Sport: Big Bill

In the heady 19205, when the world of sport boasted such immortals as Babe Ruth. Jack Dempsey, Earl Sande. Bobby Jones. Red Grange, Walter Hagen and Man o' War, the gentlemanly game of tennis came out of the private clubs into the national limelight. The man responsible for this revolution was a lanky, hunch-shouldered, hawk-faced competitor named William Tatem Tilden II. He was the greatest tennis player the world has ever seen, the one man in any U.S. sport who was without a peer. He did not always look as good as he really...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!