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Helen Hull Jacobs

Helen Hull Jacobs (Tennis.  Born, Globe, AZ, Aug. 6, 1908; died, East Hampton, NY, June 2, 1997.)  A dominating force in women’s tennis for 15 years leading up to World War II, Helen Hull Jacobs was a four-time U.S. singles champion.  Jacobs made the singles final at Forest Hills eight times in 13 years (1928-40), […]

Kitty McKane Godfree

Kitty McKane Godfree (Tennis.  Born, London, England, May 7, 1896; died, Wimbledon, England, June 19, 1992.)  A leading English player of the 1920s and 1930s, Kathleen McKane (later Mrs. Leslie Godfree) was twice a Wimbledon champion, scoring a notable upset of Helen Wills to win in 1924.  Kitty McKane won the U.S. women’s doubles title in […]

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