Week of July 22- 28
Circa late July, International Swiss Championships
, Lucerne, Switzerland (Clay)
FI: Dorothy Bundy (US) and Nelly Landry (Fra) divided the prizes
DF: Micheline Inglebert (Fra)/Nelly Landry (Fra) d. Dorothy Bundy (US)/Helena Straubeova (Cz) 8-6 6-4
MX: Dorothy Bundy (US)/Robert Abdesselam (Fra) d. Nelly Landry (Fra)/Christian Boussus (Fra) 6-4 6-2
ends July 29 Swedish International Championships,
Bastad, Sweden (Clay)
MX: Birgit Gullbrandsen/Dinny Pails (Aus) d. Erstin Nilsson/Jack Harper (Aus) 11-9 6-4
The men's singles, doubles, and mixed finals were held on July 29.
ends July 27 Canadian Championships,
QF: Baba Madden Lewis (US) d. Louise Brown 7-5 6-1
QF: Pat Adams d. Beryl Butt 6-2 6-2
QF: Noreen Haney d. Jean Adele Burritt 6-1 6-4
QF: Pat Macken d. Sonia Swift 6-4 4-6 6-3
SF: Lewis d. Adams 6-2 6-2
SF: Haney d. Macken 6-4 6-2
FI: Baba Lewis (US) d. Noreen Haney 6-1 6-3
QF: Lillian Blocksidge/Marjorie McInnis d. Butt/Betty Carter 0-6 7-5 7-5
QF: Norren Haney (US)/Baba Lewis (US) d. Swift/Vera Lewis 6-4 6-4
QF: Louise Brown/Burritt d. A.R. Porter/Francoise Lacasse 6-3 7-5
QF: Doris Ell/Enid Nichols d. Adams/Dorothy O’Brien 6-0 5-7 6-2
SF Lewis/Haney d. Blocksidge/McInnis 6-0 6-2
SF Ell/Nicholls d. Brown/Burritt 8-6 6-4
FI: Noreen Haney (US)/Baba Lewis (US) d. Doris Ell/Enid Nicholls 6-1 6-3
QF: Baba Lewis (US)/Morey Lewis (US) d. Audrey Bradshaw/Edgar Lanthier ?? 6-3
QF: V. Lewis/Art McKnight d. Nicholls/J.J. Desjardins 5-7 6-2 6-2
QF: Noreen Haney (US)/Brendan Macken d. Lacasse/George LeClerc ?? 6-4
QF: Pat Macken/Jim Macken d. Porter/Don Hawley ?? 6-4
SF: B Lewis/Lewis d. V. Lewis/McKnight 6-1 6-?
SF: Haney/B. Macken d. Macken/J. Macken 6-4 6-3
FI: Baba Lewis (US)/Morey Lewis (US) d. Noreen Haney (US)/Brenan Macken 6-8 6-2 6-1
Baba wins the ladies and husband takes the men's title for a family double. The pair make their home in Birmingham, Alabama. Doris Ell of Montreal was "formerly of Forest Hills" according to the NYT.
