has bill tilden won 42 consecutive matches at US Open


this info i got from Ten sports tv channel, does anybody knows which year was the challenger system abolished, ie winner of last year plays only in the final next year


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Yes, if I counted correctly William Tilden scored 42 straight matches at USO -- winning six titles in a row (I think 7 matches in 1920, 21, 22 and 6 matches 1923, 24 and 1925 before he was defeated by Henri Cochet in R4/QF 1926 by the score 6-8, 6-1, 6-3, 1-6, 8-6.

Subsequently Cochet got clubbed by Lacoste in the SF although Henri was up 2 sets to love...


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The last Challenge Round at the USO was played in 1911. In 1912 it was gone and everybody including the previous champion was forced to go through the draw.

To win in 1910 and 1911 you had to win 9 (NINE) matches in a row during 10 days of the championships. Tough times...


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Actually the draw was so big in 1912 -- the first non-challenge round year -- that you had to win 8 (EIGHT) matches to win the title the Titanic sinking year...


It wasn't an open tournament, it was the US championships, for US players only. So it doesn't count.
That's not true at all. It wasn't an open event, but that means professionals can't play. Back then, none of the top players were professionals anyway. Professional tennis pretty much started when Tilden himself turned pro.

But international players were most definitely allowed to play. Tilden's U.S. Championships do count.