF SF 2R 4R 4R 1R 1R
U.S. 2R A 4R A 3R A 1R QF A QF A A A QF 1R A A
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