Bill Tilden and 1928 Davis Cup Loss



This original art work of previously undefeated tennis star, Bill Tilden, 1893-1953 was drawn in 1927 after his defeat at the Davis Cup by the French.

The sports cartoon measures 11 1/2 inches high by 21 inches wide on artist board. It is signed by Burris Jenkins, 1897-1966 in the lower center. Burris career as a sports cartoonist started with the New York World in 1921. He enjoyed a long and successful career creating newspaper cartoons.

Bill Tilden is often thought to be the best tennis player of all time. Tilden was the World No. 1 player from 1920-1925. The Davis Cup had been won by Tilden in the early Twenties. In 1927 he played against a French team known as “The Four Musketeers”. The French won and Tilden and the U.S. suffered the loss. The cartoon pictures the French enjoying Champagne in the upper right. Also, pictured is a naked Uncle Sam in barrel after the loss.


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