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Bitsy Grant


Nicknamed “Bitsy” for his five-foot, four-inch, 120-pound frame, Bryan Grant became the first Georgian to make it to the U.S. Open semifinals and the smallest American male ever to reach champion status on the international tennis circuit.

Already winning championships by age 16, Grant became known for his retriever style and clay court mastery. He later won the U.S. Clay Court title three times and 19 U.S. singles titles, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1972.

In 1952, Atlanta built the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center – where Grant himself played almost every day until his death.

­– Caroline Parsley, The Atlanta 100

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