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Frank Shields

Tennis Player
Born Nov 18, 1909

Francis Xavier Alexander Shields, Sr. (November 18, 1909, in New York City – August 19, 1975, in New York City) was an amateur American tennis player of the 1920s and 1930s.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Frank Shields.


1909 Birth Born on November 18, 1909.


1928 18 Years Old Between 1928 and 1945 he was ranked eight times in the U.S. Top Ten, reaching Number 1 in 1933, and Number 2 in 1930. … Read More


1931 21 Years Old He competed for the Davis Cup in 1931, 1932, and 1934, winning 19 of 25 matches.
1932 22 Years Old …  They were married in 1932 and divorced in 1940, on the grounds of his "habitual intemperance and cruelty." In 1947, she married lawyer Donald Agnew.
1933 23 Years Old He was left off the team for his erratic playing in 1933. … Read More


1940 30 Years Old His second wife, whom he married in 1940 and later divorced, was Marina Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi, a daughter of Marino Torlonia, 4th prince of Civitella-Cesi and the American heiress Mary Elsie Moore (1888–1941), and a sister of Alessandro Torlonia, 5th Prince di Civitella-Cesi, the husband of the Spanish Infanta Beatriz de Borbón. … Read More
1949 39 Years Old His third wife, whom he married in 1949, and also later divorced, was Katharine Mortimer, a daughter of financier Stanley Grafton Mortimer, Sr., and the former wife of Oliver Cadwell Biddle. … Read More


In 1951 he was at the center of a controversy that resulted in Dick Savitt, reigning US singles champion, quitting competitive tennis at the age of 25 after Shields snubbed him by failing to let Savitt play for the U.S. Davis Cup team.


1975 66 Years Old Died on August 19, 1975.
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