Budge Patty, an elegant Tennis Champion of the 1950s has died on Monday 4th of October 2021, in Lausanne, Switzerland. He died at the age of 97.
His death was announced by the International Tennis Hall of Fame in a hospital on Friday 8th of October 2021.
In 1950, he was ranked No. 1 in the world when he defeated Jaroslav Drobny, the Czech defector, in five sets to win the French championships, then needed only four sets to defeat Frank Sedgman of Australia in the Wimbledon final.
After winning two junior championships, Patty entered the Army Air Forces during World War II. In September 1945, he won the singles championship at a tournament held for Allied servicemen on the French Riviera.