Tennis Champs Helen Wills, Betty Nuthall and Fred Perry on “Pictorial” Covers.
Lot 112. Tennis Champs Helen Wills, Betty Nuthall and Fred Perry on “Pictorial” Covers. All three champions are members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Wills and Nuthall share the cover of the Aug. 25, 1929 “Mid-Week Pictorial,” from the “New York Times,” after Wills defeated her British opponent in Wightman Cup competition. Except during World War II, women’s teams from the U.S. and British teams played for the cup from 1923-89. Perry, an Englishman, has the cover of the Sept. 16, 1933 “Pictorial” to himself after capturing the U.S. Open. Wills’ achievements include 31 Grand Slam titles (singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles), including 19 singles championships – seven in the U.S. Open, eight at Wimbledon and four in the French Open. She also won singles and doubles gold medals in the 1924 Olympics. Nuthall’s successes came primarily in doubles contests. She was the U.S. Open singles champion in 1930; she also won the doubles title in 1930, 1931 and 1933, and the mixed doubles crown in 1929 and 1931. At the French Open, she was the doubles titlist in 1931, and the mixed doubles champion, in 1931 and 1932. Perry won eight Grand Slam singles events, two Pro Slam and six more doubles or mixed doubles championships. In 1934, he triumphed in the Australian Open, at Wimbledon and at the U.S. Open. The first player to win all four Grand Slam championships, he also was a table tennis world champion. The Wills-Nuthall issue is vg-ex with stray writing and a small edge tear on the front cover and several chips missing from the back cover. The interior is ex with a full page devoted to the Wightman Cup, photos of Grover Alexander, Amelia EARHART and other female pilots, and Maxim Gorky; and Rogers Hornsby, Kiki Cuyler, Hack Wilson and other Chicago Cubs (full page). The 1933 issue is vg+ to ex with a better interior, except for letter “v” written three times on the front cover. Inside are a two-page spread on Perry and the U.S. Open; separate photos of President Roosevelt, Hitler and Pop Warner; and a full page on CHARLES LINDBERGH. Winning Bid $10.