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Re: R.I.P. Georgina Clark

Her illness

The past was present with former Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Supervisor Georgina Clark, invited by AELTC Chairman Tim Phillips as a special guest for the exhibition held to help the All England Club to test the conditions on Wimbledon Centre Court during match play with the roof closed.

Those who know Georgina will know her as a familiar figure of the years at all the Tour’s events, perched at the corner of the main show court, astutely observing the players and keeping an eye the match. Sunday was no different as you will see from the picture attached what a terrific view she had from her special chair. It was also a special occasion, as it gave Georgina to say hello to many friends, but especially Stefanie, who she hadn’t seen in four years and Kim in three. It was an emotional reunion between these two old friends, as Georgina has known the 22-time Grand Slam singles winner for 26 years.

As many of you know, Georgina hasn’t been well since her retirement at the end of 2005. She was diagnosed in 2006 with Progressive Supra-nuclear Palsy (PSP), a rare degenerative disease of the brain. The actor Dudley Moore had the same condition. The disease impairs movements and balance, which can lead to many inexplicable falls. Many people with PSP also experience changes in mood, behavior, and personality. Because it’s a motor neuron disease, all movements are affected and become worse over time, walking, swallowing, talking, writing, anything to do with movement becomes an even greater challenge. The frustrating aspect is that the sufferer is totally aware what is happening to them, unlike Parkinsons or Dementia.

Georgina still lives at home with a full-time care-giver for the last two years, and has regular visits from close friends, her five kids and eleven Grandchildren. She probably might not be able to visit Wimbledon this year, which made Sunday even more special.

If you feel like dropping her a note, her care-giver and family read to her. She can be reached at: 10G Chartfield Avenue, London SW15

6HF, UK. She sends her best wishes out to us all.

— John Dolan,
Senior Communications Manager, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour

*Article from 2009

But I, being poor, have only my dreams
I have spread my dreams under your feet
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams
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