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 No. 1 in 1933, and No. 2 in 1930.


1930 20 Years Old He was ranked World No. 5 in 1930 by A. … Read More
1931 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Shields defaulted to Sidney Wood in the singles final of Wimbledon in 1931 due to an ankle injury he had sustained in winning his semi-final match against France's "Musketeer" Jean Borotra, and this was the only time in the history of a Grand-Slam event singles final that the event was won by default.
1932 22 Years Old In 1932, Shields married Rebecca Tenney (1910–2005).
1933 23 Years Old He was left off the team for his erratic playing in 1933. … Read More


1940 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Shields and Tenney divorced in 1940 on the grounds of his "habitual intemperance and cruelty" and in 1947 she married lawyer Donald Agnew.
1949 39 Years Old In 1949, he married Katharine Mortimer (1923-2003), the daughter of financier Stanley Grafton Mortimer, Sr. She had previously been married to Oliver Cadwell Biddle, with whom she had a daughter, Christine Mortimer Biddle, who became a stepdaughter to Shields. Shields had three children with Mortimer: Shields and Mortimer divorced and in 1962 she married Richard Gillespie Blaine. … Read More


1950 40 Years Old Shields and Torlonia divorced and in 1950 she married Edward W. Slater.


1975 66 Years Old Died on August 19, 1975.
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