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Dick Williams

Full name: Richard Norris "Dick" Williams, III
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (182 cm)
Born: January 29, 1891 in Geneva, Genève, Switzerland
Died: June 2, 1968 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: California Golden Bears, Berkeley (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Tennis

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

The early years of Dick Williams' life were spent in Lausanne where his father, a tennis enthusiast, was working; under his father’s tutelage he won the Swiss Junior title at the age of 12. In 1912, Mr. Williams accompanied his son to America when Dick was accepted for Harvard. Tragically they chose to travel aboard the ill-fated Titanic. Although his son survived the ordeal of spending more than an hour in the icy Atlantic, Mr. Williams, Sr. perished. Dick Williams won the mixed doubles at the U.S. championships and the national clay court singles in his first American season (1912) and was ranked second nationally that year. In 1913, while still at Harvard, he began his Davis Cup career and in his eight single matches that year he lost only to James Parke, the Irish rugby football international, in the match against Great Britain. Williams was to remain a Davis Cup player until 1926 and in the intervening years he won the U.S. singles title twice and the men’s doubles on two occasions. Williams graduated from Harvard in 1916 and was soon with the armed forces. He saw active service as a captain of artillery and served as an aide to Major Gen. John Harbord, winning the Croix de Guerre and the Legion d'Honneur in the second battle of the Marne. After the war, Williams played his tennis at the Longwood Cricket Club and started his career as a stockbroker. In 1920 he teamed up with Charles Garland and they became the only Harvard-Yale combination to ever win the Wimbledon doubles. At the 1924 Olympics, Dick Williams went out to Henri Cochet in the quarter-finals of the singles; in the men’s doubles, playing with his former Harvard teammate, Watson Washburn, he again lost in the quarter-finals when the South Africans, Condon and Richardson, came back to win after trailing by two sets to one. However, in the mixed doubles, with Hazel Wightman as his partner, they scored a comfortable victory after disposing of the Wimbledon champions, Kitty McKane and Brian Gilbert of Great Britain, in the semi-finals.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis Men's Singles United States USA 5T
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis Mixed Doubles United States-1 USA 1 Gold
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis Men's Doubles United States-1 USA 5T

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #1 2 1924-07-17 Cochet (FRA) 3, Williams (USA) 1 1
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis United States USA Round Four Match #1 1 Williams (USA) 3, von Kehrling (HUN) 2 3
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis United States USA Round Three Match #1 1 1924-07-15 Williams (USA) 3, Macenauer (TCH) 2 3
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis United States USA Round Two Match #2 1 Williams (USA) 3, Hadi (IND) 0 3
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis United States USA Round One Match #4 AC 1924-07-13 Williams (USA) bye

Mixed Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis United States-1 USA Hazel Wightman Final Round Match 1/2 1 1924-07-21 USA-1 2, USA-2 0 2
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis United States-1 USA Hazel Wightman Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1924-07-20 USA-1 2, GBR-1 1 2
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis United States-1 USA Hazel Wightman Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 USA-1 2, SWE-2 0 2
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis United States-1 USA Hazel Wightman Round Two Match #6 1 USA-1 2, GRE 0 2
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis United States-1 USA Hazel Wightman Round One Match #13 AC USA-1 walkover

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis United States-1 USA Watty Washburn Quarter-Finals Match #2 2 1924-07-18 RSA 3, USA-1 2 2
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis United States-1 USA Watty Washburn Round Three Match #4 1 USA-1 3, DEN-2 0 3
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis United States-1 USA Watty Washburn Round Two Match #7 1 USA-1 3, TCH-1 0 3
1924 Summer 33 Paris Tennis United States-1 USA Watty Washburn Round One Match #20 1 1924-07-14 USA-1 3, HUN-2 0 3
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