James Henry Van Alen II (1902-1991)

"Jimmy" H. Van Alen II, President of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association

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He was educated in England at Christchurch College, Cambridge (1920). He Captained an Oxford-Cambridge team that beat Harvard & Yale. He was the inventor of the tie-break in the modern game of tennis and was described as, "a considerable personage who shines in any society". 


Contributed by Mark Meredith on 15/03/2019 and last updated on 04/01/2020.