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Bill Tilden

William Tatem “Bill” Tilden II, often referred to as simply “Big Bill,” was an American tennis player who is widely considered one of the greatest players in history. He was born on February 10, 1893, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and died on June 5, 1953, in Los Angeles, California.

Tilden dominated the sport during the 1920s and early 1930s, winning 10 Grand Slam singles titles and seven Grand Slam doubles titles. He was known for his powerful serve and forehand, as well as his tactical and strategic skills on the court. Tilden was also a pioneer of the modern style of tennis, which emphasized aggressive net play and attacking shots.

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