F.C. (JACK) REITH, Detroit
General manager Mercury Division Ford Motor Co.
"Bill Tilden, Fred Perry, Baron Gottfried von Cramm, Henri Cochet and Don Budge. They added color, prestige and sportsmanship to the game and could come up with terrific performances under dramatic circumstances. Their play and personality gave tennis a worldwide impetus."
NANCY CHAFFEE KINER
Palm Springs, Calif. Tennis star
"Jack Kramer and Bill Tilden are tops. I never saw Tilden, but at the peak of Kramer's game, no one was better. I also back Bill Talbert for what he has done for U.S. tennis, Don Budge, the only player to win the grand slam, and Maureen Connolly, who won the women's title at 16."
ALRICK H. MAN, Forest Hills, N.Y.
Chairman USLTA Championship Committee
"First, Bill Tilden, master of all strokes; second, Bill Johnston, who had the greatest forehand; third, Bill Larned, who played the soundest ground game; fourth, Don Budge, the greatest backhand player who ever lived; fifth, Jack Kramer, champion of the net and the booming serve."
JAMES H. VAN ALLEN
President, Newport Casino
"First, Bill Tilden, the greatest player of all time. He could do everything better than anyone else. Second, Jack Kramer, the greatest net player with the most machinelike play. Third, Sedgman, who had the fastest anticipation. Fourth, Lacoste, and fifth, Tony Trabert."
March 5, 1956
JULIAN S. MYRICK, New York
Past president, USLTA
"Character and sportsmanship are prime essentials. My first nominee is Bill Johnston, because he combined these qualities with top playing ability. Second is Bill Larned; third, Malcolm D. Whitman; fourth, the Australian, Norman Brookes; fifth, Don Budge, the grand slam winner."
JAMES H. BISHOP, Culver, Ind.
Past president, USLTA
"Tennis greats must be judged by the degree they dominated the game. Since 1900, style of game, strategy and strokes have improved. Today's best would beat yesterday's best. My alltime greats—H.L. Doherty, W.A. Larned, Bill Tilden, Rene Lacoste, Don Budge."
BETTY BETZ, New York
Designer-writer for teen-agers
"Don Budge is the greatest of them all. He won every possible title and pioneered an aggressive style of backhand and serve. I rank Bill Tilden second, because he dominated tennis for the longest period; Jack Kramer, the perfectionist, third; Rene Lacoste, fourth, and Helen Wills, fifth."
ALEXANDER LEWYT, New York
"In the order of their greatness, Bill Tilden, Don Budge, Jack Kramer, Fred Perry and Pancho Gonzales. From the looks of the young tennis prospects who are now around, it appears that none of these greats need have any fear of being removed from the list for a long, long time to come."
ALISON C. WYSONG, Port Washington, N.Y.
"I have seven players in mind. First is Theodore Roosevelt Pell, who did much for tennis in the old Newport days; second, Bill Larned; third, Hugh Doherty, singles player of the Doherty brothers; fourth, Bill Tilden; fifth, Don Budge. But Rene Lacoste and Helen Wills deserve inclusion."
FRANK X. SHIELDS, Old Westbury, N.Y.
Chairman, 1955 Davis Cup Committee in America
"Budge, Kramer, Vines, Tilden and Lacoste in the order named. Bill Tilden made the greatest contribution to the game, but he didn't have top competition. Budge, Kramer and Vines would have licked him in his prime. These alltime greats had controlled speed and Bill admitted it."
WILLIAM G. STRATTON
Governor of Illinois
"Bill Tilden should head any list. Tennis lovers the world over were saddened by his untimely end. Second is Vinny Richards, still the Olympic champion. My other nominees are Budge, Kramer and Vines. If women are eligible, I would certainly include Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Wills."
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