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Johnston, William M.locked

(02 November 1894–01 May 1946)
  • Frank V. Phelps

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Johnston, William M. (02 November 1894–01 May 1946), tennis player, was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Robert Johnston, an electric plant mechanic, and Margaret Burns. Johnston disliked his French-sounding middle name and never revealed it publicly. He played tennis first in 1905; when schools remained shut for several months following the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, he played constantly. For the next few years Johnston, Johnny Strachan, Roland Roberts, Ely Fottrell, Clarence “Peck” Griffin, and other talented juniors improved their tennis skills and were coached by nationally famous players ...

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