He was the best American tennis player before the big days of "Big Bill" Tilden . Although he played against Bill Tilden more often in the 1920s , he could no longer win an important game against him. Together they won the Davis Cup seven times in a row. His greatest successes in singles were winning the American championships in Forest Hills in 1919 , when he defeated Bill Tilden in the final, and winning Wimbledon in 1923. 1958 was posthumously inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame .
His game thrived on his forehand, one of the best forehand strokes of all time, until Pancho Segura revolutionized the game with his two-handed forehand in the late 1940s.
Johnston died in 1946 at the age of 51.
- ATP profile of Bill Johnston (English)
- ITF profile Bill Johnston (English)
- Davis Cup stats by Bill Johnston (English)
- Bill Johnston in the "International Tennis Hall of Fame" (English; with picture)
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Johnston, William M .; Little Bill|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American tennis player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||November 2, 1894|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||San Francisco , California, United States|
|DATE OF DEATH||May 1, 1946|
|Place of death||San Francisco , California, United States|