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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 2002, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Kathy May

Anyone remembers Kathy May, a Top 10 player from the US, who got married a number of times, including to 1980 Australian Open winner Brian Teacher.
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I do. Kathy May Teacher! She had dark hair and was a baseliner never ranked above 15 or so (I think). Is she still married to Teacher? I have never heard anything on either of them.
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She's listed in the ITF database as Kathy May-Teacher-Paben. So she's been married again. A few players did that. Remember Betty Ann Stuart-Grubb-Dent? (Taylor's mom.) I saw a pic of her from Wimbledon in the 70's, when she had the words "Watch it!" stitched across the back of her panties, apparently as a warning to tabloid photographers. Obviously, it wasn't particularly successful.
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I think she married a third time to someone named Fritz.
I quite like to find out about lesser known stories / players from the 1970s.
I believe May and Teacher broke up just before the Australian Open in 1980, he did not want to make the trip but won the event. May retired at the end of 1980 when she was 24.
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Maybe "Watch IT! had a double meaning Brian

Didn't Kathy have match points vs. Wendy turnbull at the 1978 US Open in the quarters? That was her best showing in a major.
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She's now married to Guy Fritz. My mom was coaching her son, Taylor Fritz, on a team tennis thing. I know their family.
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I think she was from Beverly Hills, she had a niece Alysia who was a top junior in the '80s.

That's what she said!!!
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Re: Kathy May

she lives in the san diego area now.
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I remember Kathy too. What springs to mind is 1977 Wimbledon when they had 12 seeds in the ladies singles (the only time I believe) and Kathy crept in at #12, presumably from her WTA ranking ??. She made her place in the last 16 then lost to Melville-Reid.
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Kathy May was one of my favourite players in the Seventies! I always think she was overlooked in her day, and long-forgotten now. She was primarily a base-liner but had good results on all surfaces. She reached the QFs at Roland Garros twice, and also the Quarters at the US Open in 1978, beating Betty Stove, and coming close to toppling Wendy Turnbull, as Rollo remembers. She avenged that loss in the following US Open in the 3rd round, before going down to Billie Jean King in the fourth round. As jaytee remembers, she was seeded 12th at Wimbledon in 1977, though she was actually 17th on the computer going into the championships. I thought Wimbledon were rewarding her for not playing WTT and playing the European clay events and the minor British grass events in the first year that most of her Top 20 peers didn't! She won the US Clay Courts title in 1976, and had the kudos of beating Martina Navratilova in the first round of the VS of Dallas in 1977!She peaked at No.10 in July 1977, and from the end of 1976 to the end of 1979 was pretty much always ranked in the Top Twenty. She married Brian Teacher in February 1979, and her always-sparingly-played schedule was curtailed even further after that until she retired after the US Open in 1980. She became Kathy May Paben at some time in the 80s. In August 1990 she entered a WTA main tour event in Albuquerque and even after a full decade away was able to beat top 100 player Alexia Dechaume and push Ann Minter! Later she was Kathy May Fritz, and I think she's won at least one US Open senior doubles title (with Virginia Wade, I think) in the last few years. I read an article about Kathy in the 70s in World Tennis that suggested she wasn't particularly motivated as she came from the wealthy May family (May Co. department stores?)-this didn't mean much to a Brit. PamShriver: Alysia May was (still is, I imagine!) Kathy's much-younger sister, not niece. Kathy came from a family of seven female siblings! Amanda, Dalynn, Tommee, Alysia,, Anita and Gloria were the others. (Just had to look that up in an old WTA tour guide from when Alysia was playing!)
One final thing: As a schoolboy I wrote to Kathy a couple of times back when she played, and she always replied and sent photos. One year at Wimbledon (1979)she arrived early on an outside court for a 2nd round match vs. Alycia Moulton and was sitting on her chair waiting for her opponent and all the groundspeople and I went on court and introduced myself and we had a good five-minute chat about her game, her season to date, and the seedings at that Wimbledon! Can you imagine that happening today?!! (BTW Kathy won that match, and went out to Chris Evert-LLoyd on Centre Court two days later...)

