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Date: 10 Jan 2009 23:19:16
From: pltrgyst
Subject: Sidney Wood, lone uncontested Wimbledon champion, dies at 97
Wood, lone uncontested Wimbledon champion, dies at 97
Jan. 10, 2009
CBSSports.com wire reports

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Sidney Wood, who in 1931 became the only uncontested winner of
a Wimbledon final, died Saturday. He was 97.

He died in Palm Beach, Fla., the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
said.

Wood's opponent in the final of the 1931 championship at the All-England Club
was U.S. Davis Cup teammate Frank Shields. Shields, however, was unable to play
because of an ankle injury.

Wood already made Wimbledon history four years earlier when at 15 he became the
youngest male to ever play in the tournament. Dressed in white knickers, he lost
in straight sets to French great Rene Lacoste.

A slightly built player, Wood concentrated on the finer points of the game and
kept his opponents guessing. He was finalist at the 1935 U.S. championships,
where he was beaten by Wilmer Allison. Wood was ranked in the top 10 in the U.S.
10 times between 1930 and 1945, reaching No. 2 in 1934. He also was a U.S.
doubles finalist in 1942 and a French Open mixed doubles finalist in 1932.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964. He had been the oldest living
Hall of Famer.

Wood is credited with inventing, designing and patenting Supreme Court, a
portable synthetic playing surface used for indoor courts. It was used by the
World Championship Tennis tour from 1973-78.

Wood was born in Black Rock, Conn., and had tuberculosis as a child. He is
survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia Murray Wood, three sons and two
stepdaughters. His eldest son, Sidney Wood III, died in 1961.

A memorial service is planned for the spring.

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-- Larry




 
Date: 11 Jan 2009 11:21:19
From: John P
Subject: Re: Sidney Wood, lone uncontested Wimbledon champion, dies at 97
interesting, Larry. thanks.

reminds me of the recent thread where Tony Roche graciously acknowledged
that he was able to win the FO because his Hungarian opponent agreed to
delay the final for a day to allow Roche to recover from a (ankle?)
injury.

BTW, Larry, I trust there was no trademark problem with the "Supreme
Court." speaking of which, what, if anything, ever happened with that
patent infringement lawsuit filed by the inventor of the
half-clay/half-grass court against the folks who organized that
Fed-Nadal exo a couple of years ago?

PS LOL about your Pioline post, Sakari!



  
Date: 11 Jan 2009 19:14:08
From: pltrgyst
Subject: Re: Sidney Wood, lone uncontested Wimbledon champion, dies at 97
On Sun, 11 Jan 2009 11:21:19 -0500, JTPDC@webtv.net (John P) wrote:

>BTW, Larry, I trust there was no trademark problem with the "Supreme
>Court."...

Don't see how there could be, since the US government is not allowed to hold
trademarks.

>... speaking of which, what, if anything, ever happened with that
>patent infringement lawsuit filed by the inventor of the
>half-clay/half-grass court against the folks who organized that
>Fed-Nadal exo a couple of years ago?

No idea. Do you remember any of the details so it could be looked up?

We don't hear much outside the general press, since PTO doesn't actually have
any involvement with enforcement of patents or trademarks except for eventually
implementing court orders.

-- Larry


  
Date: 11 Jan 2009 18:43:08
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Sidney Wood, lone uncontested Wimbledon champion, dies at 97
On Sun, 11 Jan 2009 11:21:19 -0500, JTPDC@webtv.net (John P) wrote:

>PS LOL about your Pioline post, Sakari!

It is always difficult when you try to make jokes in a foreign
language. You are not sure about the details of the language. I wasn't
sure if I can say like that, but apparently it makes some sense...


 
Date: 11 Jan 2009 14:47:53
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Sidney Wood, lone uncontested Wimbledon champion, dies at 97
On Sat, 10 Jan 2009 23:19:16 -0500, pltrgyst
<pltrgyst@spamlessxhost.org > wrote:

>Wood, lone uncontested Wimbledon champion, dies at 97
>Jan. 10, 2009
>CBSSports.com wire reports
>
>NEWPORT, R.I. -- Sidney Wood, who in 1931 became the only uncontested winner of
>a Wimbledon final, died Saturday. He was 97.
>
>He died in Palm Beach, Fla., the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
>said.
>
>Wood's opponent in the final of the 1931 championship at the All-England Club
>was U.S. Davis Cup teammate Frank Shields. Shields, however, was unable to play
>because of an ankle injury.

Sampras had some uncontested finals, although they put someone like
Pioline on court :-)


  
Date: 11 Jan 2009 10:55:27
From: Raja
Subject: Re: Sidney Wood, lone uncontested Wimbledon champion, dies at 97
On Jan 11, 6:47=A0am, Sakari Lund <sakari.l...@welho.com > wrote:
> On Sat, 10 Jan 2009 23:19:16 -0500, pltrgyst
>
> <pltrg...@spamlessxhost.org> wrote:
> >Wood, lone uncontested Wimbledon champion, dies at 97
> >Jan. 10, 2009
> >CBSSports.com wire reports =A0
>
> >NEWPORT, R.I. -- Sidney Wood, who in 1931 became the only uncontested wi=
nner of
> >a Wimbledon final, died Saturday. He was 97.
>
> >He died in Palm Beach, Fla., the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Mus=
eum
> >said.
>
> >Wood's opponent in the final of the 1931 championship at the All-England=
Club
> >was U.S. Davis Cup teammate Frank Shields. Shields, however, was unable =
to play
> >because of an ankle injury.
>
> Sampras had some uncontested finals, although they put someone like
> Pioline on court =A0:-)

Sometimes they switched that Pioline with other robots like Todd
Martin and Goran Ivanisevic.



   
Date: 12 Jan 2009 09:48:04
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Sidney Wood, lone uncontested Wimbledon champion, dies at 97
Raja wrote:
> On Jan 11, 6:47 am, Sakari Lund <sakari.l...@welho.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, 10 Jan 2009 23:19:16 -0500, pltrgyst
>>
>> <pltrg...@spamlessxhost.org> wrote:
>>> Wood, lone uncontested Wimbledon champion, dies at 97
>>> Jan. 10, 2009
>>> CBSSports.com wire reports
>>
>>> NEWPORT, R.I. -- Sidney Wood, who in 1931 became the only
>>> uncontested winner of a Wimbledon final, died Saturday. He was 97.
>>
>>> He died in Palm Beach, Fla., the International Tennis Hall of Fame
>>> & Museum said.
>>
>>> Wood's opponent in the final of the 1931 championship at the
>>> All-England Club was U.S. Davis Cup teammate Frank Shields.
>>> Shields, however, was unable to play because of an ankle injury.
>>
>> Sampras had some uncontested finals, although they put someone like
>> Pioline on court :-)
>
> Sometimes they switched that Pioline with other robots like Todd
> Martin and Goran Ivanisevic.

You can't include multiple finalist and eventual champion Ivanisevic.