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post #14 of (permalink) Old Jun 15th, 2008, 09:08 AM
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Re: Latin/South American women in Tennis

I would add Francisca Subirana, who was the runner-up at the 1920 World Hard Court Championships (the true forerunner to the French Open).

She was born in 1900 and had an interesting life after retiring from tennis. In 1924, she married Dr. Ricardo Wolf, a German Jew, in Cuba. They resided there for many years and supported the Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro. Castro appointed Wolf as ambassador to Israel in 1961, a post he held until Cuba severed diplomatic relations in 1973. Instead of returning to Cuba, they remained in Israel (defected?) for the rest of their lives, dieing within a month of each other in 1981. In 1975, they established the Wolf Foundation with a donation of $10 million. One of the purposes of the foundation is to "award prizes to outstanding scientists and artists ... for achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples...."
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