TENNIS STAR HAD THE HEART OF A CHAMPION

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by Bartee Haile

Twenty-four year old Wilmer Allison stunned the tennis world on Jun. 28, 1930 by beating the defending singles title-holder in straight sets in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. An outstanding high school athlete in Fort Worth, Wilmer was thrilled to death when a Texas League team offered him a professional contract. But his father would not give his consent for his son to play any sport for money, and that was the end of a promising baseball career.
 
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