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She's listed in the ITF database as Kathy May-Teacher-Paben. So she's been married again. A few players did that. Remember Betty Ann Stuart-Grubb-Dent? (Taylor's mom.) I saw a pic of her from Wimbledon in the 70's, when she had the words "Watch it!" stitched across the back of her panties, apparently as a warning to tabloid photographers. Obviously, it wasn't particularly successful.
First she was Betty Ann Grubb ; then Betty Ann Hansen ; then Betty Ann Stuart ; then Betty Ann Dent; and currently she is Betty Ann Grout!!!
Was amazed to see a picture of Betty Ann on the front of a new book of tennis photos issued when I was at Eastbourne this year, called "Supergirls" by Michael Cole. Betty Ann sits proudly beside Anna Kournikova and Serena Williams. I still think she's the sexiest tennis player I've ever seen!!
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Loved your post on Kathy May, Declan! Do you think she and Chris have some private competition about the most surnames they can collect?
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Loved your post on Kathy May, Declan! Do you think she and Chris have some private competition about the most surnames they can collect?
LOL! Apparantly they were pretty friendly in 1979, following John Lloyd and Brian Teacher on the Men's tour.
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Kathy May was one of my favourite players in the Seventies! I always think she was overlooked in her day, and long-forgotten now. She was primarily a base-liner but had good results on all surfaces. She reached the QFs at Roland Garros twice, and also the Quarters at the US Open in 1978, beating Betty Stove, and coming close to toppling Wendy Turnbull, as Rollo remembers. She avenged that loss in the following US Open in the 3rd round, before going down to Billie Jean King in the fourth round. As jaytee remembers, she was seeded 12th at Wimbledon in 1977, though she was actually 17th on the computer going into the championships. I thought Wimbledon were rewarding her for not playing WTT and playing the European clay events and the minor British grass events in the first year that most of her Top 20 peers didn't! She won the US Clay Courts title in 1976, and had the kudos of beating Martina Navratilova in the first round of the VS of Dallas in 1977!She peaked at No.10 in July 1977, and from the end of 1976 to the end of 1979 was pretty much always ranked in the Top Twenty. She married Brian Teacher in February 1979, and her always-sparingly-played schedule was curtailed even further after that until she retired after the US Open in 1980. She became Kathy May Paben at some time in the 80s. In August 1990 she entered a WTA main tour event in Albuquerque and even after a full decade away was able to beat top 100 player Alexia Dechaume and push Ann Minter! Later she was Kathy May Fritz, and I think she's won at least one US Open senior doubles title (with Virginia Wade, I think) in the last few years. I read an article about Kathy in the 70s in World Tennis that suggested she wasn't particularly motivated as she came from the wealthy May family (May Co. department stores?)-this didn't mean much to a Brit. PamShriver: Alysia May was (still is, I imagine!) Kathy's much-younger sister, not niece. Kathy came from a family of seven female siblings! Amanda, Dalynn, Tommee, Alysia,, Anita and Gloria were the others. (Just had to look that up in an old WTA tour guide from when Alysia was playing!)
One final thing: As a schoolboy I wrote to Kathy a couple of times back when she played, and she always replied and sent photos. One year at Wimbledon (1979)she arrived early on an outside court for a 2nd round match vs. Alycia Moulton and was sitting on her chair waiting for her opponent and all the groundspeople and I went on court and introduced myself and we had a good five-minute chat about her game, her season to date, and the seedings at that Wimbledon! Can you imagine that happening today?!! (BTW Kathy won that match, and went out to Chris Evert-LLoyd on Centre Court two days later...)
Too bad she quit so early. Seems like she could have still had a decent career considering she never stopped playing competive tennis and I think played championship Paddle tennis for years.
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Re: Kathy May

I remember reading that there were two Kathy May's in tennis for awhile. May Teacher was clearly the best. The other must've played on a much lower level, because she was never in major events. I believe that World Tennis interviewed the lesser known Kathy and she commented that sometimes their mail was confused. Once the lesser Kathy received a check for several thousand dollars that belonged to the better Kathy.

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