Phil LeDuc identified the link between Bull Run and the U. S. Open Tennis Championship:
Seems to me we’re talking the Slocum connection here –
Henry W. Slocum commanded the 27th NY at 1st Bull Run, and his son Henry Jr. twice won the U.S. Tennis Championship.
That’s right, Phil. Henry Warner Slocum, Jr, like Evonne Goolagong Cawley, reached the finals of the championship in four consecutive years (1887-1890), and won it twice, in 1888 and 1889. He was also a doubles finalist in 1885, 1887, and 1889, winning in 1889. These were all when the tournament was held at the casino in Newport, RI, and when a champion automatically qualified for the following year’s title match. As a student at Yale he also played football, which helps explain that physique. He authored Lawn Tennis in Our Own Country in 1890, was president of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association in 1892-1893, and became a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame (in Newport’s casino; I’ve been there – very cool) in 1955. And you thought the General’s only famous namesake was an unfortunate boat.