July 22-28 Seabright Invitation
, Seabright, New Jersey, US (Grass)
Venue: Seabright Laen Tennis and Cricket Club
1R: Madge Vosters d. Helen Pedersen Rihbany 6-3 6-3
1R: Mary Arnold Prentiss  d. Lillian Lopaus 6-1 6-0
2R: Shirley Fry  d. Louise Snow 7-5 5-7 6-3
2R: Eleanor Purdy Cusingham d. Betty Rosenquest 6-4 6-2
2R: Vosters d. Norma Taubele Barber 8-6 6-3
2R: Dottie Head d. Marta Barnett Andrade 6-4 6-4
2R: Barbara Krase d. Phyllis Hunter 6-2 8-6
2R: Virginia Wolfenden Kovacs d. Argyll Rice 6-3 6-3
2R: Gussie Moran d. Barbara Scofield 6-4 6-2
2R: Prentiss  d. Nancy Corbett 6-4 6-1
QF: Fry  d. Cushingham 1-6 7-5 6-0
QF: Head d. Vosters 9-7 4-6 6-4
QF: Krase d. Kovacs 3-6 6-3 8-6
QF: Prentiss  d. Moran 3-6 6-2 6-0
SF: Fry  d. Head 6-0 3-6 6-2
SF: Prentiss  d. Krase 6-4 6-3
FI: Shirley Fry  d. Mary Prentiss  6-4 3-6 6-2
Doubles (Draw probably=9)
QF: Fry-Krase d. Barber/Rice 6-2 6-4
QF: Moran/Rihbany d. Cushingham/Snow 11-9 4-6 6-4
QF: Head/Hunter d. Corbett/ Scofield 7-5 8-6
QF: Prentiss/Vosters d. Lopaus/Rosenquest 6-3 6-4
SF: Fry/Krase d. Moran/Rihbany 4-6 6-3 6-2
SF: Prentiss/Vosters d. Head/Hunter 6-2 6-4
FI: Barbara Krase/Shirley Fry d. Mary Prentiss/Bunny Vosters 6-0 6-2
MX: Mary Prentiss/Bob Falkenburg d. Bunny Vosters/Bill Talbert 6-4 8-6
The top guns are still abroad. With Jack Kramer here the men get more attention than usual. Blonde Eleanor Cushingham was two points away from upending #1 seed Fry by the score of 6-1 6-3 in QF. Missing a short backhand, Cushingham got no further. She was undone by her own errors, dropped the set 7-5, and never won another game.
late July, Danish Hard Court Championships
, Copenhagen, Denmark (Clay)
FI: Else Prochownik d. Milly Vagn-Nielsen 7-5 6-2
DF: Johanna Gleerup/Else Prochownik d. Agnete Friis/Milly Vagn-Nielsen 6-4 7-5
MX: Milly Vagn-Nielsen/Hennig Wiig d. Else Prochownik/Per Thielsen 5-7 7-5 8-6
Circa late July, Finnish Hard Court Championships
, Helsinki, Finland (Clay)
FI: Stina Stenman d. Thelma Salo 8-10 6-4 6-3
DF: Kaija Horsma/Maire Harlin d. Mrs M. Hellstrom/Elna Lindfors 6-2 6-0
MX: Thelma Salo/Sakari Salo d. Maire Harlin/ Arne Grahn 6-4 4-6 6-1
Circa late July, American Tennis Association Championships
, Wilberforce, Ohio, US
Venue: Wilberforce College
FI: Roumania Peters d. Althea Gibson
DF: Won by Margaret Peters/Roumania Peters
MX: Won by Ora Mae Washington/George Stewart
Althea was the one who Dr. Robert Walter Johnson identified as a player who could potentially integrate the segregated tennis game. It all came together at the 1946 American Tennis Association Championships in Wilberforce, OH.
The ATA was and is the black equivalent of the United States Tennis Association; the ATA was created because "Negroes" could not play white tournaments.
Dr. J (my grandfather) approached Althea after she was beaten in the finals of the women's championship that year, by Ms. Roumania Peters. Dr. J had been speaking to another black doctor in the stands as they watched the frustrated Althea self destruct against her opponent.
The Lynchburg, VA physician leaned over to his buddy and whispered, "I wish there was something we could do for that girl." Over the remainder of the match, they formulated a plan.
Now, Dr. J stood before Althea and asked, "how would you like to play at Forest Hills," which is where the US National Championships, later, the US Open were held. She asked why he was joking with her as no Negro had yet to play the whites-only event. "You could play there," he told her. And in 1950, she did.
She was 19. The two doctors insisted that Althea finish her schooling as she was a seventh grad dropout. She lived with Dr. Hubert Eaton during the school year and summers with Dr. J when she would train on his backyard claycourt.
After a few weeks of practice, they would hit the road and play all of the black tournaments that Dr. J's schedule would allow. Althea never lost a singles match in the ATA again.