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Jack Kramer

Jack Kramer (Tennis. Born, Monticello, CA, Aug. 1, 1921; died, Bel Air, CA, Sept. 12, 2009.) Rated as the brightest star in men’s tennis in the years immediately following World War II, John Albert Kramer later became a successful promoter of the professional sport. Kramer might have had an even more dominant career as a […]

Helen Wills Moody

Helen Wills Moody (Tennis. Born, Centerville, CA, Oct. 6, 1905; died, Carmel, CA, Jan. 1, 1998.) By far the most impressive female sports personality of her time and a seven-time champion of the U.S. national singles at Forest Hills, Helen Newington Wills was the lone woman classed among the greats in the “Golden Age of […]

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. […]

Darlene Hard

Darlene Hard (Tennis.  Born, Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 6, 1936.)  As the national intercollegiate champion in 1958 from little-known Pomona (Calif.), Darlene R. Hard was marked as a rising star in U.S. tennis.  Hard fulfilled those expectations by attaining the U.S. No. 1 ranking four times (1960-63) while winning eight titles in the national championships.  […]

Alice Marble

Alice Marble (Tennis. Born, Plumas County, CA, Sept. 28, 1913; died, Palm Springs, CA, Dec. 13, 1990.) Perhaps the forerunner of the modern woman tennis player, Alice I. Marble introduced an athletic and aggressive style to the game that helped make her the No. 1-ranked woman in the U.S. from 1936 to 1940. She was […]

Al Laney

Al Laney (Sportswriter. Born, Pensacola, FL, Jan. 11, 1896; died, Spring Valley, NY, Jan. 31, 1988.) Starting with the Pensacola Journal in his birthplace, Albert Gillies Laney moved to newspapers in Dallas, Tex., amd Minneapolis, Minn., before joining the U.S. Army during World War I. After two years in the service, Laney mustered out in […]

Pancho Gonzales

Pancho Gonzales (Tennis.  Born, Los Angeles, CA, May 9, 1928; died, Las Vegas, NV, July 3, 1995.)  Among the most tenacious of the great tennis champions, Richard Alonzo (Pancho) Gonzales was also one of the best.  He rose from relative obscurity to become a two-time U.S. national champion and then became the most dominant player […]

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 […]

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 […]

Neale Fraser

Neale Fraser (Tennis.  Born, St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia, Oct. 3, 1933.)  Among the first of the great Australian champions turned out by coach Harry Hopman, Neale Andrew Fraser was twice the U.S. national champion in singles.  Fraser signaled his emergence with doubles titles in Australia (1957-58) and a U.S. mixed doubles title (with Mrs. Margaret […]

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