Watty Washburn

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWatson McLean "Watty"•Washburn
Used nameWatty•Washburn
Born13 June 1894 in New York, New York (USA)
Died2 December 1973 in New York, New York (USA)
Measurements194 cm
NOC United States


Watty Washburn attended Harvard and eventually became a lawyer, serving for many years as an Assistant State Prosecutor. He was ranked in the top 10 of American players seven times between 1914-22, with a high ranking of #5. Washburn won the US intercollegiates in doubles in 1913 and in indoor doubles in 1915. Known better as a doubles player he reached the finals in the US Championships in 1921 and 1923 and at Wimbledon in 1924, all with Richard Williams. Washburn and Williams also won the 1915 Eastern Tennis Championship in doubles. In 1921 Watty defeated his doubles partner in the final of the Newport Casino Invitational, but playing together they won the 1921 Davis Cup for the United States.

During World War I Washburn was with the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), serving in France as a captain in the artillery. Washburn later helped found the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and was inducted in 1965. He served on several USLTA Committees and was a leading administrator in the game of tennis in the United States for many years.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Tennis USA Watty Washburn
Singles, Men (Olympic) =9
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Dick Williams =5