Tom Brown, born Thomas P. Brown Jr. was born in San Francisco, California on September 26, 1922 and for a time was one of the best amateur players in the world. Brown, who started playing the game at the age of eleven, faced and lost to Jack Kramer at the US Open finals in 1946 and then in Wimbledon a year later. However, he was also the men’s doubles champion with Jack Kramer in 1946 as well as the champion in mixed-doubles with Louise Borough.
Brown also known the SAP Open back in October 1945 and represented his country in the Davis Cup three times. Hailed as one of the ten best American players eight times between 1946 and 1958, reaching a career high in 1946 when he reached no. 4. From 1942 and 1968 Brown won the San Francisco City Tournament 13 times, bagging his last title in the tournament at the age of 48.
Most of his wins came after World War II and he was able to balance a rising tennis career with a thriving career in law. He spent 30 practicing law and resumed plying tennis in the 80s, becoming one of the top players in the seniors circuit in his age bracket.
Known as the ‘Flisco Flailer,’ Brown, according to Kramer, Brown had strong running forehand but that Kramer always beat him in matches.
Tom Brown later published an autobiography titled As Tom Goes By, in collaboration with sportswriter Lee Tyler. He lives in San Francisco.