H. Wilfred Austin Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: August 26, 1906
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British tennis player Austin (1906-2000), born Henry Wilfred Austin, was one of the highest ranked tennis players in the world in the 1930s, with a total of seven Grand Slam championships to his credit, including the singles at Wimbledon (1932 and 1938), the U. S. Open (1928 and 1929) and the French Open (1937) and the mixed doubles at Wimbledon (1934) and the French Open (1931). He was also an important member of the dominant British team that claimed four consecutive Davis Cups between 1933 and 1936. But his greatest impact today, oddly enough, is in tennis fashion, not tennis play. In 1932, Austin became the first person to appear at Wimbledon in shorts instead of traditional white flannel trousers. That was also the year he lost the singles championship to Ellsworth Vines at Wimbledon.

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