Ask anyone what individual won Lehigh's first national championship and a wrestler would probably be the common answer. In realit though, it was a tennis player named Julius Seligson who captured Lehigh's first individual national championship. He did so in 1928 when he took tennis honors, three years before Johnny Engel was an NCAA wrestling winner in 1931.
Seligson was one of the best tennis players of his time. He won national indoor titles in 1928, 1929 and 1930 and took eastern intercollegiate honors in 1930. At one point Seligson won 66 consecutive collegiate matches before losing in the 1930 NCAA finals. Seligson never lost a regular-season match and was ranked as high as ninth among U.S. players in 1928.
His professional career included winning the Metropolitan Clay Court Championship three times, something legendary tennis star Bill Tilden could win only once. In 1930 he also won the Eastern Clay Court Championships.
After graduation he became an insurance broker and went into business with Francis Shields. Ironi-cally Shields was his original doubles partner at Lehigh. Seligson died in 1987.