Craig Biddle
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Craig Biddle

Craig Biddle
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Biddle in 1918
Full nameEdward Craig Biddle[1]
Country (sports) United States
Born(1879-10-24)October 24, 1879
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedDecember 22, 1947(1947-12-22) (aged 68)
Wakefield, Rhode Island[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open2R (1927)
Wimbledon4R (1913)
US OpenQF (1917, 1918, 1921)
Other tournaments
WHCC2R (1913, 1914)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US OpenF (1920)

Edward Craig Biddle (October 24, 1879 - December 22, 1947) was an American male tennis player who was active in the second decade of the 20th century.


Craig was born into the Biddle family, a prominent Philadelphia family, the youngest son of Edward Biddle and Emma Drexel Biddle. His mother was the daughter of the wealthy Philadelphia financier Anthony Joseph Drexel (1826-1893). His elder brother was Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle Sr. Biddle was educated in private schools and abroad. In 1901, after his 21st birthday, he inherited approximately $1 million from his maternal grandfather's estate (equivalent to $30,116,000 in 2018).[3]

In 1901, he married Laura Whelen of Philadelphia. Until World War I, the couple traveled extensively in Europe, socializing with European nobility and royalty. It was during this time that he began playing tennis frequently.[3]

Biddle and his wife had three children: Craig Jr., George Drexel Biddle, and Laura May Biddle (who married William Rhinelander Stewart, Jr., sister of Anita of Braganza). He and his wife separated in 1917, and she died in 1925. He married a second time to Josephine Peet Wilmerding in 1926 but they divorced in 1945. His third marriage was to Alica Laura Savard, who had been his nurse, as he suffered from severe arthritis. Later in his life he lived at Rocky Brook Farm, Peace Dale, Rhode Island.[3]

Tennis career

In 1920, he reached the final of the mixed doubles competition at the U.S. National Championships (now US Open) together with Molla Bjurstedt Mallory. They lost the final to Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman and Wallace F. Johnson in straight sets.[4] His best singles performance in a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the quarterfinal of the U.S. National Championships in 1917, 1918 and 1921.

In September 1913, Biddle reached the final of the Montreux Autumn Meeting in Switzerland but was defeated by Anthony Wilding in three straight sets. In March 1920 he was runner-up at the Florida Tennis Championships, losing in the final in straight sets to Ichiya Kumagae.[5]

Grand Slam finals

Mixed doubles

Runners-up (1)

Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
1920 U.S. National Championships Grass United States Molla Bjurstedt Mallory United States Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
United States Wallace F. Johnson
4-6, 3-6


  1. ^ Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-1999
  2. ^ "Craig Biddle Dies in Rhode Island". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. December 23, 1947. p. 12. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Craig Biddle, Socialite and Tennis Star, Dies". The Philadelphia Inquirer. December 23, 1947. p. 14. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. p. 481. ISBN 978-0942257700.
  5. ^ "Kumagae Winner of Title" (PDF). The New York Times. March 5, 1920.

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