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Doris Hart

Doris Hart (Tennis.  Born, St. Louis, MO, June 20, 1925.)  Among the dominant players in women’s tennis in the 1950s, Doris Hart was twice U.S. singles champion.  Hart was the second of the eight women to win all three other “grand slam” singles titles and won nine U.S. national doubles championships.  She won the U.S. […]

Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf (Tennis.  Born, Mannheim, West Germany, June 14, 1969.)  The dominant women’s tennis player of the late 1980s, Steffi Graf won five U.S. Open women’s singles titles, including her first in 1988 that completed the third Grand Slam in women’s tennis history (following Maureen Connolly in 1953 and Margaret Smith Court in 1970).  That same year, […]

Shirley Fry

Shirley Fry (Tennis.  Born, Akron, OH, June 30, 1927.)  A post-World War II contender who was probably at her best on clay, Shirley J. Fry was the singles champion at Forest Hills (on grass) in 1956.  Fry (later Mrs. Irvin) was ranked in the U.S. top 10 for 13 straight years (1944-56) and won the […]

Margaret Smith Court

Margaret Smith Court (Tennis.  Born, Albury, New South Wales, Australia, July 16, 1942.)  Of all the great women tennis players, few have dominated the sport as much for as long as did Margaret Smith Court, who was the world’s No. 1 player seven times in 12 years from 1962-73, winning a record 24 singles titles […]

Maureen Connolly

Maureen Connolly (Tennis.  Born, San Diego, CA, Sept. 17, 1934; died, Dallas, TX, June 21, 1969.)  Gifted by nature but dogged by cruel fate.  That was the life and tennis career of Maureen Connolly, the first woman ever to win the singles Grand Slam of tennis.  Despite her remarkable feats, Connolly (later Mrs. Brinker) became […]